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10 Ways to Save 100 Calories a Day

If the mere idea of trying to lose weight fills you with dread, think of this number: 100

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If you cut just 100 calories from your daily diet, you'll lose roughly 10 pounds in a year—without a big effort on your part. An added bonus: The small changes you make will likely be easy to stick with over time, which will help you lose even more weight.

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So how do you cut 100 calories? Here are 10 ideas:

  1. Order your favorite coffee drink with fat-free milk and sugar-free syrup.

  2. Enjoy slow-churned, reduced-calorie ice cream instead of regular ice cream.

  3. Have sparkling water instead of a soda.

  4. Skip the cheese on your burger, or order small fries instead large.

  5. Split a single dessert with others

  6. Get your chocolate fix with a fun-sized candy bar instead of a full-sized one.

  7. Munch on raw veggies with salsa instead of eating chips.

  8. Make an open-faced sandwich with just one slice of bread instead of two.

  9. Cook with a cooking spray instead of butter or margarine.

  10. Don't clean your plate at each meal—leave a few bites. Or better yet, use a smaller plate when eating meals.

Sounds pretty doable, don't you think?

What other ways do you save calories every day? Tell us by leaving a comment. Be sure to check out other healthy living articles. 

Related:  7 Foods that Burn Belly Fat

Sources: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; American Diabetes Association; American Institute for Cancer Research

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