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10 Whimsical Ways To Cut 100 Calories

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10 Whimsical Ways To Cut 100 Calories

Written by Randy Fritz, co-creator with Diana Herrington at Real Food for Life

One hundred calories doesn’t seem like a lot, but you can easily add at least one or two of these fun, easy strategies and they will add up over time.

I’m not lazy by any means, but in my opinion, if you have to strain or deprive yourself, you may not keep it up. To eliminate calories, you can either burn them up by adding a preferred activity or avoid the calories by making a smart substitution of some common food you are eating.

I have listed only healthy, green tips. Hopefully these examples will help jog your mind to others. What steps do you take to be active and be smart?

1. Dance Skinny
Click on your MP3 player right now, dance with a little passion to just four songs and you will look and feel 100 calories lighter.  The new Footloose movie is sponsoring a video dance contest around the globe. It’s never too late to participate!

2.  Substitute Sugar with Stevia In Your Coffee or Tea
Stevia has practically no calories and because it is so much healthier than sugar, we consider it a powerfood. It has none of the problems of sugar and is not artificial. It takes no time to reach for stevia instead of sugar and your life could change because of it.

3.  Invite Your Friends to Dinner
This sounds counterintuitive, doesn’t it? But even before your guests arrive you will be working to prepare the meal. It happens that 38 minutes of chopping and cooking will cut 100 calories and make a great meal.  You could achieve the same results just for yourself, but you probably wouldn’t bother and it would not be as much fun.

4.  Lighten Your Salad Dressing
I find all commercial dressings way too sweet so I just add about half water. This also cuts about two tablespoons of oil which means 100 calories less. Time: 30 seconds.

5.  Romancing the Pounds Away
You would think the heart pounding effects of romance would burn the calories off quickly but not so.  It would take a full 50 minutes of smooching to burn the first 50 calories and another 30 minutes in bed for the final 50. I doubt if anyone is complaining.

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Diana Herrington

Diana Herrington turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar-free, gluten-free, eating and cooking. After testing and researching every possible healthy therapy on her delicate system she has developed simple, powerful principles which she shares in her recent book Eating Green and Lean, and as host to Care2 groups: Healthy Living Network and Healthy Cooking. She is the head chef at Real Food for Life, where she shares recipes and tips. Sign up for the Real Food for Life weekly newsletter or catch her on Facebook or Twitter (@DancinginLife).


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7:56AM PDT on May 6, 2013

Walking and dancing , in my sitting room of course.By the way, I love the title

3:32PM PST on Nov 6, 2011


12:29PM PDT on Oct 16, 2011

Some good tips, though stevia gives me killer headaches :/

2:11PM PDT on Oct 11, 2011

Thank you. I shall be researching stevia now!

3:18PM PDT on Oct 9, 2011

i love dancing, and cooking! and i walk my dog all the time!
thanks for the info :)

6:01AM PDT on Oct 9, 2011

I love to dance and it helped me lose 50 pounds combined with a healthy diet! Thank you!

8:30PM PDT on Oct 7, 2011

love the ideas! usually articles like these all say the same thing, but this one actually has creative ideas that, frankly, sound like fun! thanks for posting

7:45PM PDT on Oct 7, 2011


6:41AM PDT on Oct 7, 2011

Nice tips, thanks.

3:03AM PDT on Oct 7, 2011

Nice tips - thank you.
I love the walking and am happy that the two round trips to school for me (drop off and pick up) are 6 km total - I'm increasing my weekly workout without having to plan in extra time while spending quality time with my daughter for half the way. What more could I want? :)

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