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.