What’s not to “like” about the 1970s: a recession, disco fashions and a cold war. But, hey, we were healthier, eating about 500 fewer calories per day. And that was a good thing.
So, researchers are thinking that since Americans consume about 500 more daily calories than the people did in the 1970s, that might be why Americans are also 19 pounds heavier on average today.
Start Walking 2 to 2 1/2 hours Every Day
Mushrooms: Yes, mushrooms..use chopped mushrooms instead of meat in the beef dishes you love so much, like chili, sloppy joes, lasagna, etc.
That will cut approximately 420 calories according to a recent study.
Cheese Options: There is nothing like cheese to make you feel like you are NOT on a diet. And the BEST of are? Best Spread: Boursin Light – Best Crumbles: Trader Joe’s Fat-Free Feta – Best Snack: Mini Babybel Light – Best Slices: Sargento Reduced Fat Provolone
Sausage: Guilt-free, not bland, spongy or icky: Jimmy Dean D-Lights Turkey Sausage
Smart Snacks: 100 calorie yummies, and cheap – 2 figs or 1 pear – 5 Hershey’s dark chocolate kisses – 12 almonds – 48 Rold Gold pretzel sticks – English muffin toasted with melted cheddar to cover the top – 1 Dannon Light & Fit Raspberry Smoothie – 1 Klondike Slim-a Bear fudge bar – 2 Dole frozen fruit juice bars – 1 heaping cup of cherries or 12 dried apricot halves – and if it’s Starbucks, it must be the 8 oz Caramel Macchiato with nonfat milk.
You CAN Shrink Your Stomach
We all know that most serving sizes are about the size of your fist. Did we know that dimming the lights will increase your comfort zone and lower your inhibitions, which could result in eating more. Does that mean no more romantic dinners in cozy restaurants? No, but just be aware knowing it isn’t always about what is ON your plate but where your plate is located.
Cutting restaurant meals in half is easier than you think if who you are eating with is willing split a dish. 76% of restaurants service 2-4 times bigger than serving size meals.
Thinking that availability, not hunger, should dictate how much we eat was brought to light in a study that found people ate more popcorn from a big tub than a small one – even when it tasted bad. So downsizing your dinnerware is a great option especially for those with “completion compusion” (thinking you’re not full until the plate is empty).
Supersizing your salad bowl will keep the volume and reduce the calories. Fill it foods that have lots of water, like tomatoes, carrots, grapes, greens, cucumbers, jicama, oranges, radishes. Almost any veggie and most fruits fall into the “lots of water” catagory. You can also think of eating foods that don’t come in packages (broccoli, peaches, apples, string beans, etc.)
Cut 220 Calories A Day With Your DVR
Research shows that people who stayed up late, resulting in less sleep, munched down 220 more calories per day than the early-to-bed-early-to-rise crowd. The study showed the late nighters snacked more but did not eat bigger meals. The snacks were mostly high-carb foods eaten late at night.