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The easiest way to lose 10 pounds

Thursday, March 13, 2008

It's weird, but few of us remember this seemingly unforgettable food fact: You can lose 10 pounds a year by cutting out 100 calories a day. Maybe it's just too easy?!?

...Or maybe we just really don't know what 100 calories looks like (unless it's in one of those snack packs). Enter this tip list from The Portion Teller Plan, a raved-about guide to "eating, cheating, and losing weight permanently" that's finally available in paperback. Encourages nutritionist/author Lisa R. Young, PhD, RD: "Instead of meticulously consulting calorie charts or obsessively checking the USDA Nutrient Database, try these simple, painless, calorie-cutting moves" -- each one eliminates about 100 calories.

The punchline: Do one a day, every day, and you'll drop those 10 pounds without doing a single other thing. Or go wild and do two a day! You'll drop 10 pounds in just six months without a minute of dieting. Beauteous.


* Eat only half of a candy bar or an energy bar (both pack a lot of calories).
* Use 1 tablespoon of salad dressing instead of 2 (toss the salad really well and you won't even notice the difference).
* Choose small 1-ounce pitas instead of the larger 2-ounce size.
* Spread 1 tablespoon of peanut butter instead of 2 on bread or crackers.
* Leave the last few bites of pasta on your plate.
* Use 1 pat of butter instead of 3 on a baked potato.
* Order a tall cappuccino instead of a grande next time you visit Starbucks.
* Scramble 1 egg for yourself, not 2.
* Make all your sandwiches open-faced -- omit the top slice of bread.
* Skip the last 3 bites of any main course.
* Snack on 1 fist-sized bunch of grapes, not 2.
* Grab 5 Hershey's dark chocolate Kisses instead of 10.
* Choose a white wine spritzer over a 5-ounce glass of wine.
* Have a 6-inch Roast Beef sandwich at Subway instead of a 6-inch Classic Steak & Cheese.
* Order a small cup at Dairy Queen instead of a small cone.
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    What a great idea. Thanks for the hints.
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