1Tablespoon of butter or margarine has 100 calories. 2 tablespoons of maple syrup have 104. That is an increase of 4 calories Did they mean to say fat free syrup. I find that I sometimes need the butter for fat instead of the carbs in the syrup. I like these lists but as others said read and substitute carefully.
I think that articles like this can be dangerous. All that the low-fat, sugar-free craze in our country has gotten us is a bunch of people with assorted health issues, like diabetes and fibromyalgia. Cutting most or all of the fat out of your diet (resulting in a high-carb, low-fat, low-protein diet) isn't smart, nor is switching from sugar to the various chemicals that pass as "artificial sweeteners" nowadays. Your best bet is to switch to natural foods whenever possible and to eat a variety at each sitting so that you have a balance of carbs, fats, and proteins.
For example, if what you're eating for breakfast is a bagel with fat-free cream cheese or a piece of fruit and washing it down with orange juice, you're eating almost 100% carbohydrates. Doing that, you're setting yourself up for a blood sugar drop that can ultimately lead you to want to eat more as your body desperately tries to raise your blood sugar. If you do this to your body on a daily basis, you will become first insulin-resistant and then possibly diabetic after your pancreas finally wears out and gives up.
Instead, choose to eat half of that same bagel with a fried egg or a sausage patty (turkey or pork, but pork has more calories) and maybe an ounce of cheese. Now, instead of overloading your body with carbs that it has to fight off, you're giving it a mix of carbs, fats, and proteins that will take a while to digest, and your blood sugar will remain stable. You aren't going to find yourself wanting an apple (another all-carb choice) or candy bar by mid-morning. When you do decide to have a snack, choose an apple with a spoonful of whatever nut butter you like best or a small handful of nuts, or grab a small handful of trail mix that includes peanuts. Chew each bite slowly so that you can experience the flavors fully and give your brain a chance to realize that you're eating so it can turn off the food craving.
And my opinion is that everyone should run far and fast away from artificial sweeteners. There is a reason that many/most of them are banned in other countries and not the U.S.--the big companies that lobby in the U.S. to keep them "legal." What's considered poisonous in other countries is regularly added to *your* food. If someone has to constantly reassure you that something is a magic cure to losing weight, eye them with suspicion. You don't get overweight in a short time, so you can't take that same weight off healthily in a short time. Anything worth doing/having takes time to earn and to maintain. Anyone who tells you differently is just trying to sell you something.
I hope this comment helps someone. Be wary if you want to be healthy!
I was looking forward to some great tips for shaving calories. As I went through the list for beverages, only #6 was even applicable to me. I only drink diet soda and water, and I already use skim milk. I'm not a beer drinker, nor a lemonade drinker. I don't like sugar in any drink. I also don't drink coffee, and although I would love to have a chocolate milkshake, it is not an option for weight loss. So no real help for me here.
Then I moved on to the other lists. Similar issues with impracticality. Who eats glazed donuts and bagel with full-fat cream cheese when trying to lose weight? I don't even put butter on my wheat toast. And a candy apple? Is that something people choose regularly? There are a few tips that make sense, but I'm betting most people already do them - like baked chips over regular. I usually love Sparkpeople tips, but this one fell short. If anyone has any other tasty and practical ideas for shaving calories, I'm still interested.
11/1/2013 12:27:42 PM
Going out to dinner- order either an appetizer or a dessert, not both, and share it. My husband and I have been sharing dessert when we go out to dinner for over 30 years. He eats faster than I do, so I get much less than half of it - just enough to satisfy my sweet tooth. I take tiny bites and eat slowly.
There are some good suggestions here, but diet sodas and some sugar free options containing aspartame or other unhealthy sugar free options is not the way to healthy eating, just saying. I used to try to cut calories anyway possible but know healthy eating is just as important as lower calorie.
10/20/2013 8:43:32 PM
Great tips on " 50 Ways to Cut 100 Calories"and thank you everyone for sharing but alas for those of us over 40, it takes a lot more than working out 10 - 20 min a day or "not drinking soda", to stay in good shape and stay healthy. So beginners and everyone remember it does get harder and harder, not impossible but does take the support of friends, groups like this, and of course a fairly good work schedule (work - life balance) :)
10/16/2013 10:34:39 AM
Although some of these tips are simple and are common sense, I saved this article for future reference. Thanks!
10/16/2013 1:39:50 AM
How sad for you that you've never had a candied apple. Admittedly not for veterans, but a great start for beginners. Good article for its purpose! :-)
10/15/2013 7:41:46 PM
Thank you for this article... I have recently started working on improving my health, and I have picked up some interesting ideas on easy ways to make small changes :) I find it sad that so many commenters seem to have forgotten how hard it is to get started on a journey... some of us need baby steps to get us moving. Surely nobody wakes up one morning and is all-knowing about fitness and eating well?
10/15/2013 6:11:39 PM
there were some good tips... Almond milk has even less calories than skim milk and is great for those who have lactose issues~also I find subbing Greek yogurt for mayo works in many of my recipes where I normally use mayo. I also make my own hummus but replace half of the chick peas with navy beans upping the protien and cutting the fat... Those are ways I do it... We're all here to encourage each other, right?
10/15/2013 12:38:38 PM
When someone is not eating healthy to begin with because they don't like giving up food they like, the lesser of two evils is to let them eat what they want ... just not as much. It will encourage them to watch their calories and they are not deprived of what they like. This is a very good article ... gave some good tips. Most diets and/or health plans fail because people don't have enough will power to stick to it. This article tells how you can eat the foods you want, but at the same time, lower your calories. We did something similar to this in our office and lost a lot of combined weight ... all by cutting our calories a little bit here and there. Several were rewarded with lower cholesterol and/or blood pressure. All diets don't work for all people.
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