Having more body weight than is considered healthy or allowed for one’s age is risky for your health. If you want to lose weight you must swap your bad eating and shopping habits for good ones. This also means changing your cooking habits as well, by replacing high-calorie to low-calorie foods, such as butter, creams, cheese, whole milk, etc.
As a result, you can eliminate on hundreds of calories on what you eat every day. To give you a help hand, here are some easy tricks to keep you cooking and eating less calories.
- If you feel the need to satisfy your hunger, eat an apple pie or a salad.
- To eliminate the use of butter and/or oil, use nonstick pan when cooking.
- Instead of sprinkling butter, use butter-flavored seasoning on vegetables.
- Remove the fat from the meat.
- Cook stews and other casseroles ahead of time, then refrigerate. Take care to remove congealed fat before serving.
- Remove the skin of chicken before serving.
- Drip away fats by cooking hamburgers on the rack.
- Replace the regular margarine (100 cal.) with diet margarine (50 cal.).
- When using cereals, choose those with the least calories then add fresh fruits to be more nutritious.
- For desserts, casseroles and sauces, replace heavy cream (51 cal./tbsp.) with evaporated skim milk (12 cal./tbsp.).
- Two egg whites (34 cal.) are a good substitute of one egg (82 cal.) in cake recipes.
- Choose real fruits over an juice.
- For snacks, low-calorie fruits and salads are good replacements for crackers and breads.
- In parties do not avoid to eat, good substitutes for snacks are carrot strips, raw mushroom caps and pickle slices.
As a general rule, select a food you eat regularly, then look for a lower-calorie choice.
The above suggestions aren’t rocket science, but reducing your calorie intake, you will reduce and your body fat as well.
Valerian D is a freelance writer specialized in health issues affecting men such as childhood obesity.