Cut Empty Calories

Cut Empty Calories
  • According to research from the University of Massachusetts, you’ll eat up to 288 calories more in front of the television. Instead, eat at the table, and trade 1 hour of TV for a casual walk.
  • A big salad might seem healthy, but cheese crumbles, caramelized nuts, bacon, avocado, dried fruit, croutons, and vinaigrettes can add lots of calories.
  • Swap your 12-inch plate for a 10-inch one. You’ll eat 20 to 25% less—and save up to 500 calories.
  • Dessert-like coffee creations can contain as many as 670 calories, with large sizes and options like whipped cream, whole milk, and syrups.
  • Eating chips from a big bag leads to overeating. Stick to 1 serving of about 15 chips—that’s 140 calories—or pick up some 100-calorie snack packs and save
  • Family-style meals, with platters and bowls of food on the table, invite people to go back for seconds and thirds. Cut hundreds of calories by filling plates before bringing them to the table and leaving serving dishes in the kitchen.
  • Syrups, sour mix, sugary fruit juices, and creamy additions turn cocktails into desserts. Order drinks mixed with club soda, tonic water, cranberry juice, or a squeeze of citrus; or try distilled liquors on the rocks. You’ll save up to 800 calories.