Weight loss doesn’t have to mean major sacrifice and going hungry.
Nutrition blogger Amanda Meixner shows us that making small differences to our diet can have huge impacts.
“Small tweaks add up!” she writes, according to Bored Panda. “These swaps will not only save your waistline but also your health.”
Here are 30 healthy substitutions you can make to help you lose weight.
1) Healthy Pasta Substitute
Life without pasta doesn’t seem worth living. But you don’t have to skip out on it. Chickpea pasta is a healthy alternative with lot more protein.
2) Healthy Wrap Alternative
Flour tortillas are delicious. No one can deny that. But you can switch out the taco shell for a lettuce wrap to drastically cut down on calories.
3) Fill Up On Veggies
You can get a lot fuller eating a lot more veggies than eating a few crackers. Vegetables are filled with vitamins and nutrients. But crackers just have carbs and salt.
4) Eat The Good Sugar
If you have a sweet tooth go for the good sugars. You can eat a lot more watermelon compared to just a few jelly beans. Plus it’s a lot healthier for you.
5) Do Tacos Right
You don’t have to stop eating tacos just because you’re on a diet. You just have to learn how to make them right. A few different choices will make a world of difference.
6) Swap This, For That
You can eat the same types of food, but make a few slight changes can be so much healthier for you. Swap roasted nuts for raw nuts, olive oil for canola, oil and red onions for white onion.
7) Why Eat One Meal When You Can Eat Four
Your morning coffee run can cost you an entire day’s worth of calories. But you can eat a lot more if you choose nutrient-dense foods rather than calorie dense foods. Below is the perfect example of this.
8) Don’t Give Up Smoothies, Burritos, Or Chocolate
What if I told you could eat the good stuff AND lose weight. Well, you can. A few small changes like eating dark chocolate instead of a candy bar will get you to your weight loss goal.
9) Processed vs. Natural
Processed food has fewer vitamins and good stuff than the all natural stuff. Eating more natural foods will help you lose weight and are just better for you in general. Processed peanut butter is filled with added sugar, while real peanut butter doesn’t.
10) Eat More, Lose Weight
You can eat a lot more foods and stay full if you eat more veggies. You’ll also lose weight. A full plate of eggs and veggies has way less calories than meat and carbs.
11) You Don’t Have to Count Calories
If counting all your calories seems like too much of a pain don’t. Start off by swapping out high foods for lower calorie foods. Instead of banana chips, have a banana.
12) A Lot of Sugar Goes a Little Ways
Frozen strawberry drinks are packed with sugar. Just one can take up half a days calories. You can eat a huge amount strawberries instead. You can also make your own by tossing strawberries, ice, milk, and Splenda in a blender.
13) Don’t Give Up Starbucks
You don’t have to stop going to Starbucks when you’re on a diet. Just don’t go for the high calorie drinks. Swap it for a sugar-free drink to cut down on calories.
14) Sugar is Basically Cocaine
Sugar is proved to be as addictive as cocaine. It can even cause withdrawals. Make difference choices instead of getting hooked.
15) You Won’t Even Know The Difference
When you make a few changes, it’s likely you won’t even know the difference. Store-bought jam has tons of sugar. But mashing berries tastes just as good.
16) Healthy Is More
You can have a shake and burger and fries and that will be an entire day’s worth of calories. Or you could eat a lot more. You stay a lot fuller, longer this way.
17) Bullet Proof Coffee
It’s yummy, but its got butter and coconut oil in it in some recipes. So, it’s got lots of calories. You could eat a full balanced breakfast instead.
18) Eat Better, Feel Better
Eating fast food might seem like a good idea at the moment. But it’s likely ha you’ll feel like crap and want to take a nap soon after eating it. You could eat a lot more food and consume a lot less calories while feeling great with healthier options.
19) Clean Eating = No Regrets
Unless you’re eating soap. It’s hard to regret eating a cookie. But little things like eating hot sauce instead of ketchup can cut help you lose weight.
20) Hack Your Snacks
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Hacking your snacks can help you lose weight quick. Instead of grabbing a processed granola bar go for the natural option. It’s jus as quick to grab but has a lot less calories.
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