Dieting in general is at best, tough, and at worst, a recipe for failure. It’s even harder when you’re getting ready for your wedding – you’re stressed enough, and the added pressure of trying to stick to a diet is enough to make any bride (or groom) miserable. The good news is, you can cut thousands of calories out of your diet every week without having to starve yourself. You can eat essentially the same amount of food you eat now, so you’ll still feel satisfied. The key is simply to make lower-calorie choices and that begins with making a few simple substitutions day!
One easy trick is to look at your options and pick one with lower calories. If you have a craving for a candy bar, go ahead and get a candy bar. But take a few extra seconds to look at the nutrition labels. Choose the candy bar with 210 calories rather than the one with 280. The same thing goes for restaurant menus. Many restaurants these days have the calories listed with the menu items; if you have a few ideas about what to order, pick the one with the lowest calorie count.
Another simple strategy is to buy a low-fat or low-calorie option instead of the full-calorie product whenever you can. Most of the time, you can’t tell the difference. You can use this strategy with foods like salad dressings, dips, mayonnaise, cheese, peanut butter, crackers, chips, popcorn, ice cream, and much more.
Here’s an example: One night for dinner at an Italian restaurant, you order a Caesar salad, Fettuccine Alfredo with chicken and a regular soda. A side Caesar salad averages about 300 calories. A typical restaurant dinner plate of Fettuccine Alfredo with chicken is at least 1200 calories, and a 12-ounce soda is 90 calories. Your meal ends up at approximately 1600 calories. Now, let’s say you ordered a salad with balsamic vinaigrette, spaghetti with marinara sauce and chicken, and a diet soda. The salad would be about 200 calories, the spaghetti and chicken about 600, and of course the diet soda has no calories. You’re able to eat the same amount of food yet you’ve cut your calories in half.
Here’s a cheat sheet to get you started:
Happy “substituting” and good luck on hitting your Wedding Day weight goals!
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