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The Secret Power of 100 Calories

Would you give up 100 calories to lose 10 pounds? That's all it takes, if you're patient. Just cut back 100 calories a day ... and keep everything else the same. In a year you'll shed approximately 10 pounds (100 cal. per day X 365 days divided by 3,500 cal. per pound).

But eat just 100 calories over your energy needs every day? You'll expand by 10 pounds a year. Suppose you weigh 150 pounds. With a steady 100 extra calories, theoretically you could double your weight in 15 years! How much smarter to put the brakes on as soon as you detect the first tug in your waistband. Below, see how easy it is.

12 Ways to Save 100 Calories:

  • Instead of 1 cup low-fat granola with raisins ... have 1 cup raisin bran.

  • Instead of a large café latte with whole milk ... have a large café latte with skim milk.

  • Instead of a whole 4 oz. bagel ... have half a 4 oz. bagel plus an orange.

  • Instead of a turkey sandwich with 1 1/4 tbsp. mayo ... have a turkey sandwich with 1 tbsp.

  • Instead of 2 slices cheese pizza ... have 2 slices veggie pizza (no cheese).

  • Instead of tossed salad with 2 tbsp. ranch dressing ... have a tossed salad with 3 tbsp. fat-free ranch dressing.

  • Instead of a hamburger ... have a Boca Burger or a Gardenburger.

  • Instead of Chinese vegetables plus 1 cup fried rice ... have Chinese vegetables plus 1 cup steamed rice.

  • Instead of a baked potato with 2 tbsp. butter ... have a baked potato with 1 tbsp.

  • Instead of 1 cup macaroni & cheese plus 1/2 cup broccoli ... have 1/2 cup macaroni & cheese plus 1 1/2 cups broccoli.

  • Instead of a slice of chocolate fudge cake with icing ... have 4 Hershey's kisses or a half slice of cake.

  • Instead of 6 cups of microwave popcorn, movie-theater-style ... have 6 cups microwave popcorn, low-fat, butter flavor.

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