By: Jenna Bergen
Ditch the diet! We'll show you how a few simple food swaps will help you trim a little here and there but slim a lot, all without missing a bite.
Follow these brilliant tips to scale back your calorie intake...by the hundreds! From breakfast tips to dessert ideas, get some great ideas that will make your diet totally doable.
1. Make your own parfait instead of buying one. Use a cup of fat-free plain Greek yogurt, a half cup of sliced strawberries or blueberries, and a quarter cup of Kashi GoLean Cereal. Save: 151 calories
2. Share your favorite brunch dishes with friends. "Split a 500-calorie waffle and a 600-calorie omelet four ways," says Leslie J. Bonci, RD, FITNESS advisory board member and director of sports nutrition at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. "You won't overindulge or feel deprived." Save: 225 to 325 calories
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3. "When ordering eggs, ask for them to be cooked dry,"
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