Losing weight is challenging, but, if you make smart food choices, and in some cases, smart food substitutions, it can be easier than you might think! Sometimes, making simple swaps can allow you to consume fewer calories without sacrificing taste or flavor and while making it so much easier to reach your weight loss goals. Below, you’ll find some “smart swaps” to make your weight loss journey go a lot more smoothly and still taste delicious!
Swap #1: Applesauce Instead of Sugar
Whenever a recipe calls for sugar, say no! Sugar is loaded with empty calories that are bad for you, and studies have also shown that sugar can be as addictive as drugs! That doesn’t mean you have to skip out on sugar-laden recipes, however. Instead, simply replace the sugar with an equal amount of sugar-free applesauce, or, if you prefer, an all-natural sugar substitute that’s low in calories. You won’t taste the difference, but your body sure will notice it and be thankful for the swap!
Swap #2: Steel-Cut Oats Instead of Oatmeal
Most people think of oatmeal as pretty healthy, but, if you’re eating it processed, from a packet, it’s really not all that good for you. The average packaged-oatmeal serving can run you around 160 calories, more if there’s milk or flavorings involved. Cut calories and eat more naturally by serving up steel-cut oats with some chopped fruit and a little cinnamon for flavor.
Swap #3: Avocado Instead of Mayonnaise
Are you the kind of person who just can’t live without a little mayonnaise on your sandwich? If so, that’s a habit you need to break and fast since a simple tablespoon of mayonnaise can sometimes have as much as 100 calories! Instead of slathering your sandwich or other meal with pure fat, why not try a slice or two of avocado? It will keep your food from feeling dry and will provide you with heart-healthy fats, instead of the processed, unhealthy kinds you’ll find in standard mayo.
Swap #4: Kid Food for Grown-Up Food
We definitely don’t recommend eating fast food often, if at all. However, if you find yourself in a situation where there’s nothing else to eat and it’s pretty much unavoidable, do yourself a favor by ordering from the kid’s menu. The average-size adult meal from a fast food joint will provide you with more calories, fat, and sodium than your body needs in a whole day, but a child-sized portion, such as a Happy Meal, is much closer, at least in terms of calories, to what an adult’s portion really should be. Plus, a lot of restaurants allow you to substitute fries for healthier sides, like fresh fruit or yogurt.
As you can see, making small changes to your diet can make a big difference!