Slashing Calories

5 tips that will change how you cook or eat.

Cutting a few calories here and there won’t instantly show up on the scale – but making consistent changes will. Here are 5 effortless ways to sidestep excess calories throughout your day.

Drink your coffee or tea plain – a recent study published in the journal Public Health found that people who drink their coffee black consume about 69 fewer calories a day.

Get more fiber at breakfast – if you choose a high-fiber breakfast, you’re going to feel full sooner and eat less of it overall (oats are one good option).

Cut back on cooking oil – when you’re sautéing vegetables or cooking on a stovetop, one of the best things you can do is to use a nonstick cooking spray instead of putting oil in your pan. You can also sub in a few tablespoons of chicken, beef, or vegetable broth.

Don’t eat in front of the TV – eating a meal while watching the television unconsciously makes you overeat because we’re not paying attention to portion sizes and our brains may not fully register that we’ve eaten at all!

Do more cooking at home – eating out may be the fast option but it may help to know that home cooking on top of its other benefits, helps you cut calories. A study in the journal Public Health Nutrition found that people who cooked dinner six or seven nights a week consumed about 150 calories fewer per day than those who cooked once a week or less.