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How to Cut 100 Calories a Day

Updated on September 20, 2017
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Theresa writes on the topic of health at times to share what she has learned here and there in life. She is a breast cancer survivor.

Here Are a Few Eye-Openers!

100 Calories Equals

  • 1/3 of a doughnut
  • 9 potato chips
  • 10 peanut M&M’s
  • About 8 French Fries
  • 2 ½ tablespoons of ice cream

Calories Can Add Up Fast

Did you know that you can lose 10 pounds a year by simply cutting 100 calories a day? Calories add up quickly, and there are simple choices you can make to cut 100 calories each day. Read how!

When my husband was diagnosed as pre-diabetic, of course, we made drastic changes in our diet. I began reading a lot about diabetes and diet. By just cutting out a lot of carbohydrates, my husband dropped a good bit of weight in a short amount of time. I began to realize that many factors influence what, when and how much we eat, including our feelings, our environment and even television. If we are not careful as to these factors, it can lead to mindless eating and taking in a lot more calories than we need. It is all about making better choices each time we eat, which can lead to less calorie intake.

Just by eating 100 fewer calories each day you can lose 10 pounds in one year. 100 calories can add up quickly.

By making the following 25 no-brainer changes to one’s diet will cut 100 calories. It is really all about common sense. Read and see just how easy cutting 100 calories each day can be by making wise choices in our diet. As you will note, these easy changes do not involve a drastic change in diet, but simply switching out maybe something a little less high in calories than another food item. In other words, these choices are not depriving you, but instead you are making wiser choices.

The following 25 no-brainer ways to cut calories are not necessarily geared toward one who has pre-diabetes, but really for all who desire to cut 100 calories or more each day.


25 No-Brainer Ways to Cut 100 Calories a Day

  1. Snack on 10 – 15 baked potato chips instead of regular.
  2. Top your salads with ¼ cup of chopped celery instead of 1 oz. of croutons.
  3. Dip your chips in ½ cup of salsa instead of ½ cup of guacamole.
  4. Replace ¼ cup of granola with 1 cup of Cheerios.
  5. Substitute three grilled shrimp for three fried shrimp.
  6. Thicken your cream sauce with 1% milk and corn starch instead of butter and flour.
  7. Use 1 cup of fat-free cottage cheese instead of regular cottage cheese.
  8. Replace 1 cup of corn with 1 cup of carrots.
  9. Order a sandwich on cracked wheat bread instead of a croissant.
  10. Substitute two slices of cheese pizza for two slices of pepperoni pizza.
  11. Eat a turkey breast sandwich instead of a chicken salad sandwich.
  12. Substitute 3 oz. of seafood for 3 oz. of beef in your stir-fry.
  13. Eat two poached eggs instead of two fried eggs.
  14. Eat ½ cup of steamed fresh broccoli instead of ½ cup of frozen broccoli in cheese sauce.
  15. Grill with nonstick cooking spray instead of margarine.
  16. Cut the peanut butter on your sandwich from 2 tablespoons to 1 tablespoon.
  17. Replace two fried-chicken drumsticks with two roasted drumsticks.
  18. Replace one large flour tortilla with a 6-inch corn tortilla.
  19. Use 2 tablespoons of evaporated nonfat milk in your coffee instead of 2 tablespoons of half-and-half.
  20. Make a burrito with ½ cup of fat-free refried beans and 1 ounce of nonfat cheese instead of a regular burrito.
  21. Reduce the size of your steak from 4 ½ oz. to 3 oz.
  22. Top your pasta with 1 cup of marinara sauce instead of ½ cup of Alfredo sauce.
  23. Pass on the second helping of mashed potatoes.
  24. Eat two meatballs instead of four with your spaghetti.
  25. Choose one serving of vegetarian lasagna instead of lasagna with meat.

These 25 easy ways to cut 100 calories each day are not in any way an example of the strict diet a diabetic or pre-diabetic person should follow, but are simple, no-brainer ways in which anyone can cut 100 calories out of their diet each day.

Bad Habits to Stop Immediately

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No Tasting Food as You Cook

All good chefs do. But while cooking the meal, you can rack up hundreds of calories before you even sit down at the table! Try chewing gum while you cook so that you are more aware and those harmless tastes do not add up to a whole meal.

Liquid Calories From Beverages

Calories add up when you drink too many soft drinks, sports drinks and alcohol. Even if you drink only one soft drink a day, over time those liquid calories will have a big impact.

For example, a 12-ounce can of regular cola contains 150 calories. If you drank that with lunch every day, over the course of a year, that would add up to nearly 55,000 empty and unnecessary calories---or a little more than 15 pounds! Make water and unsweetened or artificially sweetened seltzer, iced tea and coffee your beverages of choice. These drinks contain zero calories (unless you add milk to your coffee, and if you do, be sure to use low-fat or nonfat milk).

A Serving of Protein Should Be the Size of a Deck of Cards

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Serving Size

Check the serving size on the Nutrition Facts label, and keep in mind that a serving of protein is about the size of a deck of cards, not half the plate!

One Serving, Not Two

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No Second Helpings

We are all tempted to eat more when bowls of food are sitting right in front of us. Consider serving from the stove or counter rather than from the table. Just because you do not count them does not mean they do not count.

Stop Eating While Doing Other Activities

Extra calories can add up if you are eating while doing other activities. Eat meals and snacks sitting at the table while doing nothing else. It is likely that most of us have all had those days when we may have eaten chips right out of the bag while watching TV.

Never Finish off Your Child's Plate

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No More Thinking, "Just a Few Will Not Hurt."

Maybe your co-worker keeps a candy dish on her desk and you grab a handful of those tempting treats and munch on them while discussing a pressing work issue. Or maybe your child leaves a few French fries on his plate, and as you clear the table, you finish them off so they won’t go “to waste”---and then they go to your waist. Have your child clear his own plate when he’s finished. He’ll learn responsibility and you’ll still be able to button your waistband!

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If Your Waist Size Is Half Your Height, You Could Be Pre-Diabetic!

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Remember

Remember that everything you put in your mouth, food or beverage, whether it is just a taste or a huge second helping, adds up. Managing your weight does not have to be a lifelong struggle if you are aware of your calorie intake on a daily basis. Be mindful that small, consistent changes over time can make a huge difference.

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      Faith Reaper 13 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Paula,

      I appreciate your enthusiastic congrats. I will confess that I am stunned this hub was voted on enough to win a Hubble under this new niche site, especially being I only have a couple of hubs that have been moved to a niche site. I will just contribute it to the fact that I have the best followers and readers ever, like you!

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      Faith Reaper 13 months ago from southern USA

      Hello ChitrangadaSharan,

      Thank you. I'm quite surprised to have this hub win under this niche site. I have the best followers and readers, including you! You are so kind.

      Blessings

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      Paula 13 months ago

      Theresa.....CONGRATULATIONS!! You go, girlfriend!!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 13 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Congratulations for the Hubbie award for this well presented hub! This is definitely well written with easy to follow tips and suggestions.

      Enjoy your well deserved win and stay blessed!

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      Faith Reaper 13 months ago from southern USA

      Thank you, Maria,

      It feels a bit strange to win in this category for a hub this year, and I'm delighted so many thought enough of this hub to vote for it! What a surprise.

      Love you too, sweet friend

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      Maria Jordan 13 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

      This is a deserving winner, dear Theresa - congratulations on your Hubbie award!

      Love you and hugs too, Maria

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      Faith Reaper 13 months ago from southern USA

      Thank you so much, MsDora, and congratulations to you too!

      Cheers!

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      MsDora 13 months ago

      Congratulations on your well-deserved Best Hub on CalorieBee Award! Cheers!

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      Faith Reaper 13 months ago from southern USA

      Thank you ...Haha Dear Mike, You always bring the smiles, you winner you! Your Hubbie Award for your amazing hub on LetterPile is certainly well-deserved.

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      Faith Reaper 13 months ago from southern USA

      Aw, that is so sweet, Dear Chris. Thank you so much for the sweet congrats! You are always a winning Hubber in my mind.

      Bless you and Hugs

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      Faith Reaper 13 months ago from southern USA

      Thank you, Dear Sha! I saw your awesome hub won a Hubbie too! Sweet indeed ...

      Bless you

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      mckbirdbks 13 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Best Hub on CalorieBee - Congratulations. You have been duly voted as a winner. (We all knew that!!!!) High five.

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      Chris Mills 13 months ago from Maple City, Michigan

      Congratulations, Faith. This is most definitely a worthy winner of a Hubbie Award, and you are a winning Hubber.

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      Shauna L Bowling 13 months ago from Central Florida

      Congratulations on winning the 2016 Hubbie Award for the CalorieBee category, Faith! Sweet!!

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      Faith Reaper 13 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Ann,

      Hahaha ...so are too funny. I'm sorry I didn't see your return comment to me back 10 months ago!

      You are so kind.

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      Faith Reaper 13 months ago from southern USA

      Hi teaches,

      Thanks for the return visit here. I had forgotten this one went to the niche site. Yes, I've forgotten a lot myself, so it is good you dug this one up again!

      Blessings

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      teaches12345 13 months ago

      I stopped in again to refresh myself on the great tips on your post. I see some I have forgotten. Thanks again for the valuable information, Faith.

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      Ann Carr 23 months ago from SW England

      Blow the editbot! None of us is perfect so they can police us if they like, but to me it's ridiculous.

      Of course you're missed and I'm sure your next published hub will be of the highest standard as usual. Looking forward to reading it.

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      Faith Reaper 23 months ago from southern USA

      Hello Again Dear Ann,

      You're the best to check in on me. Believe it or not, I have plenty of hubs in the works, but just have to find the time to put the finishing touches on them to make them suitable for publishing. I am to the point of wanting not to publish just for the sake of publishing something, but I want to publish something really good, hopefully, when the time comes.

      I see I made a typo in leaving out a word in my previous comment "catching" as I mean to say "catching up" ...oh well, edit bot will arrive again.

      I am glad to know I am missed.

      Blessings alw

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      Faith Reaper 23 months ago from southern USA

      Hello Again Dear Ann,

      You're the best to check in on me. Believe it or not, I have plenty of hubs in the works, but just have to find the time to put the finishing touches on them to make them suitable for publishing. I am to the point of wanting not to publish just for the sake of publishing something, but I want to publish something really good, hopefully, when the time comes.

      I see I made a typo in leaving out a word in my previous comment "catching" as I mean to say "catching up" ...oh well, edit bot will arrive again.

      I am glad to know I am missed.

      Blessings always

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      Ann Carr 23 months ago from SW England

      I was missing reading your hubs, that's why I popped over to choose something of yours. Hope life is treating you well.

      Hugs to you.

      Ann

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      Faith Reaper 23 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Ann, sounds like you are in control of watching those calories and, yes, if one just stays away from these foods altogether that is best! Walking each day is a low impact and great exercise for one's heart. I certainly need to get back to a healthier lifestyle. It is always nice when you are able to stop by my side of HP Town. I have been missing in action from HP and so I look forward to catching reading. Blessings

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      Ann Carr 24 months ago from SW England

      Great suggestions here, though I don't eat half the things on your list anyway! I find that the wine is the killer, even though we only indulge at weekends. I also find that lack of exercise makes a huge difference. We go out for at least half an hour's walk every day, even if it's just to the shops and back but I used to play tennis and badminton. Since I finished work (where I ran tennis and badminton clubs after school) I haven't played at all. I miss it and am in the process of find a club where I can back into my stride, literally! It boosts the spirits as well as the circulation.

      I'll let you know how I get on!

      Ann

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Peg,

      Glad to see you here once again. I need to review my own article it seems ... I've been putting on some weight. Yes, every little bit each day can add up fast and before you know it, they're there!

      Blessings always

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Audrey,

      I need to reread my own article! : ( ...I better get on that same mission real quick myself.

      Blessings

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      Peg Cole 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Came back to review and watch the Dr. Oz video. Your ideas for substitutions really are great and you're right about cutting out just few excess calories every day. It really adds up.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      I needed to read this today--I am on a mission to lose some weight!

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Thanks, Jo! I am glad this article was helpful. I guess I need to reread my own article hahaha. Yes, you can't beat the combination of exercise and eating well for better health and feeling better for life.

      I appreciate you cheering me on!

      Blessings always

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 2 years ago

      Faith,

      Because of this article, the best thing is, I was able to be sure to stick with it through the holidays. I still would like to lose at least another 8 pounds. Then I will truly feel better. I have incorporated exercise since the New Year to go along with this new way of eating. :-)

      Cheering you on for your New Year goals!

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Wow, Jo!!! Thank you so much for sharing about your success in losing those ten unwanted pounds. Yes, the portion does make a huge difference. You have inspired me with your wonderful news to get back on track myself being I have wandered since Christmas. You are so kind to share and vote up and more once again. (((HUGS)))

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 2 years ago

      Hello Faith!

      I wanted to finally leave a comment this time around. I found this back a few months ago. I used some of the great advice listed, and I am happy to report it worked! I was able to lose the 10 pounds I was needing to lose. And it was interesting to do. I learned that if we are careful of not just what we eat, but the amount. We can really maintain or improve our health. :-) This is a great and useful write. Cheers! Thank you for your wisdom and caring enough to share something so many who (like me) need some help with where to start, when trying to lose a little bit of those extra pounds! ((((((((( Faith)))))))))))

      Shared, and Up ++++ once again. :-)

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Rayne,

      So nice to see you stopping by my side of HP Town this lovely day!

      You will be surprised at just how much making these small changes to one's diet can make a huge difference over the long run.

      Blessings and peace always

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Peg,

      Yes, it is amazing just how much sugar is added to just about everything!

      I do, however, love my croissants ...

      Of course these tips are not appropriate substitutions for diabetics as they require such a strict diet. This hub just shows how making small changes in one's diet can actually make a big difference overtime.

      Yes, that deck of cards is my problem as far as portion. It does help to picture a deck of cards in one's mind though.

      Blessings always, lovely woman

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      Rayne123 2 years ago

      Great hubs, great tips and I really need to try this.

      Thank you

      Laurie

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      Peg Cole 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      These are really useful tips to avoiding some of the excess calories we consume idly. When we first found out that the hubby was diabetic, I remember reading every can and list of ingredients on packaging at the store as we shopped. It is absolutely amazing the amount of added sugar that goes into even veggies.

      You're right about the croissants being higher in calories than bread. Small choices such as those substitutions can really add up. And I like your comparison of a properly sized protein to that of a deck of cards.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Cynthia (techygran),

      Me too ...I need to have this right in front of me to be mindful to make wiser choices myself!

      I appreciate you reading and voting up, pinning and sharing.

      Have a wonderful week ahead and here's to all of us making better and healthier choices each day.

      Blessings

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Shyron,

      Wow, that is wonderful and you have great discipline in your diet already, which is a lot better than any of these suggestions here. You certainly do not need to cut any calories if you are already doing so well in your daily diet.

      You look fabulous, by the way!

      Thank you so much for the vote up and more and share, you are so kind.

      Blessings to you to dear Shyron.

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      Cynthia 2 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

      Hi Faith... nothing much to argue with in this hub! I should print it up and stick it on my fridge, on my computer, and on my stove... places where I definitely go against the wisdom above! Voted up, shared, and pinned! ~Cynthia

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi there, no body,

      My apologies for missing your comment here from three weeks ago! Seems I have been missing some here of late for some reason.

      Oh, one truly has to follow a very strict diet having diabetes. These suggestions here are just about cutting calories by making slight substitutions and in no way are meant for those who are diabetic.

      I wish you and your wife the best of health and that making the necessary life changes in diet will help with the diabetes.

      Protein and lots of veggies are so important.

      I appreciate the vote up and more.

      Blessings to you and your wife always

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Theresa, I love your tips and this is easy to give up those fattening things cause I don't like most of them. I like the substitutes instead of the original (i.e. croutons I don't care for and I love celery) that is what I had for supper celery and lettuce and tomatoes.

      But I will watch carefully and try to cut calories.

      Voted-up UABI and shared.

      Blessings Dear Theresa

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      Robert E Smith 2 years ago from Rochester, New York

      Facts very good to know! Diabetes runs in my family and in my wife's family. More so in hers because people of color, African-Americans have a greater tendency to diabetes. My wife had weight loss surgery a little over a year ago. I made up my mind to make changes in my life accordingly. She has to eat mostly protein and just little bits at a time. I too am eating mostly protein with fruits and veggies. I have lost a bit in the last year. Her having surgery is the best thing that ever happened to ME. Voted up and useful. Bob.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Mary,

      Oh, yes, habits are hard to break no doubt. It is really a matter of a lifestyle change, and I know this night after a long day, I did not fair well ... Tomorrow is another day.

      I always appreciate your visits, vote up and more

      Blessings

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      These are simply great ideas that are so easy to do. We are creatures of habit and sometimes those habits are hard to break. Starting small though, can certainly add up.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Linda (Sunshine),

      Thank you so much for stopping by my side of HP Town. Yes, if we can't allow ourselves to be naughty every now and then, then that is when we fall off the wagon big time ... so to speak. But when we allow ourselves a little treat every now and then, we can then get back at it the next day or do a little work out as you state. I do not see you as a couch potato type of woman.

      I appreciate the "fabulous"!

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      Linda Bilyeu 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Excellent and very informative article! I've found cutting back on calories isn't that difficult...on days when I'm a little naughty I just take an work out a bit longer or take an extra walk. I'm not one to sit still for longer than 10-15 minutes at a time so it works for me. Fabulous hub! :)

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Marlene,

      Yes, it is a daily challenge for me too! We just have to have a mindset to actually have a lifestyle change in our bad habits of what we put into our mouths for sure, and some of these are not really so great either.

      I appreciate you stopping by to read.

      God bless.

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      Marlene Bertrand 3 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Oh if I'm going to be honest, I have to admit that I do almost all the things that are noted as "no-no's." I like all of your tips, especially the tip about the protein size being the size of a deck of cards. I have some serious adjustments to do. Thank you so much for such valuable information.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi VioletteRose,

      Thank you so much for stopping by to read. Oh, yes, and I am one who loves chips, and the baked chips are really satisfying, at least to me. I think it is a matter of hearing the crunch sound, which my mind for some reason is satisfied at hearing the sound of the crunch.

      I appreciate your insightful comments.

      Blessings

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      VioletteRose 3 years ago from Chicago

      I love the idea of using baked chips instead of fried ones. I learnt how to bake potato chips, sweet potato fries and apple fries. They are so tasty, and better for health. You have shared some really great ways to reduce the calories every day. Thanks so much!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hello ElleBee,

      Thank you for stopping to read. Yes, these are certainly doable and very easy substitutions.

      Blessings

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      ElleBee 3 years ago

      I may need to try some of these - I love that you did it focused on easy solutions instead of big "rules" or something. You make it sound doable!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi ologsinquito, your Dad is a wise man no doubt. Thank you for stopping by to read this day. Have a great rest of the weekend.

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      ologsinquito 3 years ago from USA

      Cutting calories is very important if you are overweight. As my Dad is fond of saying, "People need to learn how to eat."

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hello B. Leekley,

      So nice to meet you. I appreciate the vote up and more. That would be so wonderful it this may possibly inspire one to think of more ideas, as I know there are so many more restrictive diets, especially for those with diabetes. These are very simple substitutions indeed and if we are serious about our diets, we should do away with some of these altogether.

      Have a great weekend

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi joedolphin88,

      I am so sorry I missed your wonderful comment from six weeks ago! I apologize.

      Thank you so much for reading and I am glad you found this article informative with simple solutions.

      I appreciate you.

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      Brian Leekley 3 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Up, Useful and Interesting. Those are good substituting suggestions, and they inspire one to think of more ideas.

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      Joe 3 years ago from north miami FL

      Awesome substitutions, truly informative and article with simple solutions.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Rachael,

      Thank you so much for reading. Yes, these are simple substitutions and one may be even better off by just abstaining from some of these entirely : )

      I appreciate the vote up and more

      Blessings

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      Rachael O'Halloran 3 years ago from United States

      I've never really had a weight problem but my daughter in law does. She swears by serving size, not eating past 8pm and absolutely nothing with high fructose corn syrup. You have some very good suggestions and substitutions. Voted up, interesting and useful.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hello Torr13,

      So nice to meet you. I am glad you enjoyed reading this hub. Yes, moderation is the key for sure!

      I appreciate your comments.

      Hope you are enjoying a lovely Sunday.

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      Tori Canonge 3 years ago from California

      I really enjoyed reading this hub because you gave alternatives that we can all try. I think that sometimes we crave things and that can be difficult, but it is well worth it in the end. I have found that eating things in moderation and allowing myself a cheat meal here and there keeps me on track so that I'm not overeating like crazy. Thanks for the great tips!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Thank you so much, truthfornow, for stopping by to read. Yes, those portions will get us every time. For a long time, my husband and I (after the children were grown) would watch television while we ate, and it is such an addictive habit for sure. So true, you do not even realize the amount of food you are consuming while looking at the tube!

      I appreciate your great comments which add much to the topic of this hub.

      Blessings

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      truthfornow 3 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      Just catching up on my readings here . . . nice one. These are some great tips. I think you are right about portions too. That is why people shouldn't go out to eat so much. The portions are absolutely huge. And eating while watching television can become such an addictive habit. You don't even realize how much you are eating.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hello passionate77,

      Thank you so much for reading. Yes, very easy substitutions here no doubt. I appreciate the generous comments.

      Enjoy your weekend.

      Blessings,

      Faith Reaper

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      passionate77 3 years ago

      excellent and wonderful, so great post with really so helpful and easy to follow tips and tricks that are so beneficial for our overall wellbeing and total health besides just weight loss. blessings!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hello ignugent,

      Always so nice to see you stopping by to read! I am so glad you like the tips here. Yes, I leave all mine on the stove, so one has to actually get up and get seconds ... but that has not stopped me in the past LOL.

      Blessings,

      Faith Reaper

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      ignugent17 3 years ago

      Wow great tips! I will try not putting everything on the table and make a trip to the counter to get a second portion. Thanks again.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Thank you so much for reading, Better Yourself. Yes, very easy substitutions make 100 calories of a difference.

      Have a great evening,

      Faith Reaper

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      Better Yourself 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Great hub, and very helpful and easy tips! Thanks for sharing!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      LOL, thank you for sharing! I know, we picked up one the other night, just with veggies though, so we left off the 100 calorie pepperonis! haha, yes, good night sweet friend, I think I will go to bed to on that note.

      Hugs

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Came to share this and saw that pizza, I wanted to pick one up today so bad and now this hub makes me wish I had. Hey you only get old and can have anything you want once! There is a pill for whatever bad it does, right? You think I should go on to bed? I think I have a pill for that....lol

      OK.......

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      I filed the forms, but if they just linked it with those clicking on it and it comes back to my page, then that would not be a problem. But if they copied and put their own name, then it would be a problem.

      Thank you.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Ryem,

      So great to see you stopping by to read! I am glad these tips are helpful.

      Blessings,

      Faith Reaper

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      Ryem 3 years ago from Maryland

      Faith, your tips are really helpful. Thank you for sharing!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Awesome Dear Deb!

      That is great. Hmmm, I may have to go that route too, especially if the weight is hard to keep ON!!! Wow, I remember those days, but I was 25 then. LOL

      Thank you for reading and sharing with us.

      Have a great weekend and I hope you get more really great shots up at Boomer Lake,

      Faith Reaper

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      These are all pretty simple and don't require a lot of effort. Since I am pretty much vegetarian now, it is a real chore to keep the weight ON.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Aw, thank you so much dear friend for reading and leaving such wonderful comments here to add much to the subject of this hub! You're the best.

      So great to see you here this night. I hope all is well with you and yours.

      Thank you so much for sharing and all the votes up.

      God bless you too dear one,

      Faith Reaper

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      deergha 3 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      Dear Faith,

      This is a very useful and interesting hub you have compiled here. Almost an eyeopener in truest of sense with such easy and simple way to cut down 100 calories which is very amazing in itself. You have done a thorough research on the topic in hand which is very evident. Well job done my friend. As the modern lifestyle is full with health complicacies we need more this type of health awareness hubs so that we can prevent the diseases as much possible with little control and change of habit for a better life. Thanks for sharing. Shared and votes all up way

      God bless you dear

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hello starbright,

      I love your hubber name! Thank you so much for reading and I am glad you found these to be great tips.

      Have a lovely day,

      Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hello Dear Vellur,

      Thank you so much for reading. That is a good reminder to keep in one's mind for sure! Sounds like you have things under control.

      Blessings,

      Faith Reaper

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      Lucy Jones 3 years ago from Scandinavia

      Really great tips to keep in mind when the extra kilograms are too much to bear. Thanks for sharing.

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      Nithya Venkat 3 years ago from Dubai

      Great tips for cutting down 100 calories a day, thank you for sharing. I always keep reminding myself before I begin to go overboard eating - a moment on the lips a lifetime on the hips!!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hello carter06,

      Thank you so much for reading! Yes, that is an eye-opener for sure, especially for me ... You know yourself and what will work, so go for it.

      I appreciate the vote up and more.

      Cheers,

      Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Nell,

      Thank you so much for reading and I am glad you thought this to be great advice! Yes, we stopped frying a long time ago when my children were young. It makes a big difference! That TV one is really hard indeed, especially with it just being my husband and I most of the time, we just naturally gravitate towards the television. That is a good idea to leave a little bit on your plate.

      I appreciate the vote up and share!

      Blessings,

      Faith Reaper

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      Mary 3 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Great ideas here Faith..and love that you've listed what a 100 calories can look like!! I reckon smaller portions & not tasting while cooking will work for me..U & Awesome..cheers

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Great advice Faith, and yes I know all about those weighty heavy foods! lol! I have actually tried grilling everything now compared to frying, and I also have tried the one with getting away from the tv, but sadly that one no longer works! lol! but funnily enough I do try to think like a 'table' eater while watching tv, so always leave a little bit of food on the place, voted up and shared! nell

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Crafty,

      Sounds like you are already on the right path to being healthy and fit! Yes, carrot chips are a great substitution for croutons. I hope some of these tips are useful.

      Thank you for reading and have a lovely evening,

      Faith Reaper

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      These are such great tips! Tonight we had a tossed salad with grilled steak. Because I'm gluten-free now, instead of croutons, we had carrot chips. Also, I love the corn starch tip.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi b. Malin,

      Hahaha You are always so fun and full of humor! I am so glad you were able to stop by and read, and I wish it would work like that ... read it and lose 10 pounds lol! I appreciate your wonderful comments and, yes, change is difficult at times, but for the best in the long run, hopefully.

      I do hope you and "Lover Man" have a lovely weekend down in the sunshine state!

      I appreciate the vote up and more.

      Blessings,

      Faith Reaper

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      b. Malin 3 years ago

      Hi Faith, I think I just lost 10 pounds mentally from reading your Wonderful Hub. But kidding aside... It's so important for us to eat healthy and you've given us some Great pointers on how to do so. Change of habit is never easy, but the rewards are so satisfying!

      Voted UP & Useful.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Romeos Q,

      Yes, the grapevine is right, we have been snowed and iced in since Tuesday morning. We should thaw out around noon today, then I will have to return to work. LOL Ironically, the other morning I opened my front porch to take a photo of the snow as it is so beautiful and still is covering the ground, being the temperature is only 9 degrees, but anyway, I did not realize our insulated dog house that happens to be shaped like an igloo had arrived and was sitting under our front porch but was covered in snow! LOL How ironic, in the deep south, to see an igloo shaped dog house covered in snow! LOL As soon as the temperature goes up above freezing, I shall make my way to work in the city. That black ice is what is so scary indeed. Well, I guess I can sing that song, but change the words a bit, "I'm dreaming of a white birthday." LOL

      As to your wonderful insights to the topic of this hub, yes, a lot of us Americans tend to be junk food junkies, as they say, and not exercise and hence, sadly, even now, with the young people and obesity is getting out of control.

      It will take a lot more than making one of these 100 calorie cut suggestions a day for many to lose the amount of weight some may need to lose. This list here is just pretty much an eye-opener as to how fast 100 calories add up for sure! Those who are diabetic or pre-diabetic must have a much more strict diet of course.

      Thank you for reading and adding your insight here. Now, I must make my way over to your side of HP Town, the exciting and non-boring side, to see what enjoyable read you have for us this day to warm us up a bit.

      Blessings,

      Faith Reaper

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      Romeos Quill 3 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      Hi Faith Reaper,

      " A moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips "; isn't that what ' they ' used to say?

      A really useful article of your ' Twenty-five no-brainer ways to cut one-hundred calories per day ' for those who are confused as to where to start; a smaller plate really does work.

      It seems to be predominantly a western problem this excess eating leading to heart disease and diabetes etc... I think the Asians have it ' licked ' ( no pun intended :) with their no-nonsense and healthy approach to food; portions and cooking methods especially.

      Was reading a few days ago at how the post WWII life-expectancy age had rocketed for Japan, especially Okinawa, simply because of their diet, according to the research of that particular study. Moderation and education seem to be the keys. I can see the problem though if folk haven't got a lot of money, who tend to spend on things that are filling, and not always the best choice. When people get older or become more sedentary in lifestyle, they're bound to put on a bit of suet, but your informative, encouraging and useful Hub is a great way to fight the flab.

      Oh, I heard through the grapevine that you've been having a lot of snow in the ' Beautiful South '; I hope it's not too bad for you guys and that you have enough emergency supplies, just in case.

      Thank you, and hope you are well.

      With Warm Regards,

      R.Q.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Eddy, So nice to see you stopping by to read. We are snowed and iced in here in the deep south and it is not going to improve until Thursday at noon. So, I have just been able to get online. I am glad this may help to spur you on. I need to do what I write for sure and even morec serious than these suggestions! Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Just the one for me Faith and thanks for sharing.

      It may be the one to spur me on , thanks for sharing and enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Rebecca,

      Thank you so much for reading! Yes, although, it doesn't sound too creamy does it : )

      Blessings,

      Faith Reaper

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      Rebecca Mealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Great ideas to cut calories...love the cream sauce with 1% milk and flour!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hello VVanNess,

      Thank you so much for reading and so glad you found it informative. Oh, just a few minor changes or choices make a big difference no doubt!

      Have a great rest of the weekend,

      Faith Reaper

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      Victoria Van Ness 3 years ago from Prescott Valley

      Very nice and very informative article! I would never have even considered a few of these suggestions. Thanks!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Mekenzie,

      So great to see you stopping by to read! Yes, it is truly amazing just how little of the wrong foods add up to 100 calories so fast. Oh, I love that and it is so true, we need to be mindful that we eat to live!

      Since my husband has had to change up his diet so much, we have learned a lot. Of course, his diet very strict, more so than what is on this list here.

      Hugs and Blessings to you too,

      Faith Reaper

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      Susan Ream 3 years ago from Michigan

      Hey Faith, It's amazing how little, of the wrong foods, it takes to equal 100 calories and how the faulty thinking "I little won't hurt" turns into too many calories very quickly.

      If we eat to live rather than live to eat our choices will lead to a healthy lifestyle meant to nourish the body not abuse it.

      Your 25 calorie cutting suggestions are very helpful. Great research on your part making a great tool for those of us who need to drop a few pounds. :)

      Hugs and Blessings!

      Mekenzie