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How To Save 100 Calories Per Day...And Lose 10 Pounds A Year Without Trying

Updated: Jun 28

It may not sound much of a saving, but if you shave just 100 calories each day of the year off your usual daily intake, this adds up to a whopping 36,500 calories over the course of the year.

Assuming as the British Dietetic Association tell us, that to lose a pound of body fat requires a calorie deficit of 3,500 calories, then this will mean you can burn off over 10 pounds of body fat in the year, with this small dietary adjustment.


Take a look at the first of my 'Drop A 100 Calories-A-Day' series. If your body mass index (BMI*) suggests that you have some weight to lose, take a quick look. You may find one or two that can help.




One

Swap

Classic Magnum 110ml = 244kcal

For

Choc Ice 70ml = 126kcal

SAVES 118 calories




Two

Swap

150g French fries = 506kcal

For

200g oven chips = 290kcal

SAVES 120 calories


Three

Swap

2 dessertspoons of olive / sunflower / other oil =180kcal

For

1 teaspoon olive / sunflower / other oil = 45kcal

SAVES 135 calories

Four

Swap

3 Digestive biscuits = 213kcal

For

1 x 120g banana = 106kcal

SAVES 107 calories


Five

Swap

175g Greek yoghurt = 232kcal

For

175g low fat or 2% fat Greek yoghurt = 127kcal

SAVES 105 calories


Six

Swap

200g Baked potato with 15g butter and 40g grated cheddar = 481kcal

For

200g baked potato with 5g butter, 40g reduced fat cheddar and a big salad lettuce and cucumber salad = 380kcal

SAVES 101 calories


Seven

Swap

250g meat topped pizza = 540kcal

For

250g Margherita pizza = 490kcal

SAVES 150 calories




Eight

Swap

Swap 200g cooked spaghetti with 150g Bolognese sauce = 532kcal

For

200g cooked spaghetti with 150g Neopolitan tomato sauce and a tablespoon of grated Parmesan cheese = 411kcal

SAVES 121 calories


Nine

Swap

A blueberry muffin = 298kcal

For

Half a scone with a teaspoon of jam and 10g whipped cream = 162kcal

SAVES 136 calories


Ten

Swap

200g egg fried rice = 368kcal

For

180g long grain boiled rice = 259kcal

SAVES 109kcal





* BMI

Here is what the NHS Choices website www.nhs.co.uk tells us about Body Mass Index.


What is the body mass index (BMI)?

The body mass index (BMI) is a measure that uses your height and weight to work out if your weight is healthy.


The BMI calculation divides an adult's weight in kilograms by their height in metres squared. For example, A BMI of 25 means 25kg/m2.


BMI ranges

For most adults, an ideal BMI is in the 18.5 to 24.9 range.

For children and young people aged 2 to 18, the BMI calculation takes into account age and gender as well as height and weight. If you want to calculate your BMI, try our healthy weight calculator


If your BMI is:

•below 18.5 – you're in the underweight range

•between 18.5 and 24.9 – you're in the healthy weight range

•between 25 and 29.9 – you're in the overweight range

•between 30 and 39.9 – you're in the obese range


Accuracy of BMI

BMI takes into account natural variations in body shape, giving a healthy weight range for a particular height.


As well as measuring your BMI, healthcare professionals may take other factors into account when assessing if you're a healthy weight. Muscle is much denser than fat, so very muscular people, such as heavyweight boxers, weight trainers and athletes, may be a healthy weight even though their BMI is classed as obese.

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