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Health Tip of the Day: Ways to Cut 500 Calories a Day

The most basic way to lose weight is to slash calories. That's Diet 101. But how many do you really have to cut or burn to see results? You can drop a pound a week by trimming 500 calories each day - Here's how:

  1. Don't Eat in Front of the TV: You'll eat up to 288 calories more.  Instead, eat at the table, and trade 1 hour of TV for a casual walk. Together, that's 527 calories burned.
  2. Limit Salad Toppings: A big salad might seem healthy, but all those goodies on top can make it more calorie-laden than lasagna or fettuccine Alfredo. Cheese crumbles, caramelized nuts, bacon, avocado, dried fruit, croutons, and vinaigrettes can add lots of calories. Save 500 or more calories by having just one topping, adding flavorful but lower-cal veggies (roasted bell peppers, grilled onions, or mushrooms), and using half the dressing.
  3. Use Smaller Plates: Swap your 12-inch plate for a 10-inch one. You’ll eat 20 to 25% less—and save up to 500 calories. You won’t feel any less full, either, researchers say.
  4. Kick the Soda Habbit: A 12-ounce soft drink has about 150 to 180 calories. If you down two or three a day, you’re getting lots of extra calories.Quench your thirst with water and save as many as 540 calories.
  5. Ditch the Buttered Movie Popcorn: 
    Yes, the large popcorn at the concession stand weighs in at a whopping 1,005 calories.
    Smuggle in your own (microwave-popped, 94% fat-free, of course) and save more than 700 calories.

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