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10 Healthy Swaps to Save 300 Calories [Infographic]

Making some adjustments to your favorite foods to save up to 300 calories is easier than you think. In the examples below, we found common summer foods and made simple substitutions with foods that have fewer added sugars and refined carbs. Then we added whole grains, veggies or fruit to boost the nutrition. The best part? The portion sizes stayed around the same.   

If you think saving 300 calories won’t have much of an effect on your waistline, think again. Cutting just 300 calories each day for two weeks equates to 4,500 calories you’ve shaved. Since science suggests one pound is equivalent to approximately 3,500 calories, that means a painless weight loss of a little more than a pound every two weeks. Not bad for weight loss that doesn’t feel like dieting.


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What a Serving of Alcohol Looks Like [Infographic]

Quick, what does one serving of your favorite drink look like? It’s not as easy to quantify as we think, and chances are you’re probably putting more calories in your body than you realize.

On average, it takes about an hour for the body to metabolize one standard drink as defined by U.S. guidelines: 12 ounces of 5% beer, 5 ounces of 12% wine or 1.5 ounces of 40% liquor. Obviously this varies with body weight, sex, age, individual metabolic rate, the type and strength of the alcohol, whether you’ve eaten recently and what medications you take, but if those serving sizes sound small compared to what the bartender serves or what you typically pour yourself, just wait until we show you some of your favorite cocktails.

To help you log those boozy beverages more accurately, we’re showing you what one standard serving of 10 different alcoholic beverages really looks like (at least according to the International Bartender’s Association) and the calories each serving contains.

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What a Healthy Summer BBQ Plate Looks Like [Infographic]

Navigating summer barbecues may seem like a daunting task when you’re trying not to undo all the healthy eating you’ve been doing all winter long. Yes, you can still be swimsuit-ready and enjoy poolside parties without going overboard on calories. Below you’ll find examples of what a healthy, but satisfying, summer cookout plate looks like at four different calorie counts.

First, some quick tips: Make sure at least half your plate is filled with fruits and veggies, then add protein and a whole grain or starchy vegetable if you’d like. Grilled chicken and fish are great lean protein options, too, but don’t deny yourself that hot dog or burger if you’re craving it. Most important, pay attention to portion sizes. We won’t tell you to avoid potato salad at all costs or swear off any food you really love; just stick to reasonable portions and make sure you’ve got veggies and protein mixed in.

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10 Healthy Swaps to Save You 200 Calories [Infographic]

Shaving 200  calories might not seem like a whole lot, but cutting this seemingly small amount from your daily intake can lead to gradual, but noticeable changes. In fact, it can help you lose 1 1/2–2 pounds each month if you do it right. (Remember: A pound is roughly equivalent to 3,500 calories.) Check out these simple 200-calorie swaps that are so simple, your taste buds might not even notice.


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