10 Easy Food Swaps To Help You Shed Kilos

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Like everything in life, you have a choice… including foods that will do less damage to the waistline.

Instead of potato chips . . .

Snack on almost anything else, which is sure to have more nutritional value. Nuts, popcorn, sweet potato chips, roasted chickpeas, sliced apple or celery with hummus for that crunch all fit the bill.

Instead of milk chocolate . . .

Indulge in dark chocolate (at least 70% cacao), which contains less sugar and is packed with antioxidants.

Instead of soft drink . . .

Get a sweet fix with a cup of tea, or sparkling water infused with lemon, mint, or fruit . . . and avoid the 40gm of sugar that comes with a can of Coke.

Instead of creamy salad dressing and croutons . . .

Mix together lemon juice, vinegar and olive oil and add nuts for crunch. Mightn’t taste quite as delicious but your waistline will thank you.

Instead of a muffin . . .

Porridge with blueberries. Same taste as a berry muffin but way fewer calories — plus, the oats make you feel full for longer, helping you dodge the junk for the rest of the day.

Instead of white bread . . .

Switch to wholegrain, which has four times the fibre as well as seeds and nuts that release energy throughout the day, helping you ward off afternoon snacks.

Instead of potatoes . . .

Sweet potatoes, which contain less carbs and more fibre. But if you’re wedded to your potatoes, at least roast them rather than having mash loaded with milk and butter.

Instead of beer . . .

Drink spirits, especially clear ones like vodka and rum — a vodka, lime, and soda contains half the calories of a schooner. It’s not called a beer gut for nothing!

Instead of vegetable oil . . .

To pure olive oil (for frying) or coconut oil (for baking), cutting out processed vegetable oils like corn and canola.

Instead of flavoured yoghurt . . .

Grab plain Greek yoghurt and load it with fresh fruit, swapping the sugar in the pre-packaged stuff for all the proteins and anti-oxidants of strawberries, blueberries, kiwis, and bananas.