44 Tips for Eating 500 Calories a Day

Eating 500 Calories a Day

A trick to speeding up weight loss is knowing how to eat plenty of food but not too many calories. Here are 44 tips that really work for the 500 calorie diet.

  1. You can drink calories just as easily as you can eat them, but food proves far more satisfying. A chocolate milkshake plays host to around 500 calories but if you ate a quarter of a dry-roasted chicken and a green salad you would still not top that mark.
  2. Dissolve sugar from your diet gradually. Sugar has no essential role in nutrition and is omitted from its five recommended food groups. They claim a well-balanced diet provides adequate sugar from fruit.
  3. If you love to snack on food, here’s a tip from a dieter who lost 110 pounds (eight stone). Each morning, a pile of grated carrot and celery and roll the mixture into 6 or 8 individual lettuce leaves. Eat one whenever you feel hungry.
  4. A turnip contains half as many calories as a potato. That makes it a perfect substitute when a stew or casserole calls for potatoes. You can also bake them with your roast dinners.
  5. In all cooking and for milk drinks, substitute whole milk with skim (non-fat) milk. Skim milk carries about half the number of calories as ordinary milk.
  6. Potatoes, when baked in their skins or boiled in their jackets, provide a valuable energy food and around the same number of calories as an apple. Instead of coating them in butter, make them tasty with a dob of plain yogurt or cottage cheese.
  7. Skip unnecessary “starter cocktails” or after-dinner liqueurs. When you’re eating out, start with soda water with a twist of lemon and then you can safely drink one or two glasses of wine with dinner.
  8. Use fresh fruit for family desserts. Many canned fruits are preserved in syrup that boosts the sugar content of the fruit.
  9. If you’re a cheese lover then choose low-calorie cholesterol cheddar or Norwegian table cheese.
  10. You don’t have to toss all your green vegetables in butter. Steamed broccoli, brussels sprouts and cabbage, look and taste more appealing if you toss them in finely diced parsley.
  11. That roast chicken for Sunday lunch can be very deceptive. A leg coated in greasy skin harbors far more calories than a lean piece of breast. You know which one is best for you.
  12. Can’t give up the great ice-cream dessert – well, buy low-fat ice cream which slashes the calorie count but still whets the appetite.
  13. When you buy meat, choose lean cuts. A short loin chop contains more kilojoules than its “chump” brother. The same amount of steak carries even less.
  14. When you’re dining out with friends and the meat has a fatty surround, cut it off and leave it on the side of the plate.
  15. Save time and skip the braising process when you cook stews or casseroles. Braised meat always needs a coating of oil or butter in the pan and the meant absorbs this unnecessarily. A great calorie cutter is a slow cooker because the meat cooks in its own juices with no added oils.
  16. When you do cook stews, always do it a day ahead of time. When they are allowed to refrigerate overnight, fat settles on the top and it can be skimmed off the next day before reheating.
  17. When you cook a meatloaf, ensure that the mince has a low-fat content. Then, skip the breadcrumbs and use an extra egg to bind the loaf together.
  18. When you cook sausages always grill them on a rack. Let the fat drip away and remember, the better cooked they are, the less fat they will contain.
  19. You don’t have to stick to hard-boiled or poached eggs for a low-calorie breakfast. Scrambled eggs, or an egg “fried” in a non-stick pan, require no fat or butter for cooking.
  20. When somebody gives you a box of chocolates you’ll add pounds if you eat them, even over a period of three weeks. Why not give them away to somebody special who can eat them without suffering or share them among a big family.
  21. A calorie chart is the dieter’s best friend and critic. Have two, one for the kitchen and one for your purse, so you’ll always have a chart nearby.
  22. A diary notebook makes a vigilant companion to your chart. Write down during the day everything you eat and its calorie count: you’ll know then what you can afford.
  23. Dull, flavorless food is the dieter’s undoing. And here’s where a dash of lemon can work magic: it doubles as a dressing and flavoring agent, provides essential vitamin C.
  24. Be clever with the carving knife and outwit hunger. Slice meat thinly and you can have TWO helpings. As for hamburgers, two small ones look more.
  25. Have you heard the two best exercises in the world for weight watchers? shake the head from left to right; push yourself away from the table.
  26. Improvise with grapefruit: try a dash of bitters on it at Sunday brunch, then add a sprinkling of coconut; bring out its flavor with a squeeze of fresh lemon at breakfast.
  27. Cook meat in wine to improve taste and aroma. Lean chuck turns into a tender gourmet treat when marinated in half a cup of red wine. The resultant “gravy” is delicious, too.
  28. Consider the onion. Brown or white, it’s the dieter’s friend. Garlic, to season meat and vegetables; shallots, to chop and mix with vinegar for a gourmet’s dressing.
  29. Small servings make a diet work. A chop looks lest on a dinner plate, so achieve an optical illusion by serving dinner on a dessert plate. Use a small-size goblet for dessert.
  30. Grilled chicken is a low-calorie, complete protein dieter’s bargain. Serve it as often as possible: hot with vegetables; cold with a salad.
  31. Scramble eggs in a double boiler, or bake them in a shallow ramekin on a spinach nest or on top of sliced tomatoes. You won’t need butter.
  32. Grated parmesan cheese deserves a place on the table with salt and pepper. Sprinkle broccoli, cabbage, beans, spinach, salads with it and you won’t miss butter so much.
  33. Keep a bowl of hard-boiled eggs in the refrigerator. When you’re starving, eat one. Calorically, it’s cheaper than a sweet soft drink, and an egg carries protein.
  34. A few mushrooms added to carrots or green beans will give them flavor and interest. Vegetables are the core of any diet, might as well make them exciting.
  35. Skewer cookery makes a little meat go a long way. Marinate lamb, beef, or prawns first in vinegar or a little lemon juice and herbs; skip the oil.
  36. Gelatin is another dieter’s friend. Cast it in decorative molds to achieve low-calorie but dramatic desserts, it’s handy for taste-tempting summer salads, too.
  37. If you’re invited out and served macaroni and cheese, French bread, and pie, there’s nothing you can do except take small portions and eat slowly. Don’t give up being careful.
  38. If you don’t trust your appetite when eating out, order black coffee the minute you sit down. It will fill you up and take the edge off your appetite.
  39. If you’re dieting and going to work, take your lunch from home. Take the makings of a salad plus protein (hard-boiled egg, cold meat).
  40. Get into the habit of chewing food slowly. Take small bites to make each mouthful last. People who eat too fast usually overeat AND don’t appreciate their food.
  41. Take the bread roll or biscuit when you’re dining out, but don’t eat it until you’ve finished your meat and vegetables. By then you may not want it.
  42. Stick with your diet for just 24 hours after the first desire to give it up. Your body will carry on if you can get past the first and most difficult hurdle.
  43. Try eating salad as a first course. It fills you up. And remember if you must have some, eat fruit pie fillings ONLY. Leave the crust (and save calories).
  44. Here’s a low-calorie salad dressing: 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, mixed with a cup of chili sauce plus a dash of chives if desired. Don’t forget the salt and pepper.

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