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Swapping foods can slim your belly

August 11, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
To safely lose a pound of fat, you want to omit 500 calories from your day, either from diet or exercise.When it comes to food, it's not only how much you're eating, but what you're eating as well.

Take a look at seven satisfying belly swaps that are sure to slim your belly.

Starting with breakfast, instead of a store-bought blueberry muffin, try a whole grain English muffin with one tablespoon of blueberry fruit spread. You'll save 270 calories.

Rather than a half cup of granola, go for the same amount of oatmeal. You'll save 125 calories.

If you take two inches off a standard 10-inch flour tortilla for an 8-inch whole wheat version, you can save 80 calories and not even miss them.

Rather than a cup of yogurt with fruit on the bottom, try combining a half cup of fat-free vanilla yogurt with the same amount of strawberries, and save 105 calories.

Need a salty crunch? Swap a standard 1-ounce serving of potato chips for two cups of air-popped popcorn. You'll save 95 calories, and you'll get more food.

If you're dipping veggies in ranch dressing, trade a quarter cup of it with hummus. You'll save 190 calories. When your sweet tooth kicks in, grab a Luna bar instead of a Snickers. You'll save 85 calories.

If by chance all of these swaps were included in your day, you'll have saved 950 calories.


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