Follow these simple steps and cut 500 calories off your daily routine.
1. Count Your Chips (and crackers)
You can't eat your chips from a big bag because it's way too tempting to eat until the bag is empty. Stick to one serving, that's about 15 chips, and save yourself 1,120 calories.
Your skinny friends are probably fidgeters who burn up to 350 calories a day by tapping their feet and being restless.
Try it for a few days. Walk around while you're on the phone, or tap out a tune with your hands.
3. Limit Your Salad Toppings
A big salad might seem healthy, but nuts, bacon, avocado, dried fruit and croutons can add up to a lot of calories.
Save yourself 500 calories and opt for better toppings, such as bellpeppers, grilled onions and mushrooms.
4. Don't Clear Your Plate
Weight loss experts recommend to leave 20% of your meal, and save the rest as leftovers for a healthy lunch the next day.
If you normally eat 2,000 calories a day, you'll cut 500 calories.
5. Ditch That Smoothie a Day
A large 32-ounce smoothie can have more than 800 calories. That adds up if you regularly have on-the-go breakfasts.
Instead, try a lower-calorie starter of oatmeal with brown sugar and black coffee. You'll save 518 calories.
6. Beware Hidden Oils
Ask to have your food cooked with a little stock instead of oil, or order poached or steamed dishes.
Also, have the kitchen skip the oils added at the last minute, like basil or chive oil, and save 40 calories per teaspoon.
7. Avoid Buttered Movie Popcorn
The large popcorn at the concession stand contains a whopping 1,005 calories.
Sneak in your own microwaveable popcorn and save more than 700 calories.
8. Check The Amount Of Servings In A Dish
The calorie count on the menu for the shrimp fried rice may say 350 calories, but what you get may be 4 servings. Split it with three friends, and save 1,050 calories.
9. Think Small At The Ice Cream Shop
Even if you indulge in your favourite full-fat flavour, you'll save as many as 500 calories with a 5-ounce tub instead of a 12-ounce.
10. Limit The Dinner Guests
Eating with 7 or more guests can make you eat 96% more. Dine with fewer guests to save yourself 600 or more calories.
11. Skinny Up The Cocktails
Syrups, sour mix, sugary fruit juices and creamy additions turn drinks into desserts. An indulgent mudslide can have more than 800 calories. Instead order drinks with club soda, tonic water or cranberry juice and save up to 700 calories.
12. Skip The Whip
Dessert-like coffee creations can contain as many as 670 calories, with large sizes and options like whipped cream, whole milk and syrups. Craving whipped cream? Try it on a shot of espresso for just 30 calories. You save 640 calories.