Oddly enough, skim versions of most dairy products are packed with more calcium than the standard versions. Reach for skim and reach for less calories, more calcium - and more weight loss.
When shopping, choose the smaller cuts of meat or divide into smaller pieces before freezing or serving.
Use bouillon rather than cream-based ingredients as stock for your recipes.
Nuts can take the place of protein in your diet - so peanut butter gets a big thumb's up for nutritional value. 'Natural' peanut butter is best.
Become a seed-eater. Sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds take a long time to crack and eat, and even though a bit pricey in calories, they can be an important part of a healthy diet plan. Because they take so long to eat, the dieter gets a good amount of chewing gratification.
Opt for non-salted versions when possible.
A curly straw in a diet drink makes it taste better - and it's just fun!
Flour is high in calories. Look for food-coating alternatives, such as cornflakes or crushed baked potato chips.
'Oven' fry your foods. Coat meat or veggies using egg whites, then roll in coating. Lay on a non-stick cookie sheet sprayed with no-calorie cooking spray and you're ready to 'bake'.
Avoid foods that contain trans fats. Trans fats are a major contributor to heart disease and other health woes.
Fill in your meals with low calorie foods. Example: enjoy steak and potato and prepare plenty of salad. OR, enjoy a slice of meatloaf and plenty of cabbage. OR onions and mushrooms.