One of the easiest ways to cut back without feeling denied is to switch to lower-calorie versions of the foods you crave. A pizza tastes just as good with reduced-fat cheese, and when you garnish low-fat ice cream with your favorite toppings, who notices those missing calories?
And, while you’re trimming fat calories, keep an eye on boosting your fiber, suggests registered dietitian Elaine Magee, RD, MPH. Fiber helps you feel satisfied longer, so while you lighten family favorites, you can easily amp up the fiber by adding a cup of whole wheat flour to your pizza dough, or toss a handful of red bell peppers on the pie.
Don’t forget to lighten the drinks going with your meals as well. Try switching from high-calorie favorites to diet soda or light beer. Hate low-calorie drinks? Mix your preferred drinks with a splash of the low-cal option. Then increase the ratio as your taste buds adjust. Don’t forget to keep pouring that ultimate beverage, says Magee: water!