Losing weight is tough. It takes a lot of dedication, hard work and discipline to stay on track, especially with temptations all around. However it doesn’t have to be nothing but rice cakes and misery. By tweaking your meals with some smart choices and a little advance preparation, you can avoid hundreds of hidden calories and finally lose that stubborn excess weight that seems to hang on in there, even though you are doing everything else right.
Nutrition guru and blogger Amanda Meixner has built a huge social media following on these smart choices. Using a simple, easy to understand formula based on attractive infographics and interesting comparisons, her advice and clever diet tips have proved to be a huge hit on Instagram, where she has over 700k followers.
“Small tweaks add up!” She writes. “These swaps will not only save your waistline but also your health.” Because we make several food choices each day, Amanda encourages a thoughtful and organised approach. Instead of chips, go for popcorn for a salty snack. Drink black coffee instead of sugar-laden lattes. Dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate. Prepare meals in advance, so you don’t end up snacking on the go because you have nothing else. All pretty basic stuff really.
So if you find yourself pounding the treadmill and cutting out the treats but still unable to shed those last few inches of fat, try these simple food swaps and healthy alternatives instead. Scroll down to check them out for yourself below, and let us know what you think in the comments!
#1 Here Are Some More Healthy Substitutes To Add To Your Routine
Here are some more healthy substitutes to add to your routine. Breakdown below: . 🍫 The milk chocolate bar has a whooping 44g carbs, 41g sugar only 2g fiber and 370 calories! The dark chocolate bar shown on the other hand had 13g carbs, 6g sugar, 5g fiber & 250 calories. With dark chocolate, you’ll feel fuller faster with the add fiber & won’t go through such a big insulin spike &…
#2 Love To Make Smart Food Choices
I may be silly 🤪 but I love to make smart food choices. While sometimes candy is fun, 9 times out of 10 nature’s candy (fruits) is my favorite way to satisfy my sweet tooth
#3 590 Cals Vs 590 Cals
Which would you rather have? 😸 While it’s totally great to treat yourself, being aware of your choices and what that means for the rest of your day is important! ❤️ Below is a breakdown of each: . 590 calories of: A medium strawberry shake from a fast food chain . 590 calories of: A giant salad that includes: 4 cups spinach 2 cups cauliflower 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes 1/2 orange bell pepper 2 eggs 3oz kimchi 2 Beets 1/2 avocado + 2 tbsp…
#4 Starting A New Diet Like
Starting a new diet like: breakfast is air, lunch is a carrot and dinner I get to lick an apple and dessert is yelling at a picture of myself naked. . Ok jk 😜 In all seriousness, choosing a clean and healthy lifestyle is about loving yourself! . That doesn’t mean you have to make drastic changes overnight. Small, lasting tweaks will really add up. . The right was my lunch other day — no it’s…
#5 «I’ll Take Any Excuse To Eat More Chocolate»
«What are you hungry for?” is an important question! Choosing the “less healthy” option a) can be more satisfying and b) can save you a lot of calories! I know which one I’d choose ALSO many times, we try to satisfy our cravings with “healthy” food — only to end up eating the chocolate in the end anyway! Of course calories are not important for everyone to keep track of,…
#6 Because Feeling Good Also Means Treating Yourself To The Food That You Want
Because feeling good also means treating yourself to the food that you want 😋 . I know I’ve been sharing a lot of calorie comparison posts lately so I wanted to remind you you don’t have to always beat yourself over caloric goals & amounts. . While the left side is fueling your body, the right side might be fueling your soul ❤️ That doesn’t mean you should have a clean eating lifestyle where…
#7 These Swaps Will Not Only Save Your Waistline But Also Your Health
These swaps will not only save your waistline but also your health. The top side is full of processed foods, bad oils & sugar bombs while the bottom side is less processed & lower-calorie to boot. More info below: . Chips ➡️ Popcorn — Popcorn is an easy grab-n-go food and much less processed than chips! That sad handful of 9 chips has 150 cals, 9g fat, 16g carbs & contains sunflower/vegetable…
#8 Some Healthy Swaps To Add To Your Nutrition Routine
Here are some healthy swaps to add to your nutrition routine (P.S. that paleo ranch is bomb): Regular Ranch Paleo Ranch: The regular ranch dressing is full of inflammatory and artificial ingredients including canola oil, added sugar, MSG, & artificial flavors, ranch is full of real, organic food ingredients & cage-free eggs. Orange Juice Oranges: Orange juice is a sugar bomb without the fiber. Save yourself sugar and calories when…
#9 Which One Would You Choose? The Calories And Macros Only Paint A Part Of The Picture. Really The Hidden Ingredients And Chemicals Are The True Bad Guys In This Situation
Which one would you choose? The calories and macros only paint a part of the picture. Really the hidden ingredients and chemicals are the true bad guys in this situation 😈 Think about how you FEEL after eating fast-food compared to a home cooked meal 💯 Below is a breakdown of some of the bad guys: High Fructose Corn Syrup: The chemical process used to make high fructose corn syrup,…
#10 White Rice Vs. Brown Rice
White Rice vs. Brown Rice 🙌 Did you know white rice is actually brown rice with the germ and bran removed? Both have their pros & cons. I know I love my brown rice cakes 🤣White rice is brown rice with the germ and bran removed. Despite a common misconception, the macronutrient & calorie contents of the two are relatively the same (calculations in photo are based off 45g measurements).Brown…
#11 This Easy Snack Hack
I’m not a fan granola bars or breakfast bars. If you’re gonna go for a bar, make sure it’s a high quality, clean protein bar. Otherwise, something like nuts & dark chocolate would be more nutritious with less ingredients & fillers than a granola bar!
#12 The Real Question Is How Do You Want To Feel?
The real question is how do you want to FEEL? ✨ All the choices you make either work for you or work against you 🙌 Make sure the food you’re picking is making a positive impact on your body! Missing snacks but here is a good idea how your day of food could look like ❤ — The high sodium content in the fast food meals is alarming because it comes from table salt which is heavily processed and bleached. Table salt has been linked to osteoporosis and stomach cancer. Vs using Himalayan pink sea salt at home which is naturally rich in iron and over 80+ minerals and elements which can regular water content, balance PH and create electrolyte balance. — The sugar content of the fast food breakfast is alarming and not the way you want to start your day with a huge insulin spike.
#13 A Healthy Lifestyle
Here’s a perfect illustration of why I often steer clear of fast food 🍔 While it’s great to treat yourself every now & then, processed food calories add up quick without filling you up. Not to mention the added preservatives and chemicals. . The right side is everything I eat in a day ❤️Kind of crazy that it adds up to what could be one meal at a fast food restaurant. . Tips for making a day of filling meals: Load up on veggies Don’t forget healthy fats Pick filling proteins Choose the right amount of carbs for you If you’re going to drink your calories, make sure it’s low cal quality drinks or a solid protein shake
#14 If You’re Trying To Improve Your Health, Small Changes Definitely Make A Difference Over Time
Healthy swaps add up! 💫 If you’re trying to improve your health, small changes definitely make a difference over time. Here a few ideas to add to your nutrition routine: . 🍁 Agave ➡️ Maple Syrup (or honey) — Agave syrup is highly refined & the end product leaves you with a sweetener with the highest amount of fructose (damaging sugar) of any commercial sweetener on the market. It has about a 2:1 fructose to glucose ratio which is higher than high fructose corn syrup’s 1:1 ratio — yikes! Organic, pure maple syrup is much less processed, better choice & contains up to 24 antioxidants. . 🍒 Flavored yogurt ➡️ Greek Yogurt + Fruit — While the flavored yogurt has 28g sugar & 6g protein, the greek yogurt + 1/2 cup raspberries has 9g sugar & 21g protein. The worst part about this flavored yogurt is the use of food dyes and added fillers/preservatives. You can definitely find a cleaner flavored yogurt but make sure to read the label! . 🍓 Store-bought jam ➡️ Mashed berries — Store-bought jam not only contains a lot of sugar but it also contains ingredients like high fructose corn syrup & other preservatives. Mashed up raspberries or strawberries are a great alternative & only contains one ingredient 😉
#15 While Bullet Proof Coffee Is A Fine Choice To Have In Your Nutrition Routine, You Definitely Can’t Count That Concoction As Calorie Free
Which side would you pick? 🤗 . ☕️ While bullet proof coffee is a fine choice to have in your nutrition routine, you definitely can’t count that concoction as calorie free. Many of the recipes online & in coffee shops call for 2 tbsp grass-fed butter & 1 tbsp coconut oil. Now, that’s a lot of extra calories! . 🥞 Many bullet proof fans use this combo as a way to skip breakfast & you can see why that works out since it’s the same amount of calories. In fact if you were switching from a highly-processed, high-calorie breakfast to bulletproof coffee you would lose weight since you end up eating less calories. . 🍳 However if you prefer eating real food for breakfast instead of a drink that right side would be a much better option for you! You could also scale back on the avocado & add 1/2 tbsp MCT oil to your coffee to get some of the added benefits of this healthy fat without too many added calories! . Left side: Coffee blended with 1 tbsp MCT Oil 2 tbsp grass-fed butter . Right side: 1 piece Ezekiel toast 2 medium boiled eggs 1/2 yellow pepper 1/2 red pepper 1/4 avocado 2 1/2 cups spinach Black coffee with stevia
#16 “I Regret Eating Clean.” — Said No One Ever
“I regret eating clean.” — Said no one ever. Unless, it’s a bar soap 😉 haha Ok just kidding about the soap swap because sometimes you just need a damn cookie. I just wanted to make sure you were paying attention ❤️More info on the other swaps below: . Flavored oatmeal ➡️ Oatmeal with fruit — Skip the hidden sugars & preservatives when you get plain oatmeal and add your own fruit (Plus, stevia if desired). Not all flavored oatmeals are created equal so if you do want a flavored one try to find one that has less sugar & added preservatives. . Ketchup ➡️ hot sauce or mustard — Not only does ketchup have a lot of sugar per tbsp but many brands have High Fructose Corn Syrup added. Made mostly from genetically modified corn, high fructose corn syrup is not natural and definitely not healthy. Hot sauces and mustards are a much safer bet and will save you the added sugar! (Or find a clean ketchup if it’s a must-have for you) . Sugar cookie ➡️ soap — Ok don’t do this swap 😉 Shower with the soap and enjoy a cookie in moderation when you want it!
#17 Starbucks Swap
The food and drink choices you make (or don’t make) will have quite an impact on your fitness progress — like changes in bodyweight, how your clothes fit (or don’t fit) and how you FEEL! ⠀⠀ 🤪 And while it may seem like an obvious swap, saving 265 calories from a beverage at Starbucks can REALLY add up! ⠀⠀ 🤔Think about it… if you make this swap once a mont for a year… 12 times… you’d save 3,180 calories and that would be almost equal to losing an extra POUND of fat! That is insane!
#18 Did You Know Sugar Has Been Shown To Be More Addictive Than Cocaine? And When You Try To Kick Your Processed Sugar Habit, You’ll Actually Experience Dopamine Depletion And Sugar Withdrawals
Fact: did you know sugar has been shown to be more addictive than cocaine? And when you try to kick your processed sugar habit, you’ll actually experience dopamine depletion and sugar withdrawals ❤ It’s all fun and games until you get a sugar headache 😜 More not-so sweet info below: People getting 17 to 21 percent of calories from added sugar face a 38 percent higher risk of dying from cardiovascular disease compared to those who got just 8 percent of their calories from sugar. —— A recent study found that when rats were hooked on a cocaine IV and sugar was introduced, almost of all them switched to sugar. — 1 sugar-sweetened drink a day = higher risk for fatty liver disease — Dietary sugar also shows a correlation to an increase risk of breast cancer tumors and metastasis to the lungs.
#19 Sugar Vs. Sugar
Sugar vs. sugar 🍓 I know I’m team right side most of the time but left is fine if you want to TREAT yourself 🙌 . This is just a friendly reminder why going for the right side (strawberries) on a daily basis will do your body some good! Because nobody is eating 12 cups of strawberries in one sitting but it’s very easy to drink a whole strawberry milkshake . The left side… Read More
#20 Want To Lose Weight Without Counting Calories? Here Are Some Easy Swaps To Help You Head In That Direction..
Take those rice cakes, add some almond butter on top, sliced banana & have the kombucha on the side & you have yourself a meowmeix approved snack 😋 More info below: . Banana chips ➡️ Banana — While banana chips are yummy, it’s much easier to overeat than a banana. A medium banana is about 105 calories while 8.5 banana chips are 105 calories. You could easily eat a couple handfuls of banana chips in one sitting but it’s a lot harder to eat 3 bananas. . Bagel ➡️ Rice cake — Rice cakes are light, easy & go with almost any topping. Plus, they only contain 2 ingredients: rice & salt. Some bagels contain 14+ ingredients and often have added sugar. If you’re trying to lose weight, a rice cake is a much better, low calorie option. . Naked juice ➡️ kombucha — Naked juices are often sugar bombs in disguise. I don’t love the green machine because it acts like it’s mostly greens when really there’s a ton of fruit juice packed in. 16 oz bottle of kombucha is only 50 cals & 12g sugar while naked juice is 270 cals & 53g sugar.