Lets face it there are a lot of non-fat and low fat food substitutions on the market today, and also lots of substitutions that are not hard to figure out such as the cheeses, low fat cottage cheese compared to full cream cheese and tuna packed in brine instead of oil.
Below is a list of tips for lower-fat substitutions that will please you and also help you in your entertaining. You can apply these substitutions in your everyday diet whether it is at work, home, or dining out.
There are many ways to achieving a reduced fat diet. Here are some examples:
· If you like butter or margarine on toast, only
have it on the last slice you eat.
· If you don’t feel like a solid breakfast, have a
· Mix up your own cereal from two or three types
and give your creation a name.
· If you eat lunch away from home, plan it the
night before. Make sandwiches
before you go to bed.
· Try some thick vegetable soup with a fresh
bread roll to dip.
· Invest in a cool bag to keep your lunch fresh.
· Try oven-baked potato wedges with a salsa
· Go for fresh pasta with a quick tomato and
· for dessert, have a piece of fresh fruit with a
· Salsa dip with pretzels
· Plain fruit loaf
· Vanilla dairy custard.
Before a workout
· Small glass of fruit juice
· Banana and Custard
· Half a slice of toast with jam.
After a workout
· Fruit/canned fruit
· Wheat Bites
· Rice cakes with honey.
· On your desk – bottle of water or glass to use
at the water dispenser.
· In your desk – piece of fruit, small pull-top can
of baked beans/creamed corn/stewed fruit.
· Bring a few ingredients from home to be
combined at work.
· Keep some cutlery where you work.
On a Plane
· Order a special meal when you book your
ticket. You’ll usually get served first.
· Ask for an extra roll or two.
At the Hotel
· Take your own favourite cereal and reduced fat
· Ask that the foods be removed from the snack
bar. Eat your own low fat
Burger Bar – Plain grilled burger, skim milk milkshake.
Pizza Parlour – Gourmet pizza with lots of veggies, go easy on the cheese.
Kebab House – A little meat with a lot of salad.
Sandwich Bar – Salad sandwiches/Rolls.
Club – A little meat, heaps of mashed/jacked potato and veggies, pasta/rice.
Indian – Lots of boiled rice, tikka, plain naan, dahl soup, raita.
Chinese – Lots of boiled rice, chop suey, steamed dishes, plain noodles.
Italian – Tomato-based dishes, plain bread.
Suggestions in General
* Record your food intake to identify problem areas. E.g. emotional eating, unwanted hunger cravings, over-eating.
* Pay specific attention to the times when you over eat.
* Try to avoid severe food restriction (like fasting, low calorie dieting).
* When measuring your progress, monitor body fat levels, not weight, and throw the scale out.
* Aim for slow fat loss (one pound / week)
In conclusion, for the majority of us entertaining can be difficult owing to the food being too rich and loaded with calories but there can be a way by lowering the fat and maintaining the taste and this can be easier than you think.
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