If Halloween has you feeling haunted by weight loss worries, Dr. Mehmet Oz wants to ease your fears. He celebrated on his Oct. 31 show by revealing how to cut major calories without every feeling hungry. Find out how you can make simple swaps to lose 10 pounds without stress.
One of the celebrity trainers on “The Biggest Loser,” Dolvett Quince joined the “Dr. Oz Show” on Halloween to offer tips for slashing calories. He is the author of “The 3-1-2-1 Diet: Eat and Cheat Your Way to Weight Loss–up to 10 Pounds in 21 Days.”
You won’t notice the difference, for example, if you substitute unsweetened almond milk for whole milk cream on your cereal or in your coffee or smoothie. But while unsweetened almond milk has only 30 calories per cup, whole milk has 150 calories per cup. Making that swap daily could save 1,000 calories or more each week, depending on how much you drink.
A sandwich makes a great lunch at home, work or dining out. You don’t have to eliminate sandwiches from your diet to boost your weight loss. Dolvett suggests replacing the top slice of bread with a lettuce leaf. That swap can save you as much as 100 calories daily.
Do you love to sit on the couch, watch TV and munch on potato chips? Toss those greasy, salty, fattening treats for home-made spinach chips. Just bake spinach leaves for 15 to 20 minutes at 300 degrees. Season with your favorite zero-sodium or low-sodium sprinkle.
Dr. Oz is a big fan of Greek yogurt, and Dolvett agrees. Try using Greek yogurt instead of sour cream for baked potatoes and other foods. The bonus to using Greek yogurt: It contains more protein than sour cream, so it will keep you full longer and curb cravings. (Learn more about Dolvett’s diet book by clicking here.)
Another frequent weight loss tip from Dr. Oz involves putting your meals on automatic pilot. Figure out meals that are low in calories, healthy and satisfying, then have them daily. Studies show that variety tends to pile on the pounds.
Rev. Al Sharpton, who lost more than 175 pounds, agrees. He revealed that he eats the same basic meals daily, reported People magazine on Oct. 31.
Sharpton’s breakfast features three slices of whole wheat toast, green juice and English breakfast tea sweetened with Stevia. Lunch includes a salad, a banana and tea.
“It’s always the same salad: lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, two or three [hard-boiled] eggs cut in and balsamic vinaigrette dressing,” commented Sharpton. “My doctor said to me, ‘You’ve got to have some carbs and you need protein,’ so he put me on whole wheat toast.”