7 simple swaps to make for lasting weight loss – Today.com

Aug 22nd, 2017

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Its a fair statement to say that at any one time, a large percentage of us are trying to lose weight. As a registered dietitian, I see this in my own practice at least 50 percent or more of the individuals who come in to see me are doing so with the hopes of dropping at least 20 pounds.

Its not easy, and many fall short of their goals. Their failures are not due to a lack of motivation or willpower; its often because they tried to make too many big changes all at once. Even their goals were too big. In fact, one study found making smaller and easier changes to eating habits on a regular basis was more likely to yield success in weight loss.

Small things that can make a big difference in your diet Play Video - 3:20

Small things that can make a big difference in your diet Play Video - 3:20

Almost everyone can make one small change every day. One major way you can push forward with weight loss is to cut calories. Here are my top swaps that have helped take my patients to the next level in their weight-loss goals:

Instead of having a high-calorie, high-sugar caramel latte, consider a coffee with unsweetened almond milk and cinnamon instead. You can whip up the almond milk and add tons of yummy flavors with the cinnamon, all while saving you over 1,600 calories a week, which could amount to over 20 pounds lost in one year!

This is an obvious one, but probably one of the most challenging to implement. We still are drowning in soda, and its costing us our health. But giving up a 12-ounce can of cola (140 calories) for water, or a naturally flavored seltzer water, can help you lose up to 14 pounds a year. Just make sure you resist the urge to cut calories by incorporating a diet version of your favorite cola. Artificial sweeteners may have consequences to your weight as well, according to several recent studies.

Why pairing a burger with a soda may be a bad idea Play Video - 5:04

Why pairing a burger with a soda may be a bad idea Play Video - 5:04

Eating zucchini noodles instead of pasta, just once a week, can help you lose over 2 pounds in a year and making it all the time can lead to even further weight loss. This habit can be especially helpful for individuals with diabetes or non-alcoholic fatty liver disease by decreasing the reliance on insulin.

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