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You probably already know that you truly are what you eat. This means that you could spend hours a day working out but still not see results if you’re not eating right. Fortunately, you can improve your diet and complement rather than hinder your exercise routine by swapping certain foods other for others. Here are simple food swaps to help you lose weight. 

Eat Mustard, Not Mayo

If you like to top your sandwiches with some mayo, use mustard instead. Believe it or not, a tablespoon of mayo can add 90 calories to your meal while mustard is often 0 calories. If you eat a sandwich every day and forgo the mayo for mustard, that’s some serious calorie savings. 

Eat Air-Popped Popcorn, Not Store-Bought Popcorn

Popcorn is a great low-calorie, high-fiber snack but only when it’s prepared properly. Instead of snacking on the buttery popcorn you buy at a store and pop the microwave, go for whole-grain kernels that you pop in an air popper. You can always spruce up your air-popped popcorn with some red pepper flakes or cinnamon.

Eat Avocado Mash, Not Butter 

While butter is tasty on a piece of toast, it’s loaded with saturated fat, cholesterol, and calories. By swapping it with mashed avocado, you can save on calories and get some fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Add some salt and pepper to your mixture and your tastebuds (and body) will thank you.

Eat Roasted Chickpeas, Not Nuts 

Although nuts are a healthy alternative to meat, cheese, and eggs, eating too many of them can hinder your weight loss goals. If you’re craving a crunchy, savory snack, simply roast some chickpeas in the oven with your favorite spices. You’ll get a great deal of protein and cut out plenty of calories. 

Eat Dried Bananas, Not Potato Chips 

You’re likely well aware of the fact that chips are packed with fat and calories. Even one small bag of chips can contain as much as 250 calories. Try munching on dried bananas or other fruit instead.

Eat Dark Chocolate, Not Milk Chocolate

If you’re a chocolate lover, swap milk chocolate for dark chocolate as milk chocolate is about 255 calories per bar while dark chocolate has around 70 calories. As long as you eat it in moderation, dark chocolate won’t hinder your weight loss efforts.

Contact Total HealthcareMD

If you’d like more information on simple food swaps that can help you lose weight, don’t hesitate to contact us today. Call Total HealthcareMD at (919) 436-3777. 

We look forward to turning your weight loss goals into a reality.