I am sure you have all heard the expression, “The grass is greener on the other side”. With everyday foods there are simple changes you can make to still be satisfied but cut the calories and lose weight. The grass can be greener on the other side with simple changes, life style changes. Make a commitment to yourself to make changes in your diet and what you do throughout the day. Park your car farther away, take the dog for an extra walk after work, ride your bike with the kids on the weekend. This all adds up and it benefits everyone around you when you get the family involved.


Old habit: 1 “handful” of nuts (approximately 1/2 a cup)
The “Greener” side: 1 “handful” of air-popped popcorn (approximately 1 cup)
Calories Saved: 376
Timeline: Revamping your nightly snack can help you shed 1 pound in less than 10 days.

Old habit: 1 cup of strawberry yogurt
The “Greener” side: 1 cup of strawberry ice cream
Calories Saved: Approximately 20
Timeline: Regular yogurt has as many calories as ice cream. Next time, opt for light yogurt or better yet Sherbert.

Old habit: 12-ounce latte made with whole milk
The “Greener” side: 12-ounce latte made with skim milk
Calories Saved: 80
Timeline: Make this change Monday through Friday, and you’ll lose nearly 6 pounds a year.

Old habit: 2 tablespoons Ranch or Caesar dressing
The “Greener” side: 2 tablespoons Italian dressing
Calories Saved: 76
Timeline: Make this change permanent and lose 8 pounds a year.

Old habit: 1 cup mashed potatoes
The “Greener” side: 1 medium baked potato
Calories Saved: 70
Timeline: Try this once a week for a year and lose at least 1 pound a year.

Old habit: Fast food fried chicken sandwich
The “Greener” side: Fast food grilled chicken sandwich
Calories Saved: Approximately 100
Timeline: Make this simple swap twice a week for three months and lose 1 pound.

Old habit: 1/4 pound burger made from ground chuck
The “Greener” side: 1/4 pound burger made from ground sirloin
Calories Saved: 52
Timeline: Lose weight along with heart-clogging saturated fat.

Old habit: Sandwich with 1 slice cheddar cheese
The “Greener” side: Sandwich without cheese
Calories Saved: 113
Timeline: In one month, lose 1 pound.

Old habit: Restaurant burrito
The “Greener” side: Same burrito but in a bowl without the tortilla.
Calories Saved: 290
Timeline: You can shed more than 4 pounds a year.

Source: Active.com