At the salad bar, add texture with pickles, black olives, and croutons (at five calories a pop, you can really spice up that salad). Avoid anything that looks like it’s coated in mayonnaise, such as egg salad or tuna salad. And don’t forget to watch your dressings! Instead of full-fat bleu cheese dressing (almost 200 calories for two tablespoons), cut calories and add flavor by crumbling a small amount of real bleu cheese (only 50 calories) on top of your salad and dressing it with a low-fat Italian or vinaigrette (two tablespoons will only run about another 50 calories).
Go for water or diet soda instead of juice or real soda (or another one of those sugar-laden coffees) and you are on your way to cutting even more calories.
Choose low-fat sour cream instead of butter on your potato—surprisingly, it will save you about 40 calories per tablespoon. Steam your vegetables instead of frying them, and then add spices for flavor instead of butter. (You can also toss them with a spoonful of olive oil and roast them in the oven—delicious!) This will save you another 100 calories.
When it comes to your protein choices, you’re probably aware that chicken and fish are healthier options than red meat. But did you know they can save you up to 400 calories too? Just bake them instead of frying and avoid the cream sauces, please.
For dessert, opt for fresh fruit or a light sorbet. Regular ice cream has 140 calories in a tiny half-cup serving (and are you really able to stop there?).
If you follow these tips, you may not notice you’re on a diet—but you will notice a different shape in the mirror!