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You probably have a friend who claims that cutting this food out of her life helped her lose weight. It may have been something obvious, like bread or cheese, or something that seemed bizarre, like mushrooms or cashews. But, as much as we like to think there is some magical formula or button we can push to help us lose weight, the truth is you lose weight when you expend more calories than you consume. That’s it. If you want shocking proof of the matter, take a look at this human nutrition professor who ate nothing but Twinkies for several months—restricting his calorie intake of the sugary snack—and lost 27 pounds. So your friend who claims cutting cake out of her life entirely is her secret to being svelte could really still be eating her cake; she simply needs to cut down on portion size. If you want to lose weight but don’t want to feel like you’re ever missing out, here are simple, effective ways to cut calories you won’t even notice.


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Thin out your sandwiches

When making a sub, scoop half of the bread out of each slice. Six inches of wheat sub bread could run you around 230 calories, so scooping it could slim that down to around 130. This makes more room for your healthier, lower-calorie fillings. Opt out of mayonnaise and instead try adding olive oil, vinegar and salt and pepper for flavor. Always choose plain meat like sliced turkey or roast beef over mixtures like chicken or tuna salad.

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