20 Easy Ways to Ditch 250 Calories (or More!) a Day

Make just one of these simple calorie slashes and lose two pounds this month without changing anything else (21 Photos)

Jessica Smith on Dec 30, 2014 at 11:20AM

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Simple Calorie Slash #4: Go Easy on the Candy Bowl

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Who doesn’t love the candy bowl at the office? Your waistline, that’s who! Sure, those small little handfuls may seem innocent during your workday, but they really add up. “Each M&M is 3.4 calories, which means eating one baseball-sized portion over the course of a day is 250 calories,” says Carrie Harper, a certified lifestyle and weight management coach in Lake Jackson, Texas. Chances are you aren’t even enjoying them that much and probably won’t even remember having eaten them by the end of the day (and yes, amnesia calories count too). If you just can’t resist indulging your sweet tooth, then do it! But instead of grabbing handfuls here and there, take the time to enjoy what you’re eating. If you love chocolate, sit down and savor two small pieces of dark chocolate (about 40 calories). By allowing your senses more time to register what you’re eating (versus tossing the M&M in your mouth while walking through the office, typing or chatting with co-workers) you are more likely to be satisfied with less (and the dark chocolate’s rich, robust flavor helps too). Avoiding two handfuls of the candy bowl is an easy way to eliminate over 250 totally unnecessary calories, or the equivalent of a 35-minute jog.

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