10 easy food swaps that will help you lose weight

It has been said that the secret to losing weight is in cleaning up or diet, no matter how long we pound that treadmill for!

Sometimes it can be hard to give up our favourite vices like sweets or buttery toast.

How about, instead of completely giving them up, you can find alternatives that won’t ruin your healthy eating regime.

Sounds good to us!

So why not swap…

1. A latte for an americano
You will save lots of calories by choosing an americano, as well as hidden sugars that are found in those flavoured syrups we all love.

2. Salt for spices and fresh herbs
Flavouring your food naturally will not only taste better but you will beat the bloat by cutting down on your salt intake.

3. Sugar for maple or agave syrup
Sugar is renowned for it’s bad and addictive effects on the body so why not try and sweeten your dishes with alternatives such as maple or agave syrup?

4. Butter for nut butter or avocado
Nut butter is a fantastic alternative to butter. Mash some avocado on your toast, sprinkle with some pepper and you’ll never need butter again.

5. Crisps for popcorn
Popcorn is a great alternative to crisps. However, we’re not talking about the cinema kind here so why not try pop your own?

6. Sweets and jellies for fruit
We know this sounds unlikely. However, if you chop up a bowl of raspberries, mango and strawberries, we doubt you’ll miss those sweets much!

7. Potato for sweet potato
Sweet potatoes are a much more beneficial alternative to regular potato. Try mashing them or making wedges.

8. Mayo for greek yoghurt
Yoghurt is a much lighter alternative to mayo and works perfectly well as an alternative.

9. White or milk chocolate for dark chocolate
Dark chocolate has much more antioxidants than white or milk chocolate.

10. Cream-based sauces for tomato-based sauces
Sauces with a tomato base will have a lower fat content than creamy sauces.