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(HealthDay News) — If you want a simple way to cut down on calories, start with some easy substitutions on your dinner plate.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention mentions these options:

  • Steam veggies, instead of sauteing them in oil or butter.
  • Choose skim or fat-free dairy products (such as ricotta in lasagna), instead of full-fat.
  • At a restaurant, choose either a dessert or a cocktail, rather than splurging on both.
  • To top your pizza, choose veggies instead of meat. Also opt for a light sprinkle of cheese.

— Diana Kohnle

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