Making a few easy substitutions to your diet will cut calories and help you lose weight.

Making a few easy substitutions to your diet will cut calories and help you lose weight.

Eight easy ways to reduce calories

Reducing your calorie intake will put you on the road to a healthier lifestyle.

There are a few quick substitutions that will cut your calories and help your diet.

1. Drink water or vegetable juice instead of fruit juice

2. Switch from granola to muesli – try mixing it with yogurt the night before, then adding fresh fruit in the morning

3. Switch from regular bacon to Canadian bacon – you will cut over half the calories

4. Use healthier condiments like salsa on sandwiches or wraps, instead of butter or mayonnaise

5. Use a healthy olive oil to dress your salad instead of heavy salad dressings

6. Eat more vegetables instead of pasta – try substituting regular spaghetti with spaghetti squash

7. Eat healthier desserts – try mixing frozen bananas, milk and berries in a blender to make a delicious substitute for ice cream

8. To satisfy your chocolate cravings, drink a glass of chocolate milk or eat some chocolate pudding instead of a chocolate bar