MAC AND CHEESE

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Compare these two mac and cheese dinners. Photo/B.YarnellThe plate on the left contains a regular portion size of Mac and Cheese. The plate on the right, 25% less.

One of America's top comfort foods. I honestly don't know anyone that doesn't like macaroni and cheese. Do you?

For this comparison I used a traditional macaroni and cheese recipe found in most cookbooks. Look at the calorie difference between the above two plates and the amount of weight you can lose at the end of a year with this small 25% portion reduction.

NOTE: I'm still learning how to use my new digital camera. Future photo comparisons will be larger.

REGULAR PORTION SIZES
Mac & Cheese = 610 calories
cornbread with 2 t. butter = 253
cabbage, boiled with bacon = 50
TOTAL = 913

25% REDUCED PORTION SIZES
Mac & Cheese = 458 calories
cornbread with 2 t. butter = 190 calories
cabbage, boiled with bacon = 38 calories
TOTAL = 686

CALORIES SAVED = 227

Make a similar portion size adjustment every day for a year and lose 23 pounds with no other changes to your diet or exercise activity.

Easy Weight Loss Tips BONUS

To lose an additional 12 pounds, try my Macaroni and Cheese Recipe, 480 calories for a generous portion size without sacrificing flavor. I started with a traditional macaroni and cheese recipe and cut the fat and use 2% milk. This meal started at 913 calories, cut 25% in portion sizes and an additional 130 calories by using my recipe for a grand total of 556 calories for a flavorful, filling, healthy meal.


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