You can lower your intake of calories simply by reducing the amount of oil that you add to our diet.

Here are some ideas on how to cut down on the amount of oil that you use during the food preparation process.

Skip the salad dressing

Skipping the salad dressing altogether is an easy way to lower your intake of oil. If you are still adjusting to having no salad dressing whatsoever, consider dipping your fork into the dressing before taking in some salad. In this way, you can drastically reduce the amount of oil that is added to your salad.

Use flour instead of oil

Determine whether it is possible to dust the baking tray with a little flour instead of oil when baking foods. If the purpose of the oil was solely to prevent the food from sticking to the tray or pan, you may find that a little flour can produce the same results.

You could alternatively grease the tray, place parchment paper over it and then dust with a little flour. Oil or butter is more likely to stick to the flour and less will be absorbed by the food. Remember, every calorie counts when you are trying to lose weight.

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Spray oil during cooking process

Consider purchasing a small spray bottle that you can fill with oil. When you require oil during the food preparation process, you can spray it as opposed to pouring it freely from the bottle that you purchased it in.

You can cut down on the amount that you add to your food in this way, especially if your estimations are generally wrong or if you are prone to accidently adding too much!

Consult a professional

Always consult a dietitian if you require assistance in putting a meal plan together. In addition, you should always check with your doctor before making any drastic changes to your diet, especially if you are under medication or suffer from any medical condition that has an effect on your diet.

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