PM: Dieting vs Low Calorie Alternatives

Updated: Sep 29, 2020

When you think of the word diet, you think low calories, no carbs, and being starved for long periods of time. But what if there was another way? Surely you'd prefer to explore an alternate way, instead of living off chicken, broccoli, and egg whites for 12 weeks?


Introducing the "low-calorie alternatives" method!


What does that mean exactly?

Instead of explaining it to you and probably confusing a lot of people, I'm just going to show you.


The average day of eating:

Breakfast: Egg and bacon roll

Snack: Chobani flip yogurt

Lunch: Spaghetti bolognese and a can of coke

Snack: Pancakes with maple syrup and ice-cream

Dinner: Fried chicken, chips, and salad.


Calories: 2647

Carbs: 323g Fats: 110g Protein: 108g


Now, let's try that again using low-calorie alternatives.


Marlee's alternates:

Breakfast: 1 egg, 2 bacon rashers, 1 serve burger thins

Snack: Chobani fit

Lunch: Spaghetti bolognese with 10 calorie spaghetti and coke no sugar

Snack: Marlee's low carb pancakes with sugar-free maple syrup and low sugar ice-cream.

Dinner: Marlee's KFC chicken with salad.


Calories: 1280

Carbs: 65g Fats: 49g Protein: 125g


By doing this, you're eating less than half the calories, 1/4 of the carbs, and 1/2 the fat. Kind of a no brainer don't you think?


Things to remember:

  1. Nutrients are important. The above meals are examples, not a meal plan. Eating low-processed, natural foods is recommended.

  2. 1280 calories a day is low! Use the macronutrient calculator at the top of my website to find out your exact macros before starting any diet or meal plan.


Brands and Recipes:

Pancake recipe: https://www.marleejaynne.com/post/low-calorie-fluffy-pancakes

KFC Chicken recipe: https://www.marleejaynne.com/post/kfc-style-chicken

Sugar-free maple syrup: Queen maple flavoured syrup, sugar-free

Ice-cream: Peter's No Sugar added ice-cream

Burger thins: Tip Top burger thins

Low calories spaghetti: Splendier noodles

Bolognese mix: Stay tuned! Posting soon!

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