We have heard of the Air Diet before, where you just pretend to eat food, but are really eating air.
However, this is a different idea: you actually eat foods that have a higher air content. By eating foods that are puffed or whipped can you actually reduce your total calorie intake?
- Light Whipped Butter: On average it has only 5 grams of fat per tablespoon which is about half the amount of your average spread. And when you buy whipped butter, you can be assured that you are buying a more natural product. The only difference is that air is whipped into the butter, and therefore, you eat less calories.
- Meringues: These tasty treats are basically just whipped egg whites with sugar added, and are then baked. Meringues are some of the lightest cookie or baked treat on the shelves. However, they do still have a high sugar content.
- Ice Cream: Have you noticed how the slow churned and light ice creams weigh a lot less than you standard creamy ice cream? They slowly churn or whip the ice cream to give a lighter, more airy texture which results in fewer calories.
- Popcorn: This is a great weight loss snack if you are craving something salty or crunchy because you can eat three whole cups for only about 100 calories (for the lighter versions). Any popped or puffed food like popcorn allows you to eat more for less calories.
- Puffed Cereals: There are a variety of cereals like puffed wheat and Kix cereal that have larger serving sizes.
- Puffed Crackers and Chips: Unfortunately, these are not puffed enough to result in significant calorie differences from the real product.
So, the question is, do you really want to pay for products filled with air? Is it that effective in helping you reduce your calorie intake? For some foods like the whipped butter and popcorn, I think it could be a great calorie control choice. But, I am not willing to buy light ice cream to help me eat less. I have always felt like I eat larger portions of the light ice cream regardless, so why not stick to the real thing?
Do you try to eat any puffed or whipped products to reduce your calories?