Tip 1: Stay away from the high calorie picks
This may be obvious, but high-calorie deep-fried picks are not good picks for weight watchers, especially if they are fried again before being served. They may make your meal tastier and more exciting, but they’re just not worth the calories. For example, a thin piece of fried bean curd skin comes in at 57.36 calories with 5.74 g of fat. Compared to a piece of bitter gourd with fish paste (9.43 calories, 0.21g fat), that’s six times the calories and almost 26 times the fat content!
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Tip 2: Go for fresh produce
Leafy greens like nappa cabbage and kang kong are under 20 calories per 100g, a small tomato is just 16 calories, and shiitake mushrooms are around one calorie per piece. Load up on these nutritious and filling choices before picking other ingredients.
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Tip 3: Avoid processed foods
Processed foods like meatballs, fried seaweed chicken, surimi (imitation crabmeat) and hotdogs are usually high in sodium, which tends to cause water retention and bloating. When you have the option of choosing so many other fresh and nutritious options, do these really seem so appealing?
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Tip 4: Choose your main carb carefully
It may seem like a minor detail, but the type of noodles you choose could save you as much as 85 calories. Based on calculations by the Health Promotion Board, yellow noodles and mee sua have the most calories with 194 and 190 calories respectively per 100g serving. Kway teow sits in the middle with 140 calories, and bee hoon has just 109 calories.
Alternatively, if you’re not someone who has to have rice or noodles at every meal, or if you know you’re going to get your daily carb intake elsewhere, consider skipping the noodles altogether.
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Tip 5: Hold the sauce
Be conscious of how much sweet red sauce or chilli sauce you’re adding to your order. One spoonful of the chilli sauce can add a little over 60 calories to your meal, while a spoonful of red sauce adds more than 20 calories. These figures may seem negligible, but omitting the condiments may help you get to your goal weight more quickly.
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