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Use Condiments to Lose Weight

Updated on October 6, 2014

Enhance the flavor without adding sugar or fat

If you're like me, you might need to lose weight. Did you know you can use condiments to help you lose weight? You can!

What are condiments? you ask. Condiments are the tasty extras that enhance the taste of food.

Common condiments include catsup or ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, jam, jelly, butter, soy sauce, salsa, tartar sauce, barbecue sauce, horseradish, pickle relish, steak sauce, sour cream, lemon juice, salad dressing, chutney, honey, vinegar, chili sauce, and Parmesan cheese, among others.

Many cultures have unique condiments to enhance food taste. Try some to add flavor without many extra calories.

Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood

Lose Weight -- Substitute good condiments for those higher in calories and fat

Good condiment substitutes include the following:

- plain yogurt instead of sour cream for dips and on baked potatoes

- mustard instead of mayonnaise on sandwiches

- malt vinegar instead of tartar sauce on fish

- lemon juice squeezed on salads instead of high-calorie creamy salad dressings

The following condiments are high in both fat and calories: butter, mayonnaise, tartar sauce, and Parmesan cheese. When you can, avoid using them all together or use them sparingly to lose weight. Small steps can help you lose weight using condiments.

What is your favorite condiment if you really had to choose?

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P.S. If you learn just one thing from this page, I hope it's this:

Using condiments can enhance the flavor of food without loading it with tons of extra calories. Choose your condiments wisely and you'll enjoy tasty food and a slimmer you!

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    • profile image


      6 years ago

      Interesting... but does it work?

    • Othercatt profile image


      6 years ago

      I guess I'm lucky that i don't like butter, mayonnaise, tartar sauce or sour cream. I'd rather have ketchup or mustard.

    • JoleneBelmain profile image


      6 years ago

      Yes some condiments are absolutely not too terrible for you... but watching for those ones can be tough.

    • theonlineanswer profile image


      7 years ago

      love it!

    • profile image


      7 years ago

      Condiments and spices are herbs that are also a source of vitamins and anti-oxidants.

    • Wedding Mom profile image

      Wedding Mom 

      7 years ago

      I love using lemons! I has this refreshing taste to it and it cleanses the palette. God Thing it helps with reducing weight. I learned so much. Great lens!

    • gottaloveit2 profile image


      7 years ago

      I love balsamic vinegar on salads. And, it now comes in a spray bottle so I use even less. Nice lens.

    • profile image


      7 years ago

      Great title - caught my eye!

    • verymary profile image


      7 years ago from Chicago area

      cooking with wine adds a lot of flavor, too. great topic!

    • Scarlettohairy profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Hazelwood 

      7 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Good idea to cut down on the salt on foods. That is pretty unhealthy, but using other spices can add great flavor!

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      Tony Payne 

      7 years ago from Southampton, UK

      I used to use so much salt that there was practically a crust on my food. Now I rarely use salt at all, but I do like to use a lot of black pepper, and other herbs and things that are good for you.

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      7 years ago

      This was a very interesting read. I must share this.

    • profile image


      7 years ago

      I would love to explore this idea for losing weight. Thanks for the tips.

    • gottaloveit2 profile image


      7 years ago

      Great tips on how to enhance food while saving on calories. I love to cook with fresh herbs and condiments such as horseradish for a tang to a hamburger.

    • Scarlettohairy profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Hazelwood 

      7 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      The little changes can make a difference. I am guilty of using higher fat and calorie condiments but try to "be good"!

    • SweetMarie83 LM profile image

      SweetMarie83 LM 

      7 years ago

      Great lens! As I try to lose weight and also come up with new dishes to cook for my family, I'm trying to get creative and find substitutes...I've cut way back on ketchup, which I never thought I could do, and I'm trying to swap mustard for mayo as much as possible. Thanks for the tips!

    • Ann Hinds profile image

      Ann Hinds 

      7 years ago from So Cal

      Interesting. I thought I knew it all but I was wrong. Great ideas!

    • Virginia Allain profile image

      Virginia Allain 

      8 years ago from Central Florida

      I need to keep reminding myself that small changes like these can make a difference. Easier to cut back a little on ketchup than to walk an extra mile.


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