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How to Lose Weight With Apples & Peanut Butter

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author image Eliza Martinez
Eliza Martinez has written for print and online publications. She covers a variety of topics, including parenting, nutrition, mental health, gardening, food and crafts. Martinez holds a master's degree in psychology.
How to Lose Weight With Apples & Peanut Butter
A sliced apple pairs well with the taste of peanut butter. Photo Credit Medioimages/Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images

The bottom line when it comes to weight loss is to burn more calories than you consume each day. To lose 1 lb., you will have to burn 3,500 calories, which equates to 500 calories per day for a 1 lb. loss in a week. Apples and peanut butter are both good additions to your diet when you are trying to lose weight because, when eaten together, you are getting a good dose of protein and fiber, which will help you feel full until it is time to eat again.

Step 1

How to Lose Weight With Apples & Peanut Butter
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Buy reduced-fat peanut butter. This will cut the amount of calories you take in when you eat it with your apple. Natural peanut butters are also good choices because they are lower in additives, which makes them better for your health.

Step 2

How to Lose Weight With Apples & Peanut Butter
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Experiment with apples. Taste several varieties and find the one with the flavor you like best. Eating different types of apples will keep you from getting bored with them. Apples are a good addition to your diet when you are trying to lose weight, because they are low in calories but satisfy hunger and a sweet tooth.

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Step 3

How to Lose Weight With Apples & Peanut Butter
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Dip apple slices in peanut butter for a snack. This will fill you up and keep hunger at bay until you eat your next meal. It is a better alternative to chips, candy or baked goods because it won't cause a sugar spike, which results in a crash and increased hunger too soon. The combination of the two flavors is sweet enough for you if you typically reach for sugary snacks, but it is also crunchy with a hint of salt if chips or pretzels are what you crave at snack time -- with fewer calories and fat. This is also a good snack to eat prior to a workout or to restore your energy after one.

Step 4

How to Lose Weight With Apples & Peanut Butter
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Eat apples and peanut butter as the base to a healthy meal for weight loss. Layer your apple and peanut butter on whole grain bread and serve with low-fat string cheese or milk to create a healthy mini meal that fills you up but isn't high in calories and fat.

Step 5

How to Lose Weight With Apples & Peanut Butter
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Watch portion sizes of peanut butter. This spread still contains calories, so make sure you stick to the 2 tbsp. serving size so that you don't consume more calories than is recommened for a snack. Measure your peanut butter out until you can eyeball what a serving is.

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