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The start of the New Year is always a great time to tackle some health and fitness goals that may have put on your backburner from last year. The New Year brings a clean slate for many to start 2016 on a positive note. However, setting a fitness goal is far different from achieving it and there can be many bumps on that road that will test your dedication. These 5 tips will not only help you succeed with your New Year’s resolutions but they will help you to adopt fitness as a part of your lifestyle.

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Enjoyable Diet Foods

Getting shredded to the bone is never an easy task.

A successful cut can only be made possible by having a very consistent diet. Foods such as oatmeal, brown rice, tilapia, egg whites, chicken, etc. are common plain foods that come to mind when thinking of getting shredded.

These next four grocery items rarely see the bottom of anybody’s shopping cart, but can be extremely beneficial in making your dieting season bearable, more enjoyable, and most importantly more consistent.


Click to buy PB2
PB2 is a form of powdered peanut butter that can be found at most grocery stores or here at

This item is a little pricy but is totally worth it when you look at the macros.

In one serving of PB2 (2 tablespoons) there is a total of 45 calories, only 1.5 grams of fat, 5 grams of protein, and 5 grams of carbs. Regular peanut butter on average has about 190 calories in 2 tablespoons.

PB2 is great for giving plain oatmeal a boost of flavor, or even just to mix up PB2 as a lean snack when a late night craving kicks in. It comes in two flavors, regular peanut butter and chocolate flavor. It is easily trackable on MyFitnessPal and tastes great.

Heinz Reduced Sugar Ketchup

Low carb ketchup
Ketchup is always a solid go to for adding some flavor to your food… unless you are dieting.

However, Heinz has reduced sugar ketchup that is sure to impress and fit your macros. The reduced sugar version of Heinz ketchup is a surprising 5 calories per serving (16g) and has only 1 gram of carbohydrate! You would be surprised at how much 16g of ketchup is.

It has a great flavor and is pretty much guilt free to eat. This product can be found at Wal-Mart and many other grocery stores carry it as well.

Hot Sauce

Hot sauce for dieting
Feeling indecisive?

There are a lot of different varieties of hot sauce but one thing that most have in common is that they are zero calories.

No matter what variety, hot sauce goes great on rice, veggies, chicken, etc. packing a good punch of spice and flavor. The other bonus to hot sauce is its thermogenic properties and its price. The Great Value brand hot sauce comes in at 98 cents for a 12 fl ounce bottle which is super affordable on any budget.

You won’t need to track any macros for this item and it still gives food a great flavor boost without the guilt of using a caloric sauce.

Smucker’s Low Sugar Preserves

Smuckers Low Sugar Preserves for dietingThese low sugar preserves are not the same thing as sugar free. Low sugar preserves do not have any of the added artificial sweeteners such as Splenda; they are just not as sweet as regular preserves. The macros are literally cut in half from regular preserves.

These come in at 25 calories in one tablespoon. Of those 25 calories, 5g are carbs.

Not only is this product great on toast it also mixes in well with oatmeal. Just add a serving to your oatmeal when it’s still hot and just mix the two together; it adds a great flavor to that boring oatmeal.

It comes in a variety of different flavors including strawberry, Concord grape, red raspberry, and sweet orange. Prices range anywhere from 2-4 dollars for a 15.5 ounce container.

After discovering these new grocery items, hopefully you shredders out there will add these to your cutting diet. They are all relatively inexpensive and really help to make that diet a little bit more enjoyable.

The hot sauce and reduced sugar ketchup go great on meats and carb sources like rice for example.

The PB2 and low sugar preserves are great on anything like toast, protein pancakes, and even oatmeal.

Now that you are aware of these hidden grocery store gems, get to the store and put these items in your cart, you won’t be disappointed.

Do you have your own secret flavor enhancer that you use when dieting? Tell us in the comments below!