Restaurant Meals Heavy in Calories

A research team found when assessing 364 meals from 123 different restaurants in three average American cities that 92% exceeded the recommended calorie level for a single meal. They studied both large-chain and local restaurants. The researchers also found that a single serving, before appetizers, beverages, and dessert, often exceeded the caloric needs for a whole day! PositiveTip: If you eat out…

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Your Brain Prefers Junk Food!

Researchers showed pictures of different foods to healthy participants. They had to predict the caloric content of each food and bid what they'd pay for their favorite food.  During bidding, researchers scanned the area of participant's brains that helps evaluate food value. Both brain activity and bid amounts were highest for high-calorie foods. Participants were…

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Hungry Shoppers Buy more Calories

It should come as no surprise that walking down the isle of the grocery store with an empty stomach will almost guarantee a basket full of high-calorie foods! Researchers demonstrated this in both a laboratory study of 68 participants, and a field study of 82 participants. Hungrier participants did not select more food items, but…

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Kid-sized Plates Reduce Calories

You probably knew when using a small plate people take less food than if using a large plate. Temple University researchers have found on average children serve themselves an extra 90 calories when using adult-sized plates! This small study may be on to something. This could be a fairly simple and straightforward way to prevent childhood…

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A Picture is Worth 2000+ Calories!

It is hard to believe the meals that some people eat! To stroke your nutritional pride, take a look at the pictures and nutritional information put together on appallingly unhealthy meals at 22 Words. If you are still hungry--and your conscience allows--you can trip on down to your local chain outlet and get one--but please…

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Beware of Eating Out

You probably could have guessed this! Eating meals at fast-food and full-service eateries is associated with more calories, sugar, total fat, saturated fat and sodium. This study included over 9400 children and teens. When eating at fast-food places teens consumed 309 more calories and children 128 more per meal, and when at full-service restaurants 267 and 160,…

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Calorie Counts Coming to Pop Machines Soon!

The American Beverage Association (ABA) has announced a program to place calorie counts on vending machines in two U.S. cities in 2013. At the same time the ABA foundation will spend $5 million on wellness programs for Chicago and San Antonio, rewarding those who lose weight and stop smoking, along with other healthy behaviors. Are…

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Snacks Now Account for More Than 25% of U.S. Calories

Americans, and probably others around the world, snacking outside of a regular meal continues to increase. Research presented to the Institute of Food Technologists indicates that more than 25% of daily calorie intake is now coming from snacks, especially caloric beverages.PositiveTip: Avoid snacking! This alone could make a huge difference in the battle of the bulge.

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Small Dietary Changes Add Up

Ben Franklin said, "A penny saved, is a penny earned." Yet we haven't yet learned the corollary: A few calories skipped, results in significant long-term weight loss. NHANES data reveals that between 1971 and 2002 Americans increased their daily caloric intake by 200 calories for men and 300 for women. Yet, the calories per eating episode…

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Only 1200 Calories, and I Can’t Lose Weight!

Frustrated with your weight loss efforts? Try some honest realism. A quick visit to MyPyramid Tracker will reveal that the average baked potato served in America has 2.5 times more calories than the one listed in the food tables, thus underestimating actual calories. Or maybe one day you did eat 1200 calories, but the next…

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