12 Surprising Weight Loss Facts—That Can Make You Thinner

by Jo-Ann Heslin, MA, RD, CDN on October 18, 2010 · 1 comment

You probably consume calories while you cook. If you taste, nibble and nosh while cooking, try chewing gum—it’s a simple trick to save thousands of calories a year.

Getting enough sleep keeps you thin. Research has shown that your appetite increases markedly when you are sleep deprived. Sleep more, weigh less.

Weekends can be hazardous to your health. On average we eat 80 more calories a day on Friday and Saturday, than we do during the week. People aged 19 to 50 eat about 100 calories more. Add up these extra calories and you’ll gain 2 ½ to 3 ½ pounds a year—or more than 10 pounds in a decade!

Americans tend to eat alone, Europeans favor company. Almost half of us eat at least 1 meal a day alone and more than 25% of us eat while on route from place to place. Adding company and eliminating mobile meals can save you major calories.

Seventy-five percent of people say they are likely to eat too much at night, 25% in the afternoon and only 3% in the morning. So eat breakfast and stop munching in front of the TV.

Beware the latest diet book! Thousands of diet books have been published, 88% of them since 1997. If they worked, would we really need that many?

Typically 25% of daily calories come from sweets, desserts, soda and alcoholic drinks. Another 5% come from salty snacks and fruit flavored drinks. Only 10% come from fruits and veggies. What does that say about how you eat?

The cone counts. A regular wafer-type ice cream cone has 17 calories, a sugar cone 40, and a large waffle cone 120 calories. Plus, the bigger the cone, the more ice cream can be packed inside.

Coffee with cream and sugar has 10 calories an ounce. Except for “black, no sugar,” the calories can add up: 1 small regular coffee = 100 calories; 1 medium = 120 calories; and a large = 160 calories. Order small.

You burn 10 calories each time you climb a flight of stairs. Over a lifetime this can add up to thousands of calories.

Over half of all people who keep track of what they eat underestimate calories. It’s hard to cut back if you’re cooking the books.

Laughing equals light aerobic exercise. Hearty laughter stimulates muscles throughout your body, increasing your breathing rate and the amount of oxygen in your blood.

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Joy Howard April 13, 2011 at 3:07 pm

I have recently purchased the Calorie Counter book. Although the book is very informative, I am still confused about canned food. Usually when I use canned food I drain the liquid from the can. Is the amount of calories with or without the liquid?


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