The truth about calories Part 2

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Continued from Part 1

You Should Know
For women it may be their brains and not their stomachs that lead to overeating. A recent imaging study showed that a woman’s brain drives her to overeat when presented with her favorite foods or when she is under emotional stress. The same is not true for men.

One package does not always equal one serving
Read food labels carefully to see if a package – even a smaller one – contains more than 1 serving. Many smaller sized packages may hold more that 1 serving. For example, a small bag of chips may hold 2 ½ servings. Eat the whole bag and you’ve eaten 2 ½ times the calories listed as a serving.

Fat-free and sugar-free are not calorie free.
Buying fat-free or sugar-free foods seems virtuous and can seduce you into eating larger amounts. But beware: some brands of sugar-free cookies and fat-free crackers have the same number of calories as – and sometimes more – than the regular versions. Few foods are calorie free. If a fat-free salad dressing has half of the calories of a regular version and you use twice as much, or you eat a box of sugar-free cookies, there is no calorie benefit.

Water is a powerful calorie burner.
Seventy-five percent of people don’t drink enough water. When you have too little water in your body, your metabolism slows down and you burn fewer calories. Exercising, running errands and staying out in the sun can all make you mildly dehydrated. Water, juice, seltzer, mineral water, milk, and even caffeine-containing coffee, tea, and soda all contribute to your fluid intake. If you don’t urinate at least every 4 hours when you are awake, you probably need to be drinking more.

If you sleep too little you may weigh too much.
People who sleep more weigh less. Getting too little sleep triggers hormonal changes that lead to increased appetite. Plus, more hours awake means more time to eat, and if you’re tired, you’re less likely to exercise — all adding up to extra pounds. Aim for at least 7 hours a night.

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After more than a decade in the corporate corporate work, I retired from my corporate career at 33 to focus on family. A change in priorities, and a passion for writing inspired me to start working from home and I am now living my dream as a writer and editor. I write content for clients, blog for businesses and edit manuscripts for publishers/authors. With six blogs of my own and published contributions across the web (The Huffington Post, PTPA, World of Moms, SheKnows), I write to collect smiles and donate to charities. I share stories about all the things I enjoy in life; parenting, mindful living, conversations, coffee, books, food, music, health, DIY, travel, photography and showing my diabetes who’s boss.

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