A simple 100 calories per day can be the difference in weight maintenance versus gain or loss

A simple 100 calories per day can be the difference in weight maintenance versus gain or loss

Health and Fitness tip of the day – January 27th, 2009

When you think about weight gain, you probably think overeating to excess or failing to get any activity. The reality is a simple 100 calories a day can make the difference in weight gain or loss.
According to the University of California Wellness Letter, the average American gains about two pounds a year. Since every pound of body weight equals 3500 calories, two pounds translates into an extra 19 calories a day. Nineteen calories is easy to surpass so if you look at the overweight incidence it’s feasible to think in terms of 100 extra calories on a daily basis. Making a change in your intake that equals 100 calories is very simple, try:

Water – packed tuna instead of oil – packed
One cup of whole grain cereal instead of two
Tomato slices, lettuces leaves and pepper strips on a sandwich instead of mayo
Two cups of skim milk per day instead of two cups of whole milk
A cup of low – fat, sugar free yogurt, instead of a doughnut
A cup of water flavored with a lemon instead of a soft drink

In addition to making small changes in food choices, increase activity by walking fifteen minutes a day or climb stairs instead of taking the elevator or other options.

Tip courtesy of the American Dietetic Association. http://www.EatRight.org

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