Here are a few random facts that are helpful to keep in mind.
- The little things are often your undoing. Two cups of coffee, each with two lumps of sugar and two tablespoons of cream, add up to 292 calories. Two cups with no-calorie sweetener and nondairy cream provide only 22 calories - more than a 10-fold difference. Be alert for high-count, sneaky calories you can easily avoid.
- With every decade past your 30th birthday, calorie requirements drop by about 10 percent. If at 40 you're still eating exactly as you were at 20, don't be surprised by the bulges. Unless you're exceptionally active, you'll have to cut back as you get older just to stay even.
- It's always a battle between the goops and the crisps. All the lovely gooey things - butter, cream, mayonnaise, salad oil, ice cream, gravies, etc.... have calorie multipliers in the hundreds, while the crisps - celery, radishes, cucumbers, lettuce, dill pickles (not the rugrat!), are low in calories; you can eat almost unlimited amounts and never notice. In fact, if you reject the goops in favor of the crisps, you may not have to do any other dieting.
And that is why I am known as Ms. Randomness around here. I like little facts like these :) Enjoy your Fitness Friday!