2 AnswersDr. Michael Roizen, MD , Internal Medicine, answeredNo matter what kind of fat you eat, remember that fats are "fattening." Fats, whether in our bodies or in the plants and animals we eat, are energy stores and loaded with calories. Fat contains more calories per gram than either protein or carbohydrate. All fats, whether unsaturated or saturated, contain 9 calories per gram, whereas carbohydrates and proteins contain only four calories per gram.
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Ten peanuts (although considered a legume) contains only 60 calories. Cashews (18), pistachios (49) and almonds (24) contain about 160 calories per serving. While 10-12 macadamia nuts contain 200 calories/serving. By eating nuts that are in a shell like peanuts and pistachios, you can be more mindful of the amount of nuts you eat which ultimately may help you reduce your caloric intake of nuts. All types of nuts can fit into a healthy diet but the key is the portion size of the nuts you choose to eat.
2 AnswersDr. Joshua C. Klapow, PhD , Psychology, answeredMonitoring what you eat and reducing your caloric intake may take a bit of effort, depending on the goal you've set. It's important to keep track of the calories in everything you eat and drink during the day. You need to keep a monitoring chart close by, because you probably eat at home, work, and in restaurants or fast food places. Some people use a handheld computer for this purpose. If you prefer, you can make several copies of your monitoring chart and keep them in your pocket, briefcase, or handbag. Just make sure that whatever you use is always within easy reach. You don't want to rely on your memory.
Keeping track of fast foods and desserts may be somewhat easier. If you set a goal of limiting fast food meals to one per week, you could use your monitoring chart to keep track of this behavior. Be sure to post the chart in a visible place, so you are reminded of your goal and your weekly progress. Similarly, if you are trying to decrease the number of desserts and sugary snacks in your diet, the monitoring chart or a calendar on the wall will work perfectly.
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1 AnswerDr. Mehmet Oz, MD , Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease), answeredThere are two simple things you can do to burn calories without going anywhere near a gym.
- First: Take a stand! Next time you’re on the bus, at work, waiting for an appointment, or folding laundry, try standing up instead of sitting. You’ll burn an extra 50 calories an hour.
- And here’s a fun one: try using someone else’s bathroom. Of course, nobody likes sitting on a stranger’s toilet, so by squatting, you’ll not only be working important core and leg muscles, you’ll also burn up to 140 calories a day.
4 AnswersWhile age, weight, and gender play a role, on average it’s possible to burn anywhere from 100-300 calories per hour doing housework, all depending on the type of activity and vigor with which you do it. Use the following estimates, based on a body weight of 150lbs, to help you determine how many calories you might burn doing about an hour of typical daily housework/ cleaning:
- Sweeping x 10 minutes = 37 calories
- Vacuuming x 10 minutes = 37 calories
- Ironing x 20 minutes = 50 calories
- Mopping x 20 minutes = 42 calories
- Making beds x 10 minutes = 23 calories
- Washing dishes x 10minutes = 26 calories
For additional estimates on how many calories you burn doing different activities, visit Discovery Health and use the activity tracker here: http://health.discovery.com/centers/cholesterol/activity/activity.html
1 AnswerLayne Lieberman, MS, RD , Nutrition & Dietetics, answered
2 AnswersJoan Salge Blake, MS, RD , Nutrition & Dietetics, answered on behalf of Academy of Nutrition and DieteticsLarge designer coffees containing cream, milk, sugar, and flavorings can have you gulping the caloric equivalent of a mini meal. For example, a 20 oz. Caramel Brulee Latte with 2% milk and whipped cream comes in at a whopping 530 calories and 15 grams of fat.
The good news is a small black coffee served contains only 2 calories!
If you need a little something added to your coffee, order it with skim or low fat milk. If you're going to order a designer drink, be sure to watch the size. A small may be enough to satisfy your craving without adding too many unnecessary calories.
You can still enjoy your daily coffee but without the jolt of a lot of extra calories.