Have you been listening to all the chatter on banning bake sales in Boston and shrinking soda sizes in New York City? So what’s your opinion?Should laws be enforced that cut off calories at the 16 ounce mark or ban bake sales in order to curb the obesity crisis in our country? As a guest on Sean Hannity’s radio show, I was on a panel discussing bake sales and obesity. Needless to say, the panel was divided…just like many of you.
There are numerous children in this country who are overfed when it comes to calories but undernourished as it relates to nutrition. Portion sizes have become obscene. I’m not big on regulating what you can buy or order nor do I think that putting the blame solely on beverages or bake sales is going to change the face of obesity. But I am big on empowering children, teenagers and adults of all ages with the information to make a smart decision. Change begins with yourself and knowledge as I see it, is power!
So here is my question to you. Do you know how many calories you…your body…needs on a daily basis? Have you considered that number and how it compares to the calories in many of the beverages you drink? It’s my opinion that most of us have no clue how many calories our bodies need everyday nor what that looks like in terms of quantity or portions.
Multiply your current weight ______ x 12 = _______ calories you need each day if most of your daily workout is done with your fingers and your mouse. If you work out, you can eat more, probably 150-300 calories more as a rough calculation.
Want to lose one pound this week? One pound = 3500 calories / 7 days = 500 calories less you must eat each day or burn off thru exercise.
In the case of the 150 lb person: 150 x 12 = 1800 calories day – 500/day = 1300 calories allowed each day to lose one pound. That’s not a lot of calories and less than what I like to see most people consume.
You are probably groaning by now…why is she having me think about this? Because I want you to get it…to see how few calories you need as compared to the calories in a serving of many items you drink.
How many calories a day do you drink?
As my dietitian colleague Edie Hogan says…are smoothies really that smooth? The 40-ounce peanut power plus grape smoothie from Smoothie King weighs in at 1460 calories and 42 grams of fat. Wait a minute… what about that 150-pound person who only needs 1300 a day to lose one pound a week? This smoothie would be the only thing you could consume all day and still be over the calories you need. But you could order the 20-ounce and make it skinny for 530 calories and 21 grams of fat.
Even the Tropicana Tropical Fruit Fury Twister so popular with kids contains about 340 calories for the bottle (20 ounces) that is supposed to be 2.5 servings according to the label. But I ask you, how many kids would drink less than one half a bottle and stop? Compare that to a 10-ounce bottle of 100% juice for 110 calories. Big difference.
Look at the nutrition information which most companies post on their website. If you have a place you love to go, familiarize yourself with their offerings and find the best and healthiest. I think we are totally unaware of the calorie content of most items and how easily you can drink 2000-3000 calories a day. Think small size and a simple drink…without a lot of extras. Check the Nutrition Facts label to see how many servings in the container and how many calories per serving. Remember, regular coffee has zero calories but a fancy coffee drink can edge all the way up to 1500 calories. So think before you drink!
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