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Does Counting Calories Have You Starving for More?

January 14, 2010

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Counting calories to lose weight is a tedious way to accomplish the goal.  Weighing food, reading labels, and feeling hungry are all part of the frustrations that go along with a calorie restrictive diet.  Restaurants in New York City and across the country have even started to post calorie amounts on menu items in an effort to help people make healthier choices.  However, a recent study in the New York Times shows that many restaurant foods and frozen meals contain much higher calorie content than what they stated.  The Times reports that “at Denny’s, a serving of grits, listed at 80 calories, tested at 258. The label on Lean Cuisine’s shrimp and angel-hair pasta says it has 220 calories, but the researchers measured it at 319. They found 344 calories in a Wendy’s grilled chicken wrap listed at 260.” 

If you want to lose weight and you are relying on restaurant food and frozen meals, you may want to think again.  An apple has only 44 calories, a banana 65, broccoli 32 and spinach comes in at only 8. 

Eating food that is naturally low in calories but high in nutrition is the way to go when you are looking to lose a few pounds.  Fast food and frozen meals will only keep you starving for more. 

What do you do to keep the pounds off?