Cathy Arnst

If you are on your annual January diet, I wanted to alert you to some cool websites I've discovered. From, pictures of what 200 calories looks like in a huge variety of foods. As the site says:

When you consider that an entire plate of broccoli contains the same number of calories as a small spoonful of peanut butter, you might think twice the next time you decide what to eat. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the average adult needs to consume about 2000 - 2500 Calories to maintain their weight. In other words, you have a fixed amount of calories to "spend" each day; based on the following pictures, which would you eat?

The pat of butter is really depressing.

And if you want to know why you need to go on a diet, the National Institutes of Health has put together a slide show comparing the standard portion size of various foods now vs 20 years ago. The typical bagel, for example, has more than doubled in size over the last two decades. The site also tells you how much exercise you would need to do to burn off those additional calories.

Finally, if you need some help taking off those pounds, the Sacramento Bee just ran a review of some new diet books. Unfortunately, there is no magical new formula to losing weight--you still have to consume less than you burn off. Damn.

So, happy eating--or not.

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