Karen Ensle EdD, RD, FADA, CFCS
Family & Community Health Sciences Department
Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County
People are eating more food these days because food is available everywhere: in homes, fast food restaurants, supermarkets, corner stores, vending machines, gas stations and more. We eat without thinking about how much or how often food is available. Sometimes the food eaten even has little taste or eye appeal, but it is consumed anyway, which creates a caloric nightmare.
People eat food for many reasons morning, noon, and at night. Many external cues—the clock, another person eating, and seeing food ads on TV—provide reminders consciously and unconsciously to grab a snack or meal. Unconscious eating prompts many people to ingest more calories than they need.
According to James O. Hill, Ph.D., University of Colorado School of Medicine, an extra 100 to 200 calories a day adds up to 25 lbs of weight gain in a year for the average person. Doing the opposite will help you lose that 25 lbs. per year. Below are some small steps to cut calories without cutting out your favorite foods:
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