Diet Spy: There May Be More Than 1,000 Hidden Calories in Your Daily Diet!

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Peter LamastroReader Melanie Rosen let our diet spy, dietitian Molly Morgan, follow her every eating move. Did Melanie eat more than she thought?You get the dressing on the side, you take your chicken grilled, not fried, and youve never met a vegetable you didnt like. If youre so virtuous, why cant you shake that extra weight? Stop polishing your halo, and consider this: You may be eating more than you realize. To find out if she was, Health reader Melanie Rosen let our diet spy, dietitian Molly Morgan, owner of New York-based Creative Nutrition Solutions and the author of the Choose Right Supermarket Shopping Guide, conduct a daylong stakeout (or make that a steak-out!) to observe her grazing habits. Were Melanies little indulgences adding up to big damage to her waistline? Are yours? Read on.

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Peter LamastroMelanie talk's back
“Having Molly point out the sheer number of extra calories I was eating was really a wake-up call. Before, I chose not to look at nutritional information because I just didnt want to know what kind of damage I was doing. Ignorance is no longer bliss! Im back to checking all of the labels.

Subbing a ‘healthy snack for a calorie bomb like chocolate cake is something that Id recently gotten out of the habit of doing. Thanks to Mollys prodding, Im happy to say that a glass of chocolate milk will sometimes do it for me. I also liked what she said about prioritizing my calories and thinking ahead about what Im going to eat for the day. This tip actually keeps me organized and helps me spend less money at the grocery store.

Wow! I cant believe that eating Bens leftovers could have cost me about 10 extra pounds. Breaking that habit is a simple tweak Im definitely going to try.”

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Peter Lamastro
So heres what I learned:

Give smart snacks the green light: Ill eat a healthy bite when hungry rather than waiting until Im famished.

One word: Mints. I should pop them (or gum) to keep my mouth occupied.

BYOC: To save coffee-drink calories, tote your own. I love the tip about adding a little shake of cocoa!

Stock up on snack cups: Mini containers help with portion control.