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Step slowly away from the pint of ice cream...

August 19, 2002|by KEVIN CLAPP

Chambersburg (Pa.) Hospital Clinical Nutrition Manager Annette Lynch, R.D., says those trying to lose weight should aim to lose one or two pounds per week, with one pound equal to 3,500 calories.

So each day, the goal should be to reduce caloric intake by 500 while maintaining normal activity levels. Exercising more will result in more calories burned.

However, there's a flip side to the equation. Let's say that each day you add 100 calories...

... you will consume 700 extra calories per week...

... which will equal 36,400 calories in a year...

... divided by the 3,500 calories that make up one pound...

... yielding an extra 10.4 pounds of body weight.

So for eating one extra ounce of blue cheese, 1 ounce of cream cheese or 1 ounce of gum drops every day, you could add a few unwanted inches to your waistline.

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