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Keeping Track of Healthy Calories

Posted on December 07, 2018


By Len Canter, HealthDay Reporter

THURSDAY, Nov. 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Even when eating nutritiously, healthy aging depends on moderating the number of calories you take in.

Surprisingly, studies show that if you follow a healthy diet, but eat more than an average number of calories, you won't fare any better in terms of healthy aging than people who follow the traditional Western diet. You want a lifelong diet plan that provides micronutrients, fiber
and antioxidants while still limiting calories.

That means whether you count calories or portion sizes, it's important to keep track of all high-calorie foods, even the healthful ones.

Here are some examples.

While plant oils -- such as walnut, olive, safflower, sunflower, grapeseed and sesame oils -- are better for you than butter with all its saturated fat, tablespoon for tablespoon, oils actually have more calories -- 120 to 130 calories compared to butter's 100. Use an oil spray to coat pans before cooking to conserve calories when you really need to use oil.

When eating a rainbow of veggies, winter squash and sweet potatoes are great choices in the orange color range, but 4 ounces of squash have only 44 calories compared to 84 calories for the same amount of sweet potatoes. If you need a large portion to feel full, eating squash will allow you twice the volume for the same number of calories.

Among the most nutrient-dense fruits, a large banana can have 120 calories while a cup of strawberries is barely 50.

Nutrient-rich, high-calorie foods are still good for
you, but consider cutting portion sizes in half to keep the needed ceiling on your overall calorie intake.

Need a portion size reminder? The U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute has an illustrated serving size card you can print and carry with you.

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Here are some questions and conversations from MyObesityTeam:

Under eating: People always think that because you're overweight that means you overeat. My doctor has actually told me that I need to eat more, but I don't normally have an appetite. I need meal suggestions to help increase my food intake. What can I do?

I was informed I should be eating between 1200-1600? Is this what everyone else is aiming for?

I have a hard time with overeating! Does anyone else have the same problem? If so how do you manage it?

"Eating too much left overs from Thanksgiving. Bread is one item that really puts the weight on me. With the rolls now gone I am now back to only the healthy food items in my house. "

How do you keep track of portion size? Share in the comments below or directly on MyObesityTeam.

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