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“What Are Calorie Rip-Offs? Interview with The Diet Detective”

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Charles Stuart Platkin, The Diet Detective, looks at nutrition differently than other people. Platkin even has his own vocabulary. “Calorie bargains are foods low in calories, but still taste good and satisfy the strongest temptations. The substitute foods do not need as much exercise.

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A big steak is worth 10 hours of walking to burn the calories off. On the other hand, a breast of chicken is filling. Use the "cheaper" foods to replace others with calories that are more expensive. Calorie bargains change the way you feel about food and makes eating more enjoyable.

We want to be able to think about foods and decide are they splurge worthy. Not all foods are splurge worthy. Look at foods the way you shop for clothing or household goods. Is this worth $70? I can get a better deal somewhere else.

Sometimes eating half the calories could be as good. It is just as important to decide about our food consumption as our spending budget.

Be aware of food pushers- family members, friends, and relatives. They say, ‘Have another cookie, or you have to try this.’ Learn resistance skills. Platkin advises, “Say no, or I am full. Do not continue to sit at the table after finishing your meal.

We usually spend 50% of our food budget away from home. Most restaurants have their menus on the Internet or you can call to inquire about their healthier choices. When you go to a party, eat ahead of time and do not go there hungry.

Know what you are willing to eat and what you will not eat. Do not eat any food that is not splurge worthy. Do not have the attitude ‘I have sinned once and now I can continue.’

Why bother? Just because you ate five or six cookies, you should not go crazy and eat everything in front of you. You can stop. People need to be wiser and more discriminating with their consumption.”

Should you count calories? Platkin says, “Certain foods are healthier than others because of their caloric level, but you also have to look at other reasons.

Foods high in protein will make us feel fuller longer. You should look at how calories provide energy, but if you exceed your caloric budget the food is stored as fat in the body.

Choose a turkey, lettuce, and tomato sandwich on whole wheat bread and only have to spend 30 minutes dancing. Your favorite sub takes 10 hours to walk off.” www.dietdetective.com

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