Dining Out On A Diet: How To Save Calories, Money

Americans love to eat out. Of every dollar we spend on food, nearly half — 48 cents — goes to the restaurant industry. (Compare that to 1955, when only 25 cents of every food dollar went toward dining out.) All told, each day Americans shell out a whopping $1.7 billion on meals out, says the National Restaurant Association. Obviously, the restaurant industry is quite happy about this, but the health experts who look at our ever-expanding waistlines are not so …

Are All Calories Created Equal?

For years, nutritionists told us that all calories are equal. A calorie is a measure, like an inch or a mile, and the measures are constant, even though the kind of food might vary. What we didn’t know until recently is that while the energy in food may be equal in calories, the impact on the human body varies. Calories are indeed equal, but some are utilized differently than others. Some calories are easily converted to fat and stored, while …

Counting Calories: 10 Common Myths Busted

For those trying to lose weight, counting calories is making a comeback. Until recently, dieting Americans have been urged to eat less — or more — of a certain type of food like carbs, fat, protein or fiber, rather than pay attention to those pesky numbers. But this year, chain restaurants, bakeries, grocery stores, convenience stores, coffee chains and vending machines will be required under the health care law to post the amount of calories in each item on menus. …

Counting Calories, But Not For That Margarita

McDonald’s may soon have to post how many calories are in a Big Mac and fries under the government’s new proposed guidelines, but it looks like the popcorn at your local movie theater is off the hook. And so are the alcoholic drinks at your favorite Applebee’s or Olive Garden. Evidently, calorie counting comes to a halt when it’s booze or the stuff you munch while watching “The King’s Speech.” Under the proposed menu labeling rules, you won’t know that …

Friday News: Financial Planning, and More Calorie Talk

Washingtonpost.com hosted a live online chat with their personal finance columnist Michelle Singletary yesterday, and she discussed topics from budgeting to retirement planning to simply how to discuss money with a loved one. She even touted what a great resource AARP.org is for retirement planning tools. Check out the full transcript here to see what she had to say about a wide range of finance topics – she’s bound to have given advice on whatever you’re worried about financially. And …

Food labels can’t be trusted?

Did you, like many others, resolve this new year’s to eat healthier and exercise in an attempt to drop those holiday (and other…) pounds? I found this article particularly interesting from Time. It says that the calorie counts that many people (me) live by on the sides of prepared foods are often incorrect. And not in a good way. The article says that foods contain an average of 8% more calories than listed – and at restaurants that percentage goes …