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Keeping Track of Calories

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Wednesday, 15 Jul 2015 12:33 PM Current | Bio | Archive

When Arnold Schwarzenegger confronts his altered memories in the 1990 movie "Total Recall," what he thinks about his wife, his job, even his name, is wildly off-base.

Most people like to think they have total recall of daily events, including how much they eat. Well, think again.

Self-reported dietary information turns out to be slipshod, particularly from people who are overweight, as 70 percent of North American adults are.

According to researchers who looked at data in the National Health and Nutrition Survey, the dietary habits reported by 67.3 percent of women and 58.7 percent of men were just "not physiologically plausible."

So if you're struggling to achieve a healthy weight, it might be because you don't have a realistic idea about how much you eat. These simple recall tools may help:

• Keep a food diary. Smartphones have apps to record food intake and give total calories eaten.

• Figure out how many calories per day you need to maintain your current weight. Dr. Mike's Cleveland Clinic has a handy guide: If you're overweight and sedentary, multiply your weight by 11; overweight but get 30 to 60 minutes of exercise three or more times a week; multiply your weight by 14; overweight but get 60 or more minutes of exercise at least four or more days a week, multiply your weight by 16.

• To lose one pound a week, make your daily intake 500 calories less than your maintenance number.

If you follow those steps, you'll have total recall of your diet.

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