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Solid snacks mightn’t be the only reason your new dress didn’t fit any more!

If you thought dessert was bad for your waistline, just wait until you read about these five drinks that have more hidden calories than a large brownie at 230 calories.

1. Orange Juice
This brunch staple has about 258 calories in each 400g serving. We might pass on mimosas this weekend!

2. Cranberry Juice
This is a popular cocktail mix but even without alcohol, a 400g bottle of cranberry juice still contains about 260 calories.

3. Grape Juice
Around four glasses of grape juice comes out to about 270 calories. Way higher than you would have expected, right?

4. Chocolate Milk
Just two glasses of chocolate milk contains around 254 calories. But it tastes so good!

5. Dessert wine
Two glasses of sweet dessert wine pack about 320 calories. Maybe time to try another nightcap?

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So, we’ve previously looked at what 200 calories looks like, but we’ve now moved on and are looking at something bigger – a lot bigger! 2,000 calories bigger, in fact!

We are meant to consume around 2,000 calories a day in order to stay healthy. But, do you know what that actually means?

This video will help you visualise just what it looks like and you will either feel good about your diet or not-so-good…

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Baked apple
Bake half an apple in the oven and top with 1 tbsp. of low-fat yoghurt. This sweet and simple snack is only 45 calories.

Popcorn
Two cups of your own air-popped popcorn will only add up to 46 calories.

Rice Cake
One brown rice cake with 1 tbsp. of sugar free jam will only add up to 44 calories.

Smoked salmon
One slice of smoked salmon on two wheat thins crackers is only 48 calories.

Grapefruit
Half a small grapefruit only adds up to 32 calories.

Hot chocolate
This depends on the brand but most packets of sugar-free hot chocolates will usually add up to 47 calories.

Sugar free ice pops
Two sugar free ice pops only add up to 30 calories.

Iced green tea
Refreshing and a great way to help cleanse your system. What makes it even better is it contains no calories at all!

Almond butter
One tsp of almond butter is only 34 calories.

Fat free yoghurt
Sprinkle some sunflower seeds on 113g of fat-free yoghurt. This cool snack is only 49 calories.

 

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After a night out, it’s pretty common to crave salty, fatty and not-so-good-for-you foods. But are you aware of how many calories you could be adding to your diet?

According to a survey of 2,042 by Slimming World, which was commissioned by YouGov, binge drinking can lead to the consumption of an extra 6,300 calories during the following 24 hours.

Nearly half of those surveyed, admitted to cancelling physical activity, preferring to stay in bed, watching telly and going on social media after a night out.

It doesn’t even take that much wine to leave you reaching for the fast food dial – just three large glasses.

The survey revealed that on a night out and the day after, those who took part in the poll, consumed an extra 2,829 calories in food, 1,476 in drink and 2,051 in extra calories the next day.

Head of nutrition and research at Slimming World Dr. Jacquie Lavin, says: “alcohol makes the food even more rewarding. It tastes good and feels even better than it would do normally.”

Maybe it’s time to put the glass of wine down, unless you want to gain 2lb.

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A new online tool developed by The Food Safety Authority of Ireland will allow Irish food businesses to calculate the calorie content in their menus.

MenuCal is the first such tool of it’s kind in Europe and it seems other countries may follow suit.

It will allow Irish restaurants and other food businesses to display the amount of calories in each of their dishes for their customer’s awareness.

However, the plan has struck some controversy with the Restaurant Association of Ireland who claim that it could cost the industry up to €5,000 a year.

The Minister for Health, James Reilly, has said there are no plans to make the display of calorie content in menus compulsory for restaurants as of yet.

Would you prefer to know the calorie content of the dish you have ordered in a restaurant?

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Counting calories can be an effective way to lose and maintain your weight – but what does 200 calories actually look like?

This informative and interesting video might shock you when you see how much broccoli or apples you can eat before hitting 200 calories in comparison to how much of a fast-food burger you can eat before hitting the same number.

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Losing weight does’t have to be all boiled chicken and steamed broccoli.

Here are some easy tips to cut extra calories without even noticing.

1. Take the stairs
At every opportunity!

2. Skip the public transport
Get the walking shoes on

3. Eat off smaller plates
You’ll still get full

4. Don’t drink your calories
Stick with water

5. Eat at the dinner table
Avoid mindlessly eating more than you need

6. Instead of going for a drink with your friend, go for a walk
Much healthier!

7. Bring snacks in your bag
Such as nuts, oat cakes etc. to avoid sneaking into the siopa

8. Drink a glass of water before each meal
It will fill you up slightly before you even start! You’ll be surprised by how much of your hunger is actually thirst.

9. Homemade is best.
Be it popcorn, chocolate treats or granola bars. Get creative in the kitchen!

10. Eat a larger, substantial meal for lunch and a smaller lighter meal for dinner
You’ll feel less bloated in the morning.

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Whether you’re trying to gain a few kilos or shed a few pounds, your calorie-intake has a lot to do with helping you achieve your goals.

Here are some health foods with surprising amounts of calories:

Sushi
Just because they are tiny, it doesn’t mean they’re harmless. A sushi roll can have up to 500 calories – not very good for your waistline.

Dried fruit
With over 100 calories per 160g serving, your calorie-intake can go up rather quickly when you have dried fruit. If you’re trying to have less calories then opt for fresh or frozen fruit. You can eat in larger amounts at fewer calories.

Low-fat peanut butter
When manufacturers reduce the fat in peanut butter, they replace it with sugars. This means your ‘low-fat’ peanut butter had the same amount of calories as the original. You might as well stick to the regular stuff because you won’t eat as much since the original is much more filling.

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If you want to look SHEmazing this summer, you really don’t have to spend a tonne of your time in the gym. In reality, the best thing you can do for your body and figure is to eat the right foods – those sit-ups won’t mean a thing if you’re filling your body with junk food.

Here are the best greens to eat if you want to achieve your goals:

Spinach
It’s packed with nutrients that will add volume to your food without any extra calories.

Peppermint
This leafy green is great for calming down stomach bloat and reducing indigestion.

Celery
Not only are they good to snack on, but celery also helps with fluid retention so the words ‘water weight’ will be a thing of the past.

Asparagus
As well as being an energy-packed food, asparagus helps normalise your sugar levels so you don’t have to worry about will-weakening cravings.

Kale
High in fibre, low in calories and contains zero fat – need we say more?

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