By Linda Lee

A lot of us worry too much about the calories in our morning latte, or an occasional ice cream cone. In fact, the average woman spends almost one entire year of her life obsessing about calories and fretting about her weight! That is crazy…and it sure does not help when celebrities like Gwynette Paltrow say that they ‘cheat on their diet’ with a 120 calorie latte! How unrealistic is that? Surprisingly, men are not far behind in the calorie obsession…

Women typically think about or talk about their diets for around 21 minutes per day, or over two hours every single week. That means they fret about their size for 127 hours a year, which over 67 years of an average adult lifetime equates to around 355 days. Almost one year.

By contrast men spend 18 minutes a day or 109 hours a year thinking about calories, which equates to 304 days of their lives – fewer, but not that far behind.

Being and feeling HEALTHY is really the most important thing, NOT the number in the scale! But that is easier said than done, especially in our weight obsessed society.  I try to watch my weight, which naturally fluctuates 5-10 pounds. When I suddenly find myself up 10 pounds, I just try to make a more conscious effort to cut back on junk food and sweets. The rest of the time I allow myself to indulge in my personal ‘guilty pleasures’ which are candy, chocolate and ice cream. Those are my favorite ‘cheat foods!’

When you ‘cheat on your diet,’ what do you eat?


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