Portion Patrol

5 Hershey's Special Dark chocolate kisses

A cocoa fix that's equally rich in chocolaty taste and disease-fighting antioxidants--what more could you want in a snack?

2/3 cup Barbara's Bakery cinnamon Puffins cereal (dry)

Keep premeasured tubs in your desk drawer for an alternative to kettle chips when you're craving something crunchy.

1 oz yellowtail and 1 oz tuna sashimi with 1 packet Kikkoman Instant Tofu Miso Soup

Have it pre-party; the protein will keep you from wiping out the buffet.

18 Fat Free Rold Gold Tiny Twists

Kill a carbs-and-salt craving in a single snack session.

2 oz Veggie Land Veg-T-Balls with 2 Tbsp Muir Glen chunky tomato sauce

These low-fat vegetarian balls hit the spot.

Chocolate milk (1 c nonfat milk + 1 Tbsp Hershey's Lite chocolate syrup)

Quell your inner cocoa monster and get a hit of calcium.

1 Nutter Butter granola bar

This peanut bar tastes like something you'd get from the vending machine, minus the thigh-inflating effects.

Dumb Question: What's a Calorie?

Scientifically speaking, it's the amount of energy needed to raise the temperature of one gram of water by one degree Celsius. Nutritionally, a calorie is the amount of energy in food your body can use. Digestion releases nutrients in food, which your body converts to glucose and uses to fuel all of its functions, from making your heart beat to running after the UPS truck. We can thank (or curse) Lulu Hunt Peters for introducing the concept of counting calories. Her 1918 bestseller, Diet and Health With Key to the Calories, advocated the "calories in, calories out" method as a way to regulate weight. We've been adding them up ever since.

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Related links:

How Much Sugar is in Your Food?

Wine or Beer: Which Has Less Calories?

Ditch Some Pounds!

Do You Have to Skip Dessert?

Resistance Is Futile!

Mother Teresa, Kate Moss... maybe they could limit themselves to 100 calories of these tempting treats. But we seriously doubt it!

Auntie Anne's original pretzel -- About 1/4 of a pretzel Don't get tied up in knots about it.

Bagel, plain, 4.5" -- 1/3 of 1 bagel And that's without any cream cheese.

Burger King Double Whopper with Cheese -- 1/10 of 1 burger There's almost an entire day's worth of fat in one sandwich.

Haagen-Dazs chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream -- 2 1/2 Tbsp You're going to need a smaller cone.

KFC Hot Wings -- 1 1/4 wings Even with the bone in, you don't get much.

Krispy Kreme powdered strawberry-filled doughnut -- 1/3 of a doughnut Barely enough to dunk in your coffee.

Peanut M&M's -- 10 candies They've never looked so small before, have they?

McDonald's French Fries, large order -- 1/6 of a serving, or 1 oz And forget about ketchup.

Papa John's Pan Crust Cheese Pizza, 12" -- About 1/4 of 1 slice Still fattening, any way you slice it.

Sara Lee Original Cream Cheesecake -- 1/2 of 1 serving You can always share your slice with a friend.

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Related links:

How Much Sugar is in Your Food?

Wine or Beer: Which Has Less Calories?

Ditch Some Pounds!

Do You Have to Skip Dessert?

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