It’s so easy to fall into unhealthy habits, and the most insidious thing is that you’re usually being unhealthier than you think you are. Take muffins and cupcakes, for example: You might choose the “healthier” muffin over a cupcake, but a lot of times, cupcakes end up having less sugar and fat than their non-frosted cousins.
It’s important to know what you’re putting into your body, especially if you’re trying to lose weight. A new study from the New York University School of Medicine shows there’s something you’re ignoring that could be making you fat.
Despite the numerous locations where calorie counts on menus are mandated, it turns out very few people actually pay attention to them.
Researchers polled 2,000 Philadelphia fast food customers between the ages of 18 and 64 on how often they ate fast food and if the calorie information provided influenced their choices.
They found no difference in how people ordered before and after the calorie count policy went into effect. Most people said they noticed that the information was there, but it didn’t influence their decisions over what to order.
Pay attention, people! If you’re going to splurge, then splurge. But don’t splurge a lot and then convince yourself it was only a little. All those little diet cheats add up to a heck of a lot of calories and a closet full of clothes that no longer fit.
Do you pay attention to calorie information on menus?
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