It’s almost that time of year again when we all make promises to eat better, lose weight, and basically try to convince ourselves that this will be the year it happens. Fortunately, we don’t need a new year to start methodically trimming down on the calories, we just need to know what we are getting into.

Hidden calories are a real problem for most people. With the average American eating out four to five times a week, the ninja calories jump out to attack. Most restaurants want to deliver fulfillment that gets you coming back and stars on Yelp- with no regard to what the calorie count might be. Knowledge is power when it comes to knowing what’s up with calories. Then again, eating at home brings something most restaurants don’t offer- reinforcements. The fact that second and third helpings are only a few feet away certainly help influence the fact that the average American consumes a whopping 7000 calories on Christmas Day! 

7000 calories in a single day… my pancreas needs a vacation just thinking about it. What does 7000 calories look like anyway? Take this 6000 calorie info graphic and just add a large movie theater popcorn to your menu. (1030 calories with no butter) 

All the hours in the world spent on the elliptical or your favorite spin class can’t stand up to the simple task of being aware of what you are eating.  If you want to lose weight, feel good and look your best, the math is simple- you just need to burn more calories a day than you put into your mouth. 

To help you stick to this year’s resolutions, or just stay fit and lose weight any time, here’s a look into down the caloric rabbit hole…