From Subway to the Olive Garden, the NY Times calorie popping list will surprise you and make your Chicago personal trainer's head spin. Each of the meals in their article What 2,000 Calories Looks Like will give you more than a day's worth of calories in one meal! I think all of us have been guilty of choosing at least one of these meals in the past year. (Hopefully not the past day)
Read the list and remember that most people only need 1300-1700 calories per day (according to Dr. Fuhrman, author of Eat to Live). Considering that most of your social events revolve around eating and drinking, this might be disappointing and hard to achieve without preparation.
Although you may instinctively want to speed up your metabolism, you may be pushing against your body's natural metabolic boundaries. At a given point, all of us have a set metabolism and it isn't always a bad thing to have a slower one. Not only will you have less caloric dependence on outside sources (less hunting and gathering), but your body won't be working as hard and your life may be lengthened (think machines: the more they work, the faster they'll break down).
Embrace the smaller amount of calories the body really needs and begin erasing the meals from the NY Times article.
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