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A Calorie Tracking Image Recognition App Keeps Portions Under Control

Worried that you've piled your plate too high at the buffet? Researchers at SRI—the folks who created Siri before Apple bought it—are working on a new app that uses image recognition and clever AI to provide a fairly accurate estimate of the calories you're about to consume. Read More >>

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Want the Most Booze per Calorie? Skip Liquor and Go for Champagne

In surprising booze news, Wonkblog's Christopher Ingraham gives a surprising (and classy) spin to conventional drinking wisdom: if you're looking to get the most alcoholic punch per calorie, don't reach for "the hard stuff." You're better off drinking champagne or sparkling wine. Read More >>

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The Most Random Ways to Burn 200 Calories

Calories are pretty nebulous. We've taken a couple of looks of what 200 of 'em actually look like in terms of real food, but there's a more important question: what do you have to do to get rid of them? You know all the classic answers, but ASAP Science has a couple of stranger alternatives for you to consider. Read More >>

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What Does 200 Calories Look Like?

The answer to the question of how much can you eat of different foods before you hit 200 calories varies, depending what you're consuming. Two hundred calories is a whole lot of apples, but less than half of a Big Mac. It's a plate full of broccoli, but more like a spoonful of peanut butter. But it's a lot easier to understand what that really means when you actually see the food in front of you in this video from ASAP Science. Read More >>

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How Much Sugar Really Is in Food?

Sugar is sweet, sugar is delicious, sugar is lovely but sugar can be so terribly bad for you. How much sugar is in foods and drinks you love? Like a soda or orange juice or cereal or even baked beans? Sugar is everywhere! That white cocaine powder adds up. BuzzFeed made a video visualising the actual grams of sugar in each food and to see the actual snuff is dizzying. Fruit Loops over "healthy" cereal everyday now! [BuzzFeed] Read More >>

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What 2,000 Calories of Food Actually Looks Like

Inspired by WiseGeek's what 200 calories of food looks like, BuzzFeed made a video that extrapolated those calories into 2,000. Which would roughly be the amount of calories you should be eating on a given day plus or minus a few hundred (though who the hell would eat 2,000 calories of the same food, right?) Read More >>

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How Many Calories Does a Mouse Click Burn?

For those of us who spend the best part of our day hunched over a keyboard staring at a computer screen, any physical exertion — however small — has to go some way towards constituting exercise. So how many calories does a mouse click burn? Read More >>

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What 200 Calories Actually Looks Like in Food

One of the best things to do if you're watching your weight is to just be careful of portion sizes. Eating a whole bag of Doritos? Not good for you. Eating a small handful? Less worse! Something even better to do is to eat more low calorie foods and less calorie dense items. Less bang for your buck can actually be good! Here's what 200 calories looks like in food. Read More >>

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Are There More Calories in Food Than What's Listed in the Nutrition Facts? (Yes)

Our friend Casey Neistat made a wonderful documentary for the New York Times, he went and compared the actual calories of food to what's listed on the nutrition facts. And guess what? More times than not, food had more calories than what was advertised. Read More >>

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How Much Exercise Is Needed To Burn Off a Can Of Coke?

More and more companies are getting on board this whole ‘truth in advertising’ push, including Coca-Cola who’ve posted this online calculator on its UK site that figures out how much exercise you’ll need to shed that sugar water. Is 70 minutes of ironing really worth that kick of caffeine? [Coca-Cola via Pocket-lint] Read More >>

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The Seven Deadliest Drinks

You're not stupid. You know drinking isn't good for you. But when is it really, really not good for you? We talked about the healthiest drinks last week. Today we're looking at the darker, sugarier, fattier underbelly of drinking, and oh, what an underbelly it is. Read More >>

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Does Your Brain Burn More Calories When You Think Hard?

Taking exams; crunching through a tough problem at work, or even concentrating while driving in difficult conditions can leave you feeling physically exhausted. But does thinking really hard burn more calories, or does the exhaustion come from somewhere else? Read More >>

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How Many Calories You Burn Having Sex, Eating Pizza and Smoking a Cigarette

The best thing about the Nike Fuelband is that it can keep track of any activity you do. Yes, any. You know what that means, right? Let's find out how many calories we burn and how much Nikefuel we earn doing totally normal everyday things. Read More >>

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