Here are some helpful insights that will make your next diet much easier to maintain (though not necessarily more successful):
• Foods that are frozen have no calories because calories are units of heat. Examples include ice cream, frozen pies and popsicles.
• Foods that have the same color have the same number of calories. For example, spinach and pistachio ice cream; mushrooms and white chocolate. Note: Chocolate is a universal color and may be substituted for any other food color without increasing caloric content.
• If you drink a diet soda with a candy bar, the calories in the candy bar are canceled by the diet soda.
• If you fatten everyone else around you, then you look thinner. So encourage others to eat more and more often.
• In food used for medicinal purposes, the calories never count such as hot chocolate, toast and Sara Lee Cheesecake.
• Movie-related foods (e.g., Milk Duds, buttered popcorn, Junior Mints, etc.) do not have additional calories because they are not part of one’s personal fuel; they are merely entertainment.
• Things licked off knives and spoons have no calories if you are in the process of preparing something. Examples include peanut butter on a knife when making a sandwich and ice cream on a spoon when making a sundae.
• When you eat with someone else, calories don’t count if you don’t eat more than they do. (See above, encouraging others.)
• Cookie pieces contain no fat; the process of breaking causes fat leakage.

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