Is a Cookie a Day OK?

Avoiding the office candy bowl or other sweet treats entirely might not actually help you lose weight, some health experts suggest.

According to The New York Times, little lifestyle changes that help cut or burn just 100 calories a day might not have any real weight loss results in the long term.

Popular belief holds that burning 3,500 calories equates to losing a pound of fat, the Times notes. But that may not be a hard and fast rule since it doesn’t account for the body’s ability to adjust to changes in eating and exercise habits to maintain a particular weight.

“The rise in children’s obesity over the past few decades can’t be explained by an extra 100-calorie soda each day, or fewer physical education classes,” writes New York Times health columnist Tara Parker-Pope.

Small changes do have their benefits, however. Abstaining from sweet and greasy indulgences may not promote weight loss, but they may prevent weight gain.

Plus, small changes are a gateway to bigger ones, according to the Times, since having just one cookie instead of a dozen a day could actually lead to avoiding them entirely.

The same holds true for healthy habits. Eating more vegetables or going for a walk after dinner for instance are healthy moves that could easily become part of a daily routine.

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