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Wondering how many calories are in that plate of nachos? Or just how many of those nachos you can eat without gaining weight? How about how many laps around the track it'd take to burn 'em off? Or maybe you just need a place to track all the calories and crunches, pounds lost and goals gained? HG's got the 411...   
Calorie-Counter Alert!

CalorieKing is BY FAR the most ginormous, accurate, and easy-to-use website for nutritional info we've seen. You can search the Food Database for free and find out how many calories, fat grams, carbs, etc., are in pretty much any food imaginable. Aside from restaurant nutritionals, data on supermarket items, and fast food breakdowns, the folks at CalKing also give overall averages on generic items (a tuna sandwich, for example). Plus, you can easily alter the serving size to match your actual intake, and the site'll calculate those numbers instantly. This site is a royal lifesaver and we drop in daily!
Feel the Burn...

Everything you do burns calories, from cycling in your spinning class to snoring (hopefully not in your spinning class)! But you may be burning more, or less, than you think. Fitness Partner will calculate calories burned at your specific weight for more than 200 activities. The best part is that you can view 'em all as one giant list and compare the activities. (Other sites make you enter and view the activities one at a time.) CalorieLab is another cool site for counting how many calories you burn. Choose from a list of diverse categories like occupation (masseuses burn more calories than traffic cops), indoor exercise machines, and self care (blow-drying your hair burns more than showering). Some of those are a little silly (we're NOT recommending you try styling your hair for 3 hours in place of a workout!), but it's interesting stuff for sure.
Get Personal...

Knowing how many calories to consume in a day is great, but what about your other daily needs like fat, carbs, protein, and more? And finding out your BMI is a good start, but what about what to do to improve it? iVillage's health calculators will tell you all that and more. Find out your target heart rate and get advice on the areas of your lifestyle that may need improvement. Good stuff, people!
One-Click Wonder...

SparkPeople is one awesome website, humans. There's so much to do, it's a little ridiculous (in a completely good way!). Join for free and get busy tracking exercise and calorie intake, chatting up experts and fellow members in the community section, browsing through and sharing recipes & tips, plus lots more. Members (and even those just dropping by) can view fitness videos and read up on the latest health news. Basically, this site does everything but scramble your eggs for you and drive you to the gym. Hooray!
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Guten Tag! Bonjour! Ni Hao! Friday, October 16th, is World Food Day, a.k.a. a GREAT day to clean out your kitchen cabinets and donate non-perishables to a local food bank. For more ways to help fight world hunger, click here.
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