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Dear Hungry Girl,

I use "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter" spray and it supposedly has ZERO calories.  Does it really have no calories at all?  How can that be?

-- Spraying in Sacramento

Dear Spraying,

If something seems too good to be true, it often is.  "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter" spray has ZERO calories if you use just a few spritzes.  However, if you do what most of us do and spray like there's no tomorrow, you can rack up  calories and fat grams pretty quickly.  Here's the scoop: 12.5 sprays is 10 calories and 1 gram of fat, 25 sprays (1 teaspoon) is 20 calories and 2 grams of fat, and 37.5 sprays is 30 calories and 3 grams of fat.  In case you're curious,  the entire bottle contains 900 calories and 90 grams of fat!   YIKES!  Obviously, when it comes to this stuff, stick with spraying as opposed to pouring.


Dear Hungry Girl,

How can I can boost my metabolism? Please help!

-- Burn, Baby Burn 
Dear Burn, Baby Burn,

A lot of factors that influence your metabolism can¬ít be changed.  Age, genetics and gender (well,  gender can be changed, but not easily) are just a few.  However, there are some things you can do to rev up your metabolism.  First of all, drink lots of water. Some experts say staying hydrated keeps your body burning calories.  Exercise also gets your metabolism going.  Head to the weight room next time you hit the gym.  If you increase your lean muscle mass, you increase your resting metabolic rate. That means you'll burn more calories thoughout the entire day...even while you sleep!  Spicy foods are also said to give your metabolism a little boost. One more thing -- EAT BREAKFAST -- it will kick your metabolism into gear for the rest of the day!

 
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