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“The average American is gaining a pound a year,” said Dr. Jo Lichten (aka Dr. Jo®), author of Reboot - how to power up your energy, focus, and productivity. “That represents just an extra 10 calories more than your body needs per day.” For reference, there are about 3,500 calories in one pound of fat, so 365 days per year times 10 calories per day would equal about 3,650 extra calories, or just over one pound of fat, per year. For this reason, she recommends making a habit of leaving at least just one bite —about 10 calories — on your plate at each meal “When you're in the habit of just leaving one bite behind, it's easier to not finish everything on your plate at a restaurant or anyplace else where portions are huge.”