Hidden Calories You Don't Know You're Eating

By Genevieve Cunningham

Most of us want to eat healthy, and in truth, many of us actually try to maintain a fairly healthy diet. We stick to mostly lean meats, a variety of vegetables, and some fruits. We may sneak in some candy or sweets on occasion, but we try. For those who believe they are eating healthy, but still aren't losing weight, you may be surprised to find that you’re eating more calories than you realize. Take a look at these common places in your diet where calories may be hiding.

Dressing

You are eating salad for lunch. You’re sticking to the same old lettuce and veggies, and you’re probably getting sick of it. So, with all of the effort, why aren’t you losing any weight? It’s probably time to look to your salad dressing. Salad dressings are thick and dense in calories. By topping your salad with a tasty dressing, you may be adding hundreds of calories to your meals. A healthier alternative may be olive oil and seasoning, apple cider vinegar, or simple salt and pepper.

Your Morning Jolt

Coffee, in and of itself, is not high in calories. It’s all the things we put in it to jazz it up that creates an unhealthy drink. While a little cream and sugar is fine, you can use too much without even realizing it. If you go for the works … whip cream, sugar, cream, half and half, milk, or whatever your choice … you may be drinking a thousand calories before your day even begins.

The Second Helping

If you’re going back for seconds, you’re eating far too many calories. You probably know that you shouldn't go back, but you think a tiny extra amount won't hurt. It will. The first serving is in your first helping, and that is generally all of the calories that you need. When you go back for seconds, even if it’s only a small bite, you’re adding to your daily caloric intake, and it may be throwing your entire diet off track. Get the proper amount the first time around, and then put your plate in the sink.

Losing weight is all about the proper amount of calories in vs. calories out. Without realizing it, it’s easy to take in too many and burn too few. If you want to eat healthy and lose weight, pay close attention to what you’re eating. With a few minor adjustments, you may be able to burn the last few pounds and earn the body you desire.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.

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