Where Are You Getting Hit With Hidden Calories?
Hidden calories are those sneaky little devils that can sabotage your weight loss efforts if you don’t keep an eye out for them. But that’s not always easy because as the name suggests – THEY’RE HIDDEN. What we’re talking about here are the calories that sneak into your diet from unexpected sources, and they can add up quickly. Understanding where these hidden calories are coming from and how to avoid them can help you make healthier choices and reach your weight loss goals.
Here are some of the most common sources of hidden calories:
- Drinks: Sugary drinks, such as soda and fruit juice, are often loaded with hidden calories. Even “diet” drinks and coffee drinks can contain added sugars and syrups that add extra calories to your diet. Be especially careful when you’re reading the labels of your drinks and know that it’s always safe to opt for water, unsweetened tea, or coffee with a splash of almond or coconut milk.
- Condiments: Salad dressings, sauces, and spreads can contain high amounts of added sugars, fats and calories. Instead of using pre-packaged condiments, opt for healthier options like vinegar, lemon juice, balsamic vinegar or olive oil.
- Processed Foods: Processed foods, such as frozen dinners and pre-packaged snacks, often contain hidden calories from added sugars, unhealthy fats, and preservatives. Try to limit your intake of processed foods and opt for whole, unprocessed options whenever possible.
- Restaurant Meals: Restaurant meals are often loaded with hidden calories from added sauces, oils, and extra portions. When dining out, try and opt for grilled or steamed options and ask for dressings and sauces on the side.
- Alcohol: Alcoholic drinks are often high in calories, and they can quickly add up when consumed in large quantities. Try to limit your alcohol intake and opt for lower-calorie options like wine spritzers (if you’re too embarrassed to order one, get a glass of wine and a soda water and make your own) or check out our recommendations for drinks under 100 calories.
- Packaged Foods: Many packaged foods, such as flapjacks and protein bars, contain hidden calories from added sugars and unhealthy fats. Read labels carefully and opt for options with minimal added sugars and unhealthy fats.
By being aware of these common sources of hidden calories, you can make healthier choices and avoid sabotaging your weight loss efforts. Keep in mind that even small changes, such as switching from full-fat coke to water, can make a huge difference over time. The real learning point in all of this is that even hidden calories can be brought to light if you track closely enough. So make sure that you do your best to record everything that you eat when you’re aiming to lose weight.
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