There is nothing worse than making a conscious effort to lower your caloric intake or simply eat healthier and find out you aren’t. I hated it when I found out those healthy granola bars I was eating were as many calories as a donut. Give me the donut then! Sure, the granola bar had more nutritional value, but some bars even have a not so pretty first ingredient (read your labels).
In addition to being dupped by “health” foods, there is the another trap folks fall into. Picture the sacrifices you make to eat healthier, thinking you are going to lose weight, but you miss one little thing – what you drink.Here is some sobering math for you: 35 year old woman + lose weight + exercises regularly = around 2200 calories a day. 35 year old woman + lose weight + no exercise = around 1800 calories a day. 35 year old man who + lose weight + exercises regularly = around 2800 calories a day. 35 year old man who + lose weight + no exercise = around 2300 calories a day. 1 cup of mocha coffee in the morning = 200 calories 2 cans of pop = 300 calories 2 beers or 2 glasses of wine = 300 calories So, let’s say you have to have your mocha in the morning on the way to work. Then you have a can of coke at lunch and maybe one in the afternoon to keep you going. Finally, after a long day, you only have 2 drinks. All of that seems reasonable, doesn’t it. Add it up though…you just drank 800 calories. If you are an average woman of average age, average height, and average weight, and you don’t exercise much, you just drank almost half of your day’s calories! Good luck feeling full eating 1000 calories between all of your breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The point here is don’t fall into the trap of forgetting to pay attention to what you drink. If you want to drink your calories for the day, go ahead. However, if you are working hard to maintain your weight (or lose some) don’t take two steps forward and one step back each and every day without knowing it. Something, somewhere, has to change. You decide what stays and what goes.