Have you noticed that it doesn’t take a special occasion like a birthday or a holiday to consume too many calories and add on a few pounds? If you’ve ever wondered where those extra calories come from then you’ll want to read a little further.
Big calories are hidden in all kinds of foods and here are the foods to avoid and where they’re hiding out:
- Alcoholic Beverages
- Salad Dressings
Sugar can have addicting properties. Once you eat something high in sugar, your blood sugar spikes, triggering an insulin release to neutralize the excessive sugar. But what usually happens is the pancreas overcompensates and your blood sugar plummets. To get your blood sugar back to normal, your body signals your brain to eat something sweet. And the cycle starts all over again. In the process, you’re consuming a large number of sugar calories.
According to an online survey conducted by the National Coffee Association approximately 83 percent of adults drink coffee in the U.S. So if this is one of your daily rituals do you use sugar? Each packet of sugar is 15 calories and a couple of packets of sugar can add up if you drink three or four cups per day. And that doesn’t even include the 20 calories per teaspoon if you add half and half to the mix.
If you enjoy wine, at seven calories per gram a 5-ounce serving has 124 calories. And three servings gives a woman over 20% of her daily calorie requirement. It’s easy to consume three glasses of wine or something trendy like all the beer choices available from the craft beer movement.
And the calories in alcohol are only half the story. Alcohol also lowers your food defenses so you are more apt to eat more snacks and other unhealthy options than you would have had you not been drinking. All and all, it can add up to a disaster calorie-wise. Instead, eat a healthy meal before consuming alcohol. Sip your drink to make it last longer and you’ll be apt to drink less. Another trick is to add some soda water to your drink. It increases the volume of liquid without adding any calories.
While veggies and adding protein to a salad isn’t unhealthy. You have to be careful of the dressing you pour on it because most dressings are loaded with calories. Balsamic vinaigrette is a better option; be sure to ask for it on the side so you can control how much you use. To cut down on using large amounts of dressing, try dipping a fork full of salad into a little dressing instead of pouring it on. You still get the great taste while using much less dressing.
Being informed about the hidden calories in sugar, alcoholic beverages and salad dressings, helps you keep tabs on high-calorie consumption. Knowing is half the battle; the other half is doing.
The Clar8ty Team
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