Don’t Fool Yourself When Counting Calories

If you’re keeping track of your daily calorie intake as a means of losing or maintaining your weight, it’s important to make sure you’re being completely accurate or you may be fooling yourself. I typically try to count the calories of everything, no matter how insignificant it might seem. (I use the app, MyFitnessPal, which makes the job an easy one. I can type in nearly any food & the app will automatically look up the calories & add them to my daily total. I highly recommend the app or even just the MyFitnessPal web-site if you’re not using a smart phone.) There are, however, days I get lazy & only count the “big stuff,” usually meaning just meals. On one of those lazy days, I got curious & decided to go back & look up all of the “little stuff” I hadn’t recorded throughout the day. It was several hundred calories. That’s a big deal when you’ve set a daily goal for yourself. So, lets talk about some of the numbers you might not be seeing if you’re not keeping track of the calories in everything you eat. Here are a few examples of things that people might not think to track the calories for.
1 teaspoon of sugar for coffee – 15 calories
1 Oreo cookie – 53 calories
1 table spoon of Ranch salad dressing – 70 calories
1 table spoon of peanut butter – 95 calories
1 Hershey’s chocolate Kiss – 22 calories
1 table spoon of ketchhup – 20 calories
1 slice of American cheese – 70 calories
8 ounces of whole milk – 160 calories
1 can of Pepsi – 150 calories
The list could be endless but I think you get the picture. So, the next time you considering having one Oreo or one slice of cheese & not counting the calories, don’t. I’m not saying don’t eat those little things because there will be times where you’re going to, no matter what me, your conscience, or anyone else says. If you’re going to eat it, just don’t forget to count it. And more importantly, don’t hide it from yourself. Not counting it doesn’t mean it didn’t happen so you would be better off in the long run if you just kept record of the small things, even if they do put you over your calorie goal. If they do, face the truth of the matter, then move on. Tomorrow is always a fresh start. Do you count your calories? How accurate are you? Feel free to leave comments. As always, I’d love to hear from you.


4 thoughts on “Don’t Fool Yourself When Counting Calories

  1. I have to say that I am conscious of calories creeping in and try very hard to be accountable for them so good to know these sneaky calories. My hubby loves peanut butter on a spoon!

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