While dining out, you ask the waiter to not bring the bread basket to your table, and then you order the grilled chicken, and opt for fruit salad instead of cake for dessert … but then steal a bite of your husband’s banana cream pie, just for a taste. Turns out, those teeny nibbles can really add up. Of the 200 or so eating decisions we make every day, many fall into the “mindless margin,” or that 100-ish calorie area where you could over- or under-eat without impacting whether you feel full or hungry, according to Brian Wansink, PhD, director of the Cornell Food and Brand Lab in Ithaca, NY, in his book Mindless Eating. Eating 100 extra calories every day can lead to a 10-pound weight gain over the course of a year.
So are you eating more sneaky calories than you realize?
Try not to drink that 8oz cup of OJ ….OJ isn’t necessarily bad for you, but you’ll get more bang for your nutritional buck with one orange and a slice of toasted whole wheat bread
A piece of grandma’s buttery crust…try one cup of sliced apples and two reduced-fat Nilla Wafers as a treat.
Instead of eating that grill cheese…satisfy your hunger with some greek yogurt mixed with blueberries
Why not cut out those buttery pancakes with the extra maple syrup…and try some oatmeal mixed with some strawberries
Now I know that a slice of pizza will be better than these….10 carrots with some ranch dipping sauce but at this rate we need to test our will power and go for the healthier choice.
You can still have your ice cream but not a three scoops of it…Opt for a fat-free Fudgsicle with a cup of raspberries.
Instead of filling your desk drawer with candy…fill it with fresh fruit
Stop…don’t put that cookie dough in the oven… instead try a one half cup of honey dew with 2tbs milk chocolate
Reference: Everyday Health