To answer this question, we must zoom in close to check those ‘tiny’ bites of food that are overlooked throughout the day. For instance:
One-quarter cup of orange juice remains in the carton. You might as well finish it, right?
Two tablespoons of granola are left in the box. It is hardly worth returning to the cupboard. You add it to your serving of cereal.
Someone made really strong coffee at work today. You add two teaspoons of powdered cream substitute. It’s the only way you can stand the taste.
You take a small ‘sample’ of the cake in the break room. Well, maybe a second ‘sliver’ would be okay too! Calories: 73
Oops! You forgot to ask to have the mayo left off your hamburger at lunch. Calories: 100
You also forgot to ask them to leave off the onion! Better have a mint or two for your breath, just in case. Calories: 20
You take a chocolate kiss from the candy jar at the front desk. You have to crank out a big report this afternoon. This is for medical purposes only. Calories: 25
A second chocolate kiss from the candy jar. You finished the report – what better way to celebrate?
Besides, it’s just a tiny piece of candy.
There you are with a handful of peanuts. The gang has gotten together for a quick drink after work to celebrate completing the report. You order mineral water, but surely a couple of teaspoons of nuts cannot have many calories.
Cheese on a cracker at the grocery store. It’s just a small sample.
Two tablespoons of macaroni and cheese. You are trying out a new recipe. You taste as you cook to get the seasonings just right.
A quarter cup of macaroni and cheese. Your new recipe tastes great, but there is a little left over. It hardly seems worth the effort to refrigerate, and you hate to toss it.
Grand Total of ‘Extra’ Calories for the Day: 675
If these extra calories are eaten daily, it might be possible to gain as much as a pound a week! On average, an additional 3,500 calories above your body’s needs can add up to a pound of weight gained.
Reprinted with permission of Calgary Health Region.