That is, when it comes to CALORIES. We all know how important the calorie-count of the foods we eat is to our weight-loss efforts. For instance, if you're working hard to lose weight, you know darn well that eating one of those giant cheeseburgers at some fast food place should NOT be part of your daily food plan. Hey, one of those babies can easily approach up to 1,000 calories. And that's not even counting the French fries and shake or soda most people are likely to have with it. Caution is the word for a lot of our food choices, right?
You've got to remember, every calorie counts.
And sure, most people know to avoid those high-calorie villains that can sabotage their weight-loss plans but, you've got to remember, every calorie counts. You folks, for instance, who like your morning cup of coffee or tea? It's fine. On their own, coffee or tea contain zero calories. But what you've got to watch out for are the add-ins to your hot beverages. Those extra calories added to your morning coffee can, over time, really add up. In fact, consider these numbers...
Adding just one ounce of cream to your coffee means an additional 39 calories and 3.5 grams of fat. Drizzle in a teaspoon of honey and you're drizzling an additional 21 calories along with it. Likewise, a teaspoon of sugar will add about 20 calories to your cup of java. Think you're doing better by using a "healthier" RAW sugar? Wrong! Your body doesn't care, that raw sugar is still dumping the same 20 calories into your cup of coffee or tea.
At work, one of your fellow employees, being nice and having the best of intentions, may keep a jar of candies on her desk and everybody is welcome to enjoy them. If you're working to lose weight, those little treats, which may seem like an innocent enough indulgence, (one at a time), can add up to a lot of calories and fast, too. Consider a little Hershey's Kiss, popular in many an office candy jar. Oh sure, just one, at 22 calories. That's not too bad, right? But hey, you're at work, walking past that candy jar all day and if your hand dips into the jar, twice, three times, four times, more...getting the picture? According to one study, it's easy to fool yourself into thinking you've had less than that and, worse...you may "forget" to count those extra calories, too.
Watch those caloric add-ins to your foods and beverages.
Please watch those caloric add-ins to your foods and beverages, everybody. That goes for all kinds of condiments, too...from ketchup to salad dressings. While just those few calories may not seem to matter all that much, keep adding them on and you'll see why the title of today's message is so true. A LITTLE really can add up to...A LOT!
Don't let those "little" calories turn into a lot of extra pounds on your body!