If you truly desire to lose weight, then you’ve no doubt been watching how much calories you consume each day. Problem is, no matter how hard you’ve tried, you don’t seem to be making much progress, right? Blame it on hidden calories!

Next to insufficient workouts, ‘invisible’ calories have been identified as the next greatest cause of inability to lose weight. You must now be wondering where these calories are lurking. Well, they are where you least expect them. Hidden calories in food come from various sources. And they come in small quantities, but when you add them all up, the sheer size may surprise you.

To be sure, calories provide the body with necessary energy. But too much of it will give you an undesirable waistline and more. The calorie count of your meal can be reduced if you decide today to account for everything that passes through your lips, no matter how small. Consider the following, and see if that’s where your extra weight is coming from.

Salad Dressings: Most creams and dressings are rich in mayonnaise components. There are also hidden calories in salads, vegetable dressings and meat. CalorieGallery.com notes that 45g of Ranch dressings could offer upwards of 209 calories.

And quite often, much more than that is required to properly drench the leaves to most peoples’ tastes. Now you get the picture, don’t you? So, could you have your vegetable salad without dressing, or at least with far less of it?

Cheeses: Grated parmesan cheeses are generally considered harmless. But are they? Not according to recent findings. Indeed, it’s now known that adding cheese to your vegetable salad seriously detracts from the health benefits of the salad, since cheeses and creamy dressings pack up to 500 calories, according to Centre for Science for Public Interest.

Condiments: This is another hiding place for calories. Nearly all condiments contain loads of calories in disguised forms. For instance, are you aware that ketchups are no more than sugared tomatoes?

According to NutrientFacts.com, 1 tablespoon of it packs 200 calories! So in the end, if you avoid sugary beverages but regularly feast on ketchups, then you are like that proverbial African bird that flies off the ground only to perch on an anthill!

Here are a few other calorie suspects: Mind how you taste those macs and cheese you’re preparing for your kids, a forkful could gift you 54 calories. Similarly, you don’t have to finish-off the left over chicken nugget from your kid’s dinner plate; 50 calories could be the price you pay.

If the server refills your soda during lunch or dinner, you might just be accepting 100 extra calories. So tell them you’ve had enough!
That chocolate sandwich cookie—you don’t have to eat it, it may be worth 45 calories.

A handful of jelly beans from a co-worker’s desk may look like a friendly gesture, but are you ready for 60 extra calories for that brief chat? Your kid’s juice box has apple juice remaining. If you finish it off, you just may have sucked in 30 calories through that straw!

In themselves, none of the calorie weights listed above amounts to much. But as an extra, incidental calorie load, they could pose a serious problem to any real attempt to lose weight! So you need to watch out for them. Remember You are What you Eat!

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