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10 Sources of Hidden Calories

If losing weight is on your mind, you've got to be conscious of how many calories you consume each day. Although the foods listed below are small amounts, if you add all those up, and they could be preventing you from reaching your goal weight.

  1. One pat of butter on your toast: 36 calories.
  2. One tablespoon ketchup with your fries: 15 calories.
  3. One container of half and half in your coffee: 20 calories.
  4. One teaspoon or one cube of sugar in your coffee: 9 calories.
  5. One tablespoon mayonnaise on your sandwich: 100 calories.
  6. One teaspoon each of oil and vinegar on your sandwich: 39 calories.
  7. One cubic inch of feta cheese on your salad: 45 calories.
  8. One tablespoon of grated Parmesan on your pasta: 22 calories.
  9. One tablespoon of sour cream on your baked potato: 26 calories.
  10. Handful of M&Ms (10 pieces) off your co-worker's desk: 34 calories.

You don't need to omit these foods from your diet, but just be aware that even small servings contain calories.


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philsfan450 philsfan450 8 years
Oh well, since I truly believe that there isn't a food that can't be improved with ketchup, I guess that I'm sunk!
mythicalangel mythicalangel 8 years
coffee with sad
phatav8r phatav8r 8 years
sorry ladies, feel bad for ya, condiments are part of my life that I won't give up, but I WILL manage. For instance, last night, the brocolli and the potato go in one spot on my plate, the TBSP of ranch goes in another. Then I slowly take parts, pieces of both and gather them with my fork. 140 calories to help flavor up my servings of veggies. I can handle that. But the beauty is, by doing it this way? I only used HALF! Who wouldn't trade the taste of ranch on potatoes or brocolli for 70 calories?
Spectra Spectra 8 years
Yeah, I don't really count calories...if I did, I'd probably drive myself insane. I do try to avoid things like extra butter, sour cream, etc., but I'm not going to flip out if I eat a spoonful of ketchup or put some creamer in my coffee. I do have another one to add to the list though: Cool Whip. One tablespoon has 20 calories, but when you put something like 1/4 cup of it on a bowl of fruit and yogurt, those calories add up. I speak from experience on THAT one!
melizzle melizzle 8 years
When I was trying to lose weight with no luck, I analyzed my diet and realized that it was the RIDICULOUS amount of creamer I put in the SIX cups of coffee I had a day. It's been hard, but I've kicked the habit and stick to plain tea now.
Advah Advah 8 years
I live off feta cheese. :( I don't have ketchup very often, but when I do it's definitely more than one tbsp!!
almostloli almostloli 8 years
but those hidden cals are actually the small bits that make your food tastes better
cupcake_ cupcake_ 8 years
I am so glad that I dislike mayo. I really like feta though:(
sham28 sham28 8 years
Super, thanks. :(
candace87 candace87 8 years
Mayo is the absolute worst!!! I hate when people slather it all over everything and complain about being fat. Even real mayonaise has hardly any nutritional value, and its not worth the artery clogging and calories.
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 8 years
I'm so glad I don't count calories, I would drive myself absolutely crazy. Everything in moderation has kept me within the same 5 pounds since starting college!!
L7amiguita L7amiguita 8 years
Wow, 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise is 100 calories?! I didn't know that. Good thing that I've started eating my sandwiches with mustard! :) Thanks for the info Fit!
ella1978 ella1978 8 years
Thanks Fit, However I just really have to worry about the sour cream & the occasional chocolate. I've switched to 2% or low moisture-part skim cheese for most things, except for the rare occasion. Also, everyone keep in mind that mustard has no calories, but it has it's fair share of salt! Love the stuff, but try to stay away if it's a high salt day!
NouraBee NouraBee 8 years
Handful of M&Ms (10 pieces) off your co-worker's desk: 34 calories. only wow
The-New-Black The-New-Black 8 years
in regards to item 2: perhaps it's wiser to worry about the fries and not the ketchup that goes with them.
colormesticky colormesticky 8 years
That makes me want to run away screaming from feta. Sad.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Other than mayo and ketchup on rare occasion I don't have to worry about much. :)
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