Beware of Those Stealth Calories

I had a friend over to help me do some organizing in my apartment. Although I am halfway decent at shedding my calories and maintaining my weight, I am not very good at getting rid of old magazines and stuff. I have a problem with clutter.

A couple of hours into the experience, my friend said he was hungry and asked if I had anything to snack on. As an inveterate snacker, I had a number of suggestions. He liked the bag of Wholesome Fruit and Nuts (trail mix) from Costco and I put a bag out on the counter.

We continued working and my friend helped himself to the trail mix as we worked.

Nutritionally, this trail mix contains dried cranberries, dried cherries, almonds, walnuts, dry-roasted pistachios. It is a delicious and very nutritious snack. However, this is not a low calorie snack. The nutritional breakdown amounts to 150 calories for one serving, 30 grams (one ounce). There are 8 grams of total fat, one gram of saturated fat, no cholesterol or sodium, 15 grams of carbohydrate, 2 grams of fiber and 4 grams of protein.

I had a couple of small handfuls of it along with my friend. I figured a couple of small handfuls amounted to one serving, or 150 calories. My friend, however, dipped into the bag a lot and over the course of an hour probably ate four ounces.

It is really easy to do something like this, you are working on a project and focused on that, the snack tastes good and you munch away. I am guesstimating that my friend had four ounces, it might have been more, it wasn’t much less. Four ounces of trail mix amounts to 600 calories. That’s almost the equivalent of a full meal. And as I said, it was inadvertent snacking.

I would have to do an hour on my rowing machine in the health club at a good clip to burn off 600 calories. You could also walk six miles to burn 600 calories.

Assuming my friend kept within his caloric budget the rest of the day, he was still 600 over. If he didn’t he may have added more calories.

You really need to remember that everything you eat and drink becomes a part of you. We have a lot of really good guidelines on our How To Lost Weight (and Keep it Off) Page. Check it out.

For more on snacking you can read: Snacking – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.


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