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Tiny Tastes Equals Big Calories
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Tiny Tastes Equals Big Calories

By Ashley Carpenter, RD


Do you really know how much you eat?  We make more than 200 food-related decisions daily, and aren’t aware of ninety percent of them.  Perhaps you think you just make three food decisions daily: breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Well, think again. 


You may plan well and choose wisely for breakfast, lunch and dinner, but what about that bite of donut at the office, the few tasting bites you take while making dinner, or the tablespoon of ice cream you steal from your spouse’s dessert?  Let’s look at how those tiny tastes can really add up.


Taste 1:  The kids didn’t finish their French toast sticks at breakfast, so you eat that last one left on the plate. 
Impact: Approximate calories 95 


Taste 2:  Someone brought candy to work today!  You know you shouldn’t eat it, so you choose instead to have 2 small pieces of sugar-free peanut butter cup miniatures from your desk drawer.  
Impact: Approximate calories 70 


Taste 3:  It’s mid-afternoon and you still haven’t eaten lunch.  You eat a couple packaged cheese crackers with peanut butter spread to tide you over.  
Impact: Approximate calories 70 


Taste 4:  You go out to lunch with coworkers to a fast food restaurant.  You order smart, but “taste” 5 french fries off someone else’s plate.  
Impact: Approximate calories 50 


Taste 5:  There are still a couple hours to go at work and you are feeling sluggish.  You grab a small 4 oz cup of coffee from the break room.  They have artificial sweetener, but only regular creamer.  One tablespoon of creamer can’t hurt, right?  
Impact: Approximate calories 50 


Taste 6:  You stop at the grocery store on the way home to pick up a few things.  The grocery store is offering food samples – You eat just one meatball.  
Impact: Approximate calories 100 


Taste 7:  While making dinner you eat 3 chips with dip.  You’re tired, stressed out, and can’t wait for dinner!  
Impact: Approximate calories 75 


Taste 8:  There are just a couple of tablespoons of mashed potatoes left.  Someone should enjoy them – it might as well be you!  
Impact: Approximate calories 20 


Taste 9:  You just can’t possibly resist a tablespoon of your spouse’s ice cream.  It’s only 1 tablespoon, right?  
Impact: Approximate calories 70 

Total Impact Calories for the Day: Approximate 600 calories


On average, an additional 3,500 calories above your body’s needs can lead to a weight gain of one pound.  That means that approximately 500 extra calories per day can lead to a one-pound weight gain each week.  So you see, those tiny tastes aren’t so tiny after all!


Think about your day and the areas that may include tiny tastes.  Being aware will keep you on your journey to long term weight loss success.