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9 FOODS YOU’RE PROBABLY OVEREATING

9 Foods You're Overeating
Written by Derek Howes

First off this video is catered to ANYONE that doesn’t already have and use food scale. We’ll talk about that later but for now lets get to the first food you definitely overeat…

The video above has visual examples for ALL of these foods.

  1. BANANA! Since they come in all shapes and sizes from long and skinny to short and fat (I know what you’re probably thinking), there’s really no way to know for sure how many calories you’re eating. Your average small 6” banana is going to be around 100 calories.
  2. Peanut butter or any nut butter for that matter. A gram of fat has 9 calories in it and that goes quick when it comes to nut butters. A spoonful of nut butter is around 100-200 calories!
  3. Avocado or how most people eat avocado, guacamole. These are both packed with healthy fats which is not a bad thing at all, it just means that it’s calorie dense. In just half an avocado you’ll typically be looking at around 150 calories.
  4. Cereal. This is one food I can’t eat because what I should be eating compared to what I wanna eat is not even close. Is there anyone who doesn’t fill the bowl at least halfway up (300-500 calories)? A serving size (100-150 calories) of this is just not enough.
  5. Chocolate. I doubt anyone eats this every single day but when you do eat it just remember that in just a few pieces there’s hundreds of calories.
  6. Oil. This ones probably common sense to most (100-120 calories per tablespoon). What’s not so common sense are the 0 calorie oil sprays which aren’t so much 0 calorie. They’re 0 calorie if you spray for a blink of an eye (seriously, 1/4 of a second) which will cover pretty much nothing. Here in America USDA guidelines allow you to label it 0 calories if it’s under 5 calories per serving which is ridiculous since these bottles have around 500-1,000 servings in them. Realistically, spraying this on a pan will take a couple seconds and be around 30-40 calories or 3-4 grams of fat. Still not a huge deal but if you use a ton of it it’ll add up quick.
  7. Cheese. Sure there’s reduced and fat free here but lots of people don’t access to this or just don’t wanna eat it. Shredded isn’t so much the problem but sliced usually is, especially if you’re snacking. A serving of shredded (120 calories) is around 2-3 handfuls and a serving of sliced (120 calories) is only a of thin couple slices!
  8. Trail mix, one of my favorite things ever. A handful is usually around half a serving so with lets say an average of 5-6 handfuls per sitting you’re looking at an easy 400-500 calories.
  9. Rice, quinoa, couscous…any tiny carb. I don’t really find this to be a problem with pasta. 400 calories of pasta and 400 calories of rice look much different and to me the pasta actually looks filling.

Post some other foods you’re definitely guilty of underestimating below!

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About the author

Derek Howes

Derek Howes is a personal trainer and chef with over a decade of experience in the gym and kitchen. Derek, who is also known as The Protein Chef on his blog and YouTube channel shows his viewers every week that food doesn’t need to be boring or repetitive, it’s all about balance, moderation, and having the knowledge to change things up. His recipes which have been featured in the news, magazines, and on TV are cheap, quick, AND delicious! His motto in life is “everything in moderation” and is without question the most important habit he follows.

2 Comments

  • Good call on the “zero calorie” spray oils! I definitely give my pans a good spray and always think “there’s no way this AVOCADO oil contains NO calories.” A good idea is to get one of those misto bottle “misting oil” sprayers and fill it with half water/half oil so you can go ham on the spraying but without the extra calories. Great post!

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