Having trouble losing weight? No time to count calories? This article is catered to anyone that doesn’t already have and use a food scale. Unless your “guesstimation” skills are top tier, you’re likely overeating most of these foods below!
Foods You’re Overeating
BANANA! Since they come in all shapes and sizes from long and skinny to short and fat, there’s really no way to know for sure how many calories you’re eating.
Your average 6” banana is going to be around 100 calories.
Peanut butter or any nut butter. A gram of fat has 9 calories in it and that goes quick when it comes to nut butters making overeating these a serious problem.
A spoonful of nut butter is around 100-200 calories!
Avocado or how most people eat avocado, guacamole. These are both packed with healthy fats which isn’t a bad thing, it just means that it’s calorie dense and overeating them is super easy.
In just half an avocado you’ll be looking at around 150 calories.
Cereal. This is one food I can’t eat because what I should be eating compared to what I want to 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 to satisfy my appetite.
Chocolate. I doubt anyone eats this every single day but when you do eat it? Remember that in just a few pieces there’s hundreds of calories.
Overeating 0 Calorie Sprays
Oil. Probably common sense to most (100-120 calories per tablespoon) but 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. 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.
Cheese. Sure, there’s reduced and fat free here but lots of people don’t access to this or just don’t want to eat it.
Shredded cheese isn’t so much the problem but sliced usually is, especially if you’re snacking. A serving of shredded cheese (120 calories) is around 2-3 handfuls and a serving of sliced (120 calories) is only a couple thin slices!
Trail mix, one of my favorite things ever. A handful is around half a serving and with lets say an average of 5-6 handfuls per sitting?
You’re looking at an easy 400-500 calories, if not more.
Rice, quinoa, couscous, or any tiny carb. I don’t really find this to be a problem with pasta. To the eye, 400 calories of pasta and 400 calories of rice look much different and to me the pasta actually looks filling.
Overeating results may vary here!
Post some other foods you’re definitely guilty of underestimating below.
Now if you never want to overeat by “guesstimation” again, read our article on Why You Need a Digital Kitchen Scale!
The video below has visual examples for ALL of these foods.