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Do You Suffer From Calorie Forgetfulness?

Posted Oct 14 2009 10:01pm

It’s difficult to pack on the calories if you’re dining on naturally low-fat, high-fiber, super-nutritious foods like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

These types of foods are low in calories and are very filling because they’re full of water and fiber. For instance, eating an extra carrot or two won’t lead to weight gain – That’s not the problem.


The problem occurs when a rush of low-fat and fat-free products on grocery shelves sneak hundreds of extra calories a day and thousands of calories a year into your body (and onto your butt, hips, thighs, and tummy).

Here’s something you may want to know. Many of these new foods offer very small calorie savings because when manufacturers take out fat, they add more protein or carbohydrates, which puts calories back into the product.

Here’s some examples to prove my point…

  • One regular fig bar has 50 calories. One fat-free fig bar also has 50 calories.
  • A 1/2-cup serving of instant chocolate pudding, made with skim milk, has 143 calories. A 1/2-cup serving of the fat-free version also has 143 calories.
  • Three regular chocolate chip cookies have 160 calories. Three reduced-fat chocolate chip cookies have nearly as many-150 calories.
  • One cup regular chicken noodle soup has 120 calories. One cup of the reduced-fat version has 140 calories.
  • Nine extra-thin regular pretzels have 100 calories. Nine extra-thin fat-free pretzels also have 100 calories.
  • Two tablespoons regular peanut butter contains 200 calories the same as 2 tablespoons reduced-fat peanut butter.
  • A 1/4-cup serving of regular chicken gravy has 25 calories. The same quantity of fat-free chicken gravy has 15 calories.
  • A regular frosted chocolate-fudge toaster pastry has 200 calories. The low-fat version has nearly as many-190 calories.

So you tell me. Where the heck are the BIG calorie savings?


It doesn’t matter how low the fat content is, you still need to check the calories, don’t assume that low-fat means low-calorie.

So if you think consuming something “low-fat” gives you the green light to eat – Think again!

That kind of mindset can take you swiftly from being at a controllable weight to an uncontrollable weight. Just remember if you have any excess calories from any source, you’re going to be overweight. That’s all there is to it.

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