As as semi-follow up to yesterday’s post about portion control, I wanted to share with you one more thought. Over the years I’ve learned that it’s not just about the calories and eating just the perfect portions, but it’s also about calorie density.
I get hungry sometimes. We all do. When I’m hungry or it’s time for a bite to eat I sometimes reach for a food that’s okay to eat but doesn’t fill me up. And then even though I’ve eaten something acceptable, I’m hungry for more. Then the cycle of eating begins and it can be difficult to stop.
I thought it would be fun to take some pictures of foods that are similar in calories but different in terms of their “filling ability.”
First picture is 70 calories of carrots versus one 70 calorie slice of sandwich bread. I don’t know about you, but if I ate that many carrots I’d be full for awhile. (I know the carrots are dry – they got lost in the back of my refrigerator.)
Here’s a picture of 12 mini-wheats for 65 calories or two squares of graham crackers for the same calories. Difference in filling ability here for me.
Next example is one medium sized apple for about 70 – 80 calories versus one tablespoon of semi-sweet chocolate chips. This has gotten me in trouble before because it’s really easy to grab a handful and not think about how many calories are in a big handful.
Finally, here’s two whole squash, which if chopped would be about 90 calories. On the spoon? One tablespoon of peanut butter for the same calories. Now, I’d rather eat peanut butter than squash, but the comparison is startling.
This weight loss journey requires that you make a lot of decisions every day. We will never make perfect decisions all the time. I’ve found that visual cues can help me make wise choices most of the time.
How do you feel when you see these pictures? Do you ever think about comparable calorie choices? Diane