Are You Getting Too Many Calories? (Part 2 of 3)

Calories can add up fast! Especially if you are not tracking them.

For example, let’s say you just so happen to get your hands on a box of Cheez-Its. After mindlessly snacking for an hour you have pretty much ate the whole box.

Let’s take a closer look at this… At 27 crackers per serving of 150 calories… That is about 1950 Calories you have consumed in just that one sitting.

This does not include the fact that you will be hungry in about an hour because Cheese-its, as do all simple carbohydrates when eaten alone, digest in the body fast. You see, most people eat their way into gaining a lot of body fat and then think that eating almost nothing is going to fix the problem.

In our society, the calories are in abundance all around us. This fact alone makes it VERY easy for us to indulge into overeating. In my last post, Are You Getting Enough Calories?, I discussed the common myth most people hold to heart, “More food = fat gain.” Although this is a myth, it still holds some truth when the problem is over eating into fat gain.

There is a critical link between carbohydrate intake and the cause of insulin spiking and fat gains. I don’t want you to get the wrong idea though: carbs are not “evil”. They are necessary for energy and performance (both mentally and physically). But eating well over 500 grams of carbs a day will hinder fat loss and promote fat gain.

The biggest take away from this… YOU SHOULD TO TRACK YOUR CALORIES!

One of the most eye opening things most people face when they start tracking is seeing the amount of calories they normally get in a day. Even with food, we develop habits and once we start to understand those habits is when we can do something about them.

If you know anything about me, you know I LOVE donuts. A major habit I have to kick is going through Dunkin Donuts and getting my morning coffee and a couple of donuts. It becomes so tempting for me that I literally have to stop getting coffee at Dunkin because of the habit I have created by grabbing a donut when I do.

I challenge you to try tracking everything you eat just for one day and you will be amazed by how many calories you intake and don’t even know it.

There are a couple ways you can track:

  1. The old school pen and pad.
    – This can get old fast so that is why I suggest trying the next two!
  2. MyFitnessPal
    – My personal GO-TO
  3. MyCalorieCounter
    – Just incase you don’t like my recommendation 😀

Are You Getting Too Many Calories?

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