A banana is healthy… mango is healthy… blueberries are healthy… so eating the three of them together in a smoothie is healthy right? How many calories are really in that smoothie?
Well let me tell y’all, it is absolutely amazing how quickly a smoothie can turn into an unhealthy or calorie dense snack. You throw in a little of this, a little of that, and a splash of whatever and before you know it your 200 calorie snack is an 650 calorie smoothie.
While not intentional, I think many of us are sabotaging our weight loss efforts by not measuring our foods. Whether we’re measuring out a serving of hummus or making a smoothie, measuring and/or weighing our foods can make the difference between a 300 calorie snack and a 800 calorie snack. Those 500 calories over the course of a week become a pound! A whole pound!!
I’ve had one too many weeks where in my head I had been great but the scale didn’t reflect my efforts. In my head I had eaten healthy foods and had exercised a ton so the number on the scale just didn’t make sense, but the reality was that I was sabotaging my diet by eating more calories than I had realized.
These past few weeks I’ve been trying really hard to measure my foods and to get into a better habit of eating proper portion sizes. Whether I’m just measuring out a serving of ice cream or building a smoothie with the help of a scale, I know that these efforts will make a huge difference in my weight loss after the baby arrives.
Two weekends ago for example, instead of just throwing a bunch of things into my blender I took the time to measure out each ingredient. I set out the foods I wanted in my smoothie, a banana, frozen mango, blueberries, kefir, and orange juice and then measured each item before adding it to the blender.
After seeing how the calories had added up I was able to adjust a few things, removing some mango and orange juice from my smoothie. In the end I was left with smoothie ingredients that added up to exactly where I wanted it to be calorie wise.
The smoothie tasted great and it was awesome knowing exactly how many calories I was consuming. Instead of assuming I was having a healthy snack, I knew I was having a healthy snack!
I am far from perfect and am still trying to figure this tactic out, but I want to challenge y’all to stop guessing! Measure your foods, weigh out your servings, or count out a portion. Getting into this practice has really helped me to see that I’ve been overeating and ultimately sabotaging my efforts. While I won’t see the fruits of this for a few more weeks, I know that I’ve got to make this a habit in order to lose weight.
So who’s ready for a challenge? For one day or one week, measure out what you eat! Don’t just guess and let’s see what happens.