Weight Loss -- 3 things you're doing wrong

3 things that are prohibiting your weight-loss goals:

(1) Drinking unnecessary, empty calories: It’s only a quick drink — it’s liquid, it can’t be that bad... If only that were the case. Did you know that a 12 oz. Mountain Dew has 170 calories? A 5 oz. glass of wine has approximately 120 calories. And every person’s favorite, the Pumpkin Spice Latte, contains 380 calories in only 16 oz. of liquid!

(2) Nibbling throughout the day adds up: A bite here and there won’t do any harm, right? Wrong. Small bites can turn into big gains! (Not the good kind of gains.) A single bite-sized Snickers contains 42 calories. Popping several of these, or snacks like these, throughout the day drastically increases your caloric intake.

(3) Portion control: My plate is full; it looks like an appropriate serving size to me... Be careful. Throwing what looks to be a serving down on the dinner plate is many times inaccurate. Depending on how it’s cooked, 1 cup of spaghetti can contain 220 calories; if it’s made with excessive butter, the number can be quite a bit higher.

You shouldn’t have to completely overhaul your way of doing things, but you should make consumption adjustments if you’re not happy with where you are or if you’re not hitting your goals. Be cognizant of how easily it is to overdo your daily calorie allotment.

Jason Harle