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Why You Should Track Your Food Intake: Jacket Potato Edition๐Ÿฅ”



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Inspired by Secret Eaters (stay tuned for further commentary on my new favourite evening hobby).โฃ

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One woman self-reported that she has a healthy lunch every day - just a jacket potato, with some beans and cheese.โฃ

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A good choice right?โฃ

Chuck on a side salad too = even better.โฃ

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So how had this contributed to her 8stone weight gain?โฃ

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Because her healthy jacket potato with beans and cheese actually included a metric f*ck ton of cheese, and half a tub of coleslaw.โฃ

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In her head:โฃ

Medium potato = approx 140kcalsโฃ

1/2 tin of baked beans = 162kcalsโฃ

Grated Babybel light = 42kcalsโฃ

50g reduced fat coleslaw = 52kcalsโฃ

Side salad no dressing โฃ

๐—ง๐—ผ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—น = ๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿต๐Ÿด๐—ธ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—น๐˜€โฃ

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In reality:โฃ

Large potato = approx 200kcalsโฃ

Tin of baked beans = 324kcals (19.4g p)โฃ

60g cheddar cheese = 250kcalsโฃ

1/2 tub coleslaw = 310kcalsโฃ

๐—ง๐—ผ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—น = ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿด๐Ÿฐ๐—ธ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—น๐˜€ โฃ

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Thatโ€™s a big difference - 686kcals difference. โฃ

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Letโ€™s say for arguments sake her maintenance calories (what she would eat to not gain or lose) were 1,800kcals a day.โฃ

After her lunch sheโ€™s left with 800kcals to spread across breakfast, dinner, snacks, and drinks.โฃ

Itโ€™s not much.โฃ

And you can soon start to see how her weight gain had occurred. โฃ

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๐—๐˜‚๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ฒ๐˜…๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜„ / ๐˜„๐—ต๐˜† ๐—ถ๐˜โ€™๐˜€ ๐—ถ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—›๐—ข๐—ก๐—˜๐—ฆ๐—ง๐—Ÿ๐—ฌ ๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ธ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ธ๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐—ณ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚โ€™๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฟ๐˜‚๐—ด๐—ด๐—น๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—น๐—ผ๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐—ณ๐—ฎ๐˜. โฃ

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๐—”๐˜„๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ธ๐—ฒ๐˜†.

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