I originally posted this for UFF and our clients. I received such positive feedback, I wanted to provide it here. Holiday stress can be a nightmare – the last thing you want to endure is the evil, and unnecessary, weight gain. Below is some information that can be truly eye-opening.
The following excerpt from Tiny Tastes Can Total BIG Calories Over Winter Holidays by Alice Henneman, MS, Registered Dietitian, University Of Nebraska-Lincoln, sheds some light on “tiny tastes.”
The following food diary shows how those tastes really add up. The calories are approximate and will vary, depending on brand, recipe, exact serving size, etc.
Taste 1: OOPS! I broke that cookie removing it from the baking sheet. I’ll just eat the half that didn’t crumble. I deserve it for getting up early to bake before leaving for work. Approximate calories: 30
Taste 2: A coworker brought holiday candy to the office today. I’ll just eat one small piece of this homemade peanut brittle. Approximate calories: 80
Taste 3: It’s almost mid-afternoon and I haven’t eaten lunch yet. I’m using my lunch break to pick up a few items at the grocery store before I swing through a fast food place for a quick bite. The grocery store is offering free food samples, so I’ll just eat one small cracker with spread to tide me over until I get to lunch. Approximate calories: 40
Taste 4: The fast food place is giving out ¼ cup samples of its special flavored holiday coffee. I can’t pass that up! Approximate calories: 20
Taste 5: I’m about to leave the office for the day, but it’s still two hours before that holiday dinner tonight. I think I’ll check the break room for new goodies. Wow! Some chocolate-covered cherries have appeared! Chocolate is good for me, right? I’ll just have one. Approximate calories: 60
Taste 6: Maybe I shouldn’t stand near the snack table before the dinner party starts. I’m now dipping my third chip. Approximate calories: 75
Taste 7: Who can pass up old-fashioned eggnog? I’ll just have ½ cup. Approximate calories: 200
Taste 8: There are only two tablespoons of candied sweet potatoes left. I might as well enjoy it so it won’t be thrown out. Approximate calories: 60
Taste 9: While helping dish up the dessert I think I’ll take a little “preview” taste (using a separate tasting spoon, of course!). One heaping tablespoon of candy cane ice cream coming right up! Approximate calories: 100
Total Tasting Calories for the Day: 665
Note: If you continue taking “tiny tastes,” you could gain as much as a pound in a week! Consuming an extra 3,500 calories above what your body needs can lead to a one-pound weight gain.
So, think twice about having a little bit here or a little bit there. Those “tiny tastes” may not be as innocent and guilt-free as you once thought.