Been to any good movies lately? Have you seen Alfred Hitchcock’s 1942 thriller “Saboteur“? What? You haven’t seen it? Well, neither have I, but that’s okay because this post isn’t about going to the movies, nor is it a review of this classic spy thriller (in case you’re interested, you can watch the film trailer here. It’s dramatic and overplayed and just plain crazy).
The saboteur I want to talk about today is more insidious. It is lurky and smirky and seems innocent enough, but it will sneak up on you and before you know it…you’ve gained a few pounds.
Today’s post is about those little choices we make, for example, getting a grande latte with 2% milk after the gym, and then a grande mocha frappuccino in the late afternoon, as a pick-me-up, that can add as many as 470 calories to your daily calorie intake. Yowza!
Many of you are probably aware of the hidden calories that lurk in your Starbuck’s drinks, or in those healthy sounding Smoothies that have as many as 650 calories in them (that’s more than a Big Mac), but we need to be on the lookout for other, less obvious saboteurs that may keep us from reaching our ideal weight and fitness level.
ACE (American Council on Exercise) has written a great article, “Don’t Sabotage Your Workout Routine: 5 Pitfalls”, that addresses the saboteurs in our lives.
The article touches on five important themes: The Little, Not So Little Snack, Workout Calorie Counter, Sports Energy Drinks, Starving is Never the Answer, and After Burn. It is a very smart article with lots of good information. Here is an excerpt:
Think now that you’ve exercised, you’ve burned enough calories to reward yourself with a little guilty free pleasure?
You may be surprised to hear that consuming even seemingly healthy treats like a fruit shake, a sports bar, or an energy drink following your workout can put more calories into your body than you have just burned sweating in the gym.
The Little, Not-so-Little Snack. Consider this: To burn off a 200-calorie Balance Bar, for instance, would require a 150-pound woman to jog on a treadmill at a leisurely pace, or 6 miles per hour, for 16-17 minutes.
Surely, a 45-minute morning walk would burn enough calories for someone of that body weight to enjoy a hearty breakfast, right?
Well, it would suffice to burn off a 160-calorie Starbucks Grande Skinny Flavored Latte and nothing more. Even walking at a brisk pace would take 33 minutes to burn off this nonfat, sugarless Starbucks treat.
It could be worse. To enjoy a 610-calorie White Chocolate Crème Frappuccino would take a woman of that size to walk for nearly 126 minutes. Add a 460-calorie Starbucks blueberry scone or a 350-calorie Apple Bran Muffin to the diet and she’d have to train like a professional athlete to burn off breakfast. And that’s just the beginning of her day.
You can read the entire article here “Don’t Sabotage Your Workout Routine: 5 Pitfalls”.
Be strong and keep those saboteurs at bay.