Hidden Calories


When you’re trying to lose weight, calories show up in the darndest places. I wanted to drop 12-15 pounds before my stepson’s wedding January 16th (I lost 6 so far – woo hoo!), so I’m watching calories more carefully than I usually do. I’m trying to go with a simple calories in-vs.-calories out plan, and that’s when those hidden calories take a toll.

A little background first. I have joint pain. Whoever said you’re as old as you feel didn’t have to deal with joint pain. I got tired of taking NSAIDS, so my doctor recommended glucosamine supplements. He also suggested calcium supplements. In addition, I’ve been taking fish oil for the omega 3′s. I try to get most of what I need from food, but I don’t always succeed. I’m not a supplement nut, but I do take a few different ones.

Today I found a glucosamine supplement that also has fish oil. I checked the back of the bottle to compare it with a plain fish oil supplement and what did I find? This supplement has 30 calories per pill! And you’re supposed to take 3 a day. So I came home and started looking at supplement and vitamin bottles in my medicine cabinet. The calcium has 10, so if I take the glucosamine with fish oil, and the calcium, I add an extra 100 calories to my day. To work off that extra 100, I’d need to add 15-20 minutes of circuit training, run a mile, go for a 20 minute bike ride, or jump rope 10 minutes. None of those would be difficult to do except for the running — I hate to run — but why should I have to work off vitamins and supplements? Gah!

This appears to be a problem with only the soft gel types, but still. Who would think that supplements are adding an extra hundred or more calories a day? Not me, but I know I’m not that calorie wise. At least now I know to stay away from soft gels in any form, or to check for their calorie content. As for the fish oil, if I’m going to have the calories, I’d rather enjoy them with a good piece of fish.

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2 Responses to Hidden Calories

  1. Kristen says:

    You may want to give Elations a try. It is a liquid supplement drink that provides 1500 mg of glucosamine, 1200 mg of chondroitin and 300 mg of calcium for only 30 calories in one 8-oz bottle. You only need to drink one bottle a day to feel the affects in about a month, if not sooner. Visit http://www.elations.com for more information.

    Take care,
    Kristen

  2. Tracy says:

    I think walking a mile also burns 100 calories. Things I’ve read say that you burn 100 cals per mile regardless of running or walking. But still, I get your point about the hidden calories. That is a bummer. I felt sick last week and didn’t eat very much, yet still managed to gain 3 lbs. Yay me.