I know, I know, but hear me out.
It is SO easy to over-estimate how many calories you’re eating, even when you eat perfectly ‘clean’. Or mostly clean.
Back in the day when I was first starting out, I was so proud of myself for eating mostly salads.
I was like…yeahhh healthy eats…woot woot!!
But then week after week, I didn’t see scale move. I was like, what the hell is going on here?? I’m eating pretty healthy, I’m going to the gym, doing my cardios, stretching, trying to sleep right etc. But things weren’t changing much.
So, I dug a bit and figured out the culprit.
I was eating salads right, but I was using the Mighty Cesar salad dressing (still one of my faves to this day), and I was plopping it on there.
I had these massive salads, and I liked ’em marinated. 🤤
Who wants to eat leaves in a bowl?? Am I rite??
But when I decided to analyze how many calories I was taking in a day, I was eating more calories in ONE SALAD from the DRESSING ALONE than I was eating from my full meal prep meals.
I was putting 4-5 tbsps of dressing PER SALAD. Which equals around 320-400 calories. That’s just the dressing – not including the chicken or the veggies!!!
Big wake-up call.
Actually, more like a rude-awakening.
But, I’m glad it happened because if I never started to pay attention to my food intake I wouldn’t be where I am today.