What Are Spontaneous Calories? Also Included: Mary's Successful Weight Loss Plan
Written by Diet Bites
Weight Loss Success Story: How Mary tamed her spontaneous calories and lost unwanted pounds.
Spontaneous calories are contained in foods that are eaten 'absent-mindedly'. It's when you grab a piece of candy here, a stick of gum there, a sample of a free goody at the local food market display, a taste or two of the food that you are preparing.
Sometimes, spontaneous calories can add up to be more calories than a full-blown meal, so the Dieter must exercise caution.
Take our dieter Mary who was struggling with her weight. She had great issues with putting too many spontaneous calories into her daily diet. Because of such, she kept slowly gaining weight over time.
To lose weight, she knew that she had to trim spontaneous eating from her routine. No more stopping by the coffee shops for those 400 calorie cups of specialty coffees. No more dropping by her favorite fast food restaurants for chocolate malts, apple pies, cinnamon rolls and doughnuts.
Mary knew that she had to take charge of her weight - and to lose down to her recommended size, that she also needed to take charge of the foods and beverages that she ate throughout her day - and not only on her meal plates, but during snack times too. And currently, Mary was enjoying far too many snacks throughout her day. She found herself continually eating and in turn, gaining even more weight.
Diet Tip: Become a conscious Dieter and be acutely aware of everything that you eat so that you can include those calories in your daily diet total.
Once Upon a Diet Time in the Life of Dieter Mary
Once upon a time there lived a lady named Mary. She had been battling her weight for quite a long time when one day she decided that she was going to get rid of those extra pounds once and for all.
She didn’t care what she had to do to get rid of the pounds - she was going to do it or else. She had tried other diet plans in the past but she had never been successful in losing the weight.
This time she decided that rather than going on a restricted calorie diet plan that she would find out what recommended weight was in addition to the number of calories required to support her recommended weight, and that would be the amount that she would build her new weight loss plan upon.
Mary was quite excited to get started on her new diet plan. First she went to the store where she purchased several items. Veering went down the vegetable and fruit section of the store with her empty shopping cart, she purchased the following fresh foods: broccoli, cabbage, tomatoes, lettuce, mushrooms, spinach, carrots, onions, potatoes, corn on the cob, sweet potatoes, cauliflower, spring greens, turnips, and several different varieties of squash.
After choosing her vegetables she turned her attention to the fresh fruits that were available at the market She purchased the following: apples, bananas, peaches, strawberries, oranges, kiwi, cherries, grapefruit, lemons, limes, and several different varieties of melon.
Next Mary went in search of healthy proteins to fit into her new diet plan. She found lean chicken which was on sale as well as extra lean ground beef, eggs, lentils, and several different varieties of beans including black beans, Navy beans, kidney beans, and black eyed peas.
Next she went in search of whole grain foods. She purchased whole grain pasta, wild rice, whole grain bread, oatmeal and a wide variety of cereals which she could enjoy for breakfast as well as for dinner on those days when she might have enjoyed a very hearty lunch and just didn't feel like a full-blown dinner.
Finally she went to the dairy section of the market and chose reduced fat selections including: reduced fat margarine, sour cream, milk, yogurt and cottage cheese. She also collected a small selection of reduced fat cheeses such as skim mozzarella.
Mary also planned to add walking to her daily schedule in order to excel her rate of weight loss. She enjoyed walking and it wasn't a taxing activity. Because she has some issues with her knees, she needed her activity routine to be relaxed and easy on her knee areas. Walking always helped in easing the pain but high-impact activity appeared to worsen the pain. Therefore, walking was the perfect solution.
After two weeks went by Mary stepped onto her bathroom scales and was pleasantly surprised to discover that she had lost five pounds of body fat. Needless to say she was extremely happy. Just seeing how much weight she had lost was a wonderful motivator.
Mary continued to stay true to her weight loss plan and before she knew what was happening, three months had passed. At this point she had lost 35 pounds of body fat. After another month had passed Mary had reached her weight loss goals, losing all of those 50 excess pounds of body fat. And she had accomplished such, safely.
What Mary accomplished is similar to what other dieters accomplish all the time. However, not all dieters approach weight loss in a healthy manner, choosing foods that are housed within the food pyramid – and embracing a healthy daily diet for weight loss. Many hang onto fad diets which end up negatively impacting their health; sometimes the individual experiences lifelong health issues from their deficient diet plan.
Therefore if you are thinking about going on a diet, be like Mary and do it the healthy ‘weigh’.