6 Sneaky Calorie Sources Ruining Your Progress

Egis R.
5 min readMay 18, 2021
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So you have been following *insert any diet here* for 4 weeks now but nothing happened. No weight loss. Nada. Zilch.

Now you are thinking to yourself:

“I think I am… special… I can’t lose weight on 1,200 calories. I bet I am diet-resistant.”

Yup, you are special. Like everyone else who eats more calories than they think. It’s been proven to hell and back that people are notoriously bad at estimating calorie intake:

One reason for that is that we tend to leave things out — a bite, a sip, a glass, a handful… a something of something. That said, here are 6 sneaky calorie sources that may be adding a hill of calories to your diet:

1. Oil & Cooking Sprays

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The tablespoon of olive oil that you cook with. Another tablespoon of “healthy” coconut oil that you throw on your salad. They all add up.

No matter which oil you use, it’s one of the most calorie-dense foods on Earth. If you use 2 tablespoons a day, that’s ~240 calories. A Snickers bar contains 215 calories…

I would prefer you to focus on spices as a primary way to give a better taste to your meals. Of course, you can use sauces and dressings but keep in mind that certain eating patterns may facilitate or inhibit fat loss progress.

2. Finger Snacking

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I had a client who was logging everything she ate during the day. And yet, the scale just wouldn’t budge.

When I asked her to go over her usual day, we found out that she has nuts at her work. She would offer them to her clients (she was a manicurist) and then… eat a few nuts…



Egis R.

I’m Egis, an online weight loss coach who has heightened BS sensors for fitness & nutrition. Only evidence-based & sustainable fat loss. www.absscience.com