Within a healthy, balanced diet, a man needs around 2,500 Calories a day to maintain his weight. For a woman, she needs 2,000 calories a day. These values can vary depending on age, metabolism and levels of physical activity, among other things. So when you eat and exceed the daily requirement of calories and do not exercise to balance that out, you would store the excess calories. If that goes on for days, weeks, months, years, that’s how you gradually increase on the scale. It’s simple maths and we get it, right?! But sometimes we just forget how much we take in because we are overwhelmed with activities or we just don’t care. We avoid the obvious ‘calorie- filled’ meals like fast foods and fried foods and feel safe eating home cooked meals instead. Here are some quick meals we love to eat in large sums(perhaps, everyday), unbeknownst to us, they pack a lot of calories.
A small pack of Indomie (70g) has 321Kcal. Now, keep in mind that many Nigerians would tend to eat at least two packets in one serving – that’s a whopping total of 642Kcal per meal. How about the super pack(120g)? It packs 630Kcal per meal. Now, the ‘Mount Rushmore’ of the Indomie family- ‘Hungry man pack’! Why that should be boldly written on the pack, I don’t know. They obviously were looking for the term ‘Jumbo pack’. I can’t get a hold of one here, so I can’t say exactly how much calories is in that size but I’m guessing it’s nothing less than 800Kcal. We consume this daily without a care in the world. Might I add, the meal ain’t complete without the other orishi-rishi like eggs, sardines, corned beef etc and a chilled bottle of Coke to step dannn! With all that in, you’ve exceeded half of the required daily calorie intake just in one meal. Counting 1,200 Kcal plus. Egbbooon!!!….Powerful!!!
A good alternative: A small pack of Indomie and lots of cabbage, carrots and other veggies. It will fill you up like gravels.
As a Nigerian, one cannot do without Garri but we eat it wayyy too much. A cup of Garri contains 360 Kcal. That is not even the main issue. Of course you just can’t eat it without soup except you are drinking it. Egusi soup with at least two pieces of beef and other orishi-rishi packs 700 Kcal. Add that to garri’s and shout harllerluryar! Imagine eating that at least 4 times a week. Contrary to what most people think, Wheat (which is considered a healthier choice) packs 455 Kcal. Pounded yam (a milk tin size’s worth) packs 400 Kcal. If you request for 2 wraps of pounded yam, a generous size like that served in Jevinik (kai…..my mouth waters just calling that name. I love the name more than money. LOL), you are packing 800 Kcal plus soup’s calories in just one meal.
A good alternative: Portion size is key here. Limit the number of times you eat Egusi soup. Smaller portions of Eba with more of Vegetable soup and Okra soup. These ones carry less calories.
3. WHITE BREAD
Will the real Agege-bread eaters, please stand up!…please stand up… please stand up! *rapping* Yesss, you know those sweet, soft, warm, bread that you mold when you were little and are still tempted to mold as you are a grown a** man/woman. They have calories oh. A slice of normal white bread carries 79 Kcal. Four slices amounts to 316 Kcal. You know some people don’t end there, they go all the way. Besides, they add peanut butter, butter, mayonnaise, cheese etc and it increases….Don’t forget the chilled bottle of Coke to step dannn! Bread is easily consumed so this is one meal that most people don’t watch out for. I love bread a lot, I don’t care. All I do to cancel out all that intake is to run the stairs a score times. People suggest whole wheat bread which is 69 Kcal but personally I feel it’s about the same thing, asides the fact that wheat bread fills you up more.
A good alternative: Reduce portion size or just be like me, indulge and run the stairs. LOL
Another food, we eat almost everyday. A cup packs 693 Kcal, that can serve four people I think. Which gives you 173.3 Kcal, which ain’t bad. But what are you eating it with? That will be a determining factor whether or not it’s packed with high amount of calories.
A good alternative: Basmati rice is a great alternative. A cup packs only 191 Kcal. Or brown rice which is only 111Kcal per cup.
I know there are a lot of meals like these but these four are the quickest go-to meals for the average Nigerian. If you have been trying to lose weight by exercising but eating a lot of these, then you are going to lose the weight a lot slower than you expected. First of all, stop stepping dannn with Coke, that will ‘step down’ the arrow on your bathroom scale.
Somebody must have slammed his/her laptop out of frustration from seeing this truth! LOL. No vex, abeg come back! Pesin cannot play with you again?! Oya come and chop this delicious Egusi soup while you think of a way forward. Afterall, na pesin wey don chop belleful dey count calories.
Psssst! You just consumed 1,500 Kcal at the spot….Powerful! *runs away*
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