TRICK OR TREAT? Here is why to choose a trick!

Bags of candy have already begun to show up in the grocery and drug stores. This is the beginning of a 3-month stint of constant temptations. On Halloween alone the average child consumes an average of 3.5 lbs of candy and between 3,500 and 7,000 Calories.*

We know that most of us adults are also increasing our treat intake… which is why we wanted to see how much these little indulgences affect our waistline or weight management goals.

Let’s look at something as simple as a common sugary coffee drink to find out.

If our metabolic rate is not high enough, or we are not active enough to burn them off, they will turn into extra pounds.

Assuming the latter two are true – just one daily caramel Frappuccino could lead to a gain of 38 extra pounds in one year.


1 Caramel Frappuccino = approximately 370 calories

X 365 days = 134,680 Calories /3,500 calories = 38lbs.


Most of us are not having a Frappuccino daily, however, it’s easy to dismiss a treat here and there. Especially now.


Whether it’s a mini candy bar, a cocktail, an occasional run through the Drive-Thru, or our coworker always bringing home-made treats into the office.

That small late-night snack of chips, popcorn or ice cream can all add up very quickly.

The problem with these items is twofold:

They are high glycemic – causing the body blood sugar levels to spike, which if eaten daily, takes a toll on the pancreas.  This also puts the body into Fat Storage mode.


They are filled with empty calories. Calories with no nutritional value to the body.


Here are some examples of some other common treats we may indulge in.

1 cup of Ben & Jerry’s Cookie Dough Ice Cream – 540 Calories (who eats only 1 cup!!)

1 Apple Cinnamon Muffin – 480 Calories

McDonalds Happy meal – 475 Calories

Crackers, Cheese and Pickles – 410 Calories (2 slices of cheese, 8 Tircuit’s and ½ cup Bread & Butter Pickles)

1 Slice (133 g) of Pumpkin Pie – 383 Calories

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups – 261 Calories

1 bag of ACT II Butter lovers Microwave Popcorn – 200 Calories

1 Snack-sized bag of Doritos – 150 Calories

1 Rum & Coke – 130 Calories

5 fl oz of Cabernet Red Wine – 125 Calories


Yes, 1 pound of fat contains 3,500 calories, hence the calculations above.

These examples were for demonstration purposes only – to paint a picture to inspire healthier living.

It is too simplistic to say that an additional 3,500 calories every month or in a year would result in a gain of 1 pound – as there are many other factors involved.

Factors such as the quality of the calories, your age, metabolic rate, activity level and more contribute to weight gain or loss.

For this reason and many others, we are not a calorie counting program.

We believe in living a healthy lifestyle and we can all agree that the foods listed above in this blog are not good for our long-term health and vitality.


We also recognize how difficult it can be to simply stop eating these foods. Food addictions and insatiable cravings are real, which is why we have several programs that meet your needs. Our TLS CORE and TLS Green Coffee products are ‘must have’s’ from October to January to assist with the extra temptations. Starting to live a healthier lifestyle that you can maintain and enjoy has never been easier…

…and why so many in our community have fallen in love with our  ‘Shaking & Baking with TLS’ recipe booklet. Making muffins, cookies, yogurt bark and other guilt free goodies with our Nutrition Shake. Remember, Protein & Fiber – makes burning fat no big deal.

Thanks for reading.                                                                                   

Melanie D. Nelson,  Director of TLS