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Weight loss: The hidden calories in condiments REVEALED – and what to use instead

Weight loss is something many Britons want to achieve, but it can be hard as winter sets in.

Making healthy meals that taste good and are satisfying can often be a challenge, and many people may rely on sauces and condiments to spice up their meals.

However, these condiments would actually be sabotaging results, often packing in hundreds of extra calories.

How many calories are in the most popular condiments?

When it comes to losing weight every calorie counts, and the simplest thing like adding a spoon of mayonnaise can hike up calorie counts.

Expert nutritionist and dietician behind the Terri-Ann 123 Diet Plan, Ro Huntriss revealed: “When people are trying to lose weight they often consider the food components of the meal without considering the additional sauces and dips.

“Some sauces can be high in fat or sugar which ultimately means they will be higher in calories; this can act as a barrier when people are trying to lose weight.

“Understanding how to make healthy swaps can help to facilitate weight loss whilst keeping your meals tasty and enjoyable.”

Unsurprisingly, mayonnaise topped the list as the most calorie-packed condiment with 94 calories per tbsp.

In second place was Caesar salad dressing, with has a huge in 73 calories per tbsp – with lots of the dressing usually being used.

Another creamy condiment is ranch dressing, which packs in 73 calories per serving.

Also topping the list was BBQ sauce, tartar sauce, salad cream, salsa and cheese sauce.

Ketchup came in as the least calorific condiment with just 19 calories per serving.

According to Ro, Britons can make their own low-calorie sauces, dips and dressings, with just a few tweaks.

For a healthier ranch dressing, puree eight tbsp plain low-fat yoghurt with four tbsp low-fat mayonnaise & sour cream, two tablespoons each chopped chives & dill & one garlic clove; season with salt & pepper.

A light Caesar dressing can be made by mixing eight tbsp plain low-fat yoghurt, two tablespoons grated parmesan & olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard, two anchovies & the juice of 1/2 lemon.

A healthy, low-calorie tangy salsa can be made with one small red onion, two tbsp of coriander, four small tomatoes, a sprinkle of chilli finely chopped, two tbsp of cubed cucumber and finely chopped garlic,

On top of making low-calorie condiments, another way to speed up weight loss is by trying the keto diet.

The keto diet has soared in popularity, offering a quick, simple method for Britons to lose weight.

It diet works by sending the body into ketosis, a state when the body burns its own fat stores for energy.

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