The peccadilloes that destabilize us when we try to follow a diet are diverse.
But did you know that you can “sin”, even without realizing and thus, gain weight?
With that in mind we have gathered the best advice from expert dietitians on some of the most problematic ways people unknowingly gain weight.
Here are five common offenders.
Eating when you’re not hungry
There’s something about sitting in front of a TV, office computer or restaurant table that brings on the urge to chew, even if you’ve just finished eating. So, you have to avoid this by all means and the best way to do it is by brushing your teeth.
Another alternative would be to chew sugar-free gum. This will keep your jaw busy and you will keep away from food.
Eating more diet foods
Since we’re always in a hurry, we do not mind what we eat anymore. When we realize that we have gained too much weight, we try to eat more diet foods. However, not all foods created with this purpose are effective.
For instance, sweeteners in many low-calorie and diet foods interfere with how the body processes the amount of calories it ingests, and, as a result, can lead the body to believe that other sweets it digests are calorie-free, too, which can promote weight gain.
The key to protecting yourself? Try to pay attention to how much you eat and don’t turn to these types of foods as meal replacements.
Eating richer, fattier meals once the cold weather hits
Many people believe that when the cold season begins, the body starts to store more fat and this is what adds to one’s weight. However, this is not the real reason. The fact that we eat calorie-dense meals and lazing is what makes us gain more weight.
To avoid packing on winter pudge, act as you would in warmer months. Sign up for a fitness class, eat lighter meals, and head outside more often.
Think of your body as a furnace – when you’re not fueling it, there’s nothing to keep the fire burning. Skipping meals will lower the flame, meaning that when you do finally eat, calories aren’t likely to burn off as efficiently as they would with a constant supply of energy.
The solution? Aim to eat every three to four hours. Not only will this stoke your metabolism’s fire, but fueling up this often will help prevent cravings for sugary, fatty foods, too.
Buying food in bulk
Buying in bulk will only add to your size. After all, the more food you see, the more likely you are to eat.
To eliminate the problem, try these options: purchase only regular-size packages and use plastic bags to control the size of portions you are eating. This will keep your diet in check and cut down on packaging waste at the same time.
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Filed under: Weight loss by Edith Moony