Tips to Stop Sabotaging Your Weight-Loss Goals
Sometimes we just don’t understand why our weight-loss attempts are not working. A lot of calories are hidden in daily habits that we don’t often pay attention to. Here are some tips for avoiding the most common hidden hindrances to our best-laid diet plans.
- Liquid Calories: Watch out for empty calories in soft drinks, flavored water, and juices. Your beverage of choice for quenching thirst should simply be plain water – and lots of it.
- Dinner rolls: Do you ever ask yourself: “How could I be gaining weight when all I’m eating is fish and salad?” Bear in mind that those three rolls you ate with your fish and salad packed a fluffy 250-500 calories each, depending on what kind of roll it was and how much butter you used.
- Breakfast Cereal: Our bodies don’t really need all those unnecessary and mostly nutritionally empty carb calories, especially at breakfast when the body’s insulin levels are being established for each day. Try a protein breakfast of nuts, yoghurt, or eggs instead.
- Chips: An 8 oz. bag of potato chips has about 1240 calories (an entire days’ worth) with virtually no nutritional value. No further comment.
- Granola Bars: The average granola bar has about 120 calories (45 of those from fat), 8% Saturated Fat, and about 17 grams of sugar. Snack on an apple or a handful of fresh berries instead and skip the added sugar and fat.
- High Fructose Corn Syrup: This hidden ingredient turns up in almost 95% of all processed supermarket foods and is believed by many nutrition experts to be a leading contributor to the growing problem of obesity in the U.S.
- Hydrogenated and Partially Hydrogenated Oils: These processed fats accumulate in your body causing sluggishness, weight gain, and many experts have linked them to arteriosclerosis and hardening of the arteries. They are found in processed breads, baked goods, chips, fast foods and breakfast cereals.
- Supersize Portions: By some accounts, most food items should be eaten in portions about the size of what you can reasonably hold in the scooped palm of one hand. If your portion of anything (except maybe salad greens) is bigger than that, you are probably eating too much. Small frequent meals are better than isolated large ones.