5 HABITS THAT MIGHT MAKE YOU FAT
Are you’re surprised every time you step on the scale, it seems to have moved to the right. Here are Top five mindless eating habits that are making you gain weight and what you can do to break them. These famous five we all are guilty of and practice even without realizing.
1. You are a digger for “Low Fat), “Reduced Fat”, “Fate free” Labels
Hand’s up please if you have checked the food label and chose product A over B because of a “LOW/NO FAT” claim.
For many of us, fat seems like the ultimate enemy. However, opting for low fat products mindlessly can be a disaster than opting for those that contain moderate healthy amounts of fat.
NOT ALL FATS ARE BAD! FATS ARE ESSENTIAL FOR OUR BODY.
Good monounsaturated fats – found in olives, nuts, and avocados – can actually help to promote weight loss.
Low-fat foods are often high in sugar, calories and are highly processed which will lead to weight gain.
BREAK THE HABIT:
Stay away from well marketed low-fat packaged foods like chips and cookies and choose minimally processed foods. Read the label and count the calories as well.
2. Binging On Fruit
Fruits are definitely nutritious as they are loaded with vitamins, minerals, fibre, and antioxidants. Due to the healthy aura many of us tend to go overboard and incorporate fruits in breakfast, as snacks, smoothies etc. Fruits also are high in calories and when not eaten in moderation can lead to weight gain.
BREAK THE HABIT: While it is still important we feed our bodies with the nutrients found in fruit, those struggling with their weight should ensure they don’t go overboard. Chose low-calorie fruits like Guava, Papaya, etc. Avoid fruit juices and go for the whole fruit in moderation.
3. You Eat a lot Socially
When eating in a group we tend to lose track of our portion sizes. For instance, if you eat with just one other person, you’re likely to eat about 35 percent more than you normally would.
Important food for thought: On average a working professional eats out with a group about three times a week which translates to 70,000 extra calories over the course of a year, which translates into about 20 pounds of weight gain.
BREAK THE HABIT:
- Be mindful of what you are eating and how much. Try to be the last person to start eating.
4. You Eat in front of the TV or while Working
Eating while watching TV or working on your computer or reading will lead to overeating as you are not cognizant of what and how much you are eating. The brain does not comprehend the satiety (fullness) signals as it is preoccupied.
BREAK THE HABIT: Plug out your TV/ laptop and find a quiet corner where you can eat peacefully enjoying every morsel.
5. You Go Heavy On Artificial Sweeteners
“I need my Coffee without sugar. Do You have some zero calorie sweetener?” “I would want a Zero Cola.”
Does it sound familiar?
Though artificial sweeteners provide a sweet taste, many researchers believe that the lack of calories prevents complete activation of the food reward pathway.
This may be the reason that artificial sweeteners are linked to increased appetite and cravings for sugary food in some studies
Studies show that adding artificial sweeteners like aspartame and saccharin to your morning and evening tea can actually make you fatter!
BREAK THE HABIT: Say no to artificial sweeteners in any form.
Chose natural sweeteners like jaggery, honey, stevia instead in moderation.