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Are You Eating Enough to Lose Weight?

Losing weight might have been easy in your 20’s and 30’s ..but do you sometimes wonder why you’re hitting a plateau? Things that used to work before, somehow are not harnessing the same fat burning power as they used to? What is going on??

Be it the latest diet fad that you’ve heard so many dabble in.. from the “HCG diet”, “low-fat-low-carb-high-protein”, “Atkins Diet“, “Intermittent Fasting” some new “miracle diet pill”, or the latest newfangled “detox diet” it’s all a blur.

Well here’s some news folks. If you find losing weight tough, you’re not alone. Many folks think they are doing everything right, yet still not getting results. Did you know that by cutting calories drastically, you might actually be hindering your weight loss progress by following misguided or outdated advice? With the correct Diet Plan, you can learn a few tricks of the trade, and shed anywhere between 2-4KGs per month, but by EATING the right way. Not by food deprivation.

Here are some common mistakes that people make when trying to lose weight :

1. Eating too Much or worse, too Little

It is a known fact that consuming too many calories can stop you from losing weight – everybody knows this. But did you know, that on the flip side, consuming too few calories can make you ravenously hungry and reduce your metabolism substantially plus also your muscle mass? Your mind thinks it’s going into starvation mode and starts to hang on to fat and calories by slowing down the body’s metabolism to a sluggish crawl. If you don’t know how to EAT to LOSE WEIGHT check out this App, HealthifyMe – it has diet/fitness plans & coaches who can help teach you certain Eat Clean Tricks that can help you lose weight and keep your metabolism high.

2. Fat is still FAT 

Ketogenic and low-carb diets can be effective for weight loss. Studies show they tend to reduce appetite, which often leads to a spontaneous reduction in calorie intake. Many low-carb and ketogenic diets allow unlimited amounts of fat, assuming that the resulting appetite suppression will keep calories low enough for weight loss.  BUT NOT EVERYBODY experiences this reduction in appetite. Some people may not experience a strong enough signal to stop eating. As a result, they keep on eating and what’s worse they are adding calories to a diet HIGH in fat. Bottom line is that although low-carb and ketogenic diets help reduce hunger and calorie intake, adding too much fat will clog your arteries, & may slow down or prevent weight loss.

3. Still drinking Sugar

Many people cut soft drinks and other sweetened beverages out of their diet to lose weight, which is a good thing. However, drinking fruit juice instead isn’t smart. Even 100% fruit juice is loaded with sugar and may lead to health and weight problems similar to those caused by sugar-sweetened beverages. There is a saying – to juice your vegetables and eat your fruits. God loaded your fruits with fibre for a purpose – don’t go blending them up!  If you cut out sugar-sweetened beverages but continue drinking fruit juice, you’re still getting a lot of sugar and are likely to take in more calories overall.

4. Eating LOW FAT products thinking they will help you slim down

Processed low-fat or “diet” foods are often considered good choices for losing weight, but they may actually have the opposite effect. Many of these products are loaded with sugar to improve their taste.For instance, one cup (245 grams) of low-fat, fruit-flavored yogurt can contain a whopping 47 grams of sugar , ie. nearly 12 teaspoons of sugar! That’s crazy right? So rather than keep you full, low-fat products are likely to make you hungrier, so you end up eating even more.

Instead of low-fat or “diet” foods, choose a combination of nutritious, minimally processed foods that are low in naturally occurring sugars, and high in fibre, and full of the good fats ie. omega3’s

5. Not reading labels correctly

Failing to accurately read label information can cause you to consume unwanted calories and unhealthy ingredients.Unfortunately, many foods are labeled with healthy-sounding food claims on the front of the package. These may give you a false sense of security about choosing a certain item. To get to the most important information for weight control, you need to look at the ingredients list and nutrition facts label, which are on the back of the container. Food labels provide information on ingredients, calories and nutrients. Make sure you understand how to accurately read labels.

If you don’t know how, the Dietitians from HealthifyMe and teach you how and offer assistance if you are struggling with this issue. You can find out more about how to read food labels via the App and scheduled consultation calls with the Coaches. Their clinical dietitians are the best folk to offer advice on how to manage Diet and how to go about Weight Loss the healthy, legit way!

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