Most Americans due to a major fallacy believe that “eating fat makes you fat.” This is a completely wrong fact because calories make you gain weight. In addition, most of “fat-free” or “low-fat” foods contain the same amount calories as their “full-fat” foods because they contain the same amount of chemicals and sugar. Since most of us believe cutting down on fat consumption will help us reduce weight. In the last 30 years, the obesity rate has actually risen in the US.
We have also acquired many habits that make us gain weight drastically apart from the excess fat we consume. Here are habits that you should quit if you want to stop gaining weight:
Habit #1: Quit favoring “low-fat” or “fat-free” foods
You might save a few calories by eating low fat or fat-free foods. Unfortunately, these foods replace harmless fat with low-performing carbohydrates. These carbohydrates digest quickly in your body which in turn causes a sugar rush. As a result you will feel hungry easily and you will end up consuming more food.
Habit# 2: Not seeking help from a nutritionist
A nutritionist can guide you properly on how to control your diet. He or she will help you eat smarter. A visit to the nutritionist will cost you money but an expert’s advice is very valuable.
Habit# 3: Not sleeping well
Wake Forest Researchers state that dieters who sleep for around five hours or less are likely to gain belly fat easily. Sleeping too much is not good for your health either. Try to sleep for six to seven hours every night.
Habit # 4: Guzzling down soda
An average American drinks nearly a gallon of soda every day. A study conducted found out that drinking one or two cans of soda every day increases your chance of being overweight or obese by 33%.
Habit # 5: Not taking your time to eat
Did you know that it takes around 20 minutes for the stomach to signal to your brain that you have eaten enough? According to the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, individuals who eat fast are going to consume 66 more calories than individuals who eat slowly. Try to take small bites when you are eating and chew your food slowly. If you manage not to consume those 66 calories, then you will lose more than 20 pounds every year.
Habit# 6: Opting for the combo or value meal
The value or combo meal might seem irresistible and mouth-watering but at the end of the day you are consuming more food than you need too. Don’t compromise on your weight just to save few pennies.
Habit# 7: Drinking less water
According to the University of Utah, people on a diet who drank two cups of water before every meal lost 30% more weight than individuals who didn’t drink water. Also, German researchers discovered that drinking six cups of water helped increased the metabolic rate. This helped reduce 50 calories.