Why you're not losing weight
If I eat a Double Whopper with cheese, large fries and a chocolate milkshake every day, I will get fat. I know that.
If I add whipped cream to every single hot beverage I drink, that number on the scale will keep climbing. That’s a no-brainer.
We all know the ‘problem foods’ we should ditch when it comes to losing weight. But try as you might to avoid the obvious fattening foods, if you’re not aware of the sneaky, under-the-radar things that could be contributing to your weight gain (or preventing you from losing weight), you’re going to find your battle with the bulge a frustrating, up-hill climb.
So for the sake of your weight loss (and your sanity), you might want to be conscious of these surprising weight gain culprits.
Your job may bring you great happiness for many reasons – career satisfaction, wonderful co-workers, and an always-stocked snack table. But see, that last one could be the very cause of your weight loss frustration. Afternoon treats, Friday drinks and lunchtime meetings may mean that you’re tempted by deliciousness that you simply can’t resist. Plus, if everyone else is indulging, you kind of feel not so naughty when you do too. I’m not saying to stop and be the celery eater and water drinker in the corner, but just be aware of all that you’re enjoying.
YOUR DIET FOOD
It says fat-free, so surely it’s good for you, right? And a diet soft drink is bound to be much better for you than those sugar-filled regular ones. Nuh-uh. Not so. Despite the label leading you to think otherwise, some diet and fat-free foods may be high in kilojoules, carbohydrates, salts and sugars – all of which can lead to weight gain when consumed in excess. So what’s the deal with diet soft drinks? Artificial sweeteners have been shown to have a negative effect on your metabolic rate so you don’t burn as many calories throughout the day.
Having a group of close girlfriends is wonderful, but if one of your buddies is putting on weight, it could be detrimental to you, too. A study published in The New England Journal of Medicine found that having an obese friend could increase your chances of obesity by 50 per cent. If all you’re doing together is eating and drinking, well, you’re going to see your weight go up. Conversely though, if your friends are heading to the gym and making an effort to eat healthier, you’re bound to do the same, too. So grab your best mate and motivate each other to get fit and healthy.
YOUR LATE NIGHTS
Late nights and early mornings are a recipe for disaster. Not only because you’ll be tired and it’ll take you about half the day to do something constructive at work, but because it can lead to the return of your old, unwanted friend, pot belly. A study conducted by the University of Washington found that less than seven hours of sleep was linked to a higher body weight. Scientists have also found that if your sleep isn’t deep or restful enough, you tend to gain weight. Why? Because when you’re not rested enough, you metabolise more lean muscle and less fat.