Struggling to lose weight? THIS could be why…
You’re eating well, working out lots and getting plenty of sleep, so why are the pounds not dropping off? Now reveals all…
Over-exercising & stress
Now’s expert sports nutritionist Ollie Frost explains that working out TOO much can make us put on weight.
‘Exercise itself won’t make you fat, however relentless bouts of continuous intense exercise will push the body’s stress too far releasing the stress hormone, cortisol. High levels of cortisol can create sleep disturbances, digestive issues and weight gain.’
In fact, general life stress can have the same effect, eventually causing fat to be deposited around our tummies. Boo.
Check those labels! Several foods that you thought were healthy, are actually filled with sugar which contributes to weight gain. Marilyn Glenville, author of Natural Alternatives to Sugar says we should beware of the following sugar-laden foods…
Fruit yoghurt Can contain up to eight teaspoons of added refined sugar.
Shop bought tomato pasta sauce If you pour this over white pasta, you have a double whammy on your weight gain.
Muesli Looks healthy, but many are laden with a LOT of added sugar and salt. Eeesh!
Soup Some also have glucose syrup, which causes a rise in blood glucose and an increase in insulin release triggering fat storage.
Look out for…
Any ingredients ending in –ose, such as ‘fructose’. This is just a different type of sugar.
WTF? Nutritionist Cassandra Barns tells Now that peanuts aren’t actually a nut; they’re a member of the legume family so are more like a lentil. She explains: ‘Peanuts can be inflammatory for some. Also, many peanut butter products contain hydrogenated fats, lots of table salt and refined sugar.’ Try real nut butter instead like almond, hazelnut and cashew.
Often the healthy alternative to a sandwich. But is it really? ‘The amount of protein and veg you get in each sushi serving is very tiny in comparison to the amount of white rice,’ explains Cassandra. She recommends an espresso-mug size portion of brown rice, alongside a fist-sized portion of protein and half a plate of veggies.
Marilyn explains: ‘This can slow down your metabolism as your body thinks there is a shortage of food. It’s better to eat little and often, to keep your blood sugar levels (and metabolism) steady.’
Eating too quick
Racing through lunch isn’t doing your waistline any favours. ‘Chew well and take your time when eating. It takes your brain 20 minutes to register that you are full, so if you eat more slowly, you will actually want to eat less,’ says Marilyn. Any excuse for a lazy lunch!