February 10, 2014

Weight Loss - Reasons and Food to Avoid

Several factors as listed below play a critical role in obstructing weight loss program - 

Food – People have a tendency to consume foods that are high in fat or contain a lot of energy (calories).  This may be due to cravings for fatty or starch foods or due to personal choice of such foods. Bigger portion sizes also mean more calories.

Emotions – Emotions play a critical role that triggers overeating. Depression, stress, tiredness, boredom or sadness can drive people to binge. Such triggers need to be identified and corrected to avoid unwanted calories.

Habits – Eating habits are deeply influenced by our first tastes and dietary patterns formed in early childhood. These habits are hard to lose and difficult to change. Gorging on unhealthy foods lead to eating too many calories. Recognizing these unsupportive habits and replacing them with positive behaviour are key steps in successful weight control. 

Physical Inactivity – Human body is designed to move around. Physical activity helps the body to boost the metabolic rate and helps to the excess weight off. 

Medication – Certain drugs used for treatment of high blood pressure, inflammatory conditions (steroids) and mood disorders can contribute to weight gain by stimulating appetite or decreasing energy expenditure. Few medications help retain water in the body which causes bloating. 

Genes – An underlying tendency to weight gain may be due to the genetic make-up. Certain people seem to have a tuned appetite and thus have little problem controlling their weight. Whereas some are less sensitive to their body's signals of 
fullness thus resulting in an increased appetite.

Other factors such as lack of sleep, menopause in women, dieting and pregnancy may also contribute to weight gain.

Foods that should be avoided:
  • Full fat dairy and its products
  • Red meat and processed meat 
  • Sweeteners
  • Hydrogenated vegetable oil
  • White starch
  • Fried foods/snacks
  • Beverages/drinks
Specific Food Items to Avoid
  • Bran
  • Bread
  • Breading, coating mixes
  • Communion wafers (yes, honestly!)
  • Couscous
  • Croutons
  • Granola
  • Farina
  • Flour or cereal products
  • Pasta
  • Pastry and pies
  • Pizza
  • Semolina
  • Soy sauce
  • Spelt
  • Teriyaki sauce
  • Wheat breakfast cereals

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