For many of us, losing weight is difficult. Despite our best efforts to burn more calories than we consume, the pounds just seem to stay where they are. But there are 8 sneaky reasons our plans fail. First, some food allergies are undiagnosed yet may be causing inflammation within our digestive system. Even sneakier, a second reason is that packaged foods often have more carbs than we suspect. Read those nutrition labels closely! Then, third, consider how many cocktails or other alcoholic beverages you have over the course of the week. Just one happy hour or ‘night out with the girls (guys) can undo the best of dieters. Fourth, exercise routines need variation for dieters, otherwise our bodies seem to “plateau”. I did say SNEAKY reasons! Processed foods easily are less nutritious than fresh foods, therefore actually less filling, so try home cooking more often. Another factor, of course, is emotional well-being. Stress drives many people into the comfort food zone. Now we’re on reason seven – skipping breakfast or any meal backfires – we eat more later and can over-compensate for that missed meal. Finally, sleeping enough is essential because it lets our bodies restore themselves as nature intended. Now you have the information to outwit the sneaks!
- Bloating and inflammation, due to undiagnosed food allergies, is one hidden culprit, potentially sabotaging your weight loss efforts.
- Some of these allergies could be to ordinary food groups and items like, eggs, corn, shellfish, nuts, dairy, fruits, gluten and additives.
- Other weight loss culprits can be stress, work-out plateaus, happy hour binges, poor sleep habits, or missed meals.
“Many pre-packaged and prepare foods have hidden carbohydrates. Additives like corn starch, wheat gluten, corn syrup and other sugars add empty calories to your food in an effort to control consistency and flavor.”