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Top Foods Sabotaging Your Weight Loss

Are you trying to lose weight – and failing? It is one of the most common complaints made by people trying to lose weight. Most of the times its not the amount you eat alone but also what you are eating affects your weight.

Here are top foods which might be sabotaging your weight loss and reasons why they are working against you -

Juices

The drinks you consume throughout the day can vastly contribute to weight gain. Juices count towards your daily intake of fruit but supplementing meals with these sugary fruit drinks could add hundreds of extra calories to your daily intake. Juices contain more sugar but less fiber than whole fruit so going for fresh fruit is a much better snacking option.

Biscuits

The ingredients used in preparation of biscuits are refined flour and sugar. When you consume these, it spikes your blood sugar level, and promotes fat storage in your body. Biscuits are also loaded with fat used in the cooking process, so it adds up the calories and fat. So, if you feel hungry and want to lose weight in healthy way then opt for healthier snack like nuts, fruits instead of cookies and biscuits.

Alcohol

Alcohol further promotes fat storage in your body up to 2 days after consuming it. When you consume alcohol, your liver puts it on priority to process it. Till it is completely processed, this alcohol makes your body store more fat than otherwise, even when there isn’t any alcohol in your system.

Sugar Free Foods or Artificial Sweetners

Are you using artificial sweeteners and opting for low-cal “diet” foods in an effort to control of your weight? So, you will be surprised if you read the lines below -

In some studies, the researchers have found that on consuming artificial sweeteners will stimulate your appetite, increase carbohydrate cravings, stimulate fat storage and weight gain. These parameters lead to weight gain or act as a hurdle in losing weight. So, avoid taking artificial sweeteners.

Coffee Drinks

It depends on the type of coffee you drink. A plain cup of brewed coffee has only two calories (and no fat). But if you dress up your coffee with extras, whether at home or your favorite coffee shop, you also add on extra calorie. So, before ordering, check out the nutrition information provided by the coffee shop, either in person or online.

— this article is written by a dietitian @ FitHo
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Did You Know That Biscuits Hinder Weight Loss? Learn about the Bad Biscuits

If you have planned to munch biscuits and skip meals, so that it enhances your weight loss process, give it a second thought. Are you sure that it really helps in losing weight? Spare yourself the myth; face the facts. Let’s have a quick overview of the common ingredients of biscuits and see what effects they have on human body. To your surprise, you will learn that munching biscuits does not help in losing weight; rather, consumption of biscuits results in calorie gain – the last thing you would want.     

Photo – Biscuits are unhealthy                                                                              

1. Refined flour

Known as ‘Maida’, refined flour is the main ingredient in biscuits. It is basically processed flour with negligible fiber content and minimal nutrients. Refined flour is devoid of components like bran and germ that are removed when wheat is processed. It is not as healthy as it seems; it is less satisfying than good carbohydrates like whole wheat flour. Since itcontains less fiber, the body absorbs processed grains and simple sugars relatively faster, resulting in increase of blood sugar levels. As a matter of fact, high blood sugar triggers a release of insulin, and makes you feel hungry in less than a couple of hours after eating. The fact remains, by munching biscuits you end up gaining unwanted calories.

 2. Sugar

Most biscuits are sweet and contain good amount of sugar in it.Sugars contain high calories and are less satisfying in nature, which makes you eat more, leading to weight gain. Sugar consumption also contributes to the development of diseases such as Type 2 diabetes and obesity as it increases the levels of insulin in the blood. High insulin level in blood enhances the storage of fat.

 3. Fat

Biscuits contain trans fats because it is a processed product. These artificial trans fats are formed during a food process called hydrogenation, which turns liquid oil into solid fat.

During hydrogenation, vegetable oil is heated at very high temperature while hydrogen is ‘bubbled’ through it, creating new chemical bonds which have a similar structure to plastic. The result is hydrogenated vegetable oil, or hydrogenated fat. This is used in biscuits, cakes, pastry, margarine and processed food items to ensure that they have a long shelf life and don’t melt too easily. Unfortunately, these fats are considered bad fat which increases cholesterol in the body and cause other health problems. On the other hand, researchers at Wake Forest University find that trans fats increase the amount of fat around the belly, not only by generating new fat, but also by moving fat from other areas to the belly.

 4. High Fructose corn syrup

While processing biscuits, some brands use high fructose corn syrup (HFC) instead of sugar. HFC is an artificial sweetener with negligible difference if compared with table sugar.The fact is that HFC is not a healthy ingredient. It leads to weight gain and give way to other health problems like obesity anddiabetes. It is important to know that sugar in any form is harmful for health. While in times of complete glycogen depletion (i.e. post work-out or true hunger), fructose can be used to replenish these stores, any excess will mostly be converted to fat. So, eating fructose in excess of the very small amount our body can handle is really like eating fat – it just gets stored in your fat cells, which leads to mitochondrial malfunction, obesity and related diseases.So, both sugar and HFChave significant contribution to causing obesity.

 Biscuit is not good in fiber, not less in calories, and therefore, not good as a healthy snack option. When giving up on biscuits is difficult, what you can do for yourself and your family is to take healthier options. The healthier biscuits are the whole grain or multi grain biscuits. These are high on fiber content and nutrition value. It is important to check the nutrition labels while purchasing any food product.

Your high tea may seem incomplete without the munching of your favorite coconut flavored biscuits. And you will find many like you who are fond of biscuits as a wonderful thing to munch when you are hungry, but the hunger is not heavy on you. You have now known that biscuits are no good for your weight loss venture, since they are high in calories and contain little nutrition. So, look beyond the alluring advertisements and make a wise pick when you choose your biscuit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

— this article is written by a dietitian @ FitHo