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8 Reasons you are Overeating

Have you ever wondered why you can eat 2 entire meals in one sitting and still not be satisfied? Here are 8 reasons for your overeating:

1.You are Skipping Breakfast

Skipping breakfast or having an unhealthy breakfast will make you feel lethargic through the day and will also lead to weight gain. Always start your day with a healthy breakfast. Further, researchers found that those who ate just 300 calories for breakfast gained almost twice as much weight as those who ate 500 calories or more for breakfast.
The reason: Eating a big breakfast controls blood sugar and insulin spikes throughout the day, which means fewer sudden food cravings.

2.You are Bored or Tired

When you are bored or tired or haven’t slept enough, you crave for an immediate burst of energy, which normally attracts you to some sugar or simple carbohydrate food. Eating unhealthy and tasty foods even acts as a distraction when you are bored.

3.You are not hydrating yourself

Drinking water is good for general health. Water is also known to fill you up and keep you from overeating. Dehydration or not drinking enough water can be responsible for slowing down your metabolism. Drink at least 8-10 glasses of water to help remove toxins from your body and to boost your metabolism naturally.

4.You don’t have a balanced diet

A healthy and balanced diet will control your appetite and provide you with all the essential nutrients. When our body receives all the essential nutrients, it will functionally optimally and will keep you from over eating.

5.You crave high-fat, high-carbohydrate foods

High-fat high-carbohydrate foods are generally high on the glycemic index. Foods high on the glycemic index cause a rapid rise and fall in blood sugar. This further creates unnecessary food cravings and leads to overeating.

6.You drink too much soda

Flavored sodas, iced teas & other sweetened beverages are a huge source of HFCS (High Fructose Corn Syrup), which acts like sugar in promoting fat storage. Research indicates that fructose can trick our brains into craving for more food, even when we’re full. It works by impeding the body’s ability to use leptin, the hormone that tells the body that it has had enough to eat.

7.Check your portion size

Controlling portion size is key to weight control. Always be a smart selector when filling up your plate. Eat in small plates, chew slowly and stop eating once you feel full.

8.You eat processed, canned foods

According to Harvard University researchers, many canned foods are high in the chemical “bisphenol-A”, or BPA. Exposure to BPA causes food cravings.

Overeating can be a major block to achieving your weight loss and fitness goals. Keep the above factors in mind and try to exercise some self control while eating. Make it a permanent lifestyle change and not a temporary change, since overeating can even lead to various lifestyle diseases.

— this article is written by a dietitian @ FitHo
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Hidden Calories in Fruit Smoothies

Are you trying not to gain weight, and do you drink fruit smoothies, because you think they are healthy? Well, watch out!

Many fruit smoothies contain added sugars and high-fructose corn syrup and are so high in calories, that they sabotage your diet, than help you lose weight. The key here really is in the ingredients. Check if the fruit smoothie contains added sugar, or syrup. Many fruit flavourings added to smoothie are loaded with sugar, so they seem healthy, but they’re really not. They syrups, flavouring and added sugar really pack on the calories and promote fat storage.

A healthy smoothie should be made from fresh seasonal fruit, instead of fruit concentrate (since that contains added sugar) and should contain plain yogurt instead of ice cream or frozen yogurt. Using actual fruit and plain yogurt will reduce the calories by half and don’t forget will contain only naturally occurring sugar from fruit. A real fresh smoothie as described above is also packed with essential calcium, vitamin and antioxidants which truly make it good for health.

— this article is written by a dietitian @ FitHo

Fruity Yoghurt is calorie loaded

Do you eat those yoghurt and fruit cups assuming that they’re healthy? Well then, you need to watch out.

The fruit and yoghurt cups sold in the stores are loaded with sugar- almost as much sugar as a soft drink. Sugar has a high glycemic index and promotes fat storage in your body. Yogurt has many health benefits, and we all know about fruits being healthy. They’re also loaded with antioxidants.

Photo-Yoghurt and Fruit- Healthy Snack (lazykangaroo@flickr)

Yoghurt and fruit is a great snack for anytime, whether you want to start your day with it, or as a post workout snack. So, make yourself some by mixing a cup of low fat plain yoghurt with half a cup of berries, or any other fruit that you like. It makes for a delicious snack, without all the hidden sugar and calories.

Check out these two simple recipes (Strawberry Smoothie, Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie) for some delicious, healthy and simple snacks

— this article is written by a dietitian @ FitHo