We all know what to do in order to lose weight: we have to eat less, avoid fried and processed food, we should not eat a lot of sweets and sugar, we have to exercise.
However, we often do not achieve our goal, even though we have followed the right steps.
This may be due to both hormonal problems or health problems, and to our poor lifestyle, namely stress or lack of sleep, sitting for long hours and so on. But, we can not overlook the case where we have a few “bad” habits in our everyday life that defeat the effort we make:
1) We often get calories that we do not count in our daily balance of calories from liquids like juices, soft drinks, milk, other beverages, coffee with additives (sugar, cream, syrup, etc.). For example, with 2 cups of coffee with extras a day, we can take up to 400 extra calories, while with 1 glass of standard juice (330ml) we add up to 200 calories to our diet.
2) Another cause may be the alcohol, which is known as “empty calories” to us, dieticians. Especially when we choose a drink that is not served in a portion e.g. wine, tsipouro, jug, etc., we can easily underestimate the amount we consumed.
3) A misunderstood case is that of light products. Deep down, everyone thinks that if it is light we can consume twice as much without putting on weight. However, these products have been created to save some calories and not to eat more of them.
4) According to the Mediterranean diet, olive oil has many health benefits and is recommended as the main source of fat for our diet. But, the addition of olive oil to food and salads, without any measure, can contribute to a disappointing indication on the scales. This is because it contains several calories (1 tbsp = 115 calories).
5) A salad is always an option for eating out when we try to lose weight, as it is considered something healthy and dietary. Of course, this is not always the case, since many salads constitute a full meal and contain quite a few calories. This depends on the addition of cheese, meat, sausage, nuts or croutons, as well as the consistency and quantity of the sauce. For example, Caesar’s salad, which contains chicken, cheese, croutons, vegetables and sauce, may reach 600 calories.
6) Nuts, just like olive oil, belong to the fat group and are a concentrated source of energy.
The benefits to our health are proven, but we ought to consume them in moderation.
7) Several little habits during our day can have an impact on our weight. One example is candies. If you ask yourself what you eat during the day, you will not think of a candy, as it is not something that fills the stomach and it is so small, so there is a great chance you may overlook it.
So, in order to address the problem, we eat in moderation, we always check the food labels, keep a diary and visit a specialized dietician-nutritionist to get advice.