January 31, 2023

Are You Gaining a Little Weight?

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If you are trying to eat healthier for weight loss and the numbers on the scale are not moving down, you’re not alone. Like most things in life, there are many factors that add up to successful weight loss. Fortunately, the majority of these factors are within our control, but a few are not.

At Moreland OB-GYN, we focus on building strong relationships with our patients. If you’re struggling to lose weight or keep it off despite eating a healthy diet, here are some things to consider and address to help you meet your goals.

You May Have A Distorted Idea Of What A Healthy Diet Is
There are countless misconceptions when it comes to defining a healthy diet. Many people think their favorite restaurants or fast food chains have great healthy options. But when foods are loaded with dressings and sauces, sodium and sugar, are they really healthy?

According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), at least half of your average meal plate should be made up of vegetables and fruit. The other half should be split evenly between 100-percent whole grains and lean meats or other types of protein such as nuts, beans, or tofu.

Get more insight on what healthy foods are actually bad for you, in the review on PhenQ and in this helpful article.

You Might Be Eating Too Much
Even though you’re reaching for healthy foods to achieve your target weight, or you’re ordering salads and grilled selections when dining out, overeating healthy foods can actually sabotage your efforts. Why? Because portion sizes have become dramatically inflated since the 1970s, making it difficult to identify just how much food adds up to a healthy portion.

If you’re struggling with portion distortion, take time to carefully measure the foods you make before adding them to your plate or use a portion or divided plate when cooking and eating at home. When dining out, choose meals that are comprised mainly of fruits and vegetables and lean, grilled meats, and eat approximately half of the portions served to you.

You Might Be Eating Too Little
You may think that eating less than recommended portions can help accelerate your weight loss, but doing this actually causes your body to conserve energy by reducing the number of calories you burn. This phenomenon is called “starvation mode,” and while your body isn’t actually starving, it will naturally hold onto whatever calories it receives in an effort to help you maintain your energy balance.

Eating too little can also cause you to get so hungry that you stray from your planned, healthy meals and snacks, or eat foods that aren’t ideal for weight loss. So, what can you do?

First, make sure that you’re fueling your body by eating healthy, balanced meals. Next, manage hunger and minimize the urge to binge between meals by eating natural or nutrient-rich snacks that not only give you energy but feed your body.