We are often asked which foods are responsible for weight gain. While some people may think this is a complex subject, for the majority of cases it's pretty straight forward.
The ideal balance is a combination of regular exercise and healthy eating - we all know this.
However, when it comes to gaining weight, a lack of exercise is often not the main reason why we stack on the pounds.
What we put in our mouths will determine how much weight we lose or gain.
So here it is. Some hard hitting truths about how the food you're eating can lead to gaining weight.
Eating a BURGER won't make you gain weight (but eating too many burgers will).
Eating CHOCOLATE won't make you gain weight (but eating too much chocolate will).
Drinking BEER won't make you gain weight (but drinking too much beer will).
Eating PIZZA won't make you gain weight (but eating too much pizza will).
Eating PEANUTS won't make you gain weight (but eating too many peanuts will).
Eating SPAGHETTI BOLOGNESE won't make you gain weight (but eating too much spag bol will).
Drinking FIZZY DRINKS won't make you gain weight (but drinking too many fizzy drinks will).
Eating BREAD won't make you gain weight (but eating too much bread will).
Eating BANANAS won't make you gain weight (but eating too many bananas will).
Drinking WINE won't make you gain weight (but drinking too much wine will).
Eating CEREAL won't make you gain weight (but eating too much cereal will).
Drinking MILKSHAKE won't make you gain weight (but drinking too many milkshakes will).
Simply put... if you eat too much of anything (and therefore consume too many calories), you will likely gain weight and your body fat will increase, which is fine if that's your goal.
But if your goal is to reduce your body fat, then watch what goes in your mouth.
Personally, I need burgers, chocolate and the occasional beer in my life. Otherwise it would be a pretty dull life.
Knowing how to moderate and finding balance in your diet is a skill that can take time to learn.
If you struggle with where to start, consider the following areas:
- Portion Sizes. Are you eating too much?
- Alcohol intake. There are a huge amount of calories in beer, wine and cocktails.
- Crisps, sweets and chocolate. Fine in small amounts, but these foods stimulate our hunger cravings and make us want more!
- Takeaways and junk food. Usually very, very calorie dense meals full of fat.
- Eating out. Treats are good, but eating out too much can also be a factor, especially when you're having a starter, main course, dessert and drinks.
The key is to understand the difference between an occasional treat and constantly eating, drinking and snacking on more than you need to.
If you eat more than you need, you will gain weight!
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