Habits that make you fat without you even knowing!

Habits that make you fat without you even knowing!

Ever wondered why, even though you think you live a healthy life, you struggle to lose weight? It could be these two habits are sabotaging your weight loss without you even knowing.

I’ve been asked many times to write a ‘diet’ book. But if I was going to write a book it wouldn’t be a ‘diet’ book – it would be a ‘weight-loss maintenance’ book. This is because many people find the weight loss itself fairly attainable, but the hard part is the maintenance of the weight loss.

I guess that’s why there are so many ‘diet’ books and life memberships to popular weight-loss groups: they know you’ll be back to try that diet again, or perhaps another one.

Obesity is a complex problem and using the ‘diet’ as a medicine to solve the problem is over-simplistic. The trick is not to diet but to adopt eating and activity habits that can be maintained for the rest of your life.

So what are two of these bad habits that could be adversely affecting your ability to lose weight or maintain weight loss?

Going on a diet!

Stop the loss/gain cycle by getting off the diet treadmill. The bottom line is: dieting makes you fat!

When you start a diet you lose an amount of weight – but that weight loss is linked with the loss of lean body mass as well as fat mass, and loss of lean body mass slows your metabolic rate. So, when you break your diet and resume ‘normal’ eating again, you re-gain the weight you lost plus a little bit more. So dieting itself is a habit that makes you gain weight.

Treat overload

Is a treat a treat if it becomes a daily occurrence? An indulgence or treat should not be a daily event. For weight loss I recommend one treat a week and for weight maintenance, three treats a week.

If a treat happens daily, it’s no longer special and then you start looking for new replacement ‘treats’.

What are some alternatives to unhealthy treats?

Unhealthy treatAlternative treat
2 tablespoons cream2 tablespoons sweetened yoghurt
Small slice of cakeBiscotti
Small packet of chipsSmall handful of nuts
Small chocolate barChocolate dessert yoghurt
2 glasses of wineSoda with a twist
Can of soft drinkCan of diet soft drink
French friesBaked potato with light sour cream


Author: Nikki Hart

Healthy Food Guide

First published: Nov 2006

2017-10-04 13:59:14

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