9. Making Poor Food Decisions After a Workout
“I just had a tough workout, so I’ve earned this (insert high-calorie food here)”, said many a failed dieter. Exercise is a wonderful way to lose weight and maintain a healthy body composition, but it is an extremely ineffective failsafe for a poor diet. Try thinking of food as a way to fuel your body for your workouts instead of treating your workouts as a way to make up for bad dietary decisions. Try thinking of food as a way to fuel your body for your workouts instead of treating your workouts as a way to make up for bad dietary decisions. A post-workout smoothie or protein shake can be a great way to re-energize without compromising your weight loss efforts.
10. Eating Too “Healthy”
Because healthy foods are associated with being lower in calories, people tend to consume too much of them. So, when you eat out – a situation where people are more likely to over-indulge to begin with – someone trying to eat healthy can really go overboard. For example, salad dressing is an unexpected source of calories, fat, and sugar. Also, restaurant food is often full of unexpected calories that make otherwise healthy food quite unhealthy. Be sure to read the fine print on restaurant menus so you know how many calories are in your dish, and be aware of how much food you consume. At home, portion control is a must.
11. Taking the Wrong Medication
Birth control isn’t the only kind of medication that causes weight gain. Everything from blood pressure medication and anti-seizure meds to steroids (like those used for bad infections or hormone disorders) and fertility medications can cause sudden weight gain (9). Now, it is important to remember that everyone reacts to medication differently. If you suspect your medication may be causing you to put on extra pounds, do not stop taking it without consulting your doctor. There may be another kind of medication they can put you on that won’t cause rapid weight gain.