Is salt making you gain weight?

Guilty pleasures maybe a big temptation, but when it comes to weight loss, we strive to curb all our temptations, albeit with a heavy heart. But, the sight of a Diet Coke and the idea of zero-calories get you dreaming of the good old carefree days, doesn’t it? After all zero calories are equal to guilt-free indulgence!

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Similarly, salt is also zero calories, but you soon realize that it doesn’t equal guilt-free indulgence! There is a limit to everything, even salt! Going overboard with it means, inviting flabby woes!

Surprised how this zero-cal salt is causing weighty woes?

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Food nutrition labels – Understanding food you eat

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When you want to start living healthier, you need to consider a lot of things. For example – you need to ration your ice creams and chocolates, start exercising, regulate your sleep timings, and inculcate various other habits. However, one thing that most of us might miss out on is smart shopping.

During grocery shopping, you simply tend to pick out foods that seem healthy to you. What you don’t bother to do is check the ‘nutrition facts’. You need to be really careful while choosing from a wide range of fat-free, sugar-free and preservative-free options that are available nowadays.

bon happetee diet plan app and weight loss appIt is easy to turn a blind eye to these and just look for (and usually fall for) items that have low calories, low sugar, low saturated fat, zero cholesterol, high fibre, and so on.
Most of the time, these are nothing but misleading labels to fool the customers into thinking that the product is healthy. Not everything written in BOLD on the cover should be believed. It is really important to turn the box or rotate the bottle and check the content and nutritional facts of the food item since these items could be doing more harm than good. For instance, the low-fat items – when you eat something that is full-fat, you at least stop after you have taken a bite or two as the fat makes you feel fuller. Whereas, when you eat the low-fat variety, you tend to eat it in larger quantities, because at the back of your mind you think they are not eating much fat. Also, in order to make up for the loss of taste that fat gives, these foods have added sugar and salt which are much more harmful than certain healthy fats. Furthermore, a lot of Low-fat and fat-free food items also contain chemical-laden additives such as colouring and preservatives, which can be really harmful. Continue reading

“You are what you eat. So don’t be fast, cheap, easy or fake.”

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So what is fast food really? Here is the dictionary definition “easily prepared processed food served in snack bars and restaurants as a quick meal or to be taken away”

Pizzas that get delivered in less than 30 minutes, burgers and chips that can be picked up at a drive-thru are examples of fast food. Now, think about it – If something is delivered in 30 it was cooked in under 5 mins. The only way this can be done is using pre-cooked ingredients loaded with preservatives like salt, sugar and trans fats. A typical fast food meal contains around 50% of your daily limit of sodium/salt and added sugars.

Many of us watch the amount of sugar we add to our morning cup of tea, but how many of us realize the horrifying amounts of sugar we consume through fast foods and processed foods? Even the packaged foods fall largely under the same umbrella. Foods like pack of chips, nachos, salad dressings, sugar cereals etc. Continue reading