Then it is time to get to grips with sneaky nutritional tricksters that have slipped into your lifestyle!


  1. The mindless factor

So many people do well during mealtime, but forget about the extra food they’ve had along the way –  the handful of nuts before dinner, the taste testing of cookie dough.  These are just a few of the things that we do without realizing the extra calories going into our bellies.  Granted, it is easy to overlook mindless munchies, but, no matter what you are putting into your mouth, if it is not counted as a conscious meal or snack, chances are it’s costing you.


  1. The human dustbin

Like the most of us, you were probably taught to never waste food.  Eating everything on your plate (and everyone else’s) may sound like good economics; however it is not good if you’re trying to lose weight.  Eating the last bite of your child’s chopped up hot dog is not doing anyone any favours!  Resist the temptation to clean your plate and think about your waistline instead of the food wasted.

If you are still uneasy about wasting — start composting, it’s a great way to throw out food without feeling bad about it.  Still

worried about the kids starving in Africa?  Instead of eating on their behalf, donate money to charitable organizations or give leftovers to street children.


  1. When enough becomes more

What signifies to you that you have had enough to eat? An empty packet?  An empty plate? Well, it is a scientific fact that it takes 20 minutes for the brain to receive a message from the stomach confirming it has reached capacity.  The solution is therefore pretty simple.  Wait for 20 minutes to see if you re, in fact, really hungry!


  1. The empty box syndrome

Remember the last time you finished off the box of cereal as there was only a little left, or finished off the last of the fruit juice

because there was no use putting a “nearly empty container” back into the fridge?  As insignificant as these calories may appear, they all add up.


  1. Too many liquid calories

Liquid calories from alcohol, smoothies, lattés, tea with full cream milk and sugar, sweetened juices and sodas, can really

contribute to weight gain.  It is estimated that the average person gets ± 21% of their calories from beverages.  Even though these beverages are packed with calories, they do very little to suppress hunger.  Switch from calorie-laden beverages to water, soda water, skim milk and vegetable juices.  If you drink alcohol, do so in moderation, and chose lighter options.


  1. The mind game

Studies have shown that those who begin a slimming program with a positive frame of mind, believing that the end result will be worth the effort, are more likely to shed kilos that those with half-hearted attitudes.  If you’re not committed or feel deprived, chances are you will fail miserable and indulge in most things you embarking on a weights reduction program.


  1. Heavy friends

Everyone is guilty of ordering second helpings and ordering deserts –  when not hungry  –  simply because they are socializing with people who are eating.   In fact, research shows that spending lots of time with friends with poor eating habits, normally results in those habits wearing off on you!  Be conscious of this common mistake and take steps to prevent them by asking friends to support your weight loss efforts.  Try suggesting social fitness programs and outings that won’t involve food.


  1. Bulk Buying

With the economical climate getting tougher by the day, the savings enjoyed from bulk-buying make more sense now than ever before. However, it also means you are more likely to over consume. Most people naturally eat more when presented with large portions of food. It’s like eating potato chips directly from the packet… before you know it, the packet is finished!  The solution is to buy in bulk, then re-store the food in portion sizes.


  1. Slothful lifestyles

A recent article published in England, claims that Facebook was helping turn the nation into “fatties”!  While it’s doubtful any weight lawsuits will be files against

Facebook, one thing that is for certain is the negative health effects of a sedentary lifestyle.  Waistlines are suffering world over thanks to mindless snacking while surfing the net, playing computer games and hours spends in front of the tv!  A flurry of preventable lifestyle diseases have diligently followed suit, including rising obesity levels.  Think about your lifestyle habits –  are you getting enough regular exercise and you are guilt of eating in front of the computer of tv?


  1. Food for thought….

According to research in Canada, “over-thinkers” are inclined to eat more.  The study measured the food intake of students following 3 different tasks –  from relaxation, to reading, to completing a series of challenging tasks requiring more concentration.  The study found that students consumed the most calories following the hardest set of tasks, with blood tests concluding that intellectual work caused higher fluctuations in glucose and insulin levels.