Saturday, 1 March 2014

5 Innocent Things That Can Lead To Weight Gain

1. YOU'RE A SLAVE TO A NUMBER ON A SCALE

We recommend that you ditch your digital scale with the two decimal places. When dieters at the University of Utah received a “health index score” that was pleasingly vague -- a weight range rather than an actual number -- they lost up to four pounds in just three weeks. In contrast, when participants received their score in the form of an exact number, they gained up to a pound on average.

The lesson: If you weigh yourself daily, even normal fluctuations could throw you off and be discouraging. Instead, get on the scale weekly and use a range as a goal, “I'd like to lose 5 to 10 pounds this year.”

2. YOU OVERDO IT ON COFFEE

Research shows that a few cups of coffee has health benefits: It's linked with a reduced risk of type-2 diabetes and some cancers, and improved cardiovascular function. But there may be a point at which coffee drinking backfires bitterly: around five cups, at which point some compounds in coffee can actually start to cause weight gain.

The lesson: Research on the compounds in coffee is ongoing. But, to be safe, especially on days you're eating high-fat foods, consider limiting your intake to three to four cups. The cutoff also applies to decaffeinated coffee and tea.

3. YOU DRINK LOW FAT MILK

Wait, don't we drink low-fat milk to stay slim? Yet a study led by Mark DeBoer, MD, a pediatric endocrinologist at the University of Virginia, found that children who drank skim or 1 percent milk gained more weight than those who drank 2 percent or whole (full-fat) milk. DeBoer's theory is that milk fat, compared with other calorie sources, makes us feel fuller, longer -- so we consume fewer calories overall.

Similar findings emerged in a large Swedish study, which found that among normal-weight women, those who drank one or more cups a day of whole milk had a significantly lower chance of gaining weight than those who drank reduced-fat milk.

The lesson: If you're a milk drinker, try whole or 2 percent in lieu of reduced-fat milk.

4. YOU EAT AT A CROWDED TABLE

You habitually dine with large groups. Imagine that you, a careful eater, go out for pizza with friends. Statistically speaking, here's what will happen, reports Brian Wansink, PhD, of Cornell University: Dining with just one friend, you'll eat about 35 percent more than when alone; with a group of four, about 75 percent more; and in groups of seven or more, 96 percent more. The reasons for overeating: spending a longer time at the table, mimicking our companions' pace often bite-for-bite.

The lesson: "Sit next to slow eaters," Wansink writes. "They can help you pace your eating, not the speed eaters who eat like they grew up in a family of 12."

5. YOU STOCKPILE READY-TO-EAT FOODS

Looking at ready-to-eat multipacks makes you overindulge. Stockpiled food is consumed twice as fast as other food in the house, concluded Wansink and his colleagues after an experiment in which they supplied families with either large or small multipacks of food.

The problem is simple: Bulky packages consume too much kitchen real estate; we see them every time we open the cupboard. Visibility translates into impulsivity, and, before we know it, we're eating more than we intended.

The lesson: Out of sight, out of mind. Move multi-unit packs of food out of the kitchen and into the basement, freezer, underground bunker or wherever that cluster of bright labels won't catch your eye.

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Lunch Date

Afternoon pickles!

So I've been off sick for a few days (boo me...!) and I haven't been able to eat that much. 
This afternoon I decided that I really needed to have something full of vitamins and good stuff (obviously because I wanted to get better...) 

There wasn't really much in my fridge apart from a few vegetables, milk, bread and those random sauces that nobody really uses (squeezy curry sauce being one of them...seriously... Who eats that?)

Just as a side note, a lot of people think it's weird that I keep bread and ketchup in the fridge, is it really that weird??

After digging through all the random good I picked out a green pepper, some ham & a carrot.  So I made myself a stuffed roasted green pepper with couscous ��


 I tell you what, I was so full up from that, plus it's full of goodness to make me better quickly :) 

So that was my comfort food for today's illness, what's yours? X

Friday, 7 February 2014

Friday Film Night

Thank god it's Friday!! It's been a busy week at work so Friday is the perfect opportunity for me to snuggle up and watch a movie.
I'm always looking for new movies to watch and Netflix is choc-full of must-sees! Although I do often find myself searching for ages for something to watch... 
So tonight I chose to watch The Heist, also known as The Maiden Heist.

It's got Morgan Freeman in it which is a huge bonus, love that guy!!
The film is a comedy about 3 museum security guards who are told that the art pieces that they have become very attached to are being sold to a museum in Denmark, so they decide hey, let's come up with a plan to steal the paintings! It's full of twists, turns & hilarious moments. It's definitely one to watch! IMDB gave it 6.1/10 which isn't too bad! 
It's a lighthearted comedy, easy to watch on a Friday evening. 
If you saw this film, let me know what you thought of it :)

If you'd also like to buy the film to give it a watch then follow the link below!