How to Stop Gaining Weight
How does it happen? Everything’s fine. You haven’t changed sizes in a while and you’re okay with your weight, even if you’re a little over where you should be.
Then, one day, seemingly out of the blue, you can’t button up your jeans. Or your shirt is too tight in all the wrong places.
You’ve just entered the world of a select group of people: those who don’t necessarily want to lose weight, but just want to not gain any more weight.
5 Things to Do to Stop Gaining Weight
Of course, no one gains weight for absolutely no reason. It may be due to hormonal changes, your new job, or a change in your relationships. While the points below don’t relate to or address any particular cause of weight gain, they’ll certainly help you manage the problem.
- Be Mindful of All Your Eating – Either you haven’t had to worry about what you ate before, or you chose not too. That can make reversing weight gain more difficult because you may never have tried to lose weight. Look out for changes in your diet and eating habits. Particularly changes that aren’t so obvious, like emotional eating or the shift to fast foods due to more demands on your time.
- Be Mindful of Your Activities – Working from home is great, until you realize that all the walking and hopping onto and off of the bus every morning was actually helping you maintain your weight. Look for ways your day-to-day activity levels may have changed.
- Make Little Changes – One of the worst things you can do about weight gain is to panic and jump into a crash weight-loss diet. That is not likely to solve anything and very likely to make things worse. Instead, make small adjustments that you’re comfortable with. Try your morning coffee with one less sugar. Drink more water. Eat more fruits and vegetables.
- Look for Ways That Calories May Be Sneaking Into Your Diet – Many foods pack way more calories than you would ever imagine. Your morning glass of orange juice can have as much sugar as a Coke. One cup of regular tomato soup can contain half of the daily adequate intake (AI) of sodium as recommended by Health Canada.
- Get Advice – Again, the causes of your weight gain can be varied. And correcting weight gain can be complex. The sooner you find ways to start reversing the trend the better. The nutrition consultants at your nearest Herbal One location can help.
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