8 Food Staples
Sabotaging Your Weight Loss
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: you’re down to those stubborn last 3 lbs of your weight-loss goal and have been for weeks. Is your sweet tooth getting you into trouble again? Here’s the thing: Those soft drinks and iced teas you indulge in on your cheat days make up only 2% of the average Filipino’s diet anyway, so they’re not really the culprits. Go double-check your diet and see if you’ve been bingeing on the following saboteurs—common fare for dieters plus staple Filipino foods—that are actually ruining your weight goals:
I know… and we’re sorry about this: We Filipinos love our rice, no doubt about it. But studies have shown that high consumption of white rice increases the risk of diabetes, due to its high glycemic index. White rice is highly processed, and so it is stripped of its fibers. Which means it is high in carbohydrates—something you promised yourself you’d cut back on, right? Rice is pretty much the diet-plateau culprit, so think twice before asking the waiter to refill your unli-rice order.
Saturated fats raise the level of cholesterol in the blood. Meat and dairy products are loaded with saturated fats: pork, poultry (especially the skin), butter, cheese, palm oil—the list goes on and on and on. Keep track of the foods you consume so you can monitor closely the amount of saturated fats you’ve been ingesting, because this is sneakily in pretty much everything.
Full-Fat Dairy Products
While recent studies have shown that full-fat products could be better for you than their non-fat counterparts, excessive amounts of the full-fat variety could still be harmful. According to experts, you should take into account the products you consume that have full-fat dairy as ingredients (cheese, Greek yogurt, coffee creamer, etc.). These could easily add up the amount of calories you consume.
Sure, you need protein to build muscle mass. But you may have been packing on more unwanted calories along with those proteins. You see, a lot of these protein drinks contain ingredients that could be contributing to your unexplained weight gain.