Q: I've been trying to lose weight, but I'm not doing so well. Any tips you could offer?
A: Before you toss your arms up in defeat, perhaps there are reasons you're gaining weight that you never thought of. My clients often tell me they're sure they should be losing weight, but sometimes I point out the little things that really make a difference.
1. Oil Overkill
Olive oil is a healthy fat and so are some hyped-up expensive oils like grape seed and macadamia-nut oil. Regardless of which type of oil you use, they all contain 120 calories per tablespoon. Use sparingly.
2. Unforgiving Take-Out
Do you pick up a bowl of oatmeal or favorite smoothie every morning before work? If you're not checking the calories or the restaurant doesn't supply the nutrition facts, you may be eating MANY more calories than you realize.
3. FroYo Obsession
Frozen yogurt stands are becoming a countrywide snack-time favorite. You may be choosing the nonfat, sugar-free variety to save calories, but may be serving yourself WAY more ounces (and calories) than you realize. And don't forget the toppings -- they count, too!
4: Mindless Picking
A few gummy bears here and a half a cookie there may not register in your daily food log, but it all counts. Calculations have determined that seemingly harmless picking can add up to over 1,000 extra calories per day.
5: Not Enough Zzzz's
Studies show that it's tougher to achieve your weight-loss goal if you're not getting enough sleep. And when you're exhausted you tend to be less physically active and reach for higher-calorie comfort foods.
6: Your Meds
Certain medications like oral contraceptives, antidepressants, heartburn meds and those used to control high blood pressure and diabetes can cause weight gain. Oftentimes, the weight gain happens slowly and you don't notice it until it's already happened.
Stress can trigger overeating. After a tough day of work, all you want to do is be a coach potato and indulge in a pint of soothing ice cream.