Uh oh. Cargill Inc has been lying to all of us about their product Truvia. They have been stating that Truvia sweeteners are “natural,” and it turns out they are not. Because of this, there was a class action lawsuit against them, and if you have purchased Truvia from July 2008-July 2014, you are eligible for a cash rebate of up to $45. The other option is vouchers valued up to $90. We here at Nu Image Medical have told our customers do not use Truvia on the HCG Diet as it is not 100% pure Stevia.
Class Action lawsuits usually depend on how many Class Members submit their form within the time limit, but below is a breakdown of what you could be eligible for.
There is NO proof of purchase required (but you should not lie!), just make sure you submit your claim before December 5th 2014.
Read more on the lawsuit here.
Fill out your claim form here.
Fats: To Eat or Not to Eat?
• The facts on what’s good and what’s not for your body
Many of us have heard that in order to lose weight, we must eliminate fat completely from our diets. It seems only logical…Cut out fat to lose fat, right? Well, there might be a little bit more to it than that. Fat consumption has become a very controversial subject over the years. How much fat should you have? What types of fat should you eat? There’s a lot of conflicting information out there. So we’re taking it upon ourselves to break it down a little more simply for you.
So, why are fats important?
Fats and fatty acids play a huge role in our bodies. Fat-soluble vitamins such as Vitamins A, D, E, & K all require fats to be present for the body to be able to properly absorb them. Essential fats such as Omega 3 and Omega 6 are extremely important to decrease the risk for heart disease, cancer and also to decrease inflammation in the body. A key factor about these fats is that they must be consumed and added in the diet. The body cannot create these important nutrients from other foods. There are numerous studies that have shown a decrease in cancer and heart problems when an individual’s diet contains these vital nutrients. Omega 3 and Omega 6 fats can be found in fish such as salmon and herring and also from some plants like walnuts, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, etc.
Is there such a thing as a good fat?
Good fats are unsaturated fats. They are divided into two groups: monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. Both monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats help lower total and bad cholesterol (LDL) and also help raise good cholesterol (HDL). Monounsaturated fats can be found in all kinds of nuts such as almonds, walnuts, pistachios, and peanuts. Polyunsaturated fats, on the other hand, are found mainly in vegetable oils such as sunflower, safflower, corn, flax, and soy. Omega 3 and Omega 6 fats mentioned above are examples of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats.
What is a bad fat?
Not all fats are good fats; there are a couple of not so good ones out there. These include trans fats and saturated fats. Trans fats, also known as trans fatty acids and partially hydrogenated oils, are industrially created to help enhance the flavor of food and make the product last longer. This is accomplished by adding hydrogen to liquid vegetable oils. Doing this makes the fats solid at room temperature. Which also means that once you ingest it, it also remains solid in your body and can most definitely build up in your arteries over time, thus raising your total and bad cholesterol levels (LDL) as well as decreasing good (HDL) cholesterol levels. The FDA has made many label rulings and announcements about the dangers of trans fats, which have motivated many companies to eliminate trans fats from their foods. However, it is important when buying any product to always look at the nutrition label and ingredients, and keep an eye out for these dangerous fats. Many food items, especially commercially packaged foods, still contain these hidden dangers such as cookies, bread, chips, and candy.
Saturated fats, like trans fats, can also raise total blood cholesterol levels as well as bad cholesterol levels (LDL) if consumed in excess. Saturated fats are found mainly in animal products such as full-fat dairy products, meat such as bacon and sausage, butter, seafood, and eggs.
Will I be getting in enough fat if I do the HCG diet?
The HCG diet is a much different diet than other weight loss programs available. Understanding the protocol in its entirety and following it completely is the key to seeing success with the program. Yes, fats are an important part of a healthy diet. And yes, we do need fats to survive and absorb key nutrients, etc. However, consuming our daily requirements of fat does not necessarily mean that we need to coat all of our food in olive oil or take a supplement. The HCG diet does restrict all oils and fat extracts. However, some foods, many of which you may be unaware, contain natural fats. An example of this would be kale. Kale is an approved vegetable on the HCG diet. It is super low in calorie, full of fiber and a great vegetable option. But, did you know that 2 cups of kale renders 1-1.2 grams of fat? Obtaining fat from vegetables is a great way to get in required amounts while still staying very healthy. So, if you’re on the HCG diet, don’t worry or think that you may be harming your body in any way. Your daily requirements are still being met with the approved foods on the program. Cleansing your body with the HCG diet and even losing weight in general may be the healthiest thing you could ever do for yourself.
Bottom line…does eating fat really make you fat?
The answer to this question may be a little complex. Eating fat really doesn’t make you fat as long as you are smart about your choices and consume fat in moderation. Studies have shown that incorporating a small amount of fats, typically around 25-30 percent of our total calories are part of a balanced diet and considered healthy. And individuals who consumed healthy fats in moderation actually lost weight over a period of time versus those who eliminated fat completely from the diet. Fats contain more calories (9 to be exact) per gram than carbohydrates and protein, which give 4 calories to each gram and alcohol which gives 7 calories per gram. So, what does this mean for weight loss and maintenance? Well, technically it means that fatty foods do contain more calories than other foods. Which means for example, that even though avocados are considered healthy fats, if you eat them all day long, you will most likely start to see some weight gain.
So how do you eat fat and lose/maintain weight?
Again, the key to maintaining weight or even losing and still staying healthy is to enjoy fats in moderation. Cutting out fat completely from the diet can be dangerous. Try minimizing your consumption of commercially packaged foods, and/or look for trans fat free options and alternatives. Avoid using oils such as palm oil or vegetable oil, which are high in saturated fat, and try using olive oil, canola oil, and flaxseed. When purchasing dairy products, always opt for the 1%/skim or lowest fat option. And remember, that all animal products contain saturated fat, so if you see fat on the edges of your selected meat, make sure to trim if off before cooking or eating.
Create “emergency packs” filled with healthy foods such as fruits or sliced vegetables to help you avoid unhealthy temptations.
Passing on Healthy Habits to Your Kids! When it comes to our children, we strive hard to give them every benefit and opportunity, especially those we didn’t have growing up. We go through extreme lengths to make sure they are protected; we baby proof the house, immunize and take them for routine check ups with the doctor. We shell out hundreds and even thousands of dollars just to make sure their teeth are beautifully straight. No expense is spared and nothing is ever out of the question or too unreasonable when it comes to our children. And rightly so, as their parents, we love them. And, we ultimately just want what’s best for them. So why do we often ignore what they eat? Studies reported by the American Heart Association show that one in three kids and teenagers are overweight or obese. This number has more than tripled from studies done back in 1980. Childhood obesity causes a variety of premature health problems such as increased cholesterol, diabetes, and high blood pressure along with numerous others. And these conditions, without lifestyle change and proper treatment tend to only worsen over time. Not to mention all the psychological effects being overweight can cause such as depression and low self-esteem. With this dramatic rise in weight in children and adolescents comes a daunting realization that for the first time researchers and doctors believe that this generation of adults might actually outlive their own children.
So what can we do about this? We may not be able to control the media’s messages geared towards kids like sugary candy and cereal commercials and advertisements, but there are ways that we, as parents and guardians, can do to help our children stay healthy.
Be a good example. It’s impossible to be perfect all time. But it is important to take some time to take a step back, and make sure your sending the right message. If you are the one constantly laying on the couch and sipping soda while telling the kids to go play outside and drink more water, it’s going to be a lot harder to get your point across. You may not think they are listening to you, but they are. And they are always watching and observing everything you do. Make sure you’re being a good role model for them. Changing your efforts will have a huge impact on how they act as well.
Help the family stay active. Leading a busy life doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re living an active lifestyle. Attempting to take some time out of each day to do something active is extremely important. So, maybe hold off on the movie night and go for a bike right as a family instead, or take a walk around the park. Everyone will reap the benefits of a little exercise.
Set realistic goals. Don’t set up a plan or a goal that you know you won’t be able to maintain. For example: Promising the kids that you will go on a family outing every night when you’re extremely busy at work and have been late getting home the last three nights, is probably not the best plan. Continually making promises you can’t keep is not fair for them or you. However, as long as you are taking small steps to make somewhat of a change, you are making a difference. It takes time.
Minimize TV use, computer time, and video games. We live in a world full of technology. Times have changed. There were once days when all you had to do for fun as a child was play outside. Now, we have instant entertainment provided 24/7, and all we have to do is sit. Television, computers, and even some video games can be a great educational tool for your child as well as serving great entertainment purposes. But, continually using these things generally leads to a more sedentary lifestyle and much less physical activity. Limiting the time spent on these devices to no more than 2 hours a day may prove very beneficial.
Encourage physical activity that they will enjoy. Every child is different. Letting your child experiment with different physical activities will help them figure out what they really enjoy doing. The more they like what they are doing, the more willing they are to really stick to it.
Stay positive. We all like encouragement. No one likes hearing about what they can’t do. Make it a point to focus on even the smallest of successes with your child. Positive reinforcement will help build their self-esteem and improve their self-image.
Reward wisely. There are many ways to reward a child for a job well done. However, things like candy, snacks, or more TV and video games shouldn’t be included. Remember, the ultimate goal is to always point to the healthier alternative. Rewarding them with these things will just undo everything else you’re trying to accomplish.
Make dinnertime a special family time. It’s sometimes hard with busy schedules and school activities to make time to spend together as a family. Dinnertime can be a great opportunity to relax and reconnect with each other. And when everyone sits down together for a planned meal, there typically is a lot less snacking throughout the afternoon. Getting kids involved in the dinner prep is also a great way to spend time together and to help children create and learn good cooking habits.
Teach nutrition, and make it fun. Eating healthy is not always easy, but it’s possible. Again, baby steps in the right direction will get you where you want to be. Learning about proper nutrition and passing that down to your kids is something that will stick with them and shape their eating habits forever. It’s good for them to know why eating vegetables are important and how to read a food label. These small lessons will shape their choices for years to come.
Be involved. Make sure your kids are eating healthy even when they are at school or away from home. Even follow up with their pediatrician or healthcare provider and make sure they are monitoring their blood pressure, cholesterol etc.
Be your child’s biggest advocate and their biggest cheerleader. They look up to you. You have the opportunity to mold them into the person they will one day become, and incorporating even just a few healthy choices can make all the difference.
7 Ways to Stay Healthy When Eating Out
Eating out can be such an enjoyment. No cooking or cleaning, and you get to really enjoy the experience of being around your friends and family without all the hassle. Unfortunately, we often tend to overindulge a little too much. Studies from the National Restaurant Association have shown that most Americans, on average, eat out around five times per week. These meals generally are higher in calorie than what we would typically prepare at home. And while splurging on occasion is surely okay, if we are not careful, we may find ourselves looking for larger sized clothes. Each meal eaten away from home can increase our daily calorie count. Therefore, 5 meals per week spent eating out may create a recipe for unintentional weight gain. For those of us that travel frequently for work or who meet frequently with clients at restaurants, this topic is especially important. Again, eating out can be a great pleasure, but if we do it on a consistent basis, we owe it to our waistline and our overall health to try to make some smarter choices. Listed below are just a few ways to help change our thinking about restaurant eating and help us improve our habits while eating out.
Be the First to Order
Even with the healthiest intentions in mind going into a restaurant, somehow willpower waivers when we hear someone else order. Studies have even gone so far as to prove that, women especially, tend to mirror each other in many ways; including food choice. We’ve all done it… “I’ll just have what she’s having. That sounds delicious!” Ordering first puts you in control of the situation, makes you more confident in your decision to choose something healthy, and, who knows, you just may entice the crowd to follow your lead. If possible, try to choose a restaurant that has healthy options. This way, you’ll have plenty of better choices to choose from.
Lookout for Danger Signs
Evaluating the menu thoroughly is an important step in making a healthier food choice. Browsing online before you go is even better and can give you a better idea of what options you have. Examine everything written carefully, and lookout for red flags that might indicate higher caloric value such as descriptive words like crispy, creamy, breaded, fried, etc. Always opt for foods that are steamed, grilled, or broiled. These cooking methods are always going to be the healthiest with fewer calories.
Think Before You Drink
Many times, we are so focused on the actual meal that we forget that our drinks have calories too! And those calories can rack up very quickly. For example: one regular serving of sweet tea can add a whopping 200-250 calories to your daily intake. This means, that consuming just a couple of glasses during your meal may equal a meal in itself. The calorie count often climbs even higher with soda, mixed alcohol drinks, and so forth. A good tip to keep those calories at bay is to drink water. Water is calorie free and will fill you up while helping you eat less.
Add a Soup or Salad
Another way to keep from overindulging is to ask for a broth based soup or a salad prior to your meal. (In many restaurants, it may already be included with your entrée order). Because broth is made up mostly of water and lettuce is bulky in nature, both of these foods are more filling and can keep you from overdoing it when your meal actually makes its debut.
Don’t Be Afraid to Make the Meal Your Own
Don’t be reluctant to ask to have a meal the way you want it. As long as you’re polite, what’s the worst that can happen ? They can’t do it, and you have to pick something else. Replacing foods like french fries with a vegetable is a huge calorie saving move. Also, if you decide to order a salad, keep in mind, that loading a salad down with excess condiments and high fat dressing will not be beneficial to you in the least. Always ask for a low calorie dressing and have it placed on the side. You’ll tend to eat less of it that way. Restaurants always tend to give more dressing than we really need, and if it’s mixed in, there’s no way to prevent you from consuming every bit of those extra calories when all you ate was salad!
Another way to customize your calorie intake is to ask for a take out box as soon as you receive your meal. Many times, we finish our plate just because its there, whether we were actually really hungry or not. Boxing up half of the entrée before eating can cut your calories tremendously and also give you lunch the next day. It’s a win-win.
Watch Your Portions
Portion control is sometimes easier said that done, but it’s important to take the time to really realize how much you are actually taking in. A good rule to follow is to consume an amount of pasta no bigger than your fist and a meat/protein no bigger than the palm of your hand. Many people find that ordering an appetizer or a small plate as a meal is often just the perfect size.
Take it Slow
We’ve all heard this rule before, but there really is so much truth to it. When we eat too quickly, we often eat much more than we need to. It takes the brain roughly 20-30 minutes to relay the message that the stomach is full. So take it slow. Use the time you have being out to enjoy the break and the people around you.
Paying attention to food choices while eating out can really save you from a lot of unexpected weight gain. It’s all about deciding when to splurge and when to make sure you’re ordering smart. It’s crucial to have a healthy plan, and make yourself stick to it.
HGH Therapy and Weight Loss
Human Growth Hormone is a natural hormone and substance found within the bodies of both male and females. HGH is secreted by the pituitary gland and aids in many important functions: body height/size, immune function, weight regulation, bone mass, skin elasticity, libido etc. HGH levels typically peak in puberty and adolescence. However, levels tend to decline with age, and the body begins producing less and less of the hormone. With age and loss of growth hormone, many individuals find they have lost bone mass, have gained a few more wrinkles and have noticed that weight seems much easier to gain and much harder to lose than it used to be in their younger years. In fact, weight loss is one of the most attractive and sought after benefits of HGH supplemental therapy.
So, how exactly does growth hormone therapy help with weight loss? In order to answer this question, you have to go deeper into how HGH works within the body. HGH increases insulin growth factor, also known as IGF-1. IGF-1 is secreted by the liver and prevents insulin from giving glucose to the cells. The pancreas typically releases insulin after a meal in order to convert the carbohydrates eaten into glucose so that the body can use it. If this glucose is needed, it’s used. If not, it’s stored by the body into fat cells. Thus, insulin levels play a huge role in fat storage. By increasing levels of IGF-1 naturally with more HGH, insulin is prevented from storing glucose as fat. Therefore, the body has to use fat as an energy source because glucose is not available. To burn stored fat normally the body has to use all of its carbohydrate/glucose stores before beginning to use fat reserves for energy. With HGH, glucose storage becomes so limited, that the body must use fat for energy. This results in weight loss and a significant loss of fat. Many patients report that they lost weight without changing their diet at all.
It is also important to note that HGH aids in new muscle cell growth. Because peak levels of HGH happen during puberty and then begin to decline with age, muscle mass tends to decline as well. Exercising muscles cannot provide muscle growth produced by generating new muscle cells and tissue. Muscle tissue burns fat as well, also aiding in weight loss.
HGH also helps increase metabolism and energy levels. Many patients have experienced increased energy levels with HGH making them feel younger with sustained energy throughout the day. This increase in energy and kick up in metabolism also increases caloric expenditure, again making it possible to lose weight even without trying.
Reaping these incredible weight loss benefits is now easier, and more affordable than it has ever been. And most importantly, it is now much safer through the use of Sermorelin. Sermorelin is a hormone secretagogue. This means, that it stimulates the pituitary gland inside the body to produce more HGH naturally on its own. Using Sermorelin allows the body to regulate how much of the hormone is being released, which results in a more natural hormone balance without the dangers of improper dosing or risks of toxicity.
HGH has proven to promote healthy fat loss, increase muscle, enhance energy and provide the body with the ability to essentially help reverse many unfortunate side effects associated with aging; especially weight gain. Learn more about HGH Therapy.
Weight Loss Tip of the Month August 2013! If you consistently tell yourself and other people phrases like, “I can’t have that,” you may find yourself more tempted to rebel against the diet program because you feel deprived. If you tell yourself, “I WON’T cheat”, or “I WON’T have that,” you put yourself back in control. This small change, but huge-impact change of focus will keep you moving successfully toward your weight loss goal!
Fight Osteoporosis With HGH Treatment
Many factors influence bone growth, development, and repair. These factors include sunlight exposure, exercise, nutrition, and hormonal secretions. The thyroid gland, parathyroid glands, ovaries, testes and pituitary gland all secrete hormones for bone development and growth. The pituitary gland, often referred to as the “master gland,” actually produces hormones that regulate and control other glands and their functions. Hormones are simply substances that are produced by organs and gland within the body. They are typically produced in very small quantities and then travel to a target site or organ for use. The pituitary gland secretes growth hormone. Growth hormone’s main function is facilitating the growth of bone and muscle tissue. As people age and become older, levels of hormone secretions decline. As this happens, it may begin to take longer for bones to heal and repair if incidents happen.
Osteoporosis is a disease characterized by porous bones. In osteoporosis, bone mineral density, or BMD is decreased. This happens as a result of an altered amount of non-collagenous proteins within the bone. This lack of new proteins within the bone structure slows down the bone’s ability to reinforce itself. This results in fragile, porous bones that are highly susceptible to fractures and breaks. Individuals with osteoporosis may also experience severe pain from spinal fractures, which can lead to pain with movement and immobility. Osteoporosis is often found in postmenopausal women who have seen an abrupt decline of hormone secretion. Men can also develop osteoporosis, as well as some younger women who have yet to experience menopause. Individuals who have hormonal disorders or hormonal imbalances, or those who have chronic diseases, who smoke, or who have been on high doses of steroids for long periods of time may also be at increased risk for developing osteoporosis.
Around age 30, bones reach their peak in density and mass and begin to decline with time. All humans are at risk for some bone degeneration with age, and unfortunately there is no cure to stop this erosion from happening. However, there are ways to help slow down the process or prevent it from getting worse. Adding human growth hormone can be used to prevent and possibly slow down osteoporosis. Human growth hormone has been proven to help build up bone mineral density or BMD. Stabilized bone mineral density results in stabilized bone proteins, which supports and reinforces bone structure, making bones firmer but still flexible. Bone flexibility is an important key to preventing fractures. Firm bone structure reduces the risk of bones being easily broken. Bones tend to break much more easily when they are porous and brittle. For example, an elderly woman who endures a fall is much more likely to break a bone, such as a hipbone, than a much younger person who also has sustained a fall because the elderly woman’s bones are typically much more porous and weak.
Growth hormone deficiency results in a bone mass decrease. For example, a child who is growth hormone deficient may be much smaller or shorter in nature because an insufficient amount of growth hormone is being produced by the pituitary gland. To treat this deficiency, human growth hormone is supplemented. Growth hormone works in much the same way when given to adults. As levels of growth hormone naturally decline with age, hormone supplementation may be needed to continue to stimulate bone formation and prevent bone loss. Breaking a bone is a painful experience. And unfortunately, for someone who has osteoporosis, the healing process may be much longer and much more painful.
In conclusion, human growth hormone is a crucial hormone needed for bone strength. Reintroducing growth hormone into the body and therefore increasing bone mineral density may be the first step in speeding up the healing time of bone breaks and fractures and possibly preventing them from happening in the future. Get more information on HGH Therapy.
Low Back Pain is on the Rise: Obesity named #1 culprit
With obesity on the rise, back pain is at an all time high. Many back pain sufferers may be unaware that back pain may be directly related to weight. Overweight individuals are at a much greater risk for developing all types of joint pain and problems; back pain being at the top of the list. Studies have now shown that one in nine people have some sort of back pain. An astounding 80% of ALL adults complain of back problems on occasion. And the numbers continue to grow as childhood obesity increases as well. Children who are overweight become twice as likely to develop early signs of back problems and disc disease. Carrying around extra pounds places extra pressure on the spine, tiring the muscles and places extra pressure on the vertebrae. This can also throw off the spine’s natural alignment, leading to chronic lower back pain. Abdominal fat can especially cause added spinal pressure as the extra weight pulls the pelvis forward. There are several reasons to consider shedding some pounds to keep back pain at bay.
Back pain is EXPENSIVE. Taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatories like Ibuprofen or muscle relaxants or even more serious pain relievers costs money. And the more chronic and severe the back pain, the more expensive the medication or medical insurance needed to cover it. Frequent doctor visits, diagnostic testing, and alternative medical treatments, such as acupuncture, can also add to costs. Many patients with conditions related to back pain also require some form of surgery at some point down the road.
Back pain also INTERRUPTS LIFE. Chronic back pain makes it difficult to enjoy even the smallest of daily tasks. Many back pain sufferers are unable to take part in activities that they once enjoyed. Back pain may also often interfere with the ability to work or make it difficult to keep a steady job or even complete jobs that require extensive physical labor. Back pain is one of the leading causes of disability, and many come to find that many areas of life are affected.
Back pain CAN GET WORSE. Because of their limited ability to move without pain or discomfort, many back pain sufferers find that they lead a more sedentary lifestyle. This lack of movement continues to keep core and back muscles weak. This consistent, inactive routine can make back problems worse and often leads to more weight gain.
According to a new study of close to 2600 men and women, those who were overweight increased their risk for degenerative disk disease anywhere from30-70%. Degenerative disk disease leads to ruptured or slipped discs which places added pressure on the spinal nerves ultimately causing numbness, tingling and weakness in the legs as well as severe back pain. Overweight patients may also experience back problems such as sciatica from herniated discs, piriforis syndrome and pinched nerves, and even arthritis.
There can, of course, be many other causes of back pain. However increased weight and extra pressure on the spine may be the root to many problems associated with back trouble. Simply losing weight may be the easiest answer and, ironically, the most overlooked option. Losing even a mere 4 pounds has shown to take up to 16 pounds of pressure off of the spine. For individuals with severe back problems who aspire to lose weight, starting an exercise regimen may seem impossible. Using a fast and effective weight loss program, like the HCG diet, that doesn’t require exercise, may be a great option to consider. The HCG diet protocol, developed by Dr. A.T.W. Simeons, uses human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) to make fat stores available for use as energy. This fat utilization suppresses appetite and makes it possible to lose weight quickly as well as stimulate the metabolism without an added, demanding workout program. Dropping a few pounds may be the solution to ending back pain for good.
Does Late Night Eating REALLY Make You Gain Weight?
If you’ve ever attempted to lose weight or try to keep from gaining it, chances are you’ve heard or have once been told NOT to eat at night or too late in the evenings. Many trainers and weight loss coaches even go so far as to put a time frame on it. For example: No more eating after 6 pm. And we all have that one friend that swears she gained 10 pounds as soon as she switched to the night shift. Many dieters try hard to respect these, so called, extremely important weight loss guidelines, but what is the real reason behind it? Do our bodies magically start storing fat at a certain time of day or when the sun goes down?
The original theory behind avoiding nighttime eating stems from the idea that most people become more sedentary in the evenings, especially near bedtime. The more sedentary you are, the fewer calories are burned. This theory does present a valid point; however there may be other things to consider that may influence nighttime weight gain as well.
Late night eaters typically have also skipped one or more meals during the day. Skipping meals during the day not only slows down the metabolism, but it also may lead to overindulging in the evening. And oftentimes, skipping meals can become an excuse to eat more at night. Eventually, if food is continually avoided during the day, the body will stop producing signs of hunger. This can be a sign of the metabolism slowing. Eating smaller meals throughout the day will speed up the metabolism and keep the body consistently burning calories. When this is done regularly, the body, even at rest, will burn calories, and that means even at night.
Another possible reason for nighttime weight gain is food choice. When it’s been a long day at work, the last thing most people want to do is take the time to prepare a healthy snack. It’s so much easier to whip open the pantry door and go right for the cookies, crackers, and chips. High calorie, processed foods are often the food of choice for late night eaters. It’s just plain EASY. Sitting in front of the television and not paying attention to what is being eaten can be dangerous as well. Before you know it, you’ve eaten a whopping extra 500 calories in just potato chips, and you didn’t even realize it. Fruit and veggie snacks can be a healthy alternative. If you love to snack, it is still possible, but you have to play it smart and pay attention to how much and how many calories you are consuming. Always have a plan. If you’re tired from the day, and you don’t have a plan, you’ll end up getting dinner at a fast food drive thru or eating excessive amounts of high calorie foods because “there wasn’t anything else in the house.” It should always be a priority to have healthy foods and snacks available. Making healthy snacks as easy to grab as the cookies and chips are can save you a whole lot of calories, and your waistline will thank you. Some veggies can even give negative calories. This means, your body actually has to burn more calories to digest the food than the calories the veggie provided itself. This means, you CAN snack and actually lose weight, even at night.
Another important factor to consider about nighttime eating is that weight loss or weight gain comes down to how many calories are consumed, not when you consume them. Every meal that is consumed during the day should be healthy, not just at night. Even if you eat healthy and clean in the evening and stop eating by 6pm, but you’re eating high calorie during the day, you’re still at risk of gaining weight. In order to lose weight, a negative energy balance must be created within the body. This means that more calories must be burned than consumed on a consistent basis, until desired weight is achieved. If the goal is to simply maintain weight, then any calories consumed must also be burned. Otherwise, weight gain may occur.
In conclusion, late night eating may cause weight gain if high calorie foods are consumed in excess without being burned off or used by the body for energy. Focusing on WHAT and HOW MUCH is being consumed versus WHEN is the true key in preventing weight gain.