Some foods, despite their low fat and low sugar content, can still have too many calories in reserve  |  Photo Credit: iStock Images
- Binge-eating healthy foods can also induce weight gain
- Foods like almonds and whole grains that are full of healthy fats, fibre and proteins are actually a must for your diet
- Eating less is not the go-to solution for weight loss – instead, it’s eating low-calorie and nutrient dense foods in moderation
New Delhi: When it comes obesity or an unhealthy body mass index (BMI), habits like binge-eating junk food, alcohol intake, smoking and sedentary lifestyle stand accused. To tackle this, people on a weight loss spree rely on diet fads, spend hours in the gym sweating it out and even adapt lifestyle changes to sustain the healthy weight. However, little do they realise that overdoing these healthy habits could also backfire on health.
Can healthy habits induce weight gain?
Strange as it may sound, the many healthy habits that dieticians, nutritionists, holistic healthcare experts and fitness trainers recommend could also have an adverse effect on health if not practiced right. They could take you miles away from your fitness goal without dropping any hints; thereby demotivating you to work harder.
According to Amy Goodson, author of The Sports Nutrition Playbook, binge-eating healthy foods can also induce weight gain. This effect is attributed to the popular myth that healthy foods – no matter how much you consume – do not have an adverse impact on health. This often is the reason why people end up binge-eating fruits for weight loss without realising how the fructose component actually spikes calorie intake.
Why portion control is key for weight loss
Some foods, despite their low fat and low sugar content, can still have too many calories in reserve. Foods like almonds and whole grains that are full of healthy fats, fibre and proteins are actually a must for your diet. But when one ends up eating more than a handful of almonds and fills up on grains mindlessly, the calorie intake shoots drastically and overtime this induces weight gain.
Eating less is not the go-to solution for weight loss – instead, it’s eating low-calorie and nutrient dense foods in moderation. Foods like avocado, fatty fish, vegetables, nut butters and trail mix keep your weight loss goals on track. However, it is not advisable to binge-eat them either.
Packaged granola bars, energy drinks and dried fruits can sometimes support health goals; however, their sugar and calorie content can take you miles away from the ideal BMI if consumed mindlessly. Therefore, even with healthy foods that experts continue to recommend in daily diet, portion control is key as it can help in getting the ideal number of calories the right way thereby preventing weight gain.
Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.