As you enter your 30s and 40s, weight loss tends to become more and more of a struggle. This may be due to a more sedentary lifestyle or to poor food choices, but declining hormone levels may also have an impact. Although the media espouses many weight-loss tips, some of the weight-loss information out there may actually cause you to gain weight rather than lose it.
Moderation and Portion Controls vs. Sugar Substitutes
It is common knowledge that if you overindulge in desserts and other foods laden with sugar and fats, you will likely gain weight. Many people substitute artificial sweeteners in order to still satisfy their cravings for sweets and avoid weight gain, but this isn’t really the best course of action. A bit of willpower will go much farther in conquering the weight gain battle and can be done by using portion control and making wise nutritional choices.
A new study indicates that artificial sweeteners, including sucralose, aspartame, and even stevioside, aren’t the answer. In reality, these artificial sweeteners may actually cause you to gain weight over time. The study showed that people who consumed artificial sweeteners over a long period actually had a modest increase in weight. They also showed an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and even having a stroke.
The reasons that these nonnutritive sweeteners aren’t recommended are many, but one reason is because the brain doesn’t differentiate between real sugar and artificial sweetener. Therefore, the brain identifies the dessert or diet soda as a reward and craves more—and the foods these sweeteners are added to are not exactly known for being healthy.
Get on the Path to Better Health
Although artificial sweeteners are generally considered safe, don’t kid yourself into thinking that the yogurt, gum, sodas, or other foods that contain them are going to aid in your weight-loss goals. A more effective way to reach a healthy weight is to consult with a physician who specializes in healthy weight management, such as the physicians within the BodyLogicMD network. BodyLogicMD-affiliated physicians can check your hormone levels to see if thyroid optimization or other hormone therapies are necessary as well as provide you with a customized diet plan and targeted supplements to help maximize your weight-loss efforts and put you on the path to better health. Contact the BodyLogicMD affiliated physician nearest you today.