I have been watching a series on you tube called “Secret Eaters”
It’s pretty interesting and would be good for people that either can’t seem to lose weight or don’t know why they have been putting on weight.
It’s about people contacting the show, they have been eating “healthy” according to them but cannot work out why they have been putting on weight and can’t seem to lose it. Most of them felt like they didn’t over eat. So they hook up cameras in their house and also have a surveillance team to watch their every move. What they found absolutely had all these people in shock. These people had no idea how firstly what healthy meant, no idea about what a portion size is. Eating some healthy foods does not negate all the junk they had in their diet.
And eating healthy foods you can still put on weight if you are eating more than you need, very easy with fats as they have twice the calories as protein and carbs. Yes fats are good, to a point! If you want to include plenty of fats, it needs to be balanced out overall with everything else, or you will put on weight or won’t be able to lose it!
This was all a massive reality check, they found out where they were going wrong, some really upset with themselves. You have to know where you are going wrong to be able to fix it, and you also have to be honest with yourself. They did a diet diary where their calories were added up, but what they said they were eating did not explain their weight gain. When they added up what they ate from watching them and adding everything up, perhaps everything they dismissed, forgot about- you could then see what they said they were eating was WAY off. In some cases was twice as much as they needed for them. The biggest things were alcohol calories, processed sweet/fatty snacks, portion sizes from eating out and also serving sizes at home, and most of them, if not all of them had no idea about the amount of calories in their food, no idea! They grossly underestimated the energy density that food had.
They ate that much not because they were necessarily hungry but because of habit, boredom, convenience (grabbing high calorie snacks on the run). There was a lot of mindless eating in front of the TV, mindless eating at work, eating on the run.
So when everything was revealed to them and it hit home, they could see exactly where they needed to make changes. They had an eating plan laid out, not a diet, not deprivation at all, because they were overweight the diet consisted of the calories that were needed to maintain a normal weight, which was 1600-2500 depending on sex and height.
They were followed up 4-6 weeks later and they all lost weight, and they found it pretty easy once that awareness was there, no one felt deprived or hungry!
Now from watching this program you might get some clues to where you are going wrong, or where some little changes can be made. Writing a food diary and logging EVERYTHING and using an app like my fitness pal it may become clearer for you.
Especially when it comes to alcohol, snack choices and portion sizes and knowing where your calories are coming from because it seems that not many people know the energy density of foods or what the right portion size (for them) entails. They severely underestimated what they really ate and were in denial and not honest with themselves. They learnt a lot and having the right information got them losing weight and feeling good!
Are you a secret eater