Avoid the obvious problems
Everyone knows that if you’re a drive-through regular and routinely polish off litres of ice cream you’re going to gain weight, but that’s not you. In fact, you rarely eat fried foods, and when you do eat dessert you limit yourself to a sensible portion. So why are your pants suddenly getting tighter?
The reasons why the kilos are piling on aren’t always quite as obvious as you might expect them to be. Here are some sneaky things you might not have considered that could be making you gain weight.
Whole grains cover your whole plate
Sure, they’re healthy – especially compared to refined grains. But you can have way too much of a good thing, explains registered dietitian and nutritionist Toby Amidor, author of The Easy 5-Ingredient Healthy Cookbook. Two cups of cooked whole-wheat pasta, for instance, adds up to 1670kJ. Try to limit yourself to a 1-cup serving (same goes for brown rice, quinoa, farro and barley) and round out your meal with plenty of veggies and some lean protein.
You’re obsessed with avocado toast
Again, it’s about the quantity, and it’s easy to overdo it. “Avocados contain a healthy dose of nutrients and heart-healthy unsaturated fat, but eating an entire avocado or using half an avocado daily for your avo toast can rack up hundreds of kilojoules rather quickly,” says Amidor. “An entire avocado contains 1347kJ and close to 30 grams of fat – that’s 45 per cent of the daily recommended amount of total fat!” About a fifth of an avocado is the right amount for a healthy snack.