Do I gain weight eating healthy food?

Yes; my ex-personal trainer used to say, “Losing weight is a question of math! Energy in minus energy out must leave you with a deficit.”

My friends and colleagues say it’s easy for me, because I eat healthy.  True; I do eat healthy.  But, it does not mean I do not gain weight when I relax my portion control.

Portion distortion

When you compare today’s food plate to that of 20 years ago, you will understand the term “portion distortion” in a flash.  Today’s plates are bigger and we tend to fill them up.  The end result is – over-eating.

Avoid portion distortion

Calorie intake depends on lifestyle.  For example, my problem today is, I still eat the same amount of food like I did when I went to gym six days a week.  Not good!

The Palm Rule

Food portions are smaller than we think. A portion of lean protein for a guy is approximately twice the size of his palm; for a woman it’s half that amount.

Fruit is another healthy food to watch out for.  It contains a high level of natural sugars which hinder weight loss if consumed in large amounts.  If your goal is to lose weight, try and stick to having 2 – 3 portions of fruit a day.



Eating out can get tricky when you are watching what you eat.  Vegetables are a healthy choice, but not when they’re covered in butter.  At home, I do not hesitate to have a baked potato or wedges, but when I eat out I avoid baked potatoes. They’re loaded with fat; sometimes worse than fries.

So for those of you who think healthy eaters are lucky … think again!  Too much healthy food can still make you gain weight.  Experience taught me it’s best to be a mindful eater.

The benefits of training yourself to eat sensibly carries a life-time guarantee.


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