Is your cooking making you fat?

Recently I’ve been getting asked a lot of question about how I prepare my food and meals and hearing the common phrase “I’m cooking all my meals at home and I’m still not losing weight. Why?”

If this is you, I understand that this might be really frustrating, so I want to go through some cooking ‘no no’s’ with you today that might be sabotaging your effort to shred those unwanted kilos.

I’ve put together a list below of cooking mistakes to watch out for if you’re trying to lose weight.

  1. Mindless munching

We all know how easy it is to pour yourself a glass of wine (or two!) and nibble on cheese, crackers, nuts or crisps as you prepare your food. However what many people fail to realise is this little habit could cost you about 300-500 extra calories a day which is an extra 2100 – 3500 calories a week!

  1. Cooking oils

Cooking with oil or butter is fine so long as you know how much you are using and can track the calories and macros per serving. It’s important to note also that some oils are healthier than others and oils also have different heat points, which means that some can tolerate a higher heat and still keep their health benefits whilst some break down at higher temperatures and this can cause toxins or the production of free radicals.

I generally go for Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Coconut Oil or Peanut Oil.

  1. Portion sizes

After a long day at work, the last thing we feel like doing is pulling out the scales to measure and weigh every bit of ingredient that goes into your recipe but if you’re going to measure anything make sure its pasta, rice and grains. Once you start using measuring cups the first few times you will soon learn the appropriate amount and that will ensure you don’t over eat.

  1. Indulging in dessert

If you’re anything like me, you crave something sweet after dinner. But one cookie quickly turns into five and next minute the whole tub of ice cream is empty and I don’t even know what just happened??? In my experience, I generally find its easier to stay on track if you just avoid those sweet treats and save them for a special occasion. If you are craving something sweet after dinner though and really can’t shake it, a herbal tea such as peppermint or chamomile is perfect along with a couple of squares of dark chocolate. Just remember to track it in your food diary!

I hope you found this post helpful! If you have any questions regarding anything mentioned above or need help with setting your own calories and macros then shoot me an email info@thefitnessdiaries.com.au. 

Monique x

 

 

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