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5 Weight Loss Obstacles

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When we decide to get back in shape, results can be a long time coming. In some cases, the secret calories we unknowingly consume can make the difference. Here are 5 common obstacles, and how to overcome them.


At the restaurant, you have to watch out for fried foods and large servings. Avoid breaded meat and choose grilled meat instead. Choose steamed vegetables, and always order the sauce on the side. Remember that the customer is king, so don’t hesitate to ask questions.

Skipping a meal

You might think that skipping a meal would help you lose weight, but in truth this habit triggers a fasting mode in your body, and it will begin storing calories as fat to ensure it always has enough. What’s more, hunger will make you eat more than you need to on your next meal.

Energy bars

Energy bars are not intrinsically bad. For an athlete who needs energy, they are fast and effective. However, avoid eating them at home as snacks. They can often contain up to 300 calories.

Liquid calories

Liquid calories are quite possibly the most dangerous of all. Juice, beer, wine, and iced cappucinos should all be analyzed prior to consumption. Indeed, good healthy juices without added sugar are hard to find. The key is to be able to tell if you are thirsty, or hungry. If you are hungry, eat food to meet your needs. If you are thirsty, water is always your best option. To improve the taste, dilute juice with water, or even add pieces of fruit to a pitcher of water.

Empty calories

When we say empty calories, we mean processed foods high in sugar, fat, and calories that contain little to no nutrients, such as fibre, protein, vitamins, and minerals. To name only a few examples, avoid pastries, cookies, white flour, and chips. If you are unsure, the nutrition facts table on the back of the label will give you the information you need.

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By Alyssa Fontaine, nutritionist

Alyssa Fontaine, Dt.P.

Nutrition supervisor at Nautilus Plus, member of the Ordre professionnel des diététistes du Québec and holder of a bachelor’s degree from McGill University, Alyssa joined the Nautilus Plus team in January 2014. She developed an interest in healthy nutrition at a very young age, inspired by her grandmother’s large vegetable garden and her iron health still going strong at over 90 years of age. Proper nutrition and an active lifestyle are the secrets to a long life. An avid outdoor enthusiast, Alyssa exercises regularly and shares her tips to living a balanced lifestyle acknowledging that she does have a sweet tooth. She is the proud spokesperson for the «Zero Diet» brand and she is being followed more and more on social networks.

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