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That said, your environment and behavior also play a big
role. For example, how your parents ate and the diet you were
raised on can be a big indicator of how you eat as an adult.
Aging also has an effect on how your body processes food; as
we age, we tend not to burn off as many calories.
To help maintain a healthy weight, Stewart says to incorporate more vegetables, fruits, whole grains and lower-fat foods
into your diet; watch your portion sizes; and make exercise a
I'm doing everything I can to keep
the weight off. Why isn't it working?
People often feel as though there is no more they
can do to lose weight, but after they review their
habits, they might find opportunities to improve. Stewart says
a lot of people can up their activity levels by tracking their
steps with a pedometer or an activity tracker. "See how many
steps you're getting in, then try to take walks on your breaks
or walk up and down the stairs," she says.
It's also important to pay attention to what you're eating-
even if you think it's healthy. "People think they're doing
the right thing by eating a salad, but what's in that salad?"
Stewart says. If you're topping your greens with a whole egg,
cheese, bacon bits and a quarter-cup of ranch dressing, it's
definitely not healthy. 1
Could I Be
Before you give in to your next sugar craving, stop
for a second. Are you in need of a sugar detox?
Although sugar fuels every cell in your brain, on
a neurochemical level, your brain also treats sugar
like a reward. This means the cravings will keep
coming, as your brain keeps wanting more and
more. In fact, sugar can create cravings comparable to addictive drugs. And that cycle is bad for
The longing can make it hard for people to fight
the temptation and resist sweet foods. "Some people
tend to use sugar, or food, as a reward or as part of
something that helps them feel better," says Ada D.
Stewart, M.D., a member of the board of directors of
the American Academy of Family Physicians.
You don't have to quit sugar forever, but small
changes to your diet can help get rid of your desire
1. Get sugar from healthier sources. Opt for
fresh berries, honey, dried fruit or low-sugar yogurt
as a substitute.
2. Read food labels. Sugar can hide in many
forms, such as dextrose, glucose or fructose. Learn
about its derivatives, and check the labels on food
you commonly buy. Don't be surprised if sugar is
3. Cut out one sweet item from your
diet at a time. If your sweet tooth won't quit, try
eliminating one sugar item at a time. Nix the midday
candy bar or put less sugar in your coffee, so that
when it's time for dessert, you can have your cake
and eat it, too.
GET THE SCOOP ON SUGAR
Quiz yourself and see if you can identify the
foods highest in sugar at aarp.org (search
for "Foods with Hidden Sugar Quiz").
DOWNLOAD the MyFitnessPal app to track calories and more at myfitnesspal.com
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