Dr. Richa Mittal
Over the past few weeks, we have discussed the importance of sleep, effects of sleep apnea and how much exercise is actually enough. See previous posts for details.
Can you find sources hidden sources of weight gain? Hint: It could be your drink or your medication!
- Watch your alcohol intake
Cocktail mixes quickly add unnecessary sugar to your drink. If you are going to consume alcohol, you are better off having alcohol (ex. vodka) mixed with club soda rather than a fancy beverage with lots of simple syrup.
Vodka is a low-calorie option (7 calories/gram). It does not contain sugar. The calories come from the alcohol. It has 0 grams of sugar.
In comparison, a can of beer has 13 grams of carbohydrates.
Wine can be a relatively low carb option ranging from 3-5 grams/5 oz serving.
- Watch those sugary beverages!
The amount of sugar you are consuming when you drink juices and soda add up fast! A 12 oz can of Coca Cola has 39 grams of sugar- that is 9 1/3 teaspoons of sugar!
For perspective, on a ketogenic low carb diet, you consume less than 20 grams/day.
Juices typically do not include the pulp and fiber (which would have helped stabilize your blood sugar).
Choose to eat your sugars in the form of healthy options like fruits, vegetables or whole grains. If you must have a soda, have it as an occasional treat.
- Check your medication list!
Many medications used for the treatment of diabetes, blood pressure and treatment of psychiatric conditions like depression or bipolar disease cause weight gain.
By causing weight gain, they lead to problems like diabetes, cholesterol abnormalities and high blood pressure.
Talk to your doctor if you are struggling with weight and you are on medications- have them choose weight neutral options if possible!
In next week's post, I will discuss how our behaviors and routines affect how we eat. Can we change how we respond to these triggers and situations?
The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.