Why aren't you losing weight? 5 surprising sabotages

  • Why aren't you losing weight? 5 surprising sabotages

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    Do you always eat "healthy"?

    Close-up portrait of happy beautiful woman eating vegetable salad

    A funny thing happens when you focus on making careful diet decisions. If you just "think" of your meal as a light choice, it can cause your brain to make more of the hormone ghrelin, reports a study from Yale University.

    "More ghrelin makes you feel less full and signals your metabolism to slow down," says study author and PhD candidate Alia Crum. To keep your ghrelin balanced, focus on the more indulgent parts of your meal - say, the nuts and cheese on your salad, rather than the lettuce.

    It also helps to pick foods that are both healthy and seem like a treat, like a warm bowl of soup with crusty whole-grain bread.

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