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Two Common Weight Loss Saboteurs

Watch out for these two ingredients that are common in many foods, as they may wreck your weight loss program.

Staying on track when you are trying to lose weight can prove to be a challenging experience. In some cases, you may be sabotaging your diet without even knowing it. In order to ensure that you don’t inadvertently wreck your own diet, you have to be on the lookout for these hidden diet saboteurs. Since it is very difficult to remember how much of each of these you have eaten, you should keep a food journal to keep track of these hidden dangers, as well as other aspects of your diet.

Sugar

With 15 calories per teaspoon, sugar is definitely a hidden diet danger. It can also be a diet danger that is in plain sight. Even if you only use one teaspoon in your coffee, the calories can really add up if you drink coffee all day. Four cups and you have already consumed 60 calories, not including creamer. If you use three teaspoons of sugar per cup, you have amassed 180 calories in sugar alone.

You don’t have to only watch the sugar you add to your food, you have to check the amount of sugar that is in your food. Sugar is one of the items that must be included in the nutrition label of packaged foods. A 16-oz. bottled orange juice, for example, contains 48 grams of sugar, which equals 192 calories. That is a significant amount if you are on a diet that limits you to no more than 1,500 calories per day.

Salt

Salt is one of those tricky little diet killers. Your body needs salt every day to function properly; however, if you eat too much salt, you aren’t going to notice the results of your dieting for a while. Finding the right balance is very important. You need around 1,500 mgs of salt per day in order for your muscles to function properly, your nerves to transmit signals and your fluid level to stay balanced.

In order to keep your salt level in check, you have to look at the nutrition label on packaged food. On these labels, salt is classified as sodium. Keep a food diary that includes the amount of salt you eat per day so you can ensure that you get around 1,500 mgs per day. It is possible to eat as much as 2,300 mgs per day if you are a healthy adult. Be sure to look at labels on condiments, beverages and processed foods. Additionally, many seasonings contain salt, so try salt-free options, such as Mrs. Dash to spice up your meals.

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