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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    What healthy foods should be avoided when losing weight?

    I lost weight 4 years ago due to IBS, now that I have got it under control and my appetite is back I have put on a few extra kilos I did not need. I was always lean before the IBS and have gained it on hips and stomach, I gave up all processed foods and eat very healthy but wonder which foods are contributing to too much weight, or is it that I now eat too much? I increased my exercise since being well but that has not helped either.
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    James Kuhn

    Nutritionist, Sports Scientist

    James Kuhn is an Associate Nutritionist (ANutr) who is passionate about nutrition’s role in body composition, sports performance and health. His belief is that a … View Profile

    There are no particular foods in isolation that inherently lead to fat gain. True fat gain (rather than weight gain which could be due to a number of variables such as water retention, muscle gain, food volume etc.) is due to an imbalance in energy balance. Meaning energy intake is greater than energy output. Any food can lead to an energy surplus, however, energy dense foods rich in fats and sugars are generally easier to overeat and therefor quicker to lead to a surplus.

    However, it sounds as if you don't consume much in the way of processed foods which tend to be the more energy dense sources. Based on the information provided I would look at food portioning , in particular fats which can quickly add up. While healthy fats are a vital part of a healthy diet they must be moderated.

    Going forward I would suggest being mindful of food portions, and making sure you have some consistency in your regime (diet and exercise) while also monitoring progress before making any modifications. If no progress is made then you will have to look at making adjustments to re-create an energy deficit, either through reducing energy intake or increasing energy output.

    Without a lot more detailed description of your lifestyle and current diet it's impossible to give a more specific anwser.

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    Linda Dal Castello

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    Fantastic explanation, thank you. I do think it might be that I have too much healthy fats like coconut and almond milk, and I will look at my portion sizes too. If I exercise more I just eat more.

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