3 Hidden Things That Are Keeping Us Fat

By Michael A. Smith, MD

Are you finding it impossible to lose weight? Are you fighting a losing battle against the bulge? Would you have ever thought that TV commercials may be partly to blame for your weight gain? They may be.

In fact, nutritional expert Dr. Dian Griesel says there are a number of not-so-obvious things that seriously impede our weight loss efforts. Here are three of them worth paying attention to.1

Commercials That Make Us Hungry

Commercials are designed to arouse appetites, including an appetite for food. Dr. Griesel says, “They are designed to be enticing, even though we all know a fast-food burger tastes like a hockey puck!”

The solution is pretty simple: try not to watch them. Walk away from the TV set when the commercials start, but just don’t walk into the kitchen.

Instead, consider a combination of push-ups and sit-ups during commercial breaks. This can be a great way to stay active even while doing something notoriously inactive … like watching TV.

Addictive Food Additives

Food manufacturers add tons of chemical preservatives and salts to products to extend their shelf life. Unfortunately, these same chemicals and salts also make you crave food.

Want to avoid this? Don’t eat anything from a can. Instead, choose fresh fruits, vegetables, and meats for a much healthier approach to weight management.

Another suggestion is to always cook and prepare your own food daily, as pre-cooked meals are often loaded with these addictive chemicals.

Snooze to Loose!

Sleeping less than 8 hours a night is counter-productive to fat burning, according to a study reported in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The aim of the study was to look at the effect sleep has on body fat.

The participants were placed on a moderate calorie restriction diet and then placed into two sleep groups: 8.5 hours and 5.5 hours. The results were amazing.

The group that slept for 8.5 hours lost 3.1 pounds of body fat vs. only 1.3 pounds of body fat for the 5.5 hour group.2

What the researchers highlighted was a correlation between sleep and appetite. The findings indicate that two hunger-related hormones, ghrelin and leptin, are directly impacted by sleep. In short, the less you sleep, the more you eat.2

Do you think sleep may be keeping you from losing weight? How about TV or pre-cooked foods? Please share your opinion in the comments!


  1. Dian Griesel & Tom Griesel (2010). TurboCharged: Accelerate Your Fat Burning Metabolism, Get Lean Fast and Leave Diet and Exercise Rules in the Dust. Washington Depot, CT: Business School of Happiness Inc.
  2. Annals of Internal Medicine, 2010, Oct 5; 153(7):435-441.


Jay said...

These are some things to think about. I am surprised that this is the first time I have heard about them.

Life Extension said...

Jay, there are so many hidden things that can impede our progress. If you’re having a hard time losing weight, you might want to think about the “hidden” things!

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