Q: What's the greatest deterrent to weight loss: fat, sugar, or carbs? Which should I take into consideration the most when trying to lose weight?
A: Contrary to popular belief (and its name), fat does not make you fat. The biggest deterrent I see people have in weight loss is controlling their sugar and refined carbohydrate intake.
Even if you think you are not a sweet tooth junkie, I challenge you to keep a dietary journal for a week and tally up how much “white powder” you are actually consuming. Sugar is lurking everywhere (bread, cereal, salad dressings, granola, sauces, crackers, canned fruit, juices, fancy coffees, flavored yogurt, etc.) and, yes, even those pesky carbs turn into sugar.
Check out this Ask the Expert question to find out how to better manage your blood sugar. When this is managed appropriately, your body and its various hormones do a better job at regulating your metabolism and burning fat versus storing fat.
In addition to what we're eating, how much we eat also amazes me. I’m a victim of having eyes too big for my stomach. Pay attention to your body’s hunger and fullness cues, eat mindfully without distractions, and remember the first three bites are always the best!