Do you read labels before you make purchases? Besides making sure there are no hydrogenated oils or scary chemicals in your foods, it’s important to check out the sugar content, and look for any artificial sweeteners in the ingredients like meltodextrin, high fructose corn syrup, and dextrose. Sugars and sweeteners make it into all kinds of products from drinks to energy bars to breads. Sugar inhibits your brain from releasing a hormone called leptin that signals you’re full, so even when your body has had enough your brain won’t tell you to stop. This is why it’s hard to fill up when snacking on sweets and sugary drinks. Additionally, when we eat sugar our insulin levels go up and increased insulin levels leads to weight gain. So even if something says non or low-fat, a good example is yogurt, it doesn’t mean that your body interprets it that way because of the way your body is digesting the food. For a better alternative, look for things sweetened with Stevia, an herb, or use raw honey at home. Both of which have a low glycemic index, which means your body will metabolize them slowly (no sugar crash) and naturally.