7 Foods You Want to Avoid When Trying to Lose Weight
What you put into your stomach will have a major effect on your weight. Foods like Greek yogurt, eggs, nuts, fruit, and dark greens will help you lose weight. On the other hand, you can pack on the pounds by eating processed and refined products.
Here are 7 foods to avoid when trying to lose weight.
Alcohol, especially beer, has empty calories that provide little or no nutritional value and won’t help you lose weight. Alcohol has 7 calories per gram, compared to carbs and protein which are 4 calories per gram. Drinking in moderation isn’t so bad, but drinking heavily is associated with gaining weight.
When alcohol is in your body, it’s a toxin that your liver wants to get rid of immediately. If your liver is in detox mode, it can’t burn fat as efficiently. If you serious about losing weight, cut alcohol out completely or have a drink on occasion.
When you drink fruit juice, you are drinking empty calories without all the natural fruit fibers that fill you up. This means that a glass of orange juice won’t make you as full as eating an orange, which makes it easy to drink large amounts in a short amount of time.
In fact, fruit juices contain as much sugar as soda. A 12 oz. Coca Cola contains 140 calories and 40 grams of sugar while the same amount of apple juice contains 165 calories and 39 grams of sugar.
Avoid fruit juice and eat fruit instead if you want to lose weight.
If you are an active person, then eating baked or boiled potatoes are a good source of nutrients. If you are someone who is sedentary, then you should stay away due to potatoes having high amount starch and calories.
French fries and potato chips are not healthy, are very high in calories, and it’s easy to eat a lot of them in one sitting. According to this study, potato chips allow for more weight gain per serving than any other food.
If you are an active person, go ahead and eat boiled or baked potatoes, but avoid any other way potatoes can be served.
- Ice Cream
Ice cream is probably one of the best desserts ever created, but very unhealthy. It’s loaded with sugar and high in calories. Having a small portion from time to time is ok, but the problem is that it’s extremely easy to eat a large amount in a single sitting.
Eating too much of this saturated fat food can cause your LDL (bad cholesterol) levels to spike- which will lead to a build up of fatty deposits in your arteries. If you continuously eat ice cream for a long period of time, your chances of heart disease and stroke will go up greatly.
If you want to lose weight, keep ice cream to an absolute minimum and make sure to have portion control.
- White Bread
You want to stay away from white bread because it’s refined and contains added sugar. It’s made from fine flour, and will spike your blood sugar levels which can lead to overeating. In a recent study, eating 2 slices of white bread per day was linked to a 40% increased risk of weight gain and obesity.
There are multiple healthy alternatives for white bread. There is wheat, Ezekiel, whole grain, etc., and there are gluten free versions for people who have sensitivity to wheat.
- Cookies and Pastries
Cookies and pastries are full of unhealthy ingredients with added sugar and refined flour. Many of them contain trans fat, which is the worst form of fat. It’s linked to obesity and heart disease.
Cookies and pastries contain empty calories and do not fill you after eating. In a short time after eating them, you will likely become hungry again.
If you are craving something sweet, go for a piece of fruit that has natural sugar.
- Frozen Meals
To allow ingredients to last a long time in your freezer, food makers often load frozen meals with salt (a natural preservative). Salt makes you retain water, which causes you to look bloated- so you won’t look nor feel like you are losing weight.
Further: When food makers fit a meal’s worth of calories in a small box, every bite ends up having lots of calories by design. The little portions found in the frozen meals aren’t satiating, even though they include plenty of calories.
Skip them as much as possible, make a fresh healthy meal instead.
Foods that are loaded with sugar, are refined, or have added fats are the worst things for weight loss. If you aren’t sure if something you are about to eat is unhealthy or not, just take a look at the label on the packaging.
Watch your portions and serving sizes of the foods you are eating. It’s pretty easy to eat too much when you aren’t paying attention. Moderation is the key to success for any weight loss regimen, just make sure to stay disciplined.