Weight loss is a battle many of us face. Many people jump on board with the latest diet trend or exercise routine, but the key is understanding the impact on your body. A major contributor to weight gain is consuming excess calories. Understanding good and bad calories will help people lose weight and keep it off.
Proper weight loss comes down to making healthy choices. Some foods serve very little purpose other than tasting good. Here are 10 foods that you should avoid if you are serious about shedding pounds.
1. White bread
Kicking off the list is white bread. Many people indulge in toast, rolls or sandwiches without realizing that white bread is packed with sugar and offers no nutritional value. White bread is only a filler food that makes people feel hungry a short time after consumption. “My Diet” suggests substituting white bread with whole-grain bread or opting to use whole-grain tortillas or lettuce for wraps and sandwiches.
2. Low-fat foods
You read that right: Low-fat foods are actually not a healthier choice. An article in “Cosmopolitan” indicates that foods that are labeled low-fat have added sugar to compensate for flavor loss. Once the body processes the sugar, it is stored as fat. Additionally, people have a tendency to overeat low-fat foods because they assume that they can eat more of a “healthy” option.
3. Fried foods
Fried foods are a killer for your blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Sometimes people assume if the food item itself is healthy, it will remain healthy through the cooking process. This is simply untrue. Rather than lose the healthy properties of food, opt to broil or bake your foods.
Most juices contain an obscene amount of sugar. Rather than purchasing juice, you should squeeze your own. Even then, be aware of the natural sugars in fruit. Limit fresh fruit and opt for water.
5. Microwave popcorn
Popcorn can be a healthy snack option. However, according to an article published on “MSN”, the chemicals in the microwave bag can actually cause thyroid problems. Not to mention the enormous amounts of added salt and butter. A better solution is making fresh popcorn on the stove and skipping the butter.
6. Salad dressing
Nothing ruins the healthy properties of salad faster than salad dressing. Because the greens are low-calorie and healthy, many people assume that they can double down on the dressing. However, most salad dressings have a ton of sugar and worthless calories. A better option is to make an oil-based dressing that still tastes great, but doesn’t include so much sugar.
7. Sugar-free foods
An article on MSN warns against buying into the sugar-free food craze. While the calories may be fewer, the substitute sweeteners can raise your insulin levels.
8. Candy bars
Candy bars an easy snack to grab on the go. However, those little nuggets are filled with sugar and meaningless calories. They will not fill you up, and you will be seeking out other foods within a few hours. Opt for a healthy alternative such as fresh fruit or yogurt.
9. High-calorie coffee drinks
Coffee itself can be a beneficial drink that temporarily boosts your metabolism and helps you burn fat. However, when you start adding your favorite ingredients like sugar or cream, then you quickly have an unhealthy drink. If you love coffee and want to keep it in your diet as you try to lose weight, then stick to regular black coffee.
Who doesn’t love a slice of hot pizza? EcoWatch describes how fast food pizzas are especially unhealthy because they contain processed meat and highly refined flour. There are a ton of calories in a single slice, but pizza lacks the nutritional value to keep you going. If you have a craving for it, opt to make your own pizza with healthier ingredients.
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