In a world of fad diets, weight loss programs advertising the perfect way to lose weight fast it’s easy to lose sight of the most basic way to maintain a healthy weight. Diet has been scientifically proven to be one of the most effective ways to maintain a healthy weight. Diets such as plant based and paleo have been proven most effective in weight loss because they focus on eating a balanced diet instead of dramatically cutting out certain types of food. Let’s discuss the foods to avoid for weight loss, while emphasizing that everything is ok in moderation.
First, saying that food is high in fat is not enough to completely avoid it. For example, there are foods that are high in what is considered good fats like avocado, and foods that are high in “bad” fats or mono poly and saturated fats like red meat. While red meat in small quantities can have some great health benefits, overall nutritionists will advise to stay away.
Avoiding fried foods that are high in fat is the first tip to weight loss. These types of food also tend to be extra salty, and the salt can cause bloating and water retention which can result in a larger number on the scale. The fats used in frying foods are not easily digestible, and often do not break down into energy easily. Any fried food should be either completely avoided or eaten in moderation. These foods tend to be high and fat and dangerous to health if consumed daily. Foods with high fat, not just fried foods should be avoided in general if trying to lose weight. Potato chips for example, as well as a variety of other processed foods such as cookies, ice cream and other common snacks are high in saturated fats, which are difficult for the body to break down and process. Foods that fall into the “junk food” category, as well as any fried foods should be avoided when trying to lose weight.
Foods with high sugar, such as an excess of candy, soda, and fruit juices should also be avoided if trying to lose weight. This is a common misconception, as many soda drinkers do not realize the immediate dangers of consuming such large quantities of sugar at once. Unlike fried or fatty foods, liquid sugar does not make you feel full right away, causing us to consume it in large quantities. Your body breaks the sugar from these types of products into glucose, and this glucose is then released into the bloodstream. The extra surge of sugar in the blood stream can cause an influx of insulin, which can cause high blood pressure, and diabetes difficult to manage chronic diseases where weight gain is common.
Another major type of food to avoid completely if trying to lose weight is any kind of pastry. These foods are typically cooked with butter and ingredients that are high in fat and sugar and contribute significantly to weight gain. Try to cut these types of foods out of your diet altogether if you are trying to lose weight. Foods high in fat, sugar and carbohydrates will contribute to weight gain. Everything in moderation, but if you’re trying to lose weight it’s best to avoid them altogether.