Running burns mad calories. But, if you don’t back your miles with the right diet, you are DOOMED to FAIL. There is no way around it.
As a result, today I decided to share with you a list of the bad foods that you should avoid like the plague if you are serious about losing weight and running your best. These foods offer little nutritional value and can actually cause real damage, therefore, you would rather not eat them at all.
The 5 Worst Foods for Weight Loss
Without further ado, here are five of the foods that deserve the axe, along with healthier alternatives to help you fill in the gaps.
1. Processed Foods
This is the first thing that has to go if you are serious about losing weight and slimming down in the shortest time possible.
Processed foods contain a lot of artificial ingredients that are in no way real food. These include sugars, corn syrup, artificial colors, preservatives, artificial flavors, texturants and other harmful ingredients.
Consuming this kind of food is linked to obesity, diabetes, heart diseases, high triglycerides, insulin resistance, cancer and a host of other health ailments.
So please, you are better off eating real and natural foods, such as vegetables, lean meats, fruits, seeds and whole grains.
“Drinking soda is bad for health” should be no surprise.
In fact, these sugar-sweetened drinks are the biggest source of calories for Americans. The average American drinks roughly two cans of sugary drinks every day, according to survey.
And I hate to break it to you, but diet soda is not the solution. In fact, consuming diet soda comes with its own set of side effects that can take a toll on your health. According to a study conducted at the University of Texas Health Science Center, the more diet sodas you drink, the greater your risk of becoming overweight. And it’s not just obesity.
Consuming diet soda on a daily basis is linked to a 30 percent higher risk for belly fat and high cholesterol, increasing the risks of heart disease and other health trouble, according to a study from the University of Iowa.
Aa result, avoid drinking sodas at all costs. Opt for healthier options such as tea, organic milk, or even water.
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3. Bottle juice
If you think about a healthy alternative for the soda at the convenience store or the vending machine, then bottle juice drinks may be the first thing that pops in mind. But truth be told, bottle juice is as bad, even worse, than soda.
Bottle juice is made with high fructose corn syrup, colors, artificial sweeteners and a myriad of unhealthy chemicals and additives. And consuming the stuff increases your blood sugar levels, leading to mood swings, unhealthy snacking, weight gain and a host of other health troubles.
So just say no to bottle juice. Opt for healthy choices such as organic milk or homemade juice. At the least, you will get to control (mostly) what gets into that glass of juice.
Or just drink water. It’s good for you.
4. Processed Meats
You don’t need to be a certified nutritionist to know that regular consumption of sausages and hot dogs can lead to serious health troubles. In fact, if you eat one serving of the stuff a day, then you are running a 29 percent higher risk for diabetes, according to Harvard researchers. And for the record, one serving amounts to just two slices of a hot dog.
Other studies have also linked processed meats with obesity, high cholesterol, heart diseases, liver failure, and cancer. The list goes on.
Therefore, if you’re serious about making the right eating choices, then the hot dogs, bacons, sausages, salami, pastrami, canned meats or any other meat that has added ingredients to make it last longer, has to go.
If you can’t do it at the moment, then take a gradual approach by having ‘processed meats-free’ days.
Plus, you can also substitute heavily processed meats such as sausage or hot dogs with healthier alternatives like fresh poultry, and fish.
5. Fat Free Salad Dressing
Most people opting for fat-free salad dressings do it because they think that these dressings are low in calories and can oomph the nutritional firepower they get from eating greens. But that thinking might be erroneous. In fact, fat-free dressings may hinder the amount of nutrients your body absorbs from eating veggies, according to Molecular Nutrition & Food Research study.
Therefore, you are better off eating your salads without filling them up with all the fat and calories.
If you cannot have your salads without some kind of dressing, then make your own olive-oil based dressing or throw in a few slices of avocado. At least, you will boost the nutritional value of your salads without adding any chemicals or artificial additives.
The Complete List
Here is a bigger list of foods not to eat when you are trying to lose weight and get into a better shape.
- Fried food
- Fast foods
- Potato chips
- Hot chips
- Muesli bars
- Corn chips
- Table sugar
- Mint Sweets
- Regular salami
- Sweet Pickles
- Soda pop
- Diet soda
- Alcoholic drinks
- Coconut cream
- Condensed milk
- Corn syrup
- Breads & Pastas made with white flour
- Fruit tinned in syrup
- Chocolate Fudge
- Fruit juice
- Ice cream
- Frozen yoghurt
- High fat crackers
- Potato chips
- Ice cream
- Sour cream
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So if you are looking to lose weight and keep it off for good, you need to cut the above foods from your eating menu.
So please do that ASAP. Take the gradual approach and cut as many foods as you can for the time being, then build on that. Just don’t try to do it overnight; otherwise you will be setting yourself for a major failure.
In the meantime, thank you for reading my post.
Feel free to leave your comments and questions below.
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