The food you eat determines what becomes of you and it goes a long way to have a major effect on you especially on your weight.
There are some food people ignorantly avoid because they thought it will have negative effects on them but little do they know that such foods are very healthy to their body especially when it comes to losing weight.
Foods, like full-fat yoghurt, coconut oil and eggs, help weight loss. However, there are some foods that you must avoid to avoid gaining weight mostly processed and refined products. Other are:
1. French Fries and Potato Chips
Whole potatoes are healthy and filling, but french fries and potato chips are not. They are very high in calories. However, baked, roasted or fried potatoes may contain cancer-causing substances called acrylamides. French fries and potato chips are unhealthy and fattening while boiled potatoes are very healthy.
2. Sugary Drinks
Sugar-sweetened beverages, like soda, are one of the unhealthiest foods on the planet. They are strongly associated with weight gain and can have disastrous health effects when consumed in excess. Sugary drinks contain a lot of calories. Liquid sugar calories don’t make you feel full, and you would be forced to consume more. If you are serious about losing weight, consider giving up sugary drinks completely.
3. White Bread
White bread is highly refined and often contains a lot of added sugar.
It is high on the glycemic index and can spike your blood sugar levels. Study of 9,267 people shows that eating two slices (120 grams) of white bread per day is linked to a 40% greater risk of weight gain and obesity. Fortunately, there are many healthy alternatives to conventional white bread but note that wheat breads also contain gluten.
4. Candy Bars
Candy bars are extremely unhealthy. They pack a lot of added sugar, added oils and refined flour into a small package. Candy bars are high in calories and low in nutrients. An average-sized candy bar covered in chocolate can contain around 200–300 calories, and extra-large bars may contain even more. If you need a snack, just eat a piece of fruit or a handful of nuts instead.
5. Most Fruit Juices
Most fruit juices you find at the supermarket are highly processed and loaded with sugar. Some of them contain as much sugar and calories as soda, if not more. Also, since they have been blended, they usually don’t have fiber hence don’t require chewing. This means that a glass of orange juice won’t have the same effects on fullness as an orange, making it easy to consume large quantities in a short amount of time. Stay away from fruit juice and eat whole fruit instead.
6. Pastries, Cookies and Cakes
Pastries, cookies and cakes are packed with unhealthy ingredients like added sugar and refined flour. They may also contain artificial trans fats, which are very harmful and linked to many diseases. Pastries, cookies and cakes are not very satisfying, and you will likely become hungry very quickly after eating these high-calorie, low-nutrient foods. It is better you eat a piece of dark chocolate instead.
7. Alcoholic Drinks (Especially Beer)
Alcohol produces more calories than carbs and protein. Drinking alcohol in moderation seems to be fine and is actually linked to reduced weight gain. Heavy drinking, on the other hand, is associated with increased weight gain. Beer can cause weight gain, but drinking wine in moderation may actually be beneficial.
8. Ice Cream
Ice cream is incredibly delicious, but very unhealthy. It is high in calories, and most types are loaded with sugar. A small portion of ice cream is fine but the problem is that it’s very easy to consume massive amounts in one sitting. Consider making your own ice cream, using less sugar and healthier ingredients like full-fat yogurt and fruit.
Pizza is a very popular fast food. However, commercially made pizzas is very unhealthy. They’re extremely high in calories and often contain unhealthy ingredients like highly refined flour and processed meat. It is better to make it yourself using healthier ingredients.
10. High-Calorie Coffee Drinks
Coffee contains several biologically active substances, most importantly caffeine. These chemicals can boost your metabolism and increase fat burning, at least in the short term. However, the negative effects of adding unhealthy ingredients like artificial cream and sugar outweigh these positive effects. If you like coffee, it’s best to stick to plain, black coffee when trying to lose weight.
11. Foods High in Added Sugar
Added sugar is probably the worst thing in the modern diet. Excess amounts have been linked to some of the most serious diseases in the world today. Examples of foods that may contain massive amounts of added sugar include sugary breakfast cereals, granola bars and low-fat, flavored yogurt. Be careful when selecting “low-fat” or “fat-free” foods, as manufacturers often add lots of sugar to make up for the flavor that’s lost when the fat is removed.
Finally, most foods for weight loss are highly processed junk foods. These foods are typically loaded with added sugar, refined wheat and/or added fats.
However, most of the food including the ones above are healthy but consuming too much is the danger in them. As it is said in the local parlance, “Too much of everything is bad,” likewise the foods we consume. If the foods and others are consumed in moderation, there won’t be any need to worry.
Additional report by Hrefna Palsdottir