In the weight loss world there are always tons of advice on what you should eat to lose weight and guides on what to avoid but some foods are better than others and some guides can be a bit fluffy about what you should be avoiding.
In this article we are going to highlight 5 foods that you should stop eating today if you are trying to lose weight or if you are trying to stop yourself from gaining weight.
In your quest to avoid sugar (because that is what every guide recommends! And is true!) you may find yourself turning to artificial sweeteners to satisfy your sweet tooth.
The problem with artificial sweeteners is that in 99% of cases they are sweeter than sugar. This means they reset your tastebuds to crave sugary foods, making your more likely to consume even more sugar than before.
A side affect to eating less sugar AND artificial sweeteners is that you will find you actually have more energy during the day and wont be tempted to escape to the vending machine in the afternoon for a sugary snack to get you through the day.
Carefully check the foods you are buying to make sure they do not contain artificial sweeteners.
Many people mistakenly think that margarine is the healthy alternative to butter!
However, the problem with margarine is that it contains a lot of trans fats, which will increase your cholesterol.
Butter is a simple foods as it only contains 1 or 2 ingredients, whereas margarine contains lots of ingredients, many of which are not great for he body.
The calorie count between butter and margarine is largely the same but because people think margarine is healthier they eat more of it!!
In future it is best to stick to small amounts of butter or opt for a healthy option such as olive oil.
Soy Protein Isolate
Many people who are looking to lose weight opt to go vegetarian in an efforts to avoid the fatty meats that can cause weight gain.
The problem with many vegetarian foods is that they contain soy protein isolate…
Just to clarify, Soy in itself is not bad!
But the isolate version is bad for you. When purchasing soy products make sure they do not contain the isolate form of soy protein as this resembles oestrogen… This has been shown to increase the risk or certain cancers and lead to infertility in women.
If you want to dodge this risk but go vegetarian then instead look for options that include quinoa, chickpeas or black beans as these are much healthy options as well as natural sources of soy such as tofu and edamame.
Yeah, you read that right!
Diet Foods can be bad!
Many products on the supermarket shelves these days are labelled as “low fat” or “diet” so consumers instantly think they are the healthy options.
The problem with these foods is that they often contain more sugar, salt and unhealthy fillers to make them taste nice so that you buy them again in the future.
On top of that, because they are healthy people often eat more of them, which is doubling the problem.
To avoid the trap make sure you check the nutritional information on the side of the packaging to ensure that they are not high in salts and sugars.
I am sure we are all guilty of this one!
Frozen meals are usually very heavily loaded with fats and salts. These forms of heavily processed foods are some of the worst things you can be putting in your mouth.
How can food go from freezer to dinner table in 5 minutes and be healthy? Simply, they cant.
To avoid this, when making meals at home such as stews, soups and casseroles make large portions and then put some into containers to freeze for those days where you know you are going to be busy and not have time to prepare a healthy meal when you get home from work.
Laziness is one of the biggest problems of people looking to lose weight and frozen meals are the easy option. With a little bit of forward planning you can easily avoid this common pitfall.
In the future you should look to avoid eating these 5 foods if you want to lose weight or keep the weight off.
With some subtle lifestyle changes you can see some results very quickly.