The key to losing weight is to have a healthy diet because the food you eat greatly affects your weight. Denying yourself certain foods, especially the ones you like to eat will eventually make you binge eat and gain more weight.
When trying to lose you need to stay away from food with high-calorie content. The number of calories though is not the only factor to consider. Knowing which food to eat, reduce, or avoid can help you reach and maintain your ideal weight. Some restaurants, such as Michelangelo of Riverhead, a pizza Riverhead in New York, are good examples of this.
Here are the top foods to avoid for a successful weight loss program.
- Frozen Meals
Natural preservatives such as sodium are added to frozen meals for longer shelf life. Sodium, however, tends to make your body retain water causing you to bloat.
Frozen meals also tend to contain a lot of calories. Frozen meals make your brain feel that you are already full but in fact, you are unsatisfied with what you ate even if these meals are loaded with calories. Eating frozen meals then will never help you lose weight.
- Food Supposedly Low in Fat
It is a normal tendency to eat more when you know that you are consuming food that is 30% or more low in fat. The thing is fewer fats in food means less flavor. To put in some flavor, food makers add sugar. Sugar makes the food worst.
- Sugar-free Products
The notion that sugar-free products are effective when you want to lose weight is wrong. Of course, these products have low-calorie content but they contain sugar alternatives that are unhealthy and can shoot up your insulin level.
- Fried and Greasy Food
Fried chicken, as well as pizza and burgers from fast food stores, are some of the foods with the highest calorie content. Consuming these foods regularly could also increase your risk of heart disease and Type 2 diabetes.
- Sugary Drinks
All beverages sweetened with sugar, such as soda causes you to gain weight. They also have disastrous effects on your general health.
- Baked Goodies
Baked goodies such as pre-made desserts, pastries, and cookies often contain high levels of fructose and sugar. Ingesting too much fructose will make you desire more food than when you ingest glucose (also a type of sugar).
Alcoholic beverages contain high levels of sugar and are dense in calories. They do not contain fiber and protein but a lot of calories.
When you are on a weight loss program, you need to wisely choose your food. Avoid foods that are high in calories but low in protein and fiber. Go for foods that are high in fiber, vitamins, minerals, and healthy nutrients.
It is also important to focus on serving sizes. Although cheese, dried fruits, and nuts are healthy but high in calories, you can eat them but not too much.
A good technique is to do mindful eating. Chew your food well and slowly and focus on each bite. It is also important to keep a close watch on your fullness. These techniques can help limit your food intake.