Lots of experts say it’s stupid to forbid yourself from eating certain foods – that denying yourself something you really want to eat can ultimately lead to binge eating and eventual weight gain. But some foods really do deserve the axe — especially if you are trying to lose weight. Avoid these foods (when you can!) to fend off cravings and hunger, and support your efforts to slim down.
1. Snacks With Carbohydrates
When you eat biscuits, dry cereal, bread, or rice cakes alone, your body converts the carbs to simple sugars, and sends it directly into your blood stream. In response to the sugar rush, your body produces extra insulin, which helps your body absorb the sugar ASAP. The problem: You end up with low blood sugar and the same hunger pangs that led you to carb it up in the first place. You then may be inclined to reach for sugary foods with no nutritional value to satisfy your need for instant energy.
2. Frozen Manufactured Foods (foods sold already preserved in a frozen state)
To make fresh ingredients last extra long in your freezer, food manufacturers often load frozen meals with sodium, a natural preservative. Sodium makes you retain water, which bloats you up – so you won’t look and feel your best regardless of how much weight you want to lose.
3. High Fibre Snack Bars
Yes, everyone needs fibre — it keeps your digestive system churning and keeps you feeling full, even when you’re cutting back on calories. What you don’t need: Nearly one day’s worth of fiber (about 25 grams) in one snack bar, with a diet that’s otherwise devoid of fibre in the first place! Experts say that fibre intake has to be consistent throughout the day to stave off hunger, improve digestive health, and not cause stomach upset. So ditch the bars, and try to include some kind of naturally fibre-rich produce — any fruit or veggie will do— in every snack and meal.
4. “Low Fat” Foods
Research suggests that people tend to eat upwards of 30% more when they know they’re eating a food that’s low fat. The problem (besides overeating, which can thwart your weight loss goals fast) is that when food makers remove fat from food, they inevitably remove some of the flavour. To compensate, they often add sugar, which makes the product even worse for you!
5. Juice (in packets or at the food joint)
It takes several oranges to make one glass of orange juice. However, when you drink juice, you consume all the calories from those oranges without the natural fruit fibres that fill you up. It’s why even 100 percent juice is just empty calories and another blood sugar spike.
It’s almost impossible to find a weight loss expert who recommends alcohol for weight loss. Alcohol just doesn’t support weight loss. It contains empty calories that don’t fill you up or provide any nutrients; softens your resolve so you’re more likely to overeat. Wait, there’s more bad news: When alcohol is present in your body, it’s considered a toxin that your body wants to get rid of, and becomes you liver’s top priority to do so. When your liver is in hardcore detox mode, it can’t burn fat as efficiently.