Some Foods To Avoid!

Foods to avoid

Foods to avoid

Staying on a diet can be a difficult task on the best of times and many of us struggle with it daily.  There always seem to be sweet temptations and lots of donut shops where ever you go and plenty of foods with hidden ingredients that can break your diet.  To stick with your diet takes a lot of commitment and patience because sometimes the results are not immediately noticeable.

There are some foods that are very obviously weight loss impediments, so here we have gathered the top 5 things you need to avoid while on your weight loss journey.

Fried foods are definitely one of the worst things you can eat while on a diet.  They contain the worst kinds of fats and while they give you a short term high they create all sorts of health problems.  Fried foods will add fat to your love handles, to underneath your arms and worst of all, around your belly.  That fat is the most difficult to remove, so while the donut tastes great for a short while, you will be on the treadmill for a long while to remove the belly fat.

Avoid anything with sugar!  Sugar is one of the most dangerous things you can eat, not just because you are dieting, but also because it has serious repercussions to your general health.  Sugar hampers your body’s ability to process other foods, limits your vitamin intake and triggers insulin product.  That’s in addition to the sugar creating fat itself!

Preservatives should also be avoided as a general rule, even after you finish your diet. Many studies have concluded that preservatives in food destroy a lot of nutritional value and may have other side effects.  Some preservatives have even be recognized as triggers for cancer, so should be avoided at all costs.  The best bet is to eat fresh food that you have cooked yourself.  You can make healthy fresh food very quickly so why bother with frozen and refined foods containing preservatives.

Coffee and other caffeinated beverages should also be avoided because they can carry nasty side effects.  Caffeine will constrict blood vessels which can in turn impair your body’s metabolism of food.  Some people are hooked on it, so if you cannot totally eliminate caffeine, limit yourself to two cups of coffee or tea per day.  People also tend to add sugar to coffee which increases your weight.  Also many coffee drinks have large amounts of milk, cream and flavorings in them which can add weight!

Avoid alcohol and especially beer.  Beer, while it tastes great, is loaded with carbohydrates.  The alcohol will also affect your metabolism and acts like a sugar once it enters the body.  In addition to that there may be other toxins in alcohol that negatively impact your body.  Also sugary “alco-pop” drinks are loaded with boat sugar and alcohol so have a double impact.  Some even have caffeine in them! Avoid at all costs!

While losing weight is a long term battle, by simply avoiding these 5 things you will be well on your way to losing weight!

Make Your Wardobe Weight Loss Ready!

Weight Loss Wardrobe

Weight Loss Wardrobe

For anyone who is a long term dieter, you might have lost weight then regained weight at some point.  As we all know it can be a constant battle to keep the weight off and it can be tough on the finances.  Dealing with your wardrobe when your weight is fluctuating can also an expensive business.  Because you might be changing clothes sizes frequently, it is expensive to buy new clothes and then no longer fit into them 3 weeks later!

Clothes are actually a really good indicator of how well your weight reduction plan is working because your weight reduction success is very obvious when you slip into a pair of jeans that was too tight a week earlier.  Belt sizes never lie to you like looking in the mirror might!  When you can’t get into that pair of jeans that used to fit you, you know there is a problem.

At the end of the day weight loss is serious business because there are many health risks associated with being overweight.  From hypertension, to joint problems, to diabetes, to ankle problems, carrying excess weight can be a major health risk.  Many of those ailments would also mean you need to be on medication and some of these medications can have serious negative effects on your quality of life.  Sometimes the side effects can make you feel worse than the illness that the pill are treating.  So don’t forget losing weight is serious business – we all want to be happy and healthy!

One of the risks that many overweight people experience as they get older is having a bad back.  All of the extra weight places stress on the spine and the next thing you know back pain is a common occurrence.  Of course there are treatments for back pain but many of those medications carry those nasty side effects.

The best thing we can do is lose the weight before the obesity associated illnesses kick in.  By now most of us know the best method – a diet high in vegetables and fruits combined with daily exercise. Not only will you avoid the nasty illnesses associated with being overweight, you will feel fitter, you will look sexier and your wardrobe will be cheaper to maintain!