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!