Many people know how to lose weight. However, it tends to be much more difficult to learn what it takes to keep off the weight. One factor that significantly contributes to getting and staying slim is the type of food that you eat. Most people are not aware that many of the foods they eat on a daily basis are not healthy for them.
There are certain types of food that you can eat from time to time but should not be consumed on a regular basis. Other types of food can prevent you from losing weight or cause you to gain back the weight you have lost and should therefore be avoided altogether. It is essential for one to be able to make a distinction between the two. Those that you should avoid entirely include:
- White Bread
Many people love white bread. However, you should avoid white bread if you want to become and remain slim. White bread has been stripped of all of its fiber and nutrients so it can easily and quickly be broken down into sugar during the digestion process. When you consume excess sugar that is not immediately needed for energy, your body converts it and stores it as fat. This can ultimately lead to weight gain.
As mentioned, white bread does not have significant nutritional value. This is why manufacturers actually have to add vitamins and minerals back into the bread. However, our bodies cannot as easily absorb lab made nutrients. Instead of eating white bread, you should consider buying whole grain bread with little to no sugar added that provides the body with essential nutrients and fiber. Many people have also found that it is best to avoid bread altogether as their bodies don’t tend to burn enough of the sugar created from the bread, even if it is a healthier, whole grain bread.
- White Rice
Similar to white bread, white rice has been stripped of the bran that stores all of its nutrients and fiber. It is therefore a carbohydrate it can easily be digested into glucose (sugar). The glucose produced that is not used immediately will again be stored as fat thus leading to excess fat accumulation in the body. Brown rice is a much better option. It will better help you to remain slim while actually providing fiber and nutrients such as magnesium, phosphorus, selenium, thiamin, niacin, and vitamin B6. In addition, brown rice will make you feel full for longer because of the high fiber content.
- Fried food
Oily fried food such as French fries and fried chicken contain a lot of fat and calories. Consuming excessive fat and calories will obviously make it very difficult to avoid weight gain.
Most whole foods start as healthy, however the way they are prepared can quickly make the food unhealthy. This is the exactly what happens when frying food. Consider preparing the food using healthier methods such as broiling or steaming. This way food will maintain its nutritional value.
Avoid a diet that is providing more sugar than what your body needs. Such a diet will have a negative impact on your health as well as your weight. Avoid sugary foods almost completely. Most processed foods are made with loads of hidden sugar. This includes crackers, bread, granola bars, cereal, yogurt, and several other seemingly healthy items. Most commercially produced beverages are loaded with sugar as well. While sodas are obvious culprits, many other “healthy” drinks have loads of hidden sugar and should be avoided as well. This includes fruit juices, lemonade, bottled tea, green juices, etc.
It is also important to consider what your source of sugar is. When consuming sugar, it is advisable to opt for healthier options such as sugar from organic fruits, raw honey, or coconut sugar. Contrary to popular belief, fruit juices or dried fruits are not good sources of sugar. Keep in mind though that all sugar, even higher quality more natural options, will ultimately be converted to fat in the body when consumed in excess.
- High-Fat Salad Dressing
A salad that has a mixture of vegetables and lean protein is healthier than most kinds of foods. However, many people make the mistake of adding unhealthy salad dressings such as those that are creamy and contain a lot of fat. Making this mistake negates the benefits of an otherwise healthy salad.
Did you know that a few tablespoons of high-fat salad dressings have an average of 20 grams of fat? This translates to more 50 grams of calories. It is for this reason that nutritionists have recommended that people should opt for salad dressings that majorly contain vinegar. This gives you an opportunity to try out some DIY vinaigrette recipes. The benefit of such a salad dressing is that they have fewer calories compared to the creamy and oily kinds. You should also be wary of “low-fat” and “fat-free” salad dressings as they will often be loaded with sugar to compensate for the flavor lost from the lack of fat.
To conclude, if you intend to lose or maintain a healthy weight, it is crucial to choose what you eat carefully. This means that you should avoid greasy, sugary foods as described above.