There are a lot foods to avoid when trying to lose weight but these common foods will trick you. I may be guilty of eating some of these foods and I am going to do my best to remove them from my diet, you should too. Often times there are healthier options for you to choose.
Foods To Avoid When Trying To Lose Weight
Bread and Bread Products
When it comes to foods to avoid when trying to lose weight bread is a main target. Bread and other bread products are extremely high in carbs and contain refined grains. Other bread products include crackers, pretzels, pastries, and more. My step-mom stopped eating gluten, including bread and she lost a noticeable amount of weight. I am a big fan of bread this one will be hard to get rid of. Instead, I will do my best to eat healthier options such as whole grain.
Many people eat white rice with a lot of their meals, especially in Japan and other Asian countries. Despite it being part of the typical meal you should find alternatives. Brown rice is a healthier option. White rice is hard to digest and can result in a sugar crash.
Peanut butter in most aspects is healthy. It contains a lot of the healthy fats that we need to have a healthy body. What peanut butter also includes is roughly 200 calories per tablespoon. Imagine 200+ of the calories in that peanut butter and jelly sandwich are just from that peanut butter. All natural peanut butter with no sugar added will help you reduce the negative effects of peanut butter. Don’t be surprised if the all natural peanut butter has a different taste, it isn’t artificially flavored.
A lot of people switch to diet soda in order to lose weight, it would make sense, right? Diet soda contains artificial sweeteners that have been found in scientific studies to cause weight gain, not loss. There are healthy diet options out there when you want to drink soda, ensure that they aren’t high in sugar or artificial sweeteners. Soda stream has some healthy options. If you do start using a soda stream make sure that you use the healthier options. Keurig also has a soda stream style device too.
Alcohol is another on of the foods to avoid when trying to lose weight. An occasional drink is okay but there are a selection of low-calorie alcohols to choose from. One drink easily turns into another though and it adds up.
Another issue with alcohol is that it leads to bad dietary choices. When you drink do your best to avoid snacking and making bad dietary choices.
Salads themselves are NOT on the list of foods to avoid when trying to lose weight, what is, is the dressing that you put on top of them. Most dressings contain large amounts of fat and calories. By the time that you later the salad up in dressing you are no longer eating a healthy meal. If you want to add dressing to your salad, either go with a low-fat/low-calorie option or stick with the traditional olive oil/vinegar mix.
Tomato sauce is tasty and appears as an ingredient in multiple recipes, not just pasta. Unfortunately, the sodium levels and sugar levels are often quite high. When you want to have pasta, pizza, or another food that calls for tomato sauce make sure that you choose a brand that uses less of the unhealthy ingredients. Sometimes you can find low sugar/low sodium tomato sauces.
This one is going to be extremely hard for me to cut back on. Ketchup, much like tomato sauce, is high in both salt and sugar. Burgers, potatoes, fries, steak, just about anything you can add ketchup to I will add it to. It is one of my favorite condiments.
In case you didn’t guess it by now, adding salt to anything you eat isn’t a healthy choice for trying to lose weight. By cutting back on adding table salt to your meals you will help your weight loss effort. Like with ketchup I will have trouble with this one. I love the taste of salt.
More on Foods To Avoid When Trying To Lose Weight
As a general rule of thumb you should read the packaging on anything you buy. One of my coworkers recently commented to another coworker that his pizza in a box contained no actual food ingredients. I was completely disgusted that there was even a product that had no food at all. He said that the ingredients list had 74 items for a pepperoni pizza and none of the items included cheese, pepperoni, tomato, or dough.
Avoiding artificial ingredients is important. You should also moderate your intake of large amounts of salt. Salt comes in many things so make sure to keep an eye out.
MyFitnessPal will show you nutritional information for food that has been put into their system and tell you when an item takes up a significant portion of your diet. Food Facts also has a database of foods along with ratings of their healthiness.
Take this list of foods to avoid when trying to lose weight and try to avoid buying them. One of my favorite radio personalities recently said that if someone else in his families buys one of these foods he will still eat them. His solution is to keep them out of the house, I am going to do that too.