Foods To Eat When Trying To Lose Weight

Earlier in the week I wrote an article on foods to avoid when trying to lose weight, today I am writing an article on foods you will want to look for when trying to lose weight.  This post was delayed due to a busy day yesterday and this morning.

Next time you are at the grocery store think about incorporating some of these food items into your daily meal.  There are a variety of them so thaere will be options for most meals.

Foods To Eat When Trying To Lose Weight

Water

Foods To Eat When Losing Weight - broccoli

Water plays a key role in weight loss.  It may not be a food but it should be on any foods to eat when trying to lose weight list.  Your body needs water in order to be able function but also in order to process food.  Experts say that you should have at least 16 ounces of water 30 minutes before eating a meal.

I didn’t use to drink enough water and at the time I didn’t know that.  It would cause a large amount of headaches.  Now that I know that I need to drink a lot of water every day I am not getting as many headaches and feel better.

Broccoli

Foods To Eat When Trying To Lose Weight - BroccoliBroccoli and other cruciferous vegetables are great for those who are trying to lose weight plus they help you to satisfy your daily vegetable need.  These foods have high levels of protein and fiber, both great for those who are looking to be active.  Scientists also believe that they contain elements that could be useful for fighting cancer.  The calcium contained in broccoli also helps to power your body’s weight loss efforts.

Here are some of the other cruciferous vegetables:

  • Cauliflower
  • Cabbage
  • Brussel Sprouts

Tuna Fish

Foods to Eat When Trying To Lose Weight - Tuna

This picture of tuna fish may not look like it should be on a list of foods to eat when trying to lose weight because it simply doesn’t look appetizing.  Tuna is great for your weight loss efforts though.  Tuna doesn’t have much fat, is low on calories, and is high in proteins, all things you want when you are trying to lose weight.

Make sure not to have too much tuna every week though because it has high levels of mercury which can be dangerous in large amounts.  You should also choose tuna stored in water over tuna stored in oil because it is healthier.

I actually just made tuna two nights ago and still have some left over.  It is one of my favorite foods for sandwiches and is great because it is simple to make a tuna salad for sandwiches or to eat by itself.  I just combine chopped pickles, tuna, and mayonnaise.

Grapefruit

Foods to Eat When Trying To Lose Weight - Grapefruit

I have heard of this one before but I am not much of a plain grapefruit fan.  Grapefruit is great for your heart and is also great for your weight loss efforts.  It contains a collection of vitamins and acids that are good for the body.

While grapefruit in itself is great for weight loss there is a group of people that claim that when you eat them before your meals it will help to burn off the fat from the meals.  I have heard people both vouching for and against this diet so I don’t know which stance to take.

Black Beans and Lentils

Foods to Eat When Trying To Lose Weight - Lentils

Black beans, lentils, and some other legumes are great for weight loss.  Compared to most other sources of protein, such as animal meat, they are extremely low on fat.  They also contain some of the good starch.  Legumes can be hard for some people to tolerate so it is important to prepare them properly.  This will help keep your room smelling better after you have eaten them.

Take this list of foods to eat when trying to lose weight and keep it in the back of your mind when you are shopping.  Just remember to check the food that you buy to make sure it is healthy.

Stay tuned because I will be doing a follow-up post to this one in the near future with even more foods to eat when trying to lose weight!

Foods To Avoid When Trying To Lose Weight

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

Foods To Avoid When Trying To Lose Weight - Bread

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.

White Rice

Foods To Avoid When Trying To Lose Weight - White Rice

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

Foods To Avoid When Trying To Lose Weight - Peanut Butter

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.

Diet Soda

Foods To Avoid When Trying To Lose Weight - Diet Soda

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

Foods To Avoid When Trying To Lose Weight - Alcohol

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.

Salad Dressings

Foods To Avoid When Trying To Lose Weight - Salad Dressing

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

foods to avoid when trying to lose weight - Tomato Sauce

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.

Ketchup

foods to avoid when trying to lose weight - Ketchup

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.

Salt

foods to avoid when trying to lose weight - saltIn 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.