Here is a list of foods that you should pretty much avoid …. all the time if you are working towards a weight loss goal. A few of them are obvious while others are not so obvious and wearing a cloche of being labeled as “healthy.” If you are at home, go to your kitchen right now and as you read the list … throw away the food items if they are in your house.
15) Frozen Yogurt
Just because it has the word yogurt in it does not mean that it is healthy. Do not be fooled by the marketing of “fat free.” If it still taste awesome there is a good chance that there is a hefty amount of sugar in it. Once again, read the labels and nutritional facts. Keep an eye on the serving size as well. Most have a serving size of half a cup … so put your portion in a bowl and put the container back in the freezer to help regulate the amount you eat.
14) White Bread
… just avoid it. No nutritional value. When I say No Nutritional Value I mean it … Now I am not saying don’t eat bread. What I am saying is this is a terrible option. Too many other options to settle for the over processed, low quality ingredients in plain white bread.
The worst thing about Ketchup is that no one sticks to a serving. Ketchup, like most condiments have a serving size of 1 tablespoon. So when you read the nutrition facts you think 4 grams of sugar is not bad … unit you have 5 tablespoons worth. Bet you didn’t plug that in to MyFitnessPal.
12) Artificial Sweeteners
This has been a hot topic in the media for a while. When it comes to artificial sweeteners it may save you calories, but if they kick start your appetite between meals … it can lead to snacking too much and over eating for the day… which in turn is not helping you lose weight. So even though you save calories you may end up paying for it later.
11) Granola Bars
Don’t be fooled! In all fairness, there are some granola bars that are good options …. and then there are the ones that are just over priced candy bars claiming to be “healthy.” READ THE LABEL … and by that I mean the ingredients as well. Many are loaded with hydrogenated oils, sugar, and overly processed ingredients. This is another time where I would look into making your own granola! This is a simple recipe for healthy granola you can use and know exactly what you are putting in your body.
10) Sugary Cereals
Since we are on the breakfast topic, I figured now was a good time to cover cereal. Really I just have one question … Have you read the nutrition facts on your cereal? Many will have more sugar per serving than a can of coke! Add in the fact you poor milk on (which will have sugar) on top of it and you have a powerful combo that is detrimental to fat loss.
9) Pancakes … Flap Jacks … Waffles
Basically this will include all warm doughy breakfast foods. Though pancake mixes are convenient to have on hand to whip up a quick breakfast they are severely lacking in nutrients. This day in age there are protein pancake recipes galore and countless alternatives to the “just add water” mixes. Not choosing a better option is just laziness and can delay you from reaching weight loss goal.
8) Coffee Creamer
You might be thinking I use just a splash… so what difference does it make? Well a little here, a little there, and before you know it, you have having hundreds of extra calories by the end of the week. Typically drinking your calories will not keep you satiated anyway so if you are dieting … this is not very beneficial and your hunger will lead to a better chance of you over eating for the day.
7) Vegetable Oil
Bluntly … there are much better options out there. Vegetable Oil is highly processed and will give you no nutrition benefits. Good substitutions are Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Macadamia Nut Oil, MCT Oil, Flax Oil, and the list of great options goes on.
6) Microwave Popcorn
Another prime example of wasted calories. With names like “extreme ultra butter” it does not take a rocket scientist to know it is going to be high in fat and high in calories. When you pair this with the “snack-ability” factor of mindless eating while watching a movie you can blow a whole days worth of calories real quick. That will not help you reach your weight loss goals.
Oh the salty crush that everyone loves! The most unhealthy part about chips is that these little devils are so good that it makes portion control nearly impossible. When company slogans are “You can’t have just one” you know you are in trouble once you open the bag. Chips are another example of a food that is high in fat and carbohydrates. When you pair that with relatively small portion sizes and how easy it is to just keep eating them … you can get into some real trouble keeping calories down while working on a fat loss goal.
What happened to the good ol days of butter! Margarine is terrible for you due to the Trans-Fat. It is so bad for you due to the negative impact on cholesterol level and heart health that companies now put stamps on products signaling “Trans Fat Free” or ” Zero Grams of Trans Fat.” If you have some margarine in your house, do yourself a favor and get rid of it.
3) Packaged Cookies
Whether it is Oreo’s or the 100 calories serving size packages we want to stay clear. These are the definition of empty calories. Heavily processed, no nutritional benefits like vitamins or minerals, and typical a hardy serving of fat and sugar. I mean … what do you think makes them taste like that?
This goes right along with Energy drinks. The amount of sugar in a can of soda is stifling to read and problematic for your weight loss journey. When you crack a cold soda, you are essentially taking a step back from reaching your fat loss goals. Please do not be fooled by the 100 calorie cans that are now out … it is the same soda, just less ounces.
1) Sugar filled Energy Drinks!
Energy drinks are highly marketed in todays “wired and tired” world we live in. With the fast pace of society these drinks are marketed to make you think that you NEED them to keep up. If you stop to read the label you will uncover that though they may give you energy, they can take a toll on your fat loss goals. Being loaded with 40 grams or more of sugar makes them a bad choice.
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