Losing weight is like walking a tightrope. One wrong move and you’re afraid you’re going to fall, never feeling the sweet success that lies with reaching the safety platform of your goal destination. Just as you absolutely have to know what to do to guarantee that you don’t misstep, you also have to know what not to do. And, when weight loss is the rope you’re walking, that involves avoiding certain pretty common foods.
In fact, here is a list of some foods that may be silently sabotaging your weight loss dreams:
Not only does white rice have fewer nutrients than brown rice, your body can process it so quickly it’s likely to send your blood sugar soaring. The result is an energy crash that is soon to come, followed by cravings to eat other not-so-healthy foods in an effort for your body to feel energetic again. Choose brown rice instead and enjoy more nutrients with fewer future cravings.
While grapes are fruit that are healthy, they also have a high sugar content which can start a cycle of cravings for other sweets that you may have a harder time walking away from. If you want to include grapes in your diet, just make sure you always pair them with a protein, such as low calorie string cheese to keep your blood sugar stable.
Although you may think you’re doing your body good by choosing low calories snacks over their full fat counterparts, you’re probably severely limiting if not totally stalling your weight loss efforts by doing so. Most low calorie snacks that you buy are too small to satisfy your appetite, so you’re better off eating “real” food if you’re truly hungry.
The artificial sweeteners in diet soda have been shown through research to actually cause weight gain as opposed to weight loss. Whether it is that drinking them increases appetite or just makes the consumer think that they can eat more since they chose diet soda over regular is still undetermined. Whatever the reason, avoid them completely and you’ll likely drop some pounds (along with some bloat).
Although a lot of breakfast cereals are lower in fat, a majority of them contain a lot of sugar. Sugar provokes cravings and opens your body up to a whole host of health issues, making it difficult to lose weight when you don’t feel good. Choose all natural or organic cereals that have a lot of protein and fibre in them instead.
It’s convenient to open a can of soup for lunch or dinner, but doing so may help you pack on extra pounds. The reason soup lasts almost forever is because it is loaded with sodium. And, when you eat high sodium foods, your body has a hard time determining when it is full causing you to eat more than you should or be hungry relatively quickly after finishing your meal. If you want to eat canned soup, then, at least buy the low sodium kind.
Freezer meals and frozen pizzas can be just as tempting as canned soup when you’re in a time crunch. However, they too are loaded with salt to preserve them. This causes you to eat more and your body retains excess water in an attempt to dilute the large volume of salt that you’re taking in. Neither one will get you closer to your weight loss goal so it’s best to avoid these convenience meals altogether.
It really is a shame. Some of the best-tasting foods are actually some of the worst in terms of fat and calories. We have done the work of finding the foods you might want to skip the next time you are about to give in to craving.
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