Foods to Avoid When Losing Weight. My Top 10 List
This time I want to talk about what Foods to Avoid When Losing Weight and trying to get leaner. There are many foods that people are eating without realizing that they are not as good as you might think.
If you want to achieve quicker results and lose weight faster, or get leaner and more muscular, take a look at these foods you have to avoid and which can slow down your progress drastically.
Alcohol is not food, but people don’t realize that alcohol is very harmful not just for their health, but for losing weight and trying to grow muscle mass as well. Alcohol, especially beer is very high in calories. A pint of beer has about 260 calories. Imagine if you have a party and drink 10 of them, you’ll be consuming more than your daily calorie goal just by drinking beer. When people drinking, they tend to snack a lot and eat more junk food, which is very high in calories as well.
Another huge negative is that alcohol damages your muscle tissues and slow your progress on growing muscle mass. When you drink alcohol, it stops your muscle growth for about 4 days. If you would drink every weekend, you won’t get any progress, or it will be very slow.
Juice is not food as well, but many people think that juices are healthy and drink a lot of them. But most juices have lots of sugar. One 250 ml cup of orange juice has about 20 grams of sugar, which is four teaspoons. And we know from my past blogs that extra sugar turns to body fat and will increase your weight. It might make you feel hungry and craving for more junk food.
My advice is to replace juices with water or if you really like juice, try to drink juices with less sugar, for examples like cranberry or tomato juice.
Flour products such as:
All these products are not recommended while losing weight or getting leaner. These products are high in calories and contain refined flour, sugar, trans fats which all can cause gaining of body fat. It is very easy to eat too much of these products as well.
Sweets are a very dangerous product to eat because sweets are very high in calories and contain lots of sugar. Candies can be very satisfying to eat and it is easy to eat too much of them. Candies can contain lots of oils, saturated or trans fats as well.
If you are really craving for something sweet, try to change sweets to low sugar protein bars, but do not eat too much of them either as they are pretty high in fats.
French fries, potato chips, and crisps
French fries and potato chips are very high in calories because they are deep-fried in oil. They are not very filling and it is very easy to eat too much of them. They are very high in fats, which causes weight gain.
Try to change deep-fried fries and chips to roasted or boiled potatoes, they are a lot more filling and doesn’t contain fats and are lower in calories.
Deep fried chicken
Deep fried chicken is very popular fast food among people but is very unhealthy and high in calories. Chicken tights or chicken wings with skin are high in fats on their own, but after they being deep-fried, they are extra fatty food.
Try to change deep-fried chicken to roasted or steamed chicken breast. Chicken skin contains most of the fat found in chicken, to reduce the number of unhealthy fats you can remove chicken skin as well.
Burgers are a really bad choice for weight loss. They contain very oily beef, which contains lots of fat. Also, the bun made of flour which is high in calories and contains refined flour, sugar, and trans fats. It might contain cheese which is very high in fats and calories as well. And don’t forget sauce which has lost of sugar, fats, and calories. One burger can have up to 1000 calories. And because a burger is not nutritious, most likely you will feel hungry again very soon.
Try to change burger to homemade burger with whole grain bread, low-fat beef and plenty of salad, do not use high-calorie sauces like ketchup and mayo.
Almost all frozen meals are loaded with sodium, preservatives, salt, and fats. Sodium and salt retain water in the body, which causes people to be bloated. Frozen meals are high in calories, but usually come in small portions, so even if you consumed many calories, you can still feel hungry and want for more food.
Try to change frozen foods to pre-frozen healthy meals cooked at home. Frozen vegetables and chicken breast are good alternatives for supermarket frozen foods.
Low or zero fat foods
Researches say that people tend to eat around 30 percent more when they know, that they are eating low-fat foods. The other problem is that when fat is removed from foods it removes a significant amount of flavor and to compensate those food manufacturers very often adding sugar to compensate that. As we know sugar is not any better than fat, so I don’t recommend to use low fats foods.
Try to change low-fat foods with healthy fat foods such as:
Or at least to low fat and low sugar foods such as:
- Cottage cheese
- Greek yogurt
Some cereals can be very high in sugars and not as healthy as advertised. Sugary cereal is usually lack of fiber as well. Do not use whole milk with them, because whole milk is pretty high in fats and calories.
Try to change sugary cereals to whole grain and low sugar cereals, low sugar granola or oatmeal. You can add berries or nuts into them. Try to change whole milk to skim milk, coconut or hazelnut milk.
These are my top ten foods to avoid when losing weight. Actually, everyone should avoid these foods, whatever your goals are, to lose weight, to get leaner, or just to become a healthier person. Try to change these foods to my recommended healthier alternatives and you will see results a lot faster and feel a lot better.
If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.
All the best,
Founder of ihealthylifestyle