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What Not To Eat To Lose Weight?

(January 11, 2011)

What not to eat to lose weight?

Everyone is aware of the importance of fighting obesity and maintaining a proportionate body weight, in order to remain fit and healthy. Obesity has become one of the biggest health concerns in the United States of America, as it affects people of all ages. Being overweight can lead to several health problems like diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol, strokes, sleep apnea, osteoarthritis and even cancer. Therefore, in order to reduce the risks of exposure to such health problems, it is important for to maintain a healthy weight. Almost every single health expert talks about the benefits of eating a balanced and nutritional diet, as well getting the right amount of physical activity on a daily basis.

However, what most of us do not take into account is that in addition to eating healthy foods and working out everyday, there are certain foods that we should avoid or preferably eliminate, when we are on a diet.

What foods not to eat when trying to lose weight?

There may be certain types of food that are generally a part of your regular diet, but should be avoided when you are on a weight loss diet. This is because such foods hamper the weight loss process and therefore, render your diet schedule useless. Moreover, you may consume certain foods, mainly because they appeal to your taste, without checking their actual nutritional value. A healthy diet should not just eliminate fat from your body, but it should replace the fat with required nutrients.

Therefore, foods that have no nutritional value should be avoided. Given below is a list of what not to eat to lose weight:

• Fried foods: Any type of food that has be submerged in hot oil for even a few minutes will be extremely unhealthy. Even foods or vegetables like mushrooms, onions and zucchini turn into unhealthy foods, when fried, as they become much higher in calories and saturated fats. Therefore, foods and even vegetables that are fried should be strictly avoided, if you are trying to lose weight. Instead of frying meat, fish and vegetables, it is a much better option to steam, bake or grill them instead. This does not mean that you should not eat any amount of oil in your food. Small to moderate amounts of healthy oils (like olive oil) are important even when you are on a diet. 
• Aerated drinks: Most sodas and soft drinks are loaded with sugar and calories. Moreover, they do not contain any type of vitamins, minerals or other nutrients. Hence such beverages should be strictly avoided and replaced with fresh fruit juices that do not contain added sugar or preservatives. However, several people do not realize the importance of water, especially for weight loss. Instead of consuming soft drinks and aerated drinks (even the diet ones) it is best to increase your intake of water. Drinking at least eight glasses of water a day is important for weight loss.
• Refined flour: Bleached white flour is one of the key ingredients in bread, cakes, donuts and pasta. During the process of refining the flour, all the fiber, vitamins and nutrients are lost. This means that the consumption of such foods will not keep you full for a very long time; instead they increase your appetite. Therefore, all processed foods that contain white flour are definitely on the list of what not to eat when trying to lose weight.
• Sweets and chocolate: Any foods that are very high in sugar are foods not to eat to lose weight. They contain no nutritional value and in fact cause you to get hungry very often. Instead of eating any sweets and chocolates, it is better to reach out for fruits that are high in vitamins.

Best food to eat to lose weight

Foods that have nutritional value contains fruits and vegetables. Fruits are naturally preferred sources of nutrition because they contain many different nutrients and plenty of natural fiber. Some of the best foods for weight loss are fruits and vegetables as they have a low calorific value. The best fruits for weight loss are the ones that have a high fiber and high water content as this helps to keep you satiated for prolonged periods. 

Ffruits that you can eat on a daily basis are apples, apricots, carrots, dates, cranberries, bananas, figs, mangoes, watermelons, olives, papayas, peaches & pomegranate.

Submitted by S M on January 11, 2011 at 01:09


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