5 Foods that You Should Avoid if You Want to Lose Weight

Not all fruits are great for losing weight or maintaining your figure. There are many fruits that contain a lot of sugar. In this article, we'll take a look at some you can eat a lot of and some that are best in moderation.
5 Foods that You Should Avoid if You Want to Lose Weight
Elisa Morales Lupayante

Reviewed and approved by the pedagogue in physical education and nutritionist Elisa Morales Lupayante.

Written by Lorena González

Last update: 26 May, 2022

We all know how difficult it is to stay in shape or to follow a diet regimen. However, it might be easier than you think.

What you should do if you want to lose weight? It’s pretty simple: avoid foods that make you gain weight!  In this article, we’ll share five foods that you should avoid to lose weight. 

If you follow these recommendations, you can quickly and effectively achieve the goals you have in mind.

Foods that you should avoid to lose weight

1. Avocado vs. Berries

Eat avocado if you want to lose weight

Besides the fact that avocados are considered a fruit that provides the body with healthy fats, the truth is that you shouldn’t eat them in excess. After all, if you eat them in too large of proportions, it can be counterproductive.

This is due to its high caloric content, since they contain about 200 Kcal. Because of this, it’s a good idea to eat them in small quantities. In its place, you can substitute it with a handful of berries. 

Berries are one of the best options for burning fat, accelerating metabolism and calming the sensation of hunger. This is thanks to its antioxidant properties that keep the body clean of toxic substances and fat accumulation.

2. Pears vs. Watermelon and Melons

One of the advantages that watermelon and melons is their high contents of water and fiber. This contributes to better digestion of the rest of the foods that you choose to eat during the day.

Because of this, it’s a good idea that you consume them at breakfast by mixing them into a good fruit salad. Or, if you prefer, make a sugar-free smoothie with them.

For its part, pears also contain a good amount of fiber, even though specialists recommend that you don’t eat too many of them since they can cause constipation.

3. Apricot vs. Strawberries

Apricot vs Strawberries

Apricots are very nutritious fruits that contain a large percentage of vitamins as well as numerous benefits for our body. However, excessive consumption can cause a series of complications.

Actually, if you like to bite the pit, you should be careful. The pit of this fruit has been shown to contain a chemical and natural substance called amygdalin

So, this substance easily adheres to the walls of the stomach when consumed in large amounts. Subsequently, the body is responsible for breaking it down and you may experience nausea.

Therefore, it’s better to opt for strawberries instead. This is a fruit that’s low in sugar and are much easier digestible. Also, in addition to providing endless antioxidant benefits that can help you to achieve your desired figure.

4. Grapes vs. Apples

Whether you’re looking to eliminate some fat or lose some extra kilos, eating apples can help you to achieve it. 

They aren’t just a great food to help with digestion because of their high fiber content. In addition, they don’t contain that many calories: barely 100 Kcal.

On the other hand, grapes are fruits that, despite not having a high sugar content, make juices that are fairly caloric and full of sugar. Also, they may have the ability to erode the enamel of your teeth and their seeds can alter the functions of the intestine if you eat them too often.

5. Bananas vs. Grapefruit

Bananas vs. Grapefruit

For rapid weight loss, it’s better to opt for grapefruit. This is a fruit with much more powerful properties than those in bananas. 

Bananas are in the category of foods that tend to be consumed more slowly and also add a higher caloric percentage than grapefruits.

In any case, you should keep in mind that just because the foods on the list are not highly recommended for a weight loss diet, it doesn’t mean that you should completely eliminate them from your diet.

All fruits contain a certain percentage of fats and sugar. The key is knowing how to eat them in the right quantities. Keeping a balanced diet and exercising are fundamental for getting results.

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This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.