Weight Loss Diets: Four Foods to Avoid

· February 22, 2019
When we think about weight loss diets, there are four specific foods we should avoid in any diet when trying to lose weight. These four foods include...

When we think about weight loss diets, it is common to focus only on what we can or can’t eat. However, it is important to consider the foods that you should avoid as a part of your weight loss diets. This will facilitate the choices you make when planning your weekly menu or when you go out to eat.How much have you thought about it?

In this article, we will provide you with a list of those foods that are better to leave out of your weight loss diets. If, at any time, you experience an uncontrollable craving or there is no other option, then don’t put too much pressure on yourself. But the idea is not to overdo it. Ready? Take note and avoid the following foods.

1. Potato chips

This is one of the foods that you should avoid as a part of your weight loss diets. While potato chips have been demonized on several occasions, the reality is that potatoes do not have to be left off your menu. Boiled, steamed or baked potatoes can help provide your diet with more energy and fiber.

Potatoes

However, you should avoid potatoes that have been deep-fried. This includes:

  • Potato chips
  • French fries
  • Chips containing large quantities of salt or other flavoring

The problem with these foods is that a very small portion of them is excessively high in calories. Moreover, the portions presented in these presentations are so small that you tend to exceed them more often than not. There are studies that show that eating these foods can affect your overall health and increase your weight in a very short time.

If you still experience frequent cravings for potato chips, it is better to prepare your own in the oven. To flavor them, add some spices, and play with new flavors. If, however, you prefer something traditional, just add salt and pepper. You can achieve the same effect without all the calories and risks to your health.

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2. Snacks that are high in carbohydrates

Another category of foods that you should avoid to lose weight are carbohydrates. This includes cookies, rice cakes, cereal, cereal bars, bread, etc. Although they are very easy and cheap alternatives, they contain many simple sugars that can cause glucose alterations.

Cookies

Also, they can only leave you feeling full for a short time. This means that after a short time, you will be hungry again without having nourished your body.

The ideal option is to satisfy cravings or the hunger occurring throughout mid-morning and mid-afternoon with healthy foods. These foods should contain a significant portion of fiber, carbohydrates and protein. Some good options are:

  • Low calorie cheese with a fruit.
  • 1 apple with peanut butter.

3. Sugary drinks and weight loss diets

Soft drinks

Another one of the foods you should avoid as a part of your weight loss diets are drinks with high quantities of sugar. Here, we’re not just talking about soft drinks. You should also consider canned coffees and teas, name-brand juices and any other liquid containing refined sugars.

It has been shown that excessive consumption of soft drinks can accelerate weight gain. For this reason, it is important that both children and adults avoid sugary drinks as much as possible.

The best option will always be to bring a bottle of fresh, unflavored water with you to work. If you prefer a touch of flavor, prepare infusions with some fruit in them and dashes of mint or cinnamon.

To replace canned coffee, choose to bring some coffee prepared at home. This way you can control the amount of sugar and it is sure to be a better quality coffee.

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4. White bread, cookies, etc.

The last foods you should avoid as a part of your weight loss diets are those prepared with refined flours. White bread usually contains high levels of sugar, which alters blood glucose.

White bread

In addition these foods, often prepared with very refined flours, only contain trace amounts of fiber. For this reason, consuming 2 slices of white bread a day can increase your risk of obesity.

Cookies, cakes, and other products also contain unhealthy trans fats. Although they can be delicious, it is better to avoid these foods altogether. If you begin to feel a craving for a slice of cake or a cookie, try to select whole-grain options. These are less common and it may take a little while for your palate to adapt to them, but they are healthier.

Ideally, you should prepare your own desserts at home with whole-wheat flour, seeds and dark chocolate. In this way, you can replace the craving without gaining weight or putting your health at risk.

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