Without doubt, food is one of the great joys of life. Sweet, sour, bitter, creamy, and always intoxicating, it can replenish and satisfy. For some, it is an art form. For others, it is a source of anxiety, stress and shame. This is because unfortunately, not all food is created equal. Whereas some will lift you up, contributing to healthy indigestion, growth and recovery, others will wear you down, contributing to weight gain, diabetes and mood swings. Are you aiming to lose weight? You’ve come to the right place. Ranging from the obvious to the slightly eyebrow-raising, these are some of the foods that should be avoided at all costs if you are serious about shedding those kilos.
When you think of white bread, you should really think of empty calories, because that’s all you’re consuming. Unlike multigrain or wholemeal bread, white bread is devoid of its natural fibres and nutrients. So while you may like the taste, if you are wolfing down white bread for breakfast each morning you are embarking on a one-train to Calorieville.
A hidden source of salt and/or sugar, condiments such as soy sauce, ketchup, BBQ sauce and salad dressing should all be ditched as much as possible. For a healthier alternative, mix some olive oil and lemon juice together and use that as a salad topper. Another great option is to create your own salsa using ingredients such as chopped tomatoes, onions, garlic, chilli and lemon zest. If you must have sauces with your food, look for products with lower sugar and salt quantities.
Ever been out to lunch or dinner and decided to have a soft drink as a treat? Bad move. While a can of soft drink can seem like a small, innocent reward, in reality, it’s a calorie-packed can of sugar. Enough said. Put down the soft drink and save yourself some money too! Water will do just fine if you really want to get healthier – your teeth and skin will thank you for it too.
Get Exercising Too
Of course, if weight loss is your goal, successfully changing your diet is only half the battle. A healthier approach to life has to include exercise. Gym ain’t your thing? That’s alright. Be at one with nature by opting for sports that take place outside, such as jogging, rowing, tennis, cycling, and swimming. Many of these activities do not require too much gear, although if you are in need of a quality bike, it might be best to check out retailers such as 99 Bikes. After all, if you’re going to do something, you best do it right! Team sports are also a great way to turn exercise into fun and stay motivated; sign up with a bunch of friends and embrace your competitive spirit, which may not be as dormant as you think.
Have you recently committed to losing weight? What other foods should we all be avoiding? Share your suggestions in the comments section below and contribute to the discussion.