If you’re trying to lose weight but aren’t getting the results you want, look to the food you’re eating. Some foods are obviously bad for you. Others are often classified as “health foods” but secretly cause you to gain pounds.
Some of the worst foods to eat for weight loss, like junk food and processed meats, are well known, but there are others you might not be aware of. The good news is, even small changes to your diet can have a profound effect on your weight. Take a look below at some trouble foods and consider removing them from your diet.
Whole Fat Dairy
Dairy products considered to be “full-fat” (whole milk products) can cause weight gain when consumed regularly. For example, one eight-ounce glass of whole milk is about 149 calories. If you’re on a 1,500-calorie diet, that one beverage can harm your weight loss efforts.
Try switching to low or no-fat dairy products. That same glass replaced with skim milk is only 83 calories. Just remember, don’t completely remove fat from your diet. Your body needs fat. Without it, you die. It’s also wise to stick to “grass fed” dairy products.
This should be an obvious one, but there are still a lot of people who don’t want to admit their soda habit is actually causing them to gain weight or preventing them from dropping pounds. Dietitians and physicians agree soda should be completely eliminated from everyone’s diets. It offers no nutritional value and is packed with sugar which can contribute significantly to weight gain.
Processed Baked Goods
Sweets, in general, can keep you from losing weight, but prepackaged baked goods are even worse because they are heavily processed. These types of baked goods are packed with sugar and have a high amount of preservatives to keep them shelf-stable. They’re hard to digest and are high in calories, too. If you find yourself craving something sweet, pick up a piece of fruit instead.
Substitute soft spreads or small amounts of butter for stick margarine to increase your chances of losing those unwanted pounds.
Many people snag a bagel first thing in the morning, but that’s not a great way to start off your day if you want to lose weight. There are plenty of people who believe all carbs are the enemy, but that isn’t necessarily true. You just need to stick to carbohydrates that don’t tend to spike blood sugar levels (low glycemic index foods). Bagels are high on the glycemic index and basically turn to sugar once your body digests them.
These are just a few of the worst foods to eat for weight loss. There are plenty of others, and if you want to eat as healthy as possible, a good food reference is invaluable to have on hand every time you hit the grocery store.
An excellent one is called “Let Jesus Take The Grocery Cart” and is included as part of the Salvation Diet by Chris Walker. This handy list can easily be printed out and used as a grocery list, so you never make poor food choices when you’re out shopping. Learn more about the Salvation Diet at www.stabilitypact.org.