There are a few Foods To Avoid To Lose Weight Easier, but going back to my principle, don’t forbid any foods. Just make sure you limit some of the listed foods below when you are trying to lose weight, it will simply make it easier for you.
From my previous articles, we know that forbidding foods is a bad strategy, and it won’t get you anywhere.
Now, let’s say you completely stop eating all ‘bad’ foods and lose weight, what is the first thing you will do when you stop trying to lose weight?
– You will indulge in these foods again, normally in huge amounts, to make it up for all the cravings you have been having for the past couple of weeks or months, which will lead to weight gain! So all would be for nothing.
That is why – NO FORBIDDEN FOODS!
But this article is about explaining why it’s good to LIMIT certain foods in order to lose weight, or just eat healthier. Again, if you crave some junk food during your weight-loss journey, simply eat it, but in moderation. You don’t want cravings pilling up, because you will end up seriously binging on them and ruining the weight-loss goal.
Most people don’t realize, but losing weight normally comes from eating healthy. Fresh fruit and vegetables, more whole-grains, more complex carbohydrates, more pulses, like beans and lentils… and limiting processed food!
Of course, the biggest factor is the total calories consumed during the day, BUT, eating healthier and cleaner can set your body for a proper and healthier weight loss. It will be a lot easier as well, not to mention how much you will end up ‘cleaning’ your body out of toxins, your skin will clear up, your tastebuds will be ‘greener’ not ‘greasy’, your inflammation will be severely reduced, and you won’t crave sugar as much!
I mean, I can go on for ages explaining and giving you facts about why eating healthy is good for you, but let’s just focus on the topic here, let’s have a look at a couple of foods you should limit in order to lose weight successfully and long-term.
1. Limit Takeaway Food!
From excessive amounts of salt, fat, sugar, and all sorts of highly processed sauces and ingredients, the takeaway food is just really high on stuff you don’t need, and will only do you harm than good. From loading your body with saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol, it really isn’t something you should eat often.
Eating too much over a long period of time can lead to issues such as high blood pressure, heart disease, and unwanted weight gain.
The amount of calories some takeaway foods have, contain more than the recommended calories you need to consume for the whole day, in one meal!
You also end up eating a lot more than you need even when you are full.
Some of the portions are too big, and you just end up eating all of it because why not, it’s right in front of you. Of course, you will eat it all, you had to break the bank a little bit for this!
Processed takeaway foods commonly contain artificial additives, colorings, flavorings, preservatives and sweeteners that possess no nutritional value to the body.
You can read more about Why Takeaway Food Is Unhealthy in our article!
2. Limit Simple Carbohydrates
There are two types of carbohydrates; simple and complex.
The simple carbohydrates are the carbohydrates we don’t really need and are not really useful to our body, except for the simple carbs that come from fruit, they are healthy in moderation.
And the list goes on…
The More Complex The Carb, The Better!
Complex carbs pack in more nutrients than simple carbs. They’re higher in fiber and digest more slowly. This also makes them more filling, which means they’re a good option for weight control.
They’re also ideal for people with type 2 diabetes because they help manage blood sugar spikes after meals.
Fiber and starch are the two types of complex carbohydrates. Fiber is especially important because it promotes bowel regularity and helps to control cholesterol.
The main sources of dietary fiber include:
- whole grains
Starch is also found in some of the same foods as fiber. The difference is certain foods are considered more starchy than fibrous, such as potatoes.
Other high-starch foods are:
- whole wheat bread
Complex carbohydrates are key to long-term health. They make it easier to maintain a healthy weight and can even help guard against type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular problems in the future.
Read more about why you shouldn’t be scared of fat and carbohydrates when you want to lose weight in our article – Fat And Carbohydrates Are Good For Losing Weight
3. Limit Processed Food
Processed foods aren’t just microwave meals and other ready meals. A processed food is any food that has been altered in some way during preparation.
Food processing can be as basic as:
Not all processed foods are unhealthy but some processed foods may contain high levels of salt, sugar, and trans or saturated fat.
What counts as processed food?
Examples of common processed foods include:
- breakfast cereals
- white bread or flour
- savory snacks, such as crisps, sausage rolls, pies and pasties
- “convenience foods”, such as microwave meals or ready meals
- cakes and biscuits
- drinks such as soft drinks, or some store-bought juices and smoothies.
Ingredients such as salt, sugar, and fat are sometimes added to processed foods to make their flavor more appealing and to extend their shelf life, or in some cases to contribute to the food’s structure, such as salt in bread or sugar in cakes.
Buying processed foods can lead to people eating more than the recommended amounts of sugar, salt, and fat as they may not be aware of how much has been added to the food they are buying and eating.
These foods can also be higher in calories due to the high amounts of added sugar or fat in them, which are not only unhealthy for you but will even make you gain weight if consumed too much.
4. Limit Alcohol!
Drinking alcohol may cause overeating by lowering your inhibitions and stimulating appetite. While having a drink or two with a meal generally won’t have a huge effect, having several drinks in one sitting may lead to increased levels of hunger.
Alcohol also contains calories! So you end up consuming a lot more calories than you need for the day if you drink a couple of alcoholic drinks a day.
5. Limit Eating Low-Fat Foods!
Eating these foods that are labeled “healthy”, “low-fat” “low-calorie”, “diet” is a good way to make you think that you can eat quite a lot of them without any worry. Which makes you eat more calories than you realize.
Also, these foods are normally really processed, they contain added sweeteners, and artificial flavors to make them tasty, which is not healthy. Normally, if something says Low-Fat, it’s normally replaced with sugar, to make up for the fat and make it tasty.
The other thing is, that these foods don’t fill you properly, and you end up being hungry soon after eating them, which once again will lead to consuming more calories than you need.
Eat This Instead: Healthy fats in moderation. That means dipping your baby carrots in guacamole (which is rich in monounsaturated fats) or hummus (often made with olive oil, another good source of the same healthy fats) Try adding a handful of nuts to your snacks instead of a ‘healthy granola bar’ which is loaded of sugar and processed stuff.
So, these are the Foods To Avoid To Lose Weight Easier!
Basically, eat everything in moderation, even the good stuff, like the complex carbs, healthy fats such as Avocados, Olive oil, everything!
Fancy ice-cream? – Sure have a scoop, just don’t end up eating the whole tub and you will be fine!
To Lose Weight Successfully And Healthy, You Will Need To Make Some Permanent Changes!
We put on weight when the amount of calories we eat exceeds the amount of calories we burn through normal everyday activities and exercise. Most adults need to eat less and get more active.
The only way to lose weight healthily and keep it off is to make permanent changes to the way you eat and exercise.
A few small alterations, such as eating less and choosing drinks that are lower in fat, sugar, and alcohol, can help you lose weight. Drinking your calories is never a good idea, because you will end up loading up on empty calories most of the time, and you will feel hungry within half an hour!
Homemade smoothies and freshly made green juices are one of the good options, but again, instead of drinking your fruits, just eat them! Your stomach will spend more time to process them, which will make you feel fuller for longer!
Also, try filling at least 1/3 of your plate with vegetables, they will fill your stomach for less calories!
The Bottom Line
Eating healthier should become part of your lifestyle, in order to keep your body in shape and be healthier and happier! You don’t have to make drastic changes, even small changes like swapping your afternoon snack of processed crisps, to a handful of nuts or fresh fruit is a good way to start!
You don’t benefit in any way if you eat junk processed food regularly. Your immune system, your weight, your skin, your hair will suffer because of it. There is absolutely nothing beneficial about it, apart from the fact that it gives you a quick but temporary pleasure when you are consuming it. You need to think long-term here, you need to see the bigger picture!
Ask yourself this “What is this portion of fries going to do my body exactly if I consume them?” – the answer is ABSOLUTELY nothing positive, from loading you up on trans fats to causing inflammation, and filling you up on empty calories that have got nothing beneficial to your body so why eat it? Because it tastes good, that’s it?
When you ask yourself the same question when you eat a nice juicy orange “What is this orange going to do to my body once I eat it?” – the answer is A LOT of positive things! From boosting your immune system, loading you up on vitamin C, hydrate you, control blood sugar levels and last but not least lower risk of cancer!
Now, what are you going to have, french fries, or an orange?