Well duh, foods that are high in fat and calories should be on your hit list. We’re all tempted to eat foods that we have eaten since childhood and which are always around at holidays and every social gathering. Here are the five foods you should avoid if you want to lose weight and stay healthy:
2. Chicken wings
3. French fries
4. High-fat cheeses
5. Cakes, pies, cookies and doughnuts.
While they smell and taste great, these foods are guaranteed to lead to you getting heavier. Along with their high fat and calorie content, these foods are also likely to pack a very large amount of processed, refined flour, which is not particularly healthy. If your goal is to lose weight and feel healthier, the short-term satisfaction you’ll get from eating these foods isn’t worth it! Stay focused and away from these foods.
These types of food will make you feel tired and less likely to want to engage in the exercise that should be part of your weight loss program. If you do have one of these listed foods, don’t get discouraged, just shake it off and go back on the plan. DO NOT think that once you’ve had a slice of pizza, you may as well forget about losing weight. Just get back on track.
Consider some healthier versions of these 5 bad guy foods: instead of a pizza – forego the pepperoni and extra cheese and have the vegetables atop pita bread, drizzled with extra virgin olive oil and a small amount of a shredded hard cheese. Or instead of chicken wings, opt for chicken breast which is much lower in fat. Try roasted sweet potato fries (baked not fried and sweet potatoes are lower in simple carbs than russet potatoes) or kale chips. A great snack yoghurt with homemade granola, fresh fruit or fruit smoothies instead of bad for you doughnuts or cakes.
When your goal is to lose weight and be healthier, you have to keep vigilant. It pays to always be on the lookout for healthier alternatives to the pizzas, fries and cookies that play so big a part in our Western diet. Sure they taste great but with the obesity epidemic we are dealing with, we need to find tasty but healthier alternatives for ourselves and for our kids.