There are certain foods that you should avoid during weight loss. Whether they are filled with sugar or overprocessed with too much sodium, these snacks are the ones to steer clear of. I’m not saying all of these foods are bad, but they can make your fitness journey a lot more challenging. By the way, I am not a doctor or a fitness trainer. I’m just your average girl who has an interest in health and wellness.
Artificially sweetened beverages
Even diet sodas, are filled with sugar and will prevent you from seeing results. Energy drinks are also full of added sugars. These are meant for professional athletes who train hours a day. You won’t burn nearly as many calories as Ronda Rousey. Trust me. Your best bet is to stick with lots of water before, during and after your workouts.
Although popcorn is a yummy low-calorie snack, the bag it’s packaged in contains chemicals that can be harmful over time. Instead, make your own healthy popcorn!
White rice takes longer for your body to digest, which causes you to feel an energy crash. This spikes your blood sugar and makes you crave unhealthy foods. White rice also contains significantly fewer nutrients than it’s alternative. Eating brown rice will give you more energy and curve your sweet tooth.
You may be surprised to find fruit on this list, but grapes contain a high amount of sugar, which can cause you to want sugary sweets. If you have to include these in your meal plan, pair them with a protein such as nuts or string cheese. This will bring a better balance.
Microwavable meals are easy to prepare especially when you are pressed for time. But they contain high levels of sodium that helps preserve the meals. The added salt will cause you to eat more afterward because you won’t feel full very long. Make your own freezer meals at home if you need a quick to go meal.
It’s tempting to season your plain tasting veggies with something, but don’t reach for the soy sauce! Although it has very few calories, it’s high levels of sodium can still cause bloating among other health concerns. You can replace this with a little Worchester sauce for flavoring.
An evening glass of wine seems innocent enough, but do you know how many calories you are consuming every night? You may have heard the term “empty calories”, which are calories that provide zero nutritional value. A glass of wine contains an average of 100-200 calories, which are not giving you any nutrients. Limit your intake of alcohol or eliminate the habit during weight loss.
You kind of defeat the purpose of clean eating when you load your salads with cheeses, meats and salad dressings that are high in fat. Avoid using ingredients that are labeled “low fat” because these foods are hidden with added sodium. Try using avocado based natural dressings. I actually love red wine vinegar and olive oil on top of my salads.