Food Sensitivities Can Hinder Weight Loss, Which Ones?
Everyone has some sort of food sensitivities, finding out which ones can be the challenge. I always start with the most common foods that hinder weight loss. When I start with clients on their weight loss journey, I always recommend eliminating dairy, gluten, soy, nuts and eggs for 30 days. After the 30 days lets review and make adjustments. Most of my clients see some sort of weight loss, among other positive results.
There are certain junk foods which most people know to avoid when they’re on a diet: candy and other sweets, greasy snacks such as potato chips, and side dishes like French fries which can be packed with sodium and trans fat. Then there are other foods which often hinder weight loss but are not obvious offenders. These are the foods which health-conscious consumers must be especially wary of, lest they sabotage their diets.
Many people who are trying to lose weight are careful about what they eat but not about what they drink. Yet the wrong beverages can be fattening, can greatly increase your daily caloric intake, and can be detrimental to your health overall. So steer clear of all sodas, as well as all sugary and artificially sweetened drinks. Replace these beverages with natural fruit juices and with water. If you’re trying to take off weight, consider abstaining from alcohol as well. An alcoholic beverage every now and then won’t add pounds, but too much alcohol will lead to an increase in fatty acids within your body.
Watch the video and find out what food sensitivities are the most common and can hinder weight loss.
Spreads and toppings can also ruin a diet. Sure, you might be eating fresh garden salads for lunch, but it’s easy to load up those salads with items that are not healthful. Specifically, stay away from bacon bits, cheese and croutons, and opt for low-calorie, non-fat dressings. Similarly, use a bare minimum of butter, margarine, mayonnaise and cream cheese when you’re looking to add flavor to toast, bagels and sandwiches.
Don’t simply assume that the yogurt you buy for snack times is a healthy choice, either. Some yogurt manufacturers add sugar, artificial sweetening substances, and even fat to their product in order to improve its taste and texture. Even servings of plain yogurt may contain more calories than you can afford to take in. That doesn’t mean you have to give up on yogurt altogether, however. Instead, you can buy plain Greek yogurt, an option that’s both fat-free and low in sugar. If you find that this plain Greek yogurt doesn’t quite satisfy your taste buds, you can liven it up with berries, maybe even some granola.
Unfortunately, meats can torpedo any weight-loss plan. Among the unhealthiest meats are hot dogs, sausages, and cold cuts from a deli: all of these meats are processed, and they’re all loaded with calories, nitrites, and / or sodium as well. In addition, red meats like steak and hamburger are high in fat. The best solution when it comes to eating meats is to serve yourself small to moderate portions of lean meats such as poultry or fish. (Be sure not to fry them!)
Believe it or not, when you’re on a diet you even have to be somewhat careful with the amount of fruit you consume. Granted, it’s important for everyone to eat fruits, as they are outstanding sources of fiber and antioxidants. But some dieters mistakenly believe that they’re allowed an unlimited amount of fruit every day, and that even large quantities of fruit will never add any pounds. And that’s not quite true. To the contrary, fruits contain carbohydrates and calories, as well as fructose, a simple sugar which the liver sometimes stores as fat.
As a general warning, don’t simply assume a food will aid your diet just because it’s packaged with the terms “healthy,” “low-fat,” or something similar-sounding (especially if said foods are cookies or candies). Advertising professionals know plenty of sneaky ways to present less-than-healthy foods to the public, and therefore you need to read nutrition labels to be confident of a product’s nutritional value.