Dieting is often the harder half of the weight loss process.
Trust me I know, how PAINFUL it can be to resist the foods we love, but know are harming us.
Sacrificing the foods we have always found great comfort can be an agonizing yet a necessary step to improving our health and fitness so that you can lose your unwanted weight.
For those looking to lose weight, it is critical that you be aware of what you are putting into your body.
Not only must you be aware, but you must also be willing to make those hard decisions about what NOT to put into your body.
These are just 10 terrifying foods you should stay away from if you want to lose weight.
And don’t worry if you are eating these foods, I’ll tell you how you can IMMEDIATELY start to improve your diet.
Keep in mind, you don’t need to completely cut these foods out for the rest of your life, they should be avoided on a day to day basis, but can still be enjoyed in small amounts on rare occasions.
1. Oh no, not Pizza, anything but that.
Sorry but yes, good old delicious Pizza must be filtered out!
Look I understand that Pizza is the ultimate party food or perfect for those days when no one wants to cook food, so everyone pitches in some money to get some Zza. But, you have to realize it is also the ultimate LAZY food.
We can have it hand delivered to us, or throw it into our ovens, it is one of the easiest foods to acquire and consume, but it takes a serious toll on our health.
Zza can be hard to avoid as it is just about everywhere, but one must exercise their will power and not consume it if they are looking to lose weight.
Let’s face it, you and I both know Pizza is DELICIOUS and can keep our stomachs satisfied for an extended period of time.
However, it is very high in calories, fats, carbohydrates, and sodium. Consumption of pizza can double the risk of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, obesity and many fatal diseases (not pleasant).
Now listen I know what you are thinking, and yes you can occasionally have one slice everyone once in a while, but DO NOT make this a regular habit.
2. Wanna grab drinks? No, I’m good.
Simple as that.
I know most of us have been in, a situation, where after a long day at work you and your co-workers head over to a bar and grab drinks.
This is ok in moderation, but when you start making this a weekly or multiple times a week habit, it is NOT ok.
As if cutting out the ultimate party food wasn’t enough, the decision to cut alcohol out of one’s diet may seem like the elimination of fun from one’s diet altogether; however, it can make a BIG difference in your state when trying to lose weight.
I know most people have heard of beer bellies, and sadly they are a real thing that can occur if you don’t watch yourself.
The thing is, alcohol contains lots of calories because it is made by fermenting and distilling natural sugar or starch.
The calories found in alcohol are known as empty calories as they have NO nutrition value.
This is why excess consumption leads to weight gain, usually in the belly.
It also increases blood pressure, damages the heart muscle and potentially plays a role in the development of several cancers, such as breast, colon, liver, and mouth.
So as it is ok to celebrate with alcoholic beverages, do not abuse the word “celebration,” by turning every day into a celebration.
3. SUGARY BEVERAGES
Let me just began with saying, WATER. That is one the only liquids you should be drinking.
Look I get it, sugar tastes great in all of these sodas, energy drinks, juices, but sugar though it seems friendly will easily betray you.
All these sugary drinks are NOT good for your health (no duh), so watch yourself.
They contain excessive amounts of sugar (no duh) which increases the blood sugar level.
These drinks are also high in calories and when consumed do not compensate for their high caloric content by eating less food.
Consuming a large amount of sugar leads to serious diseases such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes (not pleasant).
4. FRIED POTATOES
Yes French Fries, Hash Browns, Tater Tots, and any other potato variances that I missed do count in “Fried Potatoes.”
Listen I too felt the pain you are possibly feeling right now, but it is for the greater good, so make sure you toughen up.
The fact is White Potatoes are healthy (Red Potatoes are healthier) when consumed boiled and not fried.
Whereas those fried potato chips are high in calories, which is no good (duh). Consuming them in excess will make an individual more prone to gain weight, not something most people strive for.
French fries and potato chips are very popular among teenagers, and it is extremely hazardous to their health.
These foods are rich in trans and saturated fats which raise the level of cholesterol in the blood, increasing the risk of heart disease, stroke, and type two diabetes (not pleasant).
Most people if not often have at least once, sat down on the couch with a bag of chips and before you know it the bag is half empty, or even worse completely empty. NOOO!!
What just happened?! How did I just finish this WHOLE bag without realizing?
Those are just some of the questions you start asking yourself, and on top of that, you most likely felt awful after you came to the realization of what just happened.
The truth is I can relate as that used to be me, so listen carefully get rid of those bags of chips, no longer will they stay on your path to losing weight.
I love bread, more importantly. I love making sandwiches, such as a BLT, and even PB&J, do you?
I am going to assume you are thinking yes, as there is no way of telling since I am currently not talking to you, but don’t get me wrong not everyone enjoys bread and that is ok.
So the two most common types of bread you see in your local grocery store, are White and Wheat.
The thing with White Bread is that it is not good for your health because it is high in carbohydrates and can spike blood sugar levels. In turn, a significant consumption of this food will result in weight gain.
Not to mention it also contains a lot of gluten, which is something many people are sensitive to.
On top of that, White Bread is equally bad for both people who are diagnosed with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity and those who are not.
In the case of other variations of bread, the grains found in them can cause weight gain as well since they too contain a similar amount of carbs and sugar.
Bread can also in some cases provide excess quantities of grains and fiber in one instance as opposed to a spanning serving over the course of a day.
Listen, no you don’t have to get rid of bread altogether, you shouldn’t.
However, be careful. By not watching the amount of bread you eat, more importantly, the carbs you consume while eating it you are at a higher risk of gaining those unwanted pounds that you want to lose.
If you are looking for a healthy alternative to conventional bread try Ezekiel bread It is full of healthy benefits.
Wow! So do I. But, I must resist the dark temptation.
Why? Because like the foods above Chocolate is a high-calorie food. Which means consuming too many calorie-dense foods can lead to OBESITY.
In chocolates and candy bars you will find a high amount of saturated fat, no bueno. This is a type of fat that can increase the risk of heart disease.
The saturated fat increases your levels of LDL cholesterol which is known as bad cholesterol. Since the foods are also high in sugar content, low in vitamins and minerals, it is one of the least efficient uses of calories there is.
Chocolate is one of those foods that can be hard to replace, and you probably won’t find anything else that fulfills that same type of temptation.
Of course, it’s not chocolate, it’s no replacement, but then again there really isn’t a substitute for chocolate in this world.
So, instead, make candy bars and chocolate a once in every couple of months treat. It will make it that much more special knowing it only comes around once in awhile, and you don’t have to feel guilty after enjoying it.
7. ICE CREAM
I know Ice Cream is one of the most loved desserts, trust me I KNOW.
Unfortunately, though, it is yet another classic sweet treat that must be resisted.
Yeah, this list isn’t getting any easier but like all the other foods above, knowing it can only be enjoyed once in awhile won’t hurt your process to losing weight.
Instead, it will only help make it that much more special when you earn it after weeks or months of positive progress.
However, the avoidance of Ice Cream is even more important than avoiding Chocolate.
Why? Because It is far less healthy and counts toward a lot more calories as it is often high amounts of fat (saturated), sugar, and other chemicals.
So consuming too much of the delicious dessert will contribute to health problems such as weight gain, increased levels of cholesterol and cavities (none of which are pleasant).
If you are looking for a healthier alternative to eating, try Greek Yogurt which is low in sugar and fats. It can also provide more protein and energy all while still being a sweet cold and comforting dairy based product.
8. CAKES, COOKIES, AND PASTRIES
Yes, we’ve actually done it, we have encouraged you to remove all real desserts from your daily life. If you don’t hate us for it, hear us out.
Of all the desserts already mentioned these are the MOST IMPORTANT to avoid.
They contain the same amount of sugar and fat as the ones above. On top of all that, they have additional carbs, butter, sodium and unnecessary oils that are going to keep you from losing weight.
Cakes, cookies, and pastries also contain artificial trans fat which is very harmful and is associated with many fatal diseases.
They are also high in calories, low in nutrients, and are packed with unhealthy ingredients like refined flour and added sugar, which does not satisfy hunger.
If you eat these foods often then cutting them out of your daily life will already be a huge step toward losing weight, and you may notice results after only a few weeks of avoiding them.
I believe in you, RESIST THOSE CRAVINGS!
9. PROCESSED CHEESE
Cheese is amazing tastes great with just about anything.
But it’s deliciousness and gooeyness isn’t the best idea for those looking to lose weight, although it can still offer some nutritional value and energy at times.
Processed cheese is high in calories and salt. This is why regular consumption is more likely to lead to high blood pressure. If you don’t monitor the amount of cheese you eat, you are more likely to overeat it, develop heart disease, and even increase your weight.
If you don’t monitor the amount of cheese you eat, you are more likely to overeat it, develop heart disease, and even increase your weight.
There are also several types of chemicals in processed cheese that can affect your skin, sinuses and sleeping patterns. If you truly love cheese, then it can be consumed on a somewhat regular basis if you are choosing the right kind.
Parmesan is the lightest of cheeses with a much lower calorie density than the typical cheddar and mozzarella.
On the contrary, cream cheese is the heaviest, and also contains extra sodium and should be avoided on a daily basis.
And finally, all the processed cheese that you find taking the form of pre-packaged sticks and slices should be avoided altogether.
It simply isn’t worth it.
10. SALAD DRESSING
Salads can be one of the healthiest and best-tasting cornerstones of any diet.
However, it is important to remember when a salad stops being a salad.
Many times non-vegetable content will be added to a salad to enhance its appeal. Of these many salad detractors, the most common and detrimental additions will be the dressing.
Now some dressing like a simple splash of Olive Oil, Vinegar, or Vinaigrette can enhance the flavor of a salad without turning it into a bowl of mac and cheese.
If you are looking for more dressings that can enhance the flavor of your salad without forfeiting its status as a salad, click here.
The Caesar and Thousand Island dressings should be avoided in favor of lighter dressings as mentions above, but should all be used in moderation nonetheless.
What You Should Do Next
Look I get it, most people will claim they enjoy at least one if not more of the foods listed above.
Also, most people will probably claim to have eaten at least one of those foods in the past month.
Well, If you are trying to lose weight then you should NOT make those foods a habit.
However, do enjoy the deliciousness every once in awhile, it is ok.
If you have a hard time committing to that, I would recommend you learn how to keep track of your calories.
By keeping track of your calories you are one the FIRST STEP to losing your unwanted weight.
Check out this neat post we did on calorie counting (step by step guide):
Let’s Wrap It Up
Avoiding certain foods can be as EASY as finding a new hobby.
We often look to foods in times of boredom, for the flavors to stimulate us.
Keeping busy and assigning our minds to other things can help prevent us from turning to food to stimulate us, and we can go back to treating it for what it’s supposed to be, nourishment.
The hardest part about changing eating habits is always starting.
Your desire to eat healthily will manifest itself once you start to change your habits and you will find solace and self-fulfillment in those changes.
Start making those changes, RIGHT NOW.
Leave out the stuff you don’t need, RIGHT NOW.
Now before you leave, don’t forget to…
Become Better At Being You.