Weight Loss Foods: What to Eat and What to Avoid

Weight Loss Foods: What to Eat and What to Avoid

Extensive marketing by the Food Industrial Complex of foods that are detrimental to our health has more influence on our overweight problem and obesity than anything else today. Junk foods packed with trans fats, high fructose corn syrup, too much salt and empty calorie refined carbohydrates have become a major  part our diet. Its no wonder we have trouble losing weight and keeping is off. If weight loss foods were marketed by the Food Industrial Complex, do you really think that they would work? If they did, how long would they be able to continue selling them?This is why most “diet foods” marketed by the Food Industrial Complex aren’t any good. They couldn’t keep selling them if they worked and you didn’t need them anymore. That’s why I want to give you some solid advice on what kind of foods to eat for weight loss and what not to eat A body needs nourishing foods to ensure optimum health. The calories you ingest need to be nutritious calories not empty calories.

Minimum caloric intake for women is 1100 calories a day while men should consume at least 1500 per day. What’s important is that these calories come from nutrient rich foods and not from junk foods. More importantly, if you don’t eat the right kinds of food, your metabolism will slow down, which causes weight gain.   If you’re on a diet, you’re probably monitoring your calories as well as lessening your fat intake. But, if you’re not eating the proper foods, it’s all for naught. Consuming low-calorie snacks and other ready-to-eat foods may keep you in your calorie plan for a day, but if you’re not providing nutrients for your body, you’re going to remain hungry which in turn will drive you to eat more.

What to Eat   Your first choice should be weight loss foods that are very high in fiber. The World Health Organization concluded that dietary fiber was the only dietary component that had convincing evidence showing a protective effect against weight gain and obesity.

1. High Fiber Cereals   There are cereals that can help you fill up with a reasonably low intake of calories. These foods include roasted corn on the cob, cornflakes, oats, rice, or for Indian flavor, chapattis, and idlis as they have small amounts of sugar.

2. Nut’s like Walnuts, Almonds, Pecans   Walnuts are considered to be one of the best weight loss foods. They help decrease bad cholesterol in your body and they are typically a good source of energy, much like steamed fish. Nut’s are high in fiber as well as being high in protein. A diet high in protein help to increase your metabolic rate as proteins are harder to digest and metabolize and thus take more energy to do so.

3. Vegetables and Fruits   Make salads with tomatoes, carrots, cabbage, beetroots, lettuce or cucumbers as they are low in calories. You can make use of the curd or lemon juice as salad dressing. Sandwiches are also a good way to eat these raw vegetables.

4. Fish  Fish is a great source of protein. Whitefish, such as haddock and seer, contain very little fat (usually less than 1%) whereas oily fish, such as salmon and sardines, contain between 10-25%. The latter, as a result of its high fat content, contain a range of fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E and K) and essential fatty acids, all of which are vital for the healthy functioning of the body. Most all fish is high in omega 3 fatty acids which is not only good for heart health but brain health as well.

5. Garlic   Garlic is claimed to help prevent heart disease (including atherosclerosis, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure) and cancer. Some early research studies in humans, have suggested cardiovascular benefits of garlic.

Foods to Avoid

If you are really aiming to lose weight successfully, then you should try to reduce your sodium and carb intake.

You should not eat the following foods:

1Soda & Sugared Beverages   Second rule for weight loss is don’t drink your calories. There is no nutritional value in 99% of all drinks, even juice drinks. Fruit juices and soft drinks are filled with high fructose corn syrup. These nutrition-less empty  calories are generally the top source of excess calories. These high calories have been shown to promote fat storage around the abdomen.

2.Processed foods & fast foods   All processed foods come with added sugars and salt to make the food more palatable. Most have a fair amount of chemicals in them as well, mostly preservatives for a longer shelf life and I don’t need to explain the dangers of the burger and fries fast food dilemma. Most fast foods come with the same added sugars and salts just like processed foods.

3. Condiments   Margarine spreads, mayonnaise and ketchup are all weight loss busters crammed with trans fats made during the manufacturing process. Most ketchup is loaded with high fructose corn syrup, again added for sweetness to make it more palatable.

4. Alcoholic Beverages   Alcoholic beverages have no nutrients as well and are very high in calories. Alcohol is broken down in the liver to fatty acids which are accessible for storage within the liver leading to liver disease and cirrhosis.   This may be the most important thing on this page, don’t drink your calories.


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