There is a general myth and misconception that many people have. They believe that they can exercise away a poor diet. They feel that just because they are exercising they have more leeway with their food choices. The truth of the matter is that 70% of weight loss depends on your diet.
In order to drop the pounds and achieve a lean physique or a slim body, most of your effort should be focused on your diet. You must avoid the pitfalls and substitute poor food choices with healthier alternatives.
The biggest culprit is sugar. Studies have shown that sugar is the main cause of the obesity epidemic. It is highly addictive and the more you consume, the more you crave it. Aim to reduce your sugar consumption gradually over a period of time until your consumption of it becomes negligible.
So the formula to losing weight is:
Remove the bad foods + Eat healthy good foods + Do moderate resistance exercises on a regular basis + Have least 2 or 3 cardio sessions every week.
Sounds simple enough, right? There is a popular saying that goes, “Success is very simple, but just because it is simple, doesn’t mean it’s easy”.
You must have self-discipline and a lot of determination. You will slip up here and there. It is inevitable. What really matters is that you stay the course. Success is not linear. It is a jumbled mess. You will experience setbacks, mistakes and there will be times when you cave in and give in to temptations and cravings. This is par for the course.
Never even consider quitting just because you slipped up here and there. This is a journey and there will be times of self-doubt. In fact, weight loss is one of the most difficult journeys out there. Always remember that it is darkest before the dawn.
That being said, the list below contains 7 foods that must be taken off your diet. Failure to do so, will make your weight loss goal just another lofty dream. If you manage to ditch the foods below, your weight loss journey will become much easier”
Because of the high amount of hydrogenated vegetable oil that is used their production, chips contain a lot of artery-clogging trans fats. Trans fats are very unhealthy and they cause cardiovascular problems and undesired weight gain. We all enjoy munching on some chips while watching our favorite TV programs but why not munch on a healthier snack like frozen fruit or one or two carrot sticks. They may not be as tasty, but they will not sabotage your weight loss goals.
Having the dubious honor of being considered as one of the worst foods ever and with zero nutritional value, doughnuts are made up of refined sugar, processed carbohydrates, fats and preservatives. They disturb the digestive system and cause gastrointestinal upsets. The levels of sugar are addictively high in doughnuts and it is these extremely high calories which cause weight gain.
Eating bagels distorts your normal physiological blood sugar levels leading to unstable spikes in insulin levels. Unstable insulin levels are associated with cardiovascular problems, metabolic disturbances, weight gain, acne, body pains and mood swings.
- Fast food
A lot has been said about fast food. Without really repeating the same old story, just remember fast foods are highly detrimental. Avoid them at all costs, even on your cheat days.
- Microwaved Popcorn
Microwave popcorn bags are often lined with certain chemicals called perflouroalyls that are believed to cause conditions like, cancer, infertility, thyroid conditions, and immune system problems. When you are microwaving the popcorn some of these bad chemicals get absorbed into the popcorn. So, be warned that eating from the bag is not as healthy as many people think.
- French Fries
Without a doubt, the worst food on the planet. There have been studies that stated that a single French fry is more dangerous than a cigarette. Imagine that.
These little potato sticks are high in trans fats which cause cardiovascular problems and weight gain. They also contain carcinogens and raise the risk of cancer. Latest studies show that fries may not be entirely made of potato either. Avoid these like the plague.
A lot of cereals contain genetically modified foods that have long term harmful effects. Most people have the illusion that cereals are natural and a very healthy breakfast meal. The marketing for these products is very convincing. The reality is that cereals are high in sugar and extremely unhealthy.
Is it any wonder then that children these days are increasingly obese? This is the reason. Switch to healthier options such as eggs, fruit, oats, whole grain bread, green smoothies, etc.
If you manage to remove the abovementioned foods from your diet, you will be much better off and not only will you lose weight, but your health not be compromised.
“Junk food you’ve craved for an hour or a body you’ve craved for a lifetime? Your decision.”