Losing weight is a collective process. It’s a blend of eating healthy foods, cutting back calories, and being physically active. That said, if your kitchen is filled with the wrong foods, then it only makes it super harder to lose weight.
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Intro – 0:00
1. Baked goods – 0:49
2. Frozen meals – 1:42
3. Processed meats – 2:38
4. White bread and refined pasta – 3:30
5. Sugary cereal – 4:32
6. Potato chips & french fries – 5:08
7. Pretzels – 6:08
8. Restaurant hamburgers – 6:45
9. Ice cream – 7:37
10. Sugary beverages – 8:31
In a nutshell:
Cookies, cakes, and pastries alike are often laden with unhealthy ingredients such as refined flour and added sugar, including fructose.
A study found that participants who consumed fructose had greater hunger and desire for food than those who had glucose, another type of sugar.
Baked foods and pre-made desserts may also contain artificial trans fats, which are very harmful, not to mention, have been linked to many diseases.
For busy folks, frozen meals are their go-to.
The problem is, frozen meals are loaded with sodium, a natural preservative to make fresh ingredients last extra long in the freezer.
In case you don’t know, sodium makes you retain water, causing you to bloat up.
As such, you won’t look and feel your best no matter how much weight you’ve lost.
What’s more, food manufacturers try to put a meal’s worth of calories into a small box.
Processed meats are meat that food manufacturers have either canned, dried, smoked, fermented or otherwise processed and preserved.
Some common processed meats are bacon, hot dogs, salami, ham, and jerky.
Eating such types of meats won’t just make you gain weight, but will also pose a health risk.
They’re often high in salt and low in nutrients.
In addition, they tend to be calorie-dense compared to lean protein foods such as fish, beans, and poultry.
White bread and refined pasta
White bread or pasta that is made using refined wheat flour is normally high in carbohydrates and calories, albeit low in fiber, protein, and other nutrients.
White bread, in particular, is highly refined and often contains a lot of added sugar.
A study of around 9,200 people found that eating 2 slices of white bread per day can increase the risk of weight gain and obesity by 40%.
Thankfully, there are several healthy alternatives to conventional wheat bread.
Sugary, refined cereals
As much as you like your fruity puffs and sweet squares, they do nothing to keep you healthy, much less shrink your waistline.
As a matter of fact, in most cases, a bowl of refined cereal has more calorie-dense sugar than a Krispy Kreme Doughnut.
So, the next time you go shopping, instead of your typical refined cereals, switch them for oats.
Potato chips and french fries
Whole potatoes are filling and healthy.
However, french fries and potato chips are the opposite.
They’re high in calories, and it’s easy for anyone to binge on them.
According to observational studies, eating french fries and potato chips has been strongly associated with weight gain.
Are you a huge fan of packaged salty foods like pretzels?
Welp, there you have it–it’s why you aren’t losing weight.
And it’s not just because salty foods contribute to water weight.
It’s more like salt confuses the biological processes in your body.
Everyone likes ice cream because who can even resist this incredibly delicious dessert?
Well, we have news for you–ice cream is high in both calories and sugar.
And it turns out that its sugar makes up the majority of its carbohydrate content.
Plus, it offers very little protein nor fiber. It’s even high in fat.
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