Which foods are the biggest offenders? Here are 4 of the easiest things to cut out of your diet if you want to reach your weight loss goals in the fastest timeframe possible.
Soda is bad for you. Really bad. Especially if you want to lose weight.
Simply cutting high calorie and sugary beverages like soda, fruit juice, and energy drinks, from your diet can help you lose a significant amount of weight. Energy drinks and soda are nothing more than empty calories that offer no real nutritional value. And they contain A LOT of sugar.
Fruit juices seem healthy on the surface, but are often loaded with excess sugar that contributes to weight gain. Inside the Salvation Diet, author Chris Walker states…
“Commercials have convinced many Americans that the healthy way to start the day is with a big bowl of a whole-grain cereal and a tall glass of orange juice. 100% real juice is a great source of vitamins, and everyone knows that you need 5-7 servings of fruit per day, right?! Actually no. Fruit contains an enormous amount of fructose, and when you drink juice it’s like a huge dose of pure sugar right into your bloodstream. Stick to water and tea instead.”
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If you’re a habitual soda drinker, you probably consume about 100 empty calories every single day. By just cutting out that one bottle of soda each day, you can cut over 30,000 calories a year. If you want to lose weight, water is by far the best choice.
Most of us know fast food isn’t good for us, but in today’s fast paced world, it’s not always easy to find the time to cook your own healthy meals. Of course, not all fast food is bad, but a lot of it is packed with a bad combination of unhealthy fats, sodium, and sugar—all of which contribute to weight gain.
Even the seemingly healthy options, like salads, at fast food restaurants often contain unnecessary and calorie-heavy ingredients like shredded cheese, croutons, and fatty dressings.
If you’re in a hurry, try grabbing a prepared meal from a supermarket instead of stopping for fast food. Supermarkets tend to have at least a few healthy options.
Sodium-heavy foods cause water retention and bloating that makes you uncomfortable and hinders weight loss. If weight loss isn’t bad enough already, high sodium foods are also linked to things like high blood pressure, kidney disease, and even heart failure.
To eliminate your bloat and get rid of water retention, limit your sodium intake to under 2,300 milligrams a day. Also, be sure to check the nutrition labels on the food you eat; things like canned vegetables often contain a lot more sodium than you realize.
Sugary foods instantly spike blood sugar, give you a rush of energy, and then cause you to come crashing down. During a crash, people commonly experience hunger and irritability. Whatever sugar doesn’t get burned right away for fuel ends up being stored as fat and causes weight gain.
If you combine a proper diet with moderate exercise, you should have no problem safely losing a pound or two per week. We’ve mentioned some of the easiest things to cut out of your diet to lose weight, and if you follow these guidelines, the pounds will come off and your overall health will improve.