Shedding weight is not easy, we get it. But cutting back on these few things will not only help you fight the battle of the bulge, it will also add to your overall well being. If you start by saying no to these 7 things in your daily life, you will definitely be on your way to a much healthier and better version of you.
Try cutting down on foods that have high sugar content or fructose in their ingredients. Learn to shop smart and read labels when purchasing items. Sugar has been branded as the big bad wolf in our diets so instead, opt for fruit which has natural sugar. Honey and cinnamon are healthier options to put on your food instead of sugar. If you’ve not tried these before, give them a chance.
2. ‘Diet Foods’
Anything labelled as a diet food should come as a warning sign. Diet foods may claim to have zero calories or no sugars, but they are loaded with chemicals and artificial sweeteners which can trigger cravings and even binge eating. An excellent example of this is Diet Coke. Diet Coke could actually be worse for you than regular coke! How crazy is that? No wonder people are confused as to what they should buy, when the diet version can be worse for them than the non-diet option.
3. Processed Carbs
Not all carbs are bad. However, be mindful when choosing carbs that you put in your body. White carbs are high on the glycemic index and spike sugar levels. This means you can be full of energy for a short period of time, but then suffer a slump and feel rubbish. The solution: reach for whole grain and less refined carbs. Say no to chocolate biscuits and instead reach for an egg sandwich on wholegrain bread, which is made of unrefined complex carbs. Another excellent option is porridge.
4. Frozen Meals
Frozen meals lack in nutrition and will not give you any vital minerals that your body needs to function at its optimal level. Pre-packaged foods have high sodium levels and let’s face it, they do not taste that great either. If you work all day, invest in a slow cooker. That way, when you get home from a long day at work, your meal will be ready.
5. Power Bars or Protein Bars
That’s right. These things might sound like a healthy alternative to snacking or replacing the meal but what you do not know is that these are full of artificial sweeteners and refined processed ingredients. These bars will not keep you full for a long time. Eat eggs instead. Have them as an omelette for breakfast and pack some boiled ones too for snacking in between. One boiled egg a day is a great health booster.
6. Zero Calorie Sweeteners
Did you know 5 calories or under is labelled as zero calories? This may be slightly different depending on which country you reside in, but artificial sweeteners can cause bloating and even indigestion. So when reaching to sweeten up something, go for raw organic honey instead. It not only tastes better but is also much better for you too.
Alcohol has so many empty calories, it’s one of the biggest enemies against losing weight. If you are trying to lose weight, cut back as much as you can on alcohol. They don’t call it a “beer belly” for nothing. Even making no changes at all, if you tend to drink quite a lot on the weekends, just going without for one month could make a significant difference. Not only is alcohol totally calorific, but it also makes you hungrier, and so with it, comes more calories from eating rubbish food.
The bottom line is, if you are not sure if the food is healthy or not, look at the label and learn what it all means. ‘Reduced Fat’ still often means it has too much fat. It’s purely a marketing ploy. People subconsciously see ‘reduced’ as ‘low’. Also, keep an eye on the carb and sugar amounts. Be mindful when you eat. Make healthy eating a lifestyle change, not a diet. A diet is a short term. A lifestyle choice is for life.