The hardest part about trying to lose weight is trying to avoid temptation. As the old saying goes, you can’t avoid it birds fly over your head, but you can stop them from nesting in your beard. Easier said than done. The truth is, the worst foods for you often seem to be the most delicious or enjoyable. The good news is that there are lower calorie or healthier alternatives if you find yourself craving for certain foods that are lethal to your weight-loss efforts. Here is a list of foods you should avoid when trying to lose weight. We’ve also included alternatives you should try if you get cravings.
Lets Take a Look At Some Avoidable Products!
Stick margarine products
These fat-laden bread spreads might taste great but they pack a nasty punch. Not only does one tablespoon of typical stick margarine brands contain a whopping 100 calories, they contain cholesterol. The bad news doesn’t end there either-stick margarine contains trans fat. You have probably heard about this particularly nasty form of fat-it reduces your good cholesterol level while boosting your body’s bad cholesterol levels. Trans fat can also damage your blood vessels and tends to boost clotting which can lead to strokes. Talk about bad news. Instead of using stick margarine products, you should use softer margarine products that have fewer calories and no transfat. If you prefer something with a distinct butter flavor instead, you should try whipped butter. This is normal butter infused with air. The large amount of air in whipped butter reduces its calorie count and reduces its fat content as well.
One of the biggest reasons there is an obesity epidemic in the United States is due to the wide availability and popularity of soda drinks. These are simply flavored water loaded up with lots and lots of sugar. The main source of sugar in most US soda brands comes from high fructose corn syrup. You don’t get any vitamins or nutrients from soda. You only get lots of ’empty calories’ thanks to soda drinks’ high sugar content. The bad news is that soda drinks also contain certain acids that can cause your bones to weaken and can damage your teeth. If you are looking for a healthier replacement, you can’t go wrong with that classic liquid refreshment-water. If you want a drink with soda’s same fizz and pop, try seltzer water flavored with natural ingredients.
Long promoted as a healthy drink packed with protein and calcium, whole milk actually has more disadvantages than advantages. Sure, it may have animal-based protein and calcium, but it is also loaded with cholesterol and has high levels of saturated fat. Why is saturated fat bad news? This type of fat increases your blood’s level of bad cholesterol. It also packs quite a bit of calories. If you want a healthier, no-cholesterol alternative try soy milk. If you prefer ‘real’ milk alternatives, try fat-free skim milk or one-percent low-fat milk. Soy milk still delivers protein and calcium without the cholesterol and heavy calories. Skim and one-percent-low-fat milk also delivers lots of protein and calcium, along with potassium and Vitamin D.
One of the tastiest treats you can treat yourself is sinking your teeth into some freshly-baked bagels. Your taste buds will rejoice as the thick exterior gives way to a thick flour interior. Topped with fresh Philly cream cheese, it’s too easy to slip off into gastronomic heaven. What’s not to love? Well, quite a bit actually. First, standard bagels are made from refined wheat flour. This type of flour had all wholesome and nutritious compounds stripped out. Very little dietary fiber. Very little nutrients. If that wasn’t bad enough, wait, there’s more bad news. If bagels were ‘fluffy’ like yeast-leavened bread, they wouldn’t be too bad. You can eat a few and you’ll be full. But bagels don’t use yeast and are very, very dense. This means you get lots of calories packed into one small package. As mentioned above, these calories don’t have dietary fiber or much nutrients at all. According to some estimates, one standard bagel is the same as four or five slices of standard low-nutrition white bread. If you want to get your daily bread fix but want to avoid bagels, try whole-grain muffins or, if you are craving bagels, try oat bran or whole wheat bagels. Make sure you take out some of the dense bread filling first so you can reduce your calories.
Who hasn’t been to a ball game or park and enjoyed hot dogs? Hot dogs are extremely popular because they are easy to eat on the go and they are easy on your pocketbook. They can also be very tasty. With that said, hot dogs don’t add much to your health. First, they are loaded with salt and saturated fat. Second, they are seasoned in such a way that it isn’t hard to eat two or three hotdogs. Considering how appealing these fat, salt, and calorie bombs are, it is no wonder that this food item has been linked to colon caner or heart disease. If you want to get your daily hotdog fix, you should try hotdogs that are made from lean turkey or sausage cuts. Not only do these types of hotdogs pack less calories, they are also healthier for you since they contain less fat. Chicken and turkey hotdogs also contain better quality protein.
Who wasn’t dunked their hand into a warm tub of popcorn while watching a movie? Movie-theater popcorn are so popular that watching a movie simply won’t be the same without this cheap, portable, and tasty snack. Problem is, this snack is a health disaster. Seriously. Not only are they loaded with salt and fat from oil, the oil used in preparing movie-theater popcorn is one of the worst types of oil out there-coconut oil. Coconut oil is a highly saturated form of fat. In terms of calories, movie-theater popcorn packs 1200 calories in a medium sized bucket. This is jaw-dropping. It gets even worse because movie-theater popcorn is usually doused in lots of heart-clogging liquid butter. If you are looking for a healthier alternative, try air-popped popcorn using healthier oil-based ‘butter.’