Nutrition is one of the most important lifestyle choices when it comes to shedding pounds. One must pay much attention to the food one puts in their body. The assortment of sugars and sweets offered by most supermarkets can be very confusing for anyone, particularly to those who are trying to get rid of excessive weight.
There are several misconceptions supported by manufacturers and advertisers – products that are claimed and often considered to be healthy, yet actually are not that good for those who are trying to lose their weight. Here are 5 generally healthy products that should still be avoided to help encourage successful weight-loss.
Whole Wheat Bread
The first product on our list may seem like a bit of a surprise to some dieters, as we advise you to avoid whole-wheat bread if you are really aiming to lose those annoying pounds. Sure, it is better than white bread, however, it is not much better when it comes to keeping off weight.
Whole wheat bread still contains a lot of carbs and fat, and what’s important – less fiber that is essential for a healthy weight-loss. If we have to suggest to you any alternative options, one optimal product to replace whole-wheat bread is brown rice.
It has more fiber, it will satisfy your appetite better and contains more valuable nutrients. So, if you are really determined to lose weight, you definitely should stay away from all sorts of breads and starches.
The next product to avoid is fruit juice. Some people may get irritated by this statement, since we’ve been told since our early childhood that fruit juice is something we must drink in order to remain healthy. The fruit juice we can buy at most supermarkets is the worst kind, as it contains great amounts of sugar and lacks fiber.
Even if you choose to consume fresh-squeezed fruit juice, you have to be very careful. Imagine a glass of orange juice and the amount of oranges you would need to make this glass full. Well, it would take approximately 6 large oranges. Now imagine yourself eating those 6 oranges in a row. You would probably get quite full after just the third one.
Now, consuming those 6 oranges in the form of juice would be so much easier, thus you will find yourself overeating without actually noticing it and overeating is something we always want avoid no matter how healthy the type of food we are consuming.
It is better to stick to eating whole fruits and vegetable, and for hydration, stick with water. Another option can be coconut water. It tastes good and consists of many great nutrients.
Granola is a product that is being widely advertised as healthy and it confuses those who want to begin a healthy lifestyle. The case of granola is really tricky – you can say that it is the best of “bad foods,” yet you still should stay away from granola as it is high in fat, sugar, carbs and calories.
In addition, people usually add milk when eating granola. Milk in general is not so bad, yet should be avoided when trying to successfully lose weight. Instead of granola, eat natural oatmeal. Thus, you can avoid adding any sugar, just add some of your favorite fruit and enjoy a tasty and healthy meal that will actually help you lose weight, not keep it on.
Remember, we are not talking about the instant oatmeal, but whole-grain oatmeal. Instant oatmeal is similar to the situation with fruit and fruit juice – it is better to stick to the organic and naturally occurring form of the product.
The fourth product to avoid about when trying to lose weight, is sports drinks – Gatorade, Powerade and others. This might seem confusing to you as you can see athletes advertising it making you believe that there cannot be anything bad about these drinks.
The truth is – unless you are a high performance sports athlete, these drinks are simply not meant for you. Since athletes burn enormous amounts of calories every day, they need these drinks in order to maintain an electrolyte balance in their bodies.
Regular people, whose level of exercise is much lower, do not need to drink them. Unless you workout a lot, consuming these drinks will lead to added fat as they contain a lot of sugar. Electrolytes can be found in natural sources too.
Before exercise, you can have a banana, which contains many good nutrients, especially potassium. Another great source of potassium is coconut water, which we already mentioned above.
Here is the final and most important suggestion – avoid purchasing any organic junk food from grocery stores e.g. organic pizzas, organic potato chips, donuts and muffins.
Even if they are better than regular products, they are still not better than simple, organic foods like meat, fruit and vegetables.
The main advice for the people trying to lose weight is simple – always eat the organic version. Remember that the product in its natural form is always better than the processed version.
Of course, you are not forbidden to have treats once in a while, however it’s better avoid them as much as possible until you’ve reached your goal. Dieting and weight-loss is a time when some people are experiencing a dramatic change in their eating habits.
For some it’s not that easy, so it’s important to simply keep in mind the benefits that come from fresh, natural and healthy meals.