One of the most common health oriented goals is weight loss. Dropping excess weight can give you more energy, make you look and feel more attractive, and significantly reduce the risk of numerous health problems like heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.
Despite all these benefits, an alarming number of people continue to be overweight and in many cases, obese. There are a wide range of potential reasons for this problem, including a sedentary lifestyle, but the greatest factor is diet. People are eating too many foods that are high in calories and low in nutrients. They are also eating portions that are far in excess of what is necessary to fulfill their energy needs.
If you want to lose weight, the first step is improving your diet in a way that is enjoyable and sustainable. It’s easy to go on a crash diet for a few weeks and drop some pounds, but if you want to maintain your weight loss, you’ll need to create a healthy diet that you can live with.
Here are the foods that you need to cut out first in your quest for a healthy weight. These foods do you little good and can cause a great deal of harm if consumed on a regular basis:
- Candy – Basically pure sugar with zero nutritional value
- Pastries – Sugar and carbohydrates
- Breads – Although most people can’t imagine life without bread, it contains large amounts of calories and little nutritional benefit
- Fried foods – Fried foods are high in fat and usually have a high level of calories from the batter they are fried in
- Highly processed foods – Processed foods like you might buy from a gas station lose most of their nutrients and are usually high in fat and sodium
- Soft drinks – A large source of sugar and empty calories
- Beer – Another source of empty calories and nutrition-less carbohydrates
- Bacon – Pretty much pure fat
- Ice cream – High in fat and sugar
- Pasta – Similar to bread and bad for the same reasons
Now, you are probably thinking that the above list basically includes every decent tasting food in the world, and to a certain point you are right. Losing weight and staying healthy involves significant sacrifice, but in my opinion the benefits are far greater. Would you rather indulge an unhealthy food addiction or remain healthy and active into old age?
In future posts I’ll provide more guidance on the foods you should eat along with some meal ideas that can actually be pretty tasty in their own right.