Have you ever wondered what foods to eat when you are trying to lose weight? Below you will find a list with some foods that should be eliminated for fast weight loss.
You get a craving.
After searching through the cabinets, the refrigerator, and the pantry, you settle on a snack. Eating makes you feel better. You feel satisfied – for a moment.
Then you feel hungry again. Another craving strikes. Back to the kitchen you go.
If you can fight back when a craving occurs, then the journey toward weight loss is much easier to follow. When a strong craving hits and there is no choice but to satisfy it, then here are the foods you’ll want to eliminate from your home so you can continue to pursue your goals.
Anything with Carbohydrates
Carbohydrates get converted into simple sugars by your digestive system. These sugars get sent directly into the blood stream. This creates “rush” of sugar that makes you feel better, but causes higher insulin production.
This results in lower blood sugar levels over time, more hunger cravings, and zero energy.
Instead of eating rice cakes, cereal, or crackers on their own, add some healthy fats to your snack. Add some peanut butter, low-fat cheese, or a favorite protein. Try to make them a miniature meal instead of a basic snack to get you by.
Prepared Frozen Meals
When you’re in a rush and need a meal, a frozen dinner might seem like a tempting proposition. Just grab the meal, toss it into the microwave, and you’ve got dinner in 5 minutes or less.
The issue with prepared frozen meals is the amount of sodium they contain. One frozen meal can have the same amount of sodium as a fast-food burger.
If you need a fast meal, consider purchasing frozen vegetables that can steam in the microwave. Think about freezing some of your favorite meals so you can just heat them up later when a craving occurs.
Fiber is a good thing and in the form of a snack bar can be a good thing, but many people see that it meets their daily requirements, so they don’t eat any more of it. Fiber, to be helpful, must be eaten consistently throughout the day.
Include more fruits and vegetables when you need a snack. This will solve the fiber problem, satisfy your sweet tooth, and reduce hunger issues because the digestive needs some time to process the food.
Diet and “Low Fat” Alternatives
Low-fat cheese can be a nice addition to a snack. It can also be the foundation of very poor eating habits.
Many people consume up to 30% more food when it has labels like “diet” or “low fat.” Doing this may keep fat levels down, but it pushes the calorie count upward, so weight loss becomes difficult to achieve.
Another issue that low-fat foods tend to cause is an increase in sugar levels. Foods with fat removed from them tend to taste a lot like cardboard. To encourage people to keep eating it, sugar is added.
Consider eating healthy fats instead of low-fat alternatives, but do so in moderation. A few vegetables and some hummus or guacamole can be a lot better for you than a fat-free salad dressing.
Juice tends to have as much sugar, and sometimes more sugar, than an artificially sweetened carbonated drink. Even if it is 100% juice, it will lead to a spike in blood sugar levels.
If you feel thirsty, then drink water. If you just can’t handle plain water, try unsweetened tea. And, if you need a morning pick-me-up, black coffee is still 0 calories.