Five food items to avoid when losing weight

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25 Jun 2019

Health Bytes: Food-items to avoid when trying to lose weight

Weight loss is a process that demands right planning, long-term commitment, and making the right choices.

Talking of choices, certain food items are known to naturally trigger fat burn and weight loss, while some others might pile up unwanted calories, making you gain extra kilos.

Here are five such food items you should avoid when trying to lose weight.

#1

Fried food

Fried food

Fried food, like French fries and potato chips sure make a great addition to burgers and pizzas, but these food items are high in calories and induce overeating, implying that people end up consuming too many of these without realizing.

If you are looking to lose weight, healthy snacking is the way to go. For instance, choose boiled potatoes to satisfy taste buds.

#2

Sugar-loaded drinks

Excessive consumption of sugar-filled drinks such as colas and sodas is one of the major reasons of obesity in world.

The problem with these drinks is that despite being high in calories, they are unable to satiate you the way solid food does.

Not just that, these sugary beverages are also known to cause metabolic syndrome, type-2 diabetes, and other dreadful health conditions.

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#3

White bread

White bread

Unlike whole grain bread, white bread preparation includes a refinement process that leaves it devoid of nutrients, and makes it fattening.

In fact, eating just two slices of white bread in a day is known to increase risk of obesity by 40%.

Apart from unwanted weight gain, it may also lead to inflammation and blood sugar spikes.

#4,5

Fruit juice and alcohol

Fruit juice: Most packaged fruit juices are high in calories and sugars while they have very little nutritional value and are also low on fiber. So quit them, and go for whole fruits instead.

Alcohol: Heavy drinking of alcoholic beverages (especially beer) is often associated with weight gain, as they pack way more calories than protein and carbs, and also induce overeating.

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