Sunday, April 17, 2011

Part 3 of Don't Diet Post Series: What you SHOULDN'T be eating

Believe it or not, there are many things you can eliminate from your diet that will make a difference in weight gain/loss and health.  Below is some information I've collected from sites to help you check your cupboards and eating choices so you can make better food choices.


Fatty Meat and Dairy Products

While these foods are tasty and good sources of protein, they can also make weight loss more difficult. Beef, chicken, pork, eggs, milk and cheese all contain saturated fat and cholesterol. Your best option for weight loss is to choose low-fat offerings of these foods. The Weight-Control Information Network recommends choosing low-fat cuts of meat and trimming away excess fat.

Prepackaged Foods

These foods are appealing in a time-crunched society because they are quick to prepare. However, they often contain saturated and trans fats. Even if the package indicates that there is no trans fat, you can identify these fats by the words "partially hydrogenated" on the list of ingredients. Eat more fresh foods instead, especially weight-loss friendly choices such as fiber-rich vegetables and fruits, whole grains and lean protein. Prepare meals for a few days in advance and store them in your freezer and reheat later if you're pressed for time.

Refined Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates aren't inherently fattening, says Tom Venuto, author of "The Body Fat Solution." The problem is that most people tend to eat too much of the wrong types, namely refined carbohydrates. These foods, such as sugar, white bread or white pasta, are calorie rich, but nutrient poor. On the other hand whole grains are nutrient-dense foods that are rich in fiber, which suppresses appetite and helps you lose fat, according to Venuto.

Fast Food

The documentary "Super Size Me" brought international attention to the perils of over-indulging in fast foods. As David Zinczenko, co-author of "Eat This, Not That!" explains, while you can control food preparation in your own home, you have no control over the meals prepared at fast food restaurants. Unfortunately, the more popular offerings are usually laden with fat. If you must go to these restaurants, choose healthier options such as salads, low-fat milk and vegetable or chicken breast wraps --- without the fatty sauces or cheese."

Read more:

"So What Foods Should You Avoid Like the Plague?
Doughnuts and Pastries
French Fries
Nearly All Breakfast Cereals
Processed Foods and Snacks

The key here is to avoid as many processed foods as you can. This is a challenge because over 90% of the foods that Americans eat are processed and the number source of calories is high fructose corn syrup."

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I'd say that two biggies in our culture that lend themselves to obesity, health problems and more: soda and fast food.  If you can cut out just those two things and monitor your weight and how you feel, I think the difference will be significant and making other health changes will come much easier.

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