10 Foods You Should Avoid When Trying To Lose Weight
This is a difficult article to write in a lot of ways, because the whole concept of food restriction and avoiding certain foods when trying to lose weight can backfire spectacularly for some people, while for others simple food restriction can transform their physique and their lives.
If you’ve ever heard of “clean eating” versus “IIFYM” then you will understand the problem. Some people respond really well to simple advice. “Don’t eat carbs after 6pm” is pretty rubbish advice because there is no scientific reason why this would work, but for someone who likes to follow simple rules (no matter how arbitrary) this technique will work very well.
On the other hand, following an If It Fits Your Macros (IIFYM) based diet can be extremely effective, in this diet you can eat whatever you want so long as you hit your calorie target, and your macro target (protein, fat, and carbohydrates). At first this sounds like you can eat all the junk food you want, but in reality you need to make junk food fit your diet, which can be quite difficult. So you end up eating some junk food, but also more vegetables, fruit, and lean protein.
So in this article we are going to look at 10 foods that will make it harder for you to lose weight, but remember that this doesn’t mean that they are necessarily bad for you. People have lost weight while only drinking protein shakes for a month, or eating a Twinky-only diet, or (possibly the best diet ever) the beer and sausage diet. So take all of this advice with a pinch of salt. Additionally, to assist with weight loss people often supplement with fat burners. Finding the right all natural fat burner may be what you need to kick your butt into gear.
First one on the list and it’s already controversial! Avocados are healthy, and full of “good fats”. But if you’re looking to lose weight do you really need to be adding 322 calories to your diet? Because that’s how many calories just 1 avocado has! Some people are going through 2 a day. Try to limit the amount you have per week rather than avoid completely.
2. Peanut Butter
Another popular food with people trying to lose weight, but peanut butter (or any nut butter) is very high in calories. Two tablespoons of peanut butter can equal 188 calories!
3. Olive Oil
This could really be any oil, but I thought that olive oil would irritate the “healthy” people the most (although coconut oil was also a consideration). It’s not that olive oil is unhealthy (it has lots of nutritional value) but that it is incredibly calorie-dense. Just one tablespoon of olive oil contains 120 calories! Think about that the next time you drizzle 2 gallons worth onto your salad.
This list is definitely becoming upsetting now! Steak was a really popular “diet” food during the Atkins revolution of the early 2000s. But a 250g steak can contain almost 700 calories with 21g of saturated fat.
This is getting more and more upsetting as we go along, but a pint (which all beer should be measured in regardless of where you’re from) of Bud can contain almost 300 calories.
A handful of raisins can contain 300 calories, which means that a handful of raisins contains as many calories as a beer but you still chose raisins?
7. Cashew Nuts
Could have been any nut really, peanut, walnut, macadameia. Nuts are continually mentioned as a great alternative to unhealthy snacks. But 100g of cashew nuts is 550 calories. Great for health, bad for losing weight.
8. Dark Chocolate
600 calories for a bar of dark chocolate? No thanks!
Everyone hates on bread these days but it is a staple of almost every diet in the world, that being said two slices of bread can add nearly 200 calories to your total.
Well we’ve already ruined beer, meat, bread, and chocolate. Might as well ruin cheese for everyone while we’re at it. 100g of American cheese contains 371 calories. Which is a lot of calories to waste on bad cheese! Get a nice blue cheese for 412 calories and at least you’ll be eating well.
So there you have it, if you skipped the introduction you are probably already throwing these foods out of your kitchen. But please reconsider. Every single one of these foods can be part of a calorie controlled diet, and no diet will succeed long term if you eliminate all of your favorite foods. Furthermore, while diet is a major key to weight loss, there are other important tips to improve your weight loss process. The hardest part with starting a healthy diet can be the new caloric restriction that can cause constant hunger, using an appetite suppressant will definitely help. Finally, be disciplined and you can have anything you want, just stay within your daily calorie target.