The foods that we eat can affect your body in a number of ways, and ultimately affect your health as well. Being overweight can cause a number of serious health problems. There’s some food to avoid to lose weight and be healthy.

Of course most people know about saturated fat and trans fatty acids and the potential problems that they can cause with your cardiovascular health. Heart disease, plaque build up, cancer, etc. The food you eat at fast food restaurants tend to be high in both saturated fat and trans fatty acids. If you must eat there stick to the salads (low fat or no fat dressings) and broiled chicken.

Refined and processed foods also tend to make losing weight more difficult and often times lead to weight gain and poor nutrition instead. Refined foods such as white rice, white flour, bleached flour, etc. have had the vitamins and nutrients bleached out and the body doesn’t work as hard to digest it, meaning you’ll tend to gain more weight, if that’s not bad enough you’re also filling up with empty calories. The fiber that’s in unrefined foods helps the body to move excess food and potentially harmful preservatives and toxins out of your system before it gets the chance to turn to fat thus helping you to lose weight.

Also try and avoid sugary foods that have a high glycemic index. For example, certain types of refined carbohydrate (those with a high-GI value) is absorbed by the body to quickly and raises the blood sugar levels causing a “sugar spike”. This sometimes causes your body to overreact which helps to produce excess insulin which removes the sugar from your bloodstream resulting in low blood sugar which can eventually result in health problems. Thus resulting in mood and appetite swings from this yo-yo effect from the high and low blood sugar swings.

Eating low glycemic food results in more consistent blood sugar levels. Low glycemic foods includes apples, plums, cherries, yogurt, skim milk, etc. High sugary foods should also be avoided. Fruit contain sugars so if possible eat the entire fruit as it contains fiber, as opposed to just drinking the juice, the fiber will help to minimize the spike in your blood sugar.

Other foods to avoid to lose weight are hydrogenated oil, partially hydrogenated oil, vegetable shortening, high fructose corn syrup, corn oil, margerine, preservatives that has been added.

A weight loss tip that you may want to keep in mind is eating regularly, eat smaller but more frequent meals and snacks. This will help to keep your blood sugar level more consistent so you will have less mood and appetite swings and be less likely to binge and overeat. Your metabolism will also run smoother and burn fat more efficiently.

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