Weight loss is a topic that is front and center for many people every single day. The quest for permanent weight loss is often long and frustrating. It is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle by eating properly and moving your body regularly in order to achieve long term success. Pinpointing which foods to avoid is also an important factor, as adding bad food on top of good won't allow you to gain any ground.
Saturated fat is a danger to weight loss and to your overall health. It is found in animal products and has a tendency to clog arteries and increase your stores of fat more than other types of fat. All red meat has more saturated fat than meats like chicken, fish or turkey -- but any meat with a high fat content will hinder your weight loss efforts. If you eat meat, avoid chicken or turkey with the skin, and fatty pork or beef.
White flour and sugar are two substances that should be off any weight loss diet, and most baked goods are loaded with both. This includes cakes, pastries, donuts, white bread, cookies, pies and anything else made with white flour and sweetened with sugar. Many baked goods also contain trans fats, which are man-made fats that have a detrimental effect on your health.
Eating high amounts of sugar is bad for weight loss, but drinking high amounts of sugar is even worse. Most soda contains high fructose corn syrup, which is a sweetener that will pack on the pounds by adding extra calories and stimulating an insulin response every time you drink it. Soda is like liquid candy that enters your bloodstream quickly and should ideally be eliminated from your diet.
You won't find many people from either side of the health issue that will tell you fast food is anything but bad for your body. Burgers, fries, chicken fingers and pizza are all loaded with trans fat, saturated fat and salt -- and will increase your waistline faster than most other foods. Ideally, you should eliminate fast food, but at the very least reduce your intake.
Mindless snacking adds many calories each day for many people. Potato chips, candies, chocolate and ice cream increase your total caloric intake and affect your blood sugar. Try to eat these types of foods mindfully and eat slowly. If you can't avoid them altogether, stop eating them in front of the television and portion out smaller amounts.
Many foods that people believe are healthy are actually caloric time bombs waiting to expand your waistline. Foods like sushi rolls, dried fruit, muffins, some granola cereals and fruit juice can all help you gain weight. Many sushi rolls use mayonnaise, some granola cereals have high sugar content, muffins are basically cake and lots of fruit juices have as much sugar as a soda. Dried fruit can have up to eight times the sugar as the same amount of fresh fruit, according to an article by Zoe Ruderman in "Cosmopolitan" magazine.