The rate at which obesity is growing in the United States is a major cause of concern. According to the CDC, nearly 94 million Americans are obese. Obesity increases the risk of heart disease and strokes – two of the leading causes of death in the country.
Naturally, a key component of weight loss is diet. Many people looking to lose weight report that the most difficult part of the process is eliminating certain calorie-rich foods from their diet. While the temptation may be intense, here are four foods you should look to avoid when trying to lose weight.
There’s no doubt that frozen meals are extremely convenient options. However, there’s a reason why they’re able to last so long in your freezer. To make the ingredients last longer, manufacturers load them with synthetic additives and sodium. Sodium increases water retention in your body, making you feel tired and bloated. You may also find it hard to resist the urge to open up a can of soda to quench your thirst. As these meals lack fiber, you can feel hungry just a few hours after finishing a meal!
An unwritten rule of all weight-loss diets is no sodas. These drinks contain an insane amount of calories and sugar, making them one of the first foods you should eliminate from your diet if you’re serious about weight loss. Research has shown that these beverages are strongly linked to weight gain.
Who doesn’t love fries? Well, despite how good they taste, French fries must be avoided when you’re looking to lose weight. Fries are rich in unhealthy fats and calories. They are also not particularly filling, which means you end up eating too many of them.
Research conducted by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition revealed that participants who consumed French fries twice a week had a higher risk of premature death. If you love potatoes, consider boiling them instead.
It’s no secret that ice cream is loaded with sugar. That’s what makes it delicious but it’s also what makes it one of the top foods to avoid when you’re looking to lose weight. The calorie-rich dessert offers very little in terms of nutritional value but feel free to make your own ice-cream substitute with coconut milk and frozen banana. It’s not only delicious but nutritious, too. Check out Rena’s EasyWillpower.com blog for the recipe.
If you’re struggling to avoid certain foods and not getting the desired results you want from your weight loss program, consider seeing a weight-loss hypnosis expert. Renowned hypnotherapist, Rena Greenberg uses hypnosis to help you resolve issues that hinder your weight loss. Try Rena’s Easy Willpower private weight loss program to break unhealthy eating habits and achieve long-term weight loss. Contact her today!
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