Now that the new year has begun, a lot of people are thinking about changing their lifestyles for the better. One of the most common New Year's resolutions is to lose weight. Before you run out and invest in a gym membership, we put together a list of foods that you can cut out of your diet that will help you shed pounds before you work out.
Sweets and Soda
These kinds of food have no value. They are just empty calories that will make you fat. Sugar is addictive, but the temporary withdrawal symptoms are worth it in the long run. Nutritionists will tell you that you must remove sweets and soda from your diet first if you want to reduce the amount of belly fat you have.
It is very easy to consume around 2,000 calories in just one meal at a fast food restaurant. That is more than your recommended daily intake. The nutritional value in these kinds of food is very low as well. It is best if you avoid eating fast food altogether.
Alcohol falls in like with candy and soda. There is almost no nutritional value. Your favorite drinks also have a high-calorie content. Even worse is that one drink usually leads to another which leads to even more empty calories. They don't call it a "beer belly" for nothing.
Dairy products are an excellent source of calcium, but they are also full of carbs and bad fats. They could be adding inches to your waistline, so enjoy these kinds of foods in moderation.
Sadly, refined grains consist entirely of carbs. When eating them, you will get a sugar rush just like you do when eating candy. After that rush is gone, you will start to feel hungry again. Go for whole or wild grains instead as they release carbs slowly into your system.
Most people think that juice is healthy. While some can contain important nutrients, most fruit juices are full of sugar. Some juices even have more sugar than soda!
Almost everyone is guilty of snacking between meals. Junk food is full of empty calories and has a low nutritional value. Nutritionists recommend munching on vegetables instead. Crunchy ones are an especially good alternative to chips as the crunch tricks your brain into not thinking about how healthy your new snack is.
High-Fructose Corn Syrup
Yes, we know this is not technically a food, but it is an ingredient in a lot of food that will cause your body the same issues that sweets and refined grains do. high-fructose corn syrup can also stop your body from realizing that it is full which will cause you to eat more than you should.
On a personal note, I traded my soda in for carbonated flavored waters and lost nine pounds my first week. I eventually traded that flavored water in for lemon water because NutraSweet is not good for you either. All of the tips in this article are the same tips a nutritionist will tell someone who has had weight loss surgery. So, if you really want to lose weight and get that flat tummy, start with your diet first. Then, worry about exercise.