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Five things to cut if you want to lose weight

02/12/2019

We can all agree that restrictive diets are detrimental to our physical and mental health in the long run. For our sanity, it’s important to enjoy what we eat, and registered dieticians insist that most foods are fine in moderation. That said, regardless of whether or not fat-loss is your aim, “there are some foods, which provide minimal nutritional benefits, that we should limit or avoid,” says Vandana Sheth, R.D., spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

So, how can you begin phasing them out? Angela Ginn-Meadow, R.D., also a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, says that it’s a gradual process. Start by eating these foods less often, then cut down the portion size when you do eat it. Finally, sub in a healthier option.

The bottom line is that healthy eating is about being mindful and aware of what you’re consuming. Here, registered dieticians share the five foods you should nix from your diet. Trust us, your body won’t miss them.

1/ SUGARY BEVERAGES

“Beverages with added sugar are one of the easiest things we can cut from our diets,” says Ginn-Meadow.

The NHS guidelines recommend that adults consume no more than seven sugar cubes (or 30 grams) of sugar a day, and children less.

Sheth adds that coffee drinks are high sources of sugar that add up quickly. Before you know it, you may consume 400 to 900 calories and 10 to 15 teaspoons of sugar from that white chocolate mocha.

2/ SWEETENED CEREALS

Here’s another place to slash added sugar. According to Sheth, sweet cereals and flavoured instant porridge are packed with sugars and refined grains, which contain minimal fibre. Instead, enjoy whole-grain cereal or old-fashioned oats with fresh fruit.

3/ PROCESSED MEATS

You may want to think twice about bringing home that bacon. According to a 2010 Harvard University study, processed meats including bacon, ham, and hot dogs have been shown to increase the risk of heart disease by 42 per cent and the risk of diabetes by 19 per cent.

Additionally, research has linked sodium nitrate—a preservative found in these foods—to cancer.

4/ INGREDIENTS YOU CAN’T PRONOUNCE

No idea what that ingredient list says? “Put it back on the shelf,” says Ginn-Meadow. In particular, be on the lookout for artificial colouring and added preservatives, which don’t add any nutritional value.

Plus, research has shown that some food dyes are toxic, which ups the risk of various health concerns. Best to steer clear.

5/ TRANS FAT

Trans fat increases your overall cholesterol, lowers your ‘good cholesterol,’ and raises your ‘bad cholesterol,'” says Ginn-Meadow. In short, according to research by McMaster University, trans fat has been linked to a greater risk of “early death and heart disease”.

Foods that contain trans fat include shortening, prepackaged biscuits, store-bought pie crusts and cookies, and packaged frozen meals.

 

From: Women’s Health US

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