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.