You know, you know–that daily bagel and cream cheese habit will…
Have to go if you want to eat healthier and lose weight. Same for mindless chips-munching on the couch. But what else might be holding you back from reaching your weight loss goals? Though there is a consensus on eliminating some items completely–buh-bye, soda–nearly all experts say they believe in a balanced approach that focuses on drastically cutting back on the bad guys, while adding more whole, natural foods in their place.
The first on our list is perhaps the most obvious culprit, but despite numerous studies backing up the negative effects both diet and regular soda have on your body, the pros say it’s shocking how much of it people drink. “This is not a benign food!” “Artificial sweeteners and aspartame in diet soda in particular can mess with our body’s regulatory system.
You hit the local juice bar before work and think you’re making a healthy choice by drinking your breakfast. But, even though you’re consuming fruits and veggies, a lot of the good stuff is left behind in the juicing process. “When you juice something, you’re taking all the vitamins and sugars and leaving out all of the fiber.” Lactose intolerance or sensitive stomachs aside, old fashioned cow’s milk is the way to go if you want the most nutritional oomph. One cup of non-fat milk–roughly what you might use in a bowl of cereal–contains 8 grams of protein and only 82 calories.
Duh! Even though we all know fried foods are a healthy diet’s arch-nemesis, fries (sweet potato or not–sorry!), chicken fingers, and onion rings are the default side dish to meals everywhere. Portion sizes of these artery-clogging items at restaurants and sports venues can be twice or three times the amount, equaling a diet disaster.
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