Unfortunately, there are dozens of foods that are so bad for you that they should be permanently eliminated from your diet.
In many cases, the key problem is that these foods contain ingredients that encourage your body to store fat and stop you from losing weight.
However, it is not always easy to spot these unhealthy foods just by looking at them, as clever advertising may be used to make the foods appear innocent.
By removing the following meals and snacks from your kitchen cupboards, you will maximize your chances of staying fit and healthy for as long as possible.
Looks can be deceiving when it comes to coleslaw. While it is often served right next to a healthy, green salad, coleslaw itself is anything but good for your body.
Although it provides you with carrot and cabbage, it contains a disproportionate amount of calories per serving, and it is full of fatty mayonnaise.
The average portion of coleslaw will provide you with at least 260 calories, and more than 20g of fat. Some popular brands of coleslaw are even worse.
For example, KFC’s coleslaw contains close to 26g of saturated fat, making it worse than a portion of fries.
If you like coleslaw, why not try making it yourself? Using fat free yogurt or a reduced fat mayonnaise, you can easily create a healthier version that tastes great with your salad.
Make sure that you add cabbage, but try spicing up the flavor with lemon juice or vinegar.
Better yet, try to get used to eating a side salad without pairing it with another side dish. With a light dressing and a creative mix of herbs, salad portions can be extremely tasty, and you may soon find that you don’t even miss the fatty coleslaw that you once enjoyed.
If you love to bake, you are probably very familiar with the tubs of delicious frosting that you can buy from most major stores.While you may be aware that frosting is not exactly a health food, you probably don’t know just how bad it really is. In truth, it is so terrible for your body that you should avoid consuming even small amounts.
Frosting typically contains trans fats, which are hazardous food additives that undermine weight loss and promote a range of health problems.
They lower your cardiovascular health by increasing the level of LDL (i.e. ‘bad’) cholesterol in your body and decreasing your levels of HDL (i.e. ‘good’) cholesterol.
In addition, they encourage your body to store fat, particularly around your abdomen.
There is also some evidence that regular consumption of trans fats is linked to an increased likelihood of developing type 2 diabetes.
Finally, the amount of sugar in frosting is enough to spike your blood sugar way past healthy limits, providing you with empty calories that make it difficult to lose weight or to maintain a healthy figure.
No matter how much you might enjoy the taste of frosting, the cons of consuming it clearly outweigh the pros.
#3 Packaged Sandwiches
When you want to eat a sandwich, it is always better to make it yourself, because the sad truth is that the bulk of packaged sandwiches lining the shelves in grocery stores have a surprisingly large amount of calories given their relatively small size.
Indeed, the average sandwich will contain over 400 calories, and many people think that a lunch should contain closer to 200 or 300 calories.
You are also likely to find that these sandwiches contain large amounts of fat and saturated fat, as most of them are stuffed full of mayonnaise or cheese.
Even the sandwiches that are advertised as lighter options for dieters may contain at least 50% of your recommended daily intake of fat.
The ideal sandwich is made with wholemeal bread, healthy salad vegetables, a little margarine, and a light dressing.
Lean meat is an excellent addition, and if you are vegetarian then you can add an extra source of protein (like soy, or meat substitutes). Alternatively, you could switch to having a healthy vegetable soup for lunch, or opt for egg on toast.
Although prepackaged sandwiches are convenient, it will be easier to stay slim if you make the extra effort and create your own lunch.