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Foods To Avoid When Trying To Lose Weight.

 

What not to eat

I know we have all been told what not to eat when trying to lose weight. Well here is my listburger-500054_640 of No-Nos. These are the foods to avoid when trying to lose weight.

1. Chocolate

2. Multi-grain bread

3. Alcohol,  all forms.

4. Cereal

5. 100 calorie snacks

6. Hi fiber snack bars

7. Whole milk

8. Tropical fruits

9. Fruit Juices

10. Low-fat substitutes

Chocolate: First of all, I don’t know about you but I can’t eat just a small piece of chocolate. If it’s in the house, I will eat it until it’s gone! Maybe not all at one time , but I will continue until it’s finished so the calories add up.

Multi-grain bread: It’s not always what it seems. Read your labels. Sometimes it’s not really a grain but a white bread colored to appear multi-grained. So it could be loaded with carbs.

Alcohol: Empty calories, even thought it’s enjoyable to indulge in an alcoholic beverage the calories are not worth it. Alcohol has no nutritional benefits at all and mixed with a fruit juice the additional amount of sugar added to your diet is unbelievable. So stay away from the drinks. Also if you consume a few you will probably lose your will power and all your hard work is out the window.

Cereal: Most cereals have a large amount of carbs and hidden sugars. Most processed foods contain large amount of sugar. Get into the habit of reading labels before youcereal-556786_640 purchase anything.

100 calorie snacks: The same thing applies here. You are better off to stay away from processed foods of any kind. Plus usually one packet is not enough.

High-fiber snack bars: You have to be careful with snack bars. If you use them for a replacement meal or part of a meal they can be good. But adding them as an additional snack you will just be boosting your calories and defeating the purpose of the bar. Also read the labels, some brands might be loaded with sugar.

Whole milk: All milk, whole or low-fat is loaded with sugar, so it is a product to be careful of.

Tropical Fruit: More availability in the summer months. Some of the ones available are papayos, mango, jackfruit and mangosteen. They are not as common in the States, especially New England but becoming more available. Be careful of these as they are very high in sugars and calories.

Fruit Juices: Also very high in sugar and calories, but without the fiber to help fill you up.

Low- fat Products: Can be deceiving, can have a high sugar content to give it more flavor which can sabotage your weight loss efforts.

So I think the important thing to take away from this list is to be sure to read your labels and try to stay away from processed food and eat as much natural food as possible.

If you have any questions please comment below. Thank you.

 

Summer Is Coming

Summer is coming and now is a great time to  juice and make popsicles. Fruit and vegetables are abundant in the spring and summer and a good source od vitamins and nutrients. So be creative and make popsicles.

It’s a great idea for a change of pace from just drinking your juice everyday, plus a popsicle seems more like a treat.

You will do your juice as usual and pour into popsicle molds and freeze them for a delicious and different treat. If you find that the juice separates when freezing, put the juice thru a blender for a few seconds and that should help.

Try different combinations, but don’t be afraid to think outside the box if you are losing weight at an even pace.

If you want a sweeter treat use only fruit.61AAvF-Tm0L__SL1500_popsicle mold

Here are some combinations that you might want to try.

  • 1 cup sliced Strawberries
  • 1 Orange, cut-up
  • 1 cup spinach

 

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  • 1 cup sliced Strawberries
  • 1 Apple, cut up
  • 1 Orange, cut up

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  • 1 Orange, cut up
  • 2 carrots, cut up
  • 2 kiwi fruit, cut up

After the popsicles are in the freezer for one hour, insert a popsicle stick in the mold and freeze for 5 to 6 more hours.

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