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Achieve Your Weight Loss Goal – What to Avoid

Posted Mar 14 2012 7:04am

Achieve Your Weight Loss Goals - What to Avoid The key to losing weight is to make sure you incorporate every single food group into your diet , including carbohydrates. Carbohydrates should make up about half of your diet because they are what gives your body the fuel it needs.

Meat should be considered a side dish not the main part of your meal. You should consume about 25% or less of your daily diet in the form of proteins. Your diet should be made up of around 20% fat and these generally come from good fats (monounsaturated and polyunsaturated) and not saturated or trans fat . The meat you eat should be chicken or fish instead of red meat like pork and beef. Pork is a meat that is very high in fat so it should be eaten in moderation. This includes sausage, bacon, and ham.

Your diet should contain a wide variety of fruits and vegetables . Your body does need protein but only a small amount. You should eat just enough to meet the needs of your body for protein. Sugar is something you should avoid or at least reduce your consumption of dramatically. You can switch your sugar for a low calorie sweetener but these are going to contain chemicals that can affect your weight loss. A lot of people love the way white bread tastes especially if it is fresh out of the oven. However, you should eat more whole wheat and rye bread because of the fiber they contain.

A lot of people feel like they are not full when they only eat three meals every day and want snacks between meals. You can beat this by changing your diet so you eat six small healthy meals every day instead of three big meals. You will need to eat less at each meal but when you eat all day long, you are full longer. That way, you won’t be tempted to have an unhealthy snack.

You may be surprised at how much salt is used in the foods you purchase already ( over 70% of salt is hidden in processed foods ). Don’t add more salt to your food. If you can use salt in moderation or not at all, instead try to use herbs and spices and if possible use fresh.

Cook your foods in the healthiest way possible, which is baking or grilling. If you need to use an oil, make sure it is a healthy fat like extra virgin olive oil . This type of fat actually helps your artery walls stretch so you are less likely to have a blockage and less likely to have a heart attack or stroke.

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