Cut Your Processed Food Intake

September 20, 2012 by  
Filed under Featured Weight Loss Articles

Consumption of processed food is becoming more difficult to avoid.  However, it is worth the effort to reduce your processed food consumption.  Processed foods lack the basic nutrients that you get from organic foods.  As a result, you are primarily consuming empty calories when you eat processed food. Additionally, they have been altered to achieve an expanded shelf-life.

Processed foods are typically lacking in taste as well as nutrients.  Chemicals are often added to processed foods to make up for the lack of taste.  These added chemicals may be unhealthy.  To maintain a healthy diet, it is important to gradually reduce the amount of processed foods that you eat. There are a number of ways you can gradually eliminate processed foods in your diet.

Read the label

Most processed foods contain high amounts of trans-fat, MSG and numerous other unhealthy ingredients.  Read the label before you purchase food to avoid overly processed products.

Prepare more meals at home

When eating out, it is nearly impossible to avoid processed foods.  Many restaurants use a lot of flavorings and additional ingredients.  By cooking more meals at home, you can remain in complete control of the food you consume.

Stick to a shopping list

To avoid making hasty purchases, you can create a shopping list prior to going out.  This allows you to properly research each product before you buy it.  By sticking to the list, you can avoid purchasing processed foods.

Eliminating processed foods from our diet is a difficult task.  Nearly everywhere we go, processed foods are available in abundance.  However, by gradually taking steps to cut out your processed food intake, you improve your diet and overall health.

No More Liquid Calories

August 12, 2012 by  
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One of the keys to a successful diet is removing certain calorie sources from your diet.  Many people consume too many calories from liquid foods.  They are quick and easy to consume but offer little sustenance and merely add extra unwanted calories.

Research shows that cutting out liquid calories can lead to a significant boost in weight loss.  Popular drinks such as specialty coffee drinks, soda and energy drinks often contain large amounts of fructose which can increase your appetite when consumed in large quantities.  High fructose drinks should be completely eliminated from your diet.  Drinks such as alcohol, milk and juice are not as harmful to your diet because they give your body a sense of fullness, but they should only be consumed in limited quantities.

Beverages are one of the largest contributors to weight gain.  Even drinks that are marketed as healthy often contain a high amount of calories.  Additionally, these drinks are typically in 16 oz servings or more.  Most people do not simply drink 8 oz’s and save the rest, they drink the entire serving in one sitting.  As a result, these beverages can be detrimental to someone trying to lose weight.

Soda is one of the worst beverages you can consume for both health reasons and weight loss.  Each serving of soda is packed with sugar and extra calories.  A typical 12 serving contains about 150 calories and over 40 grams of sugar.

It is important to limit the amount of liquid calories you consume.  Eating solid foods is usually healthier and it helps you eat less by making you feel full.

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