Foods to Watch Out When You are Trying to Lose Weight

Published:March 19th, 2011

With the increasing trend of chronic diseases brought about by overweight and obesity, many patients are turning their backs from excessive caloric intake. However, healthy weight loss dieting is not just cutting your caloric intake. As mentioned by the 2010 Dietary Guidelines published by Medscape Internal Medicine, the so-called “Total Diet” is a diet that is dense in nutrients, balanced in energy composition and intake of food groups in proper proportion.

There are certain foods that you need to watch out when you are trying to lose and control your weight. These include:

  • Salt. The 2010 Dietary Guidelines is a little bit stiff when it comes to salt and sodium intake. Salt triggers the increase in blood pressure. And it further complicate cases of diabetes and chronic renal diseases. Most of the American adults have an average daily intake of 3400 mg of sodium, which is much more than the recommended daily intake of 2300 mg of sodium per day or roughly around 1 teaspoon of salt every single day. This means that most of the Americans need to cut their daily sodium intake by three-fourth teaspoon!
  • Fat. Some weight loss regimens allow the unlimited intake of fats from animal sources as long as you control your carbohydrate intake. However, as mentioned by the 2010 Dietary Guidelines, this should not be so. Weight losers and patients with chronic diseases should stay away from trans fats and hydrogenated fats. The beef is the number source of natural trans fats. Sweet baked goods and treats mostly contain a lot of hydrogenated fats. If your oil solidifies when placed in a cool environment, then it will surely be harmful for your health.
  • Cholesterol. Keep this in mind: you should never go beyond the recommended daily intake of 300 mg of cholesterol per day. Cutting your cholesterol will not only be good for your weight loss efforts, it is also best for preventing chronic diseases as well.
  • Sweet drinks and regular sodas. Who says you can only get calories from your food intake? Do you know that your sweet drinks and regular sodas can add calories your caloric consumption without even knowing it? If you really want to lose weight, better turn your back from sweet drinks and regular sodas. Drink lots of your zero-calorie water and watch yourself reduce weight.
  • Alcohol. Do you know that your alcoholic beverage typically has seven grams of empty calories per serving? How many servings do you usually have in one occasion? Two? Three? If you want to trim down effectively, watch your alcohol intake.


Medscape Internal Medicine: 2010 Dietary Guidelines


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