13 Foods You Should Avoid If You Want To Stay Fit

Extra pounds come from consuming more calories than you burn through moving. Avoiding specific foods will help you to stay fit. In general, foods that are high in sugar or carbohydrates and foods that are hard to stop eating should be the first to go when you want to get in shape. Once you finally lose some pounds, you know how fast they can come back. It is in your best interest to avoid consuming foods that directly counteract the positive impact of all your efforts to stay fit. To help you, we have listed the top 15 foods you must avoid to stay fit.

1. Fruit juice

Juice from concentrate is almost never a healthy choice, because of the high levels of sugar in it. But even fresh-squeezed orange juice that you can buy will likely cause you to gain weight.

The reason is because juices have a ton of natural sugars, and are packed with more artificial ones. Converting whole fruit into liquid requires a lot of processing.

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When finished, the once-healthy fruit gets pasteurized, pulverized, filtered, pureed and stored in massive vats for years, all of which removes the nutrients, vitamins and belly-filling fiber the fruit once had. Store-bought smoothies are also a bad idea, also because of sugar. The best is to make your own. Make sure you make it with fresh fruit, so you will know that it doesn’t contain any sugar or additives.

2. French fries

French fries are the most dangerous side dish out there, especially for those people who want to get in shape. The partially hydrogenated vegetable oils used for making fries are the main problem.

This oil (usually corn based) essentially fortifies the potatoes with high amounts of harmful calories. Potatoes are healthy things… lots of vitamin C, fiber etc. But when they are cut into these tiny pieces and deep-fried they absorb too many oils. Even unsaturated fats are bad in large amounts.

Throw in massive amounts of sodium and you’ve got a food that people should avoid like the plague. Just one baked potato has nearly the same effect on your organism as eating a tablespoon of pure sugar. Like all refined grains, french fries are packed with empty calories. And even more, when the sugar high fades, it leaves you hungry and craving more food.

3. Refined grains

Not sure what a refined grain is? It’s foods like white pasta, white rice or white bread. The unrefined foods (whole wheat, brown rice, and quinoa) are always healthier.

Researchers found that people who consumed whole grains in addition to keeping a healthy diet—of vegetables, fruits, protein and low-fat dairy —lost more weight than the group of people who kept the same healthy diet but consume all refined grains.

Refined grains are pure carbohydrates and eating them gives you a sugar rush just like eating sweets. The calories from this rush are bad enough, but after the sugar high quickly fades, your body starts to feel hungry again. It is recommended to eat whole and wild grains, which release their carbs more slowly.

4. Crackers

A go-to snack, crackers are often conduits for unexpected amounts of sugar and calories. The situation with these snacks is similar to bread.

You have to know what type of crackers you are eating, or else what you put on them won’t help you lose your weight. It is rather difficult to find the 100 % whole wheat crackers without any added sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and other unhealthy additives.

If you can’t find crackers that are really healthy and made of just a few natural ingredients, you can always eat vegetables as a substitute. Cucumbers and pickles work really well as makeshift crackers when you slice them up. Same goes for squash and zucchini. But don’t forget to pay attention your toppings when you switch to a veggie cracker.

5. Diet soda

It’s easy to get fooled by the low-calorie label, yet sodas are made with sugar substitutes. Many doctors believe that these substitutes play a role in weight gain.

A new study found that people who consumed diet soda gained almost three times the amount of fat over 9 years as those who didn’t it. Diet soda is loaded with artificial sweeteners and chemicals that can be harmful to your body. When we eat regular sugar, our bodies register the sweetness and come to understand that very sweet thing have a lot of calories.

Studies have shown that using artificial sweeteners, tricks your body so that your internal ability to count calories is thrown way off. Besides gaining weight, the same study found that people who consumed artificial sweeteners (aspartame, sucralose, and saccharin), became vulnerable to glucose intolerance and insulin resistance—two things known to lead to weight gain.

6. Red and processed meat

Many studies have found that people who consumed more red and processed meat gained weight, too—about 1 extra pound every 4 years.

And even more, processed meats – such as ham, bacon, and sausages- can cause cancer, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).Its report said 50g of processed meat every day- less than 2 slices of bacon – increased the chance of developing colorectal cancer by 18 %.

Processed meat has been modified to either extend its shelf life or change the taste and the main methods are adding salt and preservatives, smoking and curing. Simply putting meat through a mincer doesn’t mean the resulting mince is processed unless the meat is processed further. Processed meat include hot dogs, salami, corned beef, bacon, sausages, beef jerky, and ham as well meat-based sauces and canned meat.

7. Ketchup

No one ever thinks about ketchup ingredients. You put ketchup on hash browns, french fries, hamburgers, and even your eggs…When you were a kid, you probably put it on your pasta and chicken too.

Ketchup is a common food in many family households, and for good reason: it adds that familiar tomato-based flavor. Ketchup is so common that it has been a best-selling condiment in the world, since many of us were too young to even spell our name.

One of the main ingredients in ketchup is high fructose corn syrup. 1 tablespoon of ketchup has 4 grams of sugar. And who eats only 1 tablespoon of ketchup? Those sugar totals are sure to add up fast, so best to avoid ketchup at all costs.

8. Heavy cream

If you are trying to stay in shape, you should completely forget heavy cream because one serving of it will counteract a lot of the work you put in at the track.

A drizzle of heavy cream in your coffee or a dollop on top of a bowl of fruit may seem harmless, but heavy cream is loaded with calories and dangerous fats, so it’s best to save it for a very occasional treat.

Try not to eat cream-based soups like chowder and bisque, cream sauces, and of course, things like ice cream and crème Fraiche. Unfortunately, there is no real alternative for heavy cream. Sure, you can try some light alternatives. But you probably won’t like the results. Better to just say goodbye to this dangerous liquid for good.

9. Microwave popcorn

We all can hear them popping and then, of course, the fake-buttery aroma spreads all around. Actually, it’s not popcorn that you should be worried about.

It’s the microwave bag in which popcorn are made that many experts say it is the problem. Popcorn itself is healthy food. It’s a whole-grain food, rich in fiber and antioxidants, and if not doused in fat, a pretty low-cal food.

The problem is food additives used in the lining of the bag, including perfluorooctanoic acid. This acid is used to make a Teflon and other stains – and stick-resistant materials, like pizza boxes. It’s part of a number of compounds that can cause liver, testicular and pancreatic cancer. It might also be linked to infertility in women and many other diseases.

10. Sugary cereals

America is one of the world’s largest consumers of puffed, flaked and sugared cereals for breakfast. How did that happen when many were said to contain less nutrients than the boxes they come in?

People were introduced to this line by the cereal industry, but America’s favorite breakfast food actually contains little to none of its own nutritional value – even the cereal industry has to point out that you should eat it with milk, fruit, etc., in order to have a complete breakfast.

Those magically colored cereals are not such a bright choice. The FDA has noted that food dyes might contribute to hyperactivity in people with ADHD. The EU and UK have banned food dyes in food manufacturing; maybe you should ban the fake stuff from your breakfast table.

11. Energy drinks

Despite the massive marketing campaign that the energy drinks are something that is healthy, these liquids are not doing you any favors, other than having a good taste with their complex chemical cocktail.

To start with, there is plenty of sugar. Try to find an energy drink that isn’t packed with it. You can’t because there is none. Then there are all the ingredients which include a laundry list of preservatives, artificial colors, artificial sweeteners, and emulsifiers; none of which do anything to help you realize your goal: being fit.

Despite what you see in commercials, drinking these liquids will not give your result wished for. You have to know better. Stick with water. Throw some lemon in it if the taste is too bland for you.

12. Protein bars

Same as energy drinks, protein bars are marketed to those who are trying to complement their active lifestyle with a healthy diet.

Many of the protein bars out there are doing more harm than good. Some say that most protein bars are really sugar bars dressed up as health food. You wouldn’t devour a Snickers bar thinking that it will make you fit? Maybe that protein bar isn’t such a good idea either.

Here is why. Many of these bars make use of sugar substitutes and artificial sweeteners that are especially problematic, like soy protein isolate. This is usually genetically modified soy and you are better off getting your protein from more natural sources like poultry or like lean meat.

13. Alcohol

Research shows that an alcoholic drink each day can help reduce your risk of heart disease. But, alcohol presents two problems.

Like sweets, it contains a high caloric content with little nutritional benefit. For most people the calories in the mixers of their favorite cocktails make a far greater barrier to losing pounds than the alcohol itself. Just 4oz of some margarita or daiquiri mixes can have upwards of 35 grams of sugar (about 7 tsp. of sugar)!

And even worse, the calories from mixers are the worst types of calories, simple and refined sugars. When they combine with the metabolic effects of alcohol, they become even worse. Also, consuming alcohol often leads to drinking more alcohol. Just one night out drinking can mean taking in thousands of calories you would otherwise avoid.

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