By Rawiyah Mulung and LeAura Alderson
Working Out but Not Losing Weight?
If you’ve been working hard sweating in the gym for hours each week and still not losing weight, it’s likely one of two things:
Either the kind of workout you’re doing, or, your diet. In this article we discuss the diet possibility.
“As a general rule, exercise is 25 percent accountable for weight loss whereas diet takes the lead with 75 percent”, says Shawn M. Talbott, PhD, as quoted in The Huffington Post. This is a great reason to start paying more attention to your diet right away. Although you might believe you are eating healthy, there are some foods which may seem harmless, but should absolutely be avoided if you want to meet with success on your health and fitness journey.
1. Colorful Candy
The main reason for avoiding colorful candy is the serious harm it can cause to your child. Attention Deficit Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD) have been linked to the consumption of artificial colors which are often used in candies. Some countries, (currently Norway and Austria have banned certain artificial colors in foods, while the European Union requires a warning notice on most foods containing dyes.
2. Sweet Drinks
There is no denying that we are extremely exposed to sweet drinks. They are available in all restaurants, vending machines and supermarkets and come in so many different varieties and forms. It is definitely not easy to resist the temptation. However, these drinks do not add any nutritional value but instead, spike up your calorie intake. Would you ever… I mean EVER add 22 teaspoons of sugar to your coffee? How about 66 teaspoons of sugar to a shake? Well, Starbucks and Baskin Robbins serve these up—likely by the hundreds of thousands—every day. It absolutely boggles the mind.
3. Processed Meat
Processed meat includes bacon, sausages, ham, amongst others. These have been found to have the ability to significantly increase the danger of heart diseases and certain types of cancer. Also, despite the fact that that saturated fat and cholesterol level are comparable in processed meats and unprocessed meats, the sodium level is almost four times higher in processed meats.
4. Fried Foods
The risks of consuming deep fried foods include weight gain, high cholesterol levels and cardiovascular diseases. However, it turns out that there is more to it. A high intake of fried foods can cause cancer. This is due to the fact that a carcinogenic component, acrylamide, is created and released when carbohydrate-rich foods are cooked to normal frying temperatures which are quite high, ranging from 350-450° Fahrenheit for deep frying and 375-450° Fahrenheit for stovetop frying.
A high intake of fried foods can cause cancer.
5. Low Fat Food
Most people feel safe consuming low fat foods. However, when you spot “low fat” next time, consider that might also mean that is has high sugar and sodium, as often, low fat foods have added sugar and salt for flavor. If you pay enough attention to the food label, you will notice that the nutritional values of these low fat foods are most of the times worse than those of full fat foods. Low fat foods are also not satisfying. In an attempt to eat healthy, you might just end up being hungry more and reach out for food more often.
Margarine has always been presented as the healthy alternative to butter as it is claimed to be free from cholesterol. However, the rampant presence of trans-fat in margarine actually leads to increase in cholesterol levels, thus causing damage to blood vessel walls. Olive oil would prove to be a far better choice than either margarine or butter as it contains monounsaturated fats, the good fats. Confused about the health claims of margarine and warnings about butter? This article by Kris Gunnars at AuthorityNutrition.com should clear it up.
If you love American food, you might want to check out the list of the Top 30 Worst Foods in America compiled by Food Matters. Nevertheless, wherever you are in the world, it will be a wise decision to avoid the six foods listed in this article if you care about your health and fitness goals.
To learn more about how your workout may actually be keeping you fat, and how to turn that around, check out this article.