Foods That Ruin Your Health & Sabotage Your Weight Loss- Part 1 of 3
We’re all inclined to overindulge when it comes to food, eating things we know we shouldn’t. It’s usually fine as long as it’s in moderation. While you may think that the food you’re eating is healthy and wholesome, you could be surprised. As for the foods you know aren’t good for you, you may not realize just how bad they are for your health.
Over the next 3 days, I’m going to highlight some of the common foods you probably consume regularly that are ruining your health and sabotaging your ability to lose weight.
Food affects the internal workings of your body and are often revealed on our body’s outside as well. Overindulgence will affect the strength of your nails, your skin, the color of your eyes and, of course, your weight. More seriously, the risk of health issues such as cancer, metabolic disease, heart disease, stroke, arteriosclerosis, osteoporosis, and dementia are all increased when these foods are consumed on a regular basis.
If you indulge too often in the below foods, you not only risk gaining an immense amount of weight but ultimately you risk shortening your life as well as your quality of life.
Let’s take a look at the first 5 foods on my list of foods to avoid. Spoiler alert— Today’s list won’t come as any surprise, but tomorrow’s and Monday’s list just may.
It’s hard to resist donuts. Unfortunately, there are various reasons that they wreak havoc on the body.
For one, they are high in carbohydrates, fat, and calories. If the donuts aren’t fresh, preservatives have been added to allow them to sit on a shelf for longer periods of time.
Donuts can also cause dental problems as you can get cavities from the sweet icings and glazes.
Excessive consumption of donuts will make you gain weight and you become easily exhausted. Your lack of energy will prevent you from working out, therefore those calories will stay in the body and be stored as fat.
Your mental health may also suffer as the chemicals in donuts can cause brain fog as well. Offering absolutely no nutrients, you’ll be full of empty calories.
Long term issues with donut eating can include diabetes due to being overweight and in poor health. This condition can get much worse as diabetes can result in a whole host of complications from edema of the limbs to the onset of gangrene from infection in the feet.
Bagels and its typical spreads, such as butter or cream cheese, can cause inflammation. Most bagels available have between 300 to 500 calories unless it is truly one-hundred percent whole grain, most of which are not.
Bagels are full of refined carbohydrates which have been linked to Type II diabetes and cardiovascular disease, among other conditions.
Bagels are also high on the glycemic index, as these spheres of delight increase a person’s insulin levels as well as cause inflammation throughout the body.
All of these factors can lead to acne, aging prematurely and weight gain. It is important to note that one bagel contains up to three servings of carbohydrates.
Adult and kids alike eat cereal as a quick go-to meal or as a convenient breakfast. Cereals such as the big brand named ones, as well as the generic brands you will find in any grocery store, typically carry a large amount of inflammation-causing sugar as well as gluten. Gluten causes the skin to breakout along with the inflammation of the stomach lining.
Also, try to take caution that even a cereal that is branded as “healthy,” often made from whole grains, can include contents high in sugar. Read the labels on your favorite cereals to see how much sugar is being added. The additional sugar adds calories you do not need and can potentially spike your blood sugar, leading to an energy crash before lunch.
This one should certainly come as no surprise. Inexpensive, tasty, and readily available, potato chips are common household snacks for many individuals. For starters, many kinds of potato chips are fried in trans fats, which are the union of hydrogen and vegetable oil. This process is known as hydrogenation and is useful for preventing the spoilage of the oil. Trans fats are a preservative, giving this type of snack a longer shelf life. It also gives the chips a less greasy feel, which is misleading. Trans fat can cause a spike in cholesterol levels as well as increase your risk of coronary heart disease.
Potato chips are also typically high in calories and fat, increasing your risk of weight gain and obesity, which can lead to an increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, and various forms of cancer. For instance, one ounce of potato chips, approximately fifteen to twenty chips, contain 10 grams of fat and 154 calories. The sodium content in potato chips can also lead to high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels as well.
Despite being obviously unhealthy, most Americans eat 30 pounds of French fries annually! Similar to potato chips, French fries are often deep fried in trans fat.
It’s also suggested that you don’t overdose yourself with potatoes as they are high on the glycemic index, however potatoes in general, and even sweet potatoes, are good for you in moderation and studies have shown that potatoes themselves do not negatively impact your health.
It’s not the potato aspect of French fries that are bad— its all about how they are prepared. Considering French fries are fried in oils and the sodium content that comes with it, this delicious and favorite food can lead to diabetes as your insulin levels increase.
Many individuals are also at an increased risk of weight gain, obesity, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease.
French fries contain acrylamide which is a carcinogen that forms when food is fried at a high temperature for a short time. Acrylamide is known to cause the formation of cancer in the body and have been shown in different studies to increase the mortality rate amongst populations as well.
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