So you want to lose weight! Perhaps you’re just beginning the journey to weight loss, or maybe you’ve tried forever and not had any success – yo-yo success perhaps but not real, long-lasting success. It doesn’t matter because the tips you will learn in this article are for everyone. I know from working with hundreds of clients, that some of them have a much, much harder time losing weight than others, even after working out and trying their best to eat healthy. If this is YOU. Maybe try some of the tips on this post for a week to see if it helps you break through the plateau. I did a 21 day detox and had clients lose anywhere from 7 to 20 lbs following this same principles.
Possible causes for the inability to lose weight after trying may not be because we lack sufficient food from the various food groups. It may not be because we don’t eat what we consider to be a balanced weight-loss diet. But it may very well be because we eat certain types of food that work at the cellular level to prevent us from losing while creating the perfect conditions so fat burning does not occur, and where our immune systems have to work overtime to prevent illness or injury.
So let’s look at several foods that we will (for purposes of losing weight) label as requiring caution. They are foods you need to be cautious of, in and of themselves, whether or not you are losing weight – mainly because of what they do to the body. People become concerned about their weight and their overall health but then refuse to change some fundamental things that are contributing to the negative results they continue to get. So caution is highly recommended for the following foods if you have tried everything and are still not getting the results you want.
CAUTION #1 & CAUTION #2: Sugar & its Companion High Fruit Beverages.
What might these include? Orange juice, lemonade, Gatorade, and any fruit drink. Read the nutritional facts label and you will see under carbohydrates a listing for “sugars”. Most of the content is – sugar! Just because something has the word fruit on it doesn’t mean it’s something you are going to want to consume if you are attempting to lose weight.
Sugar turns off the fat burning activity in your body. Instead of burning off excess fat, your body uses the sugar to burn for energy. So guess what? It’s nearly impossible to be successful at weight loss when you use sugar.
Look at these statistics:
Key findings Data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey
….More of the calories from added sugars came from foods rather than beverages. • More of the calories from added sugars were consumed at home rather than away from home.*
“Oh yes,” you say, “I know white refined sugar is bad for you, but I barely use any, and I don’t eat out very often, so that’s not my problem.”
First, unless you are reading labels on packaged products you buy, you have no idea how much sugar you actually consume. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that the average American adult receives roughly 13% of their daily calories from sugar and children and teens as much as 16% of their daily caloric intake from sugar, and men consume an average 12.7% of their calories from added sugars compared with 13.2% for women.*
The reality is that a huge percentage of packaged items have sugar in the list of ingredients – and that’s not just cookies, jams, candies or soda pop. Check all the canned goods, check tomato paste, ketchup, mayonnaise, pasta, bread, meat products, salad dressings, cereals, chips, salsas, and more. Check the labels on everything you buy – even when you are going to be eating at home. And never, ever, for any reason drink soda pop!
Artificial sweeteners are horrible so don’t even begin to think about using ANY of them. ESPECIALLY, High Fructose Corn syrup. Besides being chemically altered, artificial sweeteners keep your sweet tooth active and your taste buds craving for more. But even for the acceptable sweeteners such as maple syrup, honey, molasses, and raw cane sugar from coconuts or dates, use very seldom or not at all.
In the produce department, be sure to choose fruits that are normally lower in sugar such as organic raspberries and blackberries, avocado, citrus (lemons & limes can flavor your pure water – grapefruit too), papaya, strawberries in moderation, melons like cantaloupe or casaba, tomatoes, and avoid fruit juices or fruit concentrates as well as dried fruits because the sugar is concentrated in them. What’s missing is the moisture – not the sugar!*
CAUTION #3: Dairy Products.
If you want weight loss success then dairy needs to be used with caution and moderation. Does this mean you can never have a dairy product? Not necessarily. (It’s especially necessary if you’re a calf!)
But if you are on a mission to take off the pounds, remember that dairy products contain protein that can generate an insulin response that slows down the weight loss action (you don’t want this and canned salmon has a lot more protein and calcium anyway), and most dairy products have significant sugar content (lactose is a sugar). Definition of lactose: “a sugar present in milk.”
Since the goal is to eliminate sugar if you want to lose weight then it’s pretty obvious that dairy is not a good idea. It’s a high allergen as well, causing those with lactose intolerance to feel bloated, irritable, and experience negative digestive symptoms including diarrhea or constipation. Try unsweetened coconut or almond milk instead.
Finally, dairy products are some of the highest acid-forming foods. Acidity leads to increased inflammation which you don’t need or want as you’re losing weight.
CAUTION #4: Grains. (Breads, pasta, cereals, granola, etc.)
Do we need grains as part of our diet? Maybe. But not so much. However, the problems they create are things you want to eliminate if you’re serious about weight loss. Historically, grains that were consumed by people in earlier times were either fermented or soaked before they were used, which not something we do today is. As a result, many people have a gluten intolerance which creates digestive issues. Others may be experiencing weight gain, fatigue and memory issues due to the over consumption of grains.*
Grains also cause spikes in insulin and can cause fat to accumulate at least in the short term. But if your goal is to lose weight, why would you mindlessly consume something that does exactly the opposite. So while you are on a roll to eliminate those pounds, drop the grains for now. Perhaps in a slimmer future, you can occasionally add in some grains. But not as your main source of feeling full and satisfied!
CAUTION #5: Alcohol.
No matter what else alcoholic beverages do, they are empty calories. They do nothing at all to help you lose weight. For the serious – they’re out. Alcohol slows the process by which your body burns fat. The body doesn’t store the calories from alcohol. Instead, they’re converted to acetate, a type of fuel that the body burns quickly. As a result, you burn off alcohol calories first, causing the body to store the fat rather than burn it off.
There is almost no nutritional value in alcohol – especially beer – and it can actually stimulate your appetite. But yes, you can still have your red wine doses-for-your-health in moderation during your weight loss campaign.
CAUTION #6: Food Allergens such as Dairy, Soy, Corn, Gluten.
Since we just covered dairy and gluten products, let’s take a look at soy and corn. Nearly 100% of all corn and soy products grown are GMO. Genetically modified means that they have been genetically altered to be resistant to the toxic herbicides used to keep weeds off of them and their surrounding soil. That alone is enough reason to eliminate them from your diet. But soy mimics estrogen hormones (and interferes with hormonal balances), and corn has one of the highest amounts of sugar of any vegetable (ever wonder why it’s called “sweet corn”?). So why eat them?
Dairy, soy, and gluten cause some of the most serious allergic reactions along with certain nuts. Dairy has the sugar content; soy is a serious GMO product and gluten comes mainly from food sources that are GMO grown grains.* If you want to cleanse your body of toxins, lose weight and get rid of allergies, it’s pretty obvious that these have to go!
At least initially to get a jumpstart on your result. Food sensitivity and allergies is becoming a growing problem.
CAUTION #7: Processed Foods/Flour.
If a person wants to lose weight, you have to ask why they would want to eat something that has 1) diminished nutritional value, 2) high gluten content, 3) fast carbs that create insulin spikes,4) usually have added sugar, and 5)basically offers nothing else other than the fact that it tastes good? But that is the problem – they taste good.
Yet processed foods and flour have most of the natural nutritional value removed. Many packaged foods have gone through a “food fortification or enrichment process” of adding micronutrients that they lack or never had to make them acceptable for human consumption as a food. The most common foods that go through this process are cereals and cereal products, and milk and products made from milk. However, these food fortification micronutrients are not always easily absorbed.
So the idea of eliminating all these foods is that someone who is attempting to lose weight, has their mind focused on doing the right thing, and wants to be satisfied with the foods they choose to eat. But she or he needs to recognize that if they continue to do what they have been doing, they won’t lose those pounds and they won’t have the health they long for. And that’s a recipe for failure.
This is why suggested plans of eating for weight loss are heavy on fresh veggies, encourage eating some low sugar fruits, and recommend only very lean grass fed meats or fish. When combined with the exercise program of your weight loss program, eating in this way and eliminating these cautionary foods from your menu will bring you the success you’re looking for!