This article is about the four worst foods to eat when losing weight.
Before I begin, I’d like to ask you a question:
What do all junk foods have in common?
Well, they all contain at least one of the four ingredients I am going to tell you about.
These foods are by far the worst foods to eat, and weight loss might be as simple as avoiding these four foods and replacing them with healthy foods.
These foods cause weight gain and contribute to many diseases that are common in our society today.
So, without further ado, these are the four worst foods to eat:
1. Added sugar in all its forms
No surprise here, right?
Out of the four worst foods to eat, sugar is most important.
Sugar can turn any bland meal into a delicious treat.
But it’s bad, Real Bad!
It has a lot of calories, but no nutrients.
This means that the more healthy foods you replace with sugar, the less you get of the essential vitamins, minerals, proteins and fatty acids that your body desperately needs to be healthy.
It contributes to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, rots your teeth, makes your breath bad and many others.
This is the reason it’s so hard to give up sugar.
But be aware. Sugar isn’t always sugar because sometimes it’s called different names, High Fructose Corn Syrup being the most common one. It is the same as sugar, but in a different form, and is just as bad.
To avoid sugar completely, you will need to start reading ingredient labels.
2. Wheat, especially refined wheat.
The second of the worst foods to eat is wheat, especially refined wheat.
It is almost as bad as sugar. If you can eat wheat in moderation then it might be okay to eat whole wheat every now and then, although it would be optimal to eliminate it completely.
If you are diabetic or severely overweight, then you might do best by skipping all grains.
That’s right, ALL grains.
But if you’re just a little overweight, or merely interested in optimal health, then you can eat other whole grains in moderation as long as you eliminate refined wheat.
Why refined wheat?
First of all, refined wheat is void of nutrients and supplies empty calories like sugar. This means that if you eat a lot of it, you might develop a nutritional deficiency.
Second, it contains a horrible protein known as Gluten. A lot of people are sensitive to Gluten, and their health improves greatly when they eliminate it.
Third, it’s addictive. Just like sugar. When the proteins in wheat are digested, they turn into so called opioid peptides, which are substances that function in a way similar to heroin and morphine.
The effects are subtle, but real.
History shows that wherever sugar and wheat go, diseases follow.
3. Trans fats
The third of the worst foods to eat is trans fat, also known as hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oil.
The way these fats are made in the factory is really disgusting, and involves high heat and hydrogen gas. It is very strange that people ever thought they would be edible for humans.
Trans fats are unsaturated fats that are chemically modified to make them shelf stable and solid. They resemble healthy saturated fats, but are in fact very bad.
These fats are horrible for your cholesterol, raising small, dense LDL (bad) and lowering HDL (good). This drastically increases heart disease risk, the world’s nr.1 killer.
Trans fats may also increase abdominal fat gain, and they are definitely one of the worst foods to eat if you are concerned for your health.
Luckily, the government is cracking down on these nasty fats, setting laws that require manufacturers to eliminate or properly label products with trans fats in them. However, they can still be found in junk foods.
4. Industrial Seed And Vegetable Oils
You may find the fourth of the worst foods to eat surprising, but these are seed and vegetable oils.
Some health gurus may have told you these are healthy, but that is wrong. These are oils that have been chemically processed, are void of nutrients and have a terrible fatty acid composition.
The way they are made is pretty disgusting too.
These oils are, in general, very high in polyunsaturated Omega-6 fatty acids.
You may have heard that these are good for you, right?
Everything you’ve heard about polyunsaturated fats is wrong.
Yes, they are essential, but only in very small amounts compared to what is eaten today and the only polyunsaturated fats you should be increasing are the Omega-3s.
The ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3 is supposed to be around 2:1 or 3:1. In western populations, the ratio is way higher than that and this is likely a major contributor to the diseases of civilization.
Excess Omega-6 fats trigger inflammation in the body, which is one of the major causes of disease.
By eliminating industrial seed and vegetable oils, you eliminate the major source of Omega-6 fats.
Other Potentially Problematic Foods
The four worst foods to eat that I mentioned above should be all you need to eliminate to start losing weight and gaining optimal health, but it is important to replace them with healthy foods which I have outlined in my article on foods to eat to lose weight.
When I am talking about foods to avoid, then I mean avoiding them completely. That does not include having a cheat meal once a week and completely pigging out.
If there are other foods that tend to be problematic for you and cause you to overeat, then it may be a good idea to minimize them too.