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WHAT NOT TO EAT TO LOSE WEIGHT

WHAT NOT TO EAT TO LOSE WEIGHT

It’s easy to say ‘don’t eat too much’ if you are trying to shed some pounds. Controlling the calories has a bad rap – but there’s no need. Look out for the food traps and make some simple swaps instead.

LOW-FAT FOODS

Going for lower-fat versions of foods might seem an obvious hack. Not necessarily, because the missing taste that the fat would have given is replaced by extra sugar. Far better just to eat a smaller amount of the real thing.

There are some high-fat foods that really should be occasional treats only. Lose the crisps (just a bag of fat and air, why would you?) and French fries. Fat chips with lots more potato than fried surface area are a better option.

HIDDEN SUGAR FOODS

Sugar lurks in all sorts of unexpected places. It hides in white bread products (so go easy on the bagels). Fruit juice packs a massive sugar punch. Cereal bars, smoothies and granola are three allegedly healthy foods that are also a sugar-fest.

If winter gives you sweet food cravings, try some lower-sugar alternatives. Good old plain fruit is a simple way to get some sweetness when the need strikes.

OVER-PROCESSED FOODS

It’s very tempting to grab a ready meal or a wrapped sandwich when you are on the go. Stop! Take a few seconds to read the label, and you will probably get a shock. The calorie content of these items can be nearly a third of your daily allowance. It really is worth doing some meal prep, and home made tastes better too.

ALCOHOLIC DRINKS

Having a dry spell is a great way to help weight-loss, because booze is loaded with empty calories. But if you still want a warming tipple, look at lower-calorie alcohol swaps. The calorie content in some drinks really isn’t worth it.

Losing weight need not be a miserable experience. Do a bit of planning, think about what you eat and good food can be fun.

 

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Jessica Ambrose

Jessica is a fitness writer who loves long distance running, yoga, strength training and healthy eating.

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