If your goal is to lose weight, you may be sabotaging your own efforts and not even know it. There are a number of foods that people believe are healthy, but really aren’t. They then consume these foods, while thinking that they’re going to drop weight very quickly, but are surprised and disheartened when they continue to gain weight or see insignificant results.
In this article we’re going to have a close look at some little known weight loss diet tips that will help you achieve your goals, boost your energy level and feel healthier than you ever have before.
1. Stay away from cooking oils that contain high amounts of saturated or trans fats, such as butter, vegetable shortening, margarine, coconut oil and palm oil. Instead, choose cooking oils that are healthier for you, such as extra virgin olive oil, flax seed oil, peanut oil and sunflower oil.
Changing your brand of oil may seem like a small change, but it can have a huge impact on how much weight you lose in the long run.
2. Fruit juice may sound healthy, but it actually contains a lot of unneeded calories. Having a glass every once in a while isn’t going to hurt you all that much, but drinking it every day certainly will. If you want to lose weight quickly, you should be drinking at least 8-8oz glasses of water per day. Water will help flush your system, and it contains no calories.
3. There are a lot of people who rely on coffee in the morning to get motivated. However, while coffee itself isn’t terrible for you, most people load it with cream and sugar, which is bad for you. Either try to limit your coffee intake or drink it black. This small tip can significantly reduce your fat and calorie intake.
4. Alcohol slows your metabolism and it contains quite a few calories. Most beers contain around 100 calories each. If you have 3-4 beers, you’re actually consuming around 300 empty calories. Try switching to a lighter beer with fewer calories, or better yet, cutting alcohol consumption out of your diet all together.
5. Canned soups and canned foods in general aren’t completely horrible for you if eaten in moderation. However, they do contain a lot of preservatives, such as sodium, which isn’t all that good for you. Sodium promotes water retention, which is counter-productive to weight loss. If you love your soup, (as so many of us do) start making home-made soup. Home-made soup won’t contain the preservatives, and it can be easily frozen for later use.
Follow the above tips and you’re guaranteed to see bigger gains in the weight loss department. Stay positive and exercise on a daily basis, and watch as the fat burns off in no time flat.