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Trash These 6 Foods to Lose More Weight

April 13, 2015 3 min read

Clearing your kitchen of diet killing traps may not be as easy as it seems. Some foods are obvious, potato chips, white bagels, cookies. But others might require closer examination. Nutritionist Tori Holthaus, M.S., R.D., founder of YES! Nutrition, LLC, says you may have to get rid of some foods that seem entirely harmless at first glance. Most of the foods listed below are in nearly every kitchen but if your weightloss has plateaued or isn't moving at the pace you would like, you should get rid of these foods and have a look at healthier alternatives.

1. Salad Dressing

salad-dressings No matter what the label says, pre-made salad dressings are a complete no-no when trying to lose weight. Most are loaded with calories, sugars and salt and the low fat varieties often contain more sugar and salt than the full fat versions. You need to have a little fat to get the nutrients from your salad. One study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that people who use fat-free dressings absorb zero lycopene and beta-carotene, two antioxidants that are needed for overall health and weight loss. Swap it for: olive oil. But don't over do it. One tablespoon gives you a dose of unsaturated fatty acids without destroying you with calories.

2. Canned Food

10foodsCannedTomatoes_k1026100_n_lg "Many canned foods aren't problematic from a caloric standpoint, but they are loaded with sodium, which is a huge concern for women trying to lose weight," says Holthaus. Although salt adds a fresh flavour to many canned foods, it also comes with a maddening side effects like water retention. Besides, most tin cans' resin linings contain bisphenol-A (BPA), a synthetic estrogen that has been linked to an increased risk of obesity. Swap it for: fresh and frozen produce. If you just can't live without canned foods, look for ones labeled 'BPA free.' And before you eat, drain your vegetables and rinse them to remove excess sodium. If you're dying for a can of soup, puree those vegetables and add your favourite spices. So simple.

3. Juices

orange_juice_3_0 Whether it is a fruit juice or a green juice, your blood sugar will spike. Even 100 percent fruit juices are loaded with sugar. "The juicing process separates the fruit's juice from its fiber, so the sugar you do get makes your blood sugar spike," says Holthaus. This makes the insulin rush sugar to the fat cells and 30 minutes later, you have that dreaded sugar crash. Swap it for: actual fruit. If you eat whole fruit, you get the fiber and that slows your body's absorption of the sugar helping you feel fuller, longer. If you have a yen for green juices, try making your own. When you do it yourself, you can control the ingredients.

4. Coffee Creamer

creamer Get this: coffee creamer can be one of the most concentrated sources of calories in your fridge. The can contain 20, 30, even 50 calories a tablespoon. That can add up fast. "It's easy to consume way more than that, especially if you're having more than one cup per day," says Holthaus. She said some brands can contain partially hydrogenated oils (meaning trans fats) and they are flavoured with chemicals. Swap it for: milk. You can also try unsweetened almond milk or soy.

5. Processed Lunch Meat

deli No matter how lean your lunch meat, it is still processed and therefore not good to have when you are trying to lose weight. "Oftentimes processed deli meat is pumped full of chemicals our body doesn't know or recognize," says Holthaus. The sodium in the meat can cause you to retain water and bloat. Processed meat has also been linked to cardiovascular disease and premature death. Swap it for: fresh DIY cuts. It is easy enough, all you have to do is cook a turkey, ham or beef and slice it to your preferred thickness. Think about using the slow cooker. With the right spice combination (and the lack of chemicals), you'll create beautiful sandwiches and never want to go back to cold cuts again.

6. Margarine

margarine This butter alternative may be low in fat but it is full of chemicals. The ones that cause the most trouble for weightloss are the partially hydrogenated oils. Those oils are high in trans fats and can ruin your efforts even in small doses. Swap it for: more natural fat sources. This may mean you consume a few more calories than you would with margarine but your waist will thank you. If you use margarine as a spread, trade it for organic unsalted butter. If you are cooking with it, try olive, hemp seed, avocado, grape seed and other oils but keep on mind that they are all calorie dense so you don't need to use much. Any of these lurking in your kitchen? Now's the time to fess up!

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