Just because summer is winding down, it does not mean you should let yourself go!
And what better time to lose weight than now?
The first thing you think of when trying to see a loss in pounds is exercising.
But there’s only so much exercise you can do to lose weight.
In fact, it would take hundreds of hours doing cardio workouts to lose a significant amount of weight.
The majority of weight loss comes from eating healthy.
For you girls that love eating, as I do, it may be hard to shed the weight.
However, if you swap out these five processed foods for healthier options, you can start looking and feeling great with your new weight loss.
1. Instant Ramen
Instant ramen is probably the most unhealthy of the processed foods to choose from in wanting to stay healthy.
The sodium in one serving of instant ramen alone makes up 33% of your daily intake.
But that’s just one serving, and really, who only eats half a package of instant ramen?
That means in one small package for a meal that will probably only hold you over for 30 or so minutes; there is 66% of the recommended daily intake of sodium.
That sodium is what makes your stomach so bloated and makes it hard to lose weight.
What makes instant ramen so popular is it is easy and cheap, mostly chosen by college-age kids or young adults.
However, before popping it in the microwave, ask yourself if it’s worth it.
When instead, you can make a much healthier meal for a comparative price.
Eat instead: Whole grain pasta with seasonings: a favorite combo is sea salt, pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder.
2. Potato Chips
Potato chips are a combination of fried, oily empty carbs and unhealthy, over-the-top flavors.
Don’t even get me started on Pringles, which claim to be potato chips but are only 42% potato, leaving 58% of unhealthy additives.
Even the “baked” varieties of chips have more sodium and fat than you need.
The marketing of these products attempts to trick you, as, on the packages, they say “60% less fat!” or something along those lines.
However, that’s 60% less fat than the unhealthiest potato chips.
Potatoes themselves tend not to be the healthiest of foods.
Although they include a lot of nutrients that can be beneficial to your body, they are high in carbs, and they can release an unhealthy chemical if they are baked or fried.
Cutting out all potato chips and these types of snacks will surely help you lose weight!
Eat instead: Baked kale or hummus chips.
Homemade chips are healthier, but there are a few brands that offer healthy options.
Make sure you are checking out the nutritional facts to make sure they are healthy for you!
3. Deli Meats
Deli sandwich meats are easy to get, easy to make, and great to eat.
However, the additives and extra sodium that the deli meats come with are not so great.
Avoid deli meats and even deli cheese, as the cheese is often processed enough to make your stomach bloated and make it harder to lose weight.
This also includes any kind of pepperoni.
Pepperoni is very oily and full of fat you can see among the minced meat.
This is all fat that you need to avoid to make your stomach shrink.
Not only do these oils and fats prevent weight loss, but they also lead to diseases such as heart disease and diabetes.
Eat instead: Freshly carved chicken or turkey is just as good on a sandwich, and can be cheaper!
These are much healthier than the processed deli meat.
4. Salad Dressing
You may think the salad you made at home and are about to dig into will help you lose weight.
After all, salad is healthy.
However, the salad dressing you bought at the store with your head held high for making healthy choices is not as healthy as you think.
Drop processed salad dressings to drop the pounds.
Salad dressings from the store include high amounts of fat, sodium, and sugar.
Adding these dressings to your salad ruins everything eating the salad would do for you.
Eat instead: Homemade dressing made with EVOO (heart-healthy!) and vinegar with seasonings.
Use EVOO, apple cider vinegar, sea salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and Italian seasoning.
5. White Bread
Looking to shed some weight off your stomach?
Avoid the empty carbs that are in white bread.
White bread contains processed ingredients.
Besides being the holder of your sandwich meat, it has no other purpose and therefore does nothing for your body except prevent it from losing weight and make your blood sugar skyrocket.
In fact, most brands that market a “whole wheat” variety of bread do not add in any beneficial ingredients.
So although whole wheat is better than the enriched flour that is in white bread, it still does not do anything for you nutritionally.
Eat instead: Whole grain bread, which includes grains that will keep you fuller longer and are beneficial to your heart health.
Avoid Processed Foods to Help You Lose The Maximum Amount of Weight
Granted, if you continued eating these processed foods while eating less and working out vigorously, you might still lose some weight.
However, the best and easiest way to lose weight is to avoid these foods while still having a consistent workout routine.
It is hard to change your diet, and your body may change along with your diet.
But remember, this is a lifestyle change.
It takes 60 days for a person’s body to adapt to changes like a change in diet, so allow your body that 60 days to adapt before saying it’s too hard and giving up.
Take the advice on healthier foods to eat and keep in mind that calories are not the only thing that determines if food is healthy or unhealthy.
You need to look at all the nutritional information and “weigh” your options.