Managing a Healthy Diet : Foods to Avoid for Weight Loss

Managing a Healthy Diet : Foods to Avoid for Weight Loss


Hi, my name is Brenda Thompson, registered
dietitian and owner of Life Skills Nutrition. In this segment I’m going to talk about foods
to limit when you are trying to lose weight. First we want to eliminate foods containing
hydrogenated fats, because our goal to lose weight is to try to become healthier, and
sometimes those fats can increase our chances of heart disease. We also want to decrease
our high sugar containing foods. A lot of times these foods have a lot of sugar and
no nutrients, and our goal is to try to eat as many nutrient dense foods as possible so
that our bodies can become healthier. You want to avoid foods that are high in saturated
fats and a lot of those are animals foods, also a lot of high calorie foods that may
have a a lot of nutrients in them, however, you want to still try to avoid them. Another
thing you might want to avoid is a lot of the convenience foods. Sometimes eating a
fast food restaurants and them boxed convenience foods because they are very high in hydrogenated
oils, but also in sodium. So we want to try to limit those. Here are some examples of
foods, that you might want to try to limit in your diet. Bacon is a food that contains
a lot of sodium and fat. This is a health bar. A lot of time health bars will have hydrogenated
oils in them. Although they have a lot of nutrients, this might be one food that is
loaded with calories and nutrients, however contains hydrogenated fats. High fat meats
are another food you would like to avoid. This ground beef is very high in fat so you
would want to avoid it. You would also want to avoid poultry with skin. Snack foods, although
they look very delicious and taste wonderful, are foods that we want to try to limit. I’m
not saying that you have to avoid them completely, but try to limit them throughout the week.
We definitely want to avoid lard in our cooking. Try to avoid margarine, and also even butter.
When we consume these products, we want to consume them in very small amounts. Avoiding
whipping cream, or any other kinds of cream would be a better idea, along with whole milk.
Any whole dairy products we would want to try to avoid and switch over to a one percent
or to a fat free. These are some boxed convenience foods that we would want to try to avoid because
they sometimes contain hydrogenated fats, but also they’re very high in sodium and can
sometimes be high in calories for the portion sizes. And then, fats that we add for a lot
of baked goods can sometimes be substituted with other things, such as apple sauce, and
so we want to try and limit those in our diets. Limiting some of these foods will help you
be successful in lowering your calories for weight loss.