Here is how these 4 foods interrupt your body’s weight loss abilities –  It mostly has to do with how excess sugar affects your body

When it comes to eating added sugar, the average American eats about 19 teaspoons (82 grams). Men should eat less than 36 grams per day and women should eat less than 25 grams per day, according to the American Heart Association. When we are consuming nearly 82 grams a day, it is pretty clear that we consuming very high amounts of sugar!

The level of glucose in the blood increases when we eat too much sugar. This tells the pancreas to produce insulin. Insulin does its job by making our blood cells permeable to glucose so that they can use it for energy. When the cells are being flooded with high amounts of glucose, the insulin fails to do its job, affecting how our body stores calories and leptin, the hormone that is responsible for suppressing appetite.

This can result in insulin or leptin resistance (maybe even diabetes), which makes it easier for glucose to be stored in the body as fat. This makes it extremely difficult for the body to not ‘need’ sugar since the body will also find it extremely difficult to suppress appetite.

Now, let’s talk about these four foods you must avoid if you want to lose weight.

Sugary drinks, even if they are diet sodas or juice

Avoid these foods if you can: store-bought smoothies, sodas (even diet), fruit drinks, fruit juice, flavored sparkling water, enhanced water/flavoured water.

Try the following instead:

  • Smoothies are an excellent substitute for juice
  • Try drinking enhanced water that has been made using stevia, and then add water to it eventually
  • Or just drink plain water

A cup of commercial cereals, like honey nut cheerios, can contain 9g of added sugar per ⅔ cup

Avoid these foods if you can: popular brands of cereal, particularly cereals made for kids, yogurt or chocolate covered granola bars, high-sugar and low-protein granola bars.

Try the following instead:

  • Warm porridge or overnight oats
  • Coconut milk or nut butter homemade granola bars
  • Homemade Larabars
  • Smoothies topped with seeds or nuts

White flour is stripped of all its fiber, protein and nutrients to make it sweeter

Avoid these foods if you can: white pasta, white bread (including a majority of whole wheat breads), pastries; like cakes, muffins, sauces that contain wheat and cookies.

Try the following instead:

  • Fermented/sprouted bread
  • Gluten-free or whole grain pasta, like quinoa, lentil/bean, buckwheat, brown rice, Kamut or spelt
  • Whole grains like millet, buckwheat, brown rice, barley or quinoa
  • Zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash instead of pasta noodles
  • Legumes, beans and lentils

Fruit yoghurt is loaded with added sugar (20 grams) which why it is so appetizing

Avoid these foods if you can: parfaits (takeout/restaurant), a majority of fast-food smoothies, yoghurt drinks and yoghurts that have been infused with fruit.

Try the following instead:

  • Greek yoghurt (the full fat kind) that has been drizzled with honey and topped with fresh fruit
  • Fruit compote that is homemade