13 Foods to Avoid on a Diet

13 Foods to Avoid on a Diet

There are many different ways to diet – some diets limit fat while others limit carbohydrates or proteins. However, no matter which diet you are on, there is one tried and true method that will always pack on the weight: Eat a lot of carbohydrates.

The reason why this happens is because the carbohydrates stimulate the excessive production of insulin in the body. This in turn then causes the body to store food eaten as fat no matter what types of food are eaten. The key to weight loss is to learn how to get the body’s biochemistry back to burning fat instead of storing fat.

Stay away from high carb foods

Most dieters continue to eat too much of the foods that are naturally high in carbohydrates. The very worst carbs you can eat are boxed and packaged foods.

Stay away from high glycemic index foods

Dieters must also always avoid high glycemic index foods. The glycemic index is a scale from 0 to 100 that rates carbohydrate foods according to how much hey raise the blood sugar levels.

If a food has a rating of 100, then the food is going to raise blood sugar levels drastically, and you’ll have to somehow bring them down quickly. If you don’t bring the blood sugar levels down again, weight gain will occur.

Why you gain weight when you're sticking to a diet

Have you ever noticed sometimes that you eat healthy foods all day long and yet when you look down at the scale, your weight increased? This can happen for a few different reasons:

  • You eat one food in the last 18 hours that caused a spike in insulin. All that’s needed for a quick gain of weight is one bad spike in blood sugar; the effects don’t wear off until 18 hours, and if that one cheating episode became two or three, you’ll have to add more hours to the time.
  • The overall amount of carbohydrates in the meal is too high, past 35 grams.
  • The meal has no fat in it.
  • The meal has no protein or very little protein.

Here’s your list of absolute no-nos for your diet:

  1. Bagels 
  2. Breads 
  3. Pastas
  4. Chips
  5. Potatoes 
  6. Corn
  7. Pies 
  8. Cakes 
  9. Cookies 
  10. Candies
  11. Flavored Yogurt  
  12. Milkshakes and ice cream floats 
  13. Alcoholic drinks