Foods to Avoid for Fat Loss
by Amanda Jane Snyder
Foods to avoid for fat loss.
Summer is quickly approaching and with that lots of people are looking to get in shape and feel good in their beach bikini body. Often times that means people are looking to lose fat.
Before we get into what foods to avoid for fat loss, let's discuss this idea of a bikini beach body. Society has created these arbitrary standards of what is considered a summer body and what is not. For some reason our society values thinness. Skinny bodies are celebrated, and therefore they are sought after. But I want you to reconsider this arbitrary standard. Why do you want to lose fat in the first place? Is it to fit into this standard of beauty that the world expects of us? Or do you have fat loss goals that extend far beyond aesthetics? This is important to keep in mind because any fitness goal is hard to achieve if we don't have a clear and solid WHY. If we don't know why we want something or why our goals are important to us, we often won't take the steps to make it happen. And if we do, it's harder to maintain. And yo-yo dieting is never healthy. EVERY body is a summer body. EVERY body is a beach body. If you're on the beach... you have a beach body. If we can accept and love our body for where it's at then we will be more encouraged to take care of it. If we take care of our body by exercising and feeding it nourishing foods, then we will inevitably lose fat.
So I guess the more important question is, what foods can we avoid to take better care of our body?
We live in a world where easy and quick access to food is the preference. We don't have time to hunt or gather or grow our food. We don't have time to cook a fresh meal everyday, three times a day. So most of us resort to highly processed foods that are easily accessible and as quick as possible. Companies are also making foods as highly palatable as possible so that you'll keep coming back. They want your business. They want you to enjoy what you eat. Consistently eating highly palatable foods only makes us less tolerant of foods found in nature. We're meant to eat bitter foods. Bitter is better! Bitter foods are often better for you because they contain compounds that have been shown to have health benefits, such as aiding digestion, reducing inflammation, and improving insulin sensitivity. Additionally, bitter foods can help stimulate the production of digestive enzymes, which can improve nutrient absorption. Obviously moderation is key... but most people are overindulging in the fatty, sugary, and table salted foods that keep us fat and keep us addicted.
Eating a diet rich in whole foods, minimally processed proteins and a diversity of plants and whole grains are going to optimize us for fat loss. But not only fat loss, this diet will help to prevent disease, lower inflammation, increase energy, and create a higher quality life. If you can, avoid fried foods, sugary drinks, white bread, candy, and pastries.
Amanda Jane Snyder is a Certified Nutrition Coach, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Corrective Exercise Specialist, Certified Personal Trainer, and Mindset Coach living in Brooklyn, NY. She has been vegan since 2016. She specializes in Strength and Conditioning for Actors, Singers, and Dancers.