January is the month where everyone’s New Year’s resolutions come into play. A lot of you are probably trying to drop the pounds you gained over the holidays, or maybe you’re just trying to make healthier choices. Besides getting off your ass and putting down the sweets, here are a couple things you should be cutting from your diet in 2016.
It’s cold this time of year, and while you’re snuggling up with your significant other or your beloved animal, you might want to rethink popping those salty kernels. Most microwave popcorn bags are lined with perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). This is the same chemical found on teflon pots and pans, which has recently been linked to cancer and infertility when heated (great).
Don’t let the word “vegetables” fool you into thinking you’re making a healthy choice here. Canned vegetables are packed full of sodium and sulfites (added as preservatives), and much like microwave popcorn, the insides of the cans contain chemicals (Bisphenol or BPA) that are harmful to you.
The crispy, salty treats that are nearly impossible to portion control should be cut from your diet. They have virtually no nutritional value, can cause high blood pressure and high cholesterol (due to being cooked in trans fat oil). Potato chips are also chock full of calories, and you’re probably never eating the suggested serving size … because no one can eat just one.
Most things made with white flour taste delicious, sure, but if you’re trying to drop some pounds, avoid it. White flour is basically sugar and is converted to such in your body very quickly. Foods made with white flour increase your glucose and insulin production, which results in weight gain and a higher risk of diabetes.
Yes … that includes fried vegetables and any other foods you consider “healthy.” This may seem like common knowledge, but it’s a big no-no when trying to lose weight. Frying your food basically zaps the nutritional benefits of your food, leaving you fat and sad.
Now obviously when you saw this post and watched those delicious fries bubbling away in oil, you probably immediately craved fries — and so did we. You don’t have to cut all these things from your diet completely (we know we don’t), but cutting back could mean the difference between getting that six-pack for spring or rocking a keg on the beach come April, just don’t forget to treat yo’ self.