Avoid These Four Foods That Contribute to Obesity

My Bariatric Life Health Guide
  • Face your problems head on. Look them directly in the metaphoric eye until they blink or turn away completely. There is no substitute for courage. The very brave die a single death while others die thousands of deaths.

    “I have not yet begun to fight,” is chiseled in stone at the Naval Academy in Annapolis.  There is no monument there stating, “Let’s get out of here.” After all, a winner never quits and a quitter never wins.

    Stand your ground. Flight is not the stuff that shapes triumph. No one ever retreated to victory. After all, are we mice or are we men? (or women if you please).

    Then again and on the other hand, run away. Turn your back on some problem area and motor in the opposite direction as fast as your legs will carry you. The fight has not yet begun because surrender has already taken place. For those who think you a mouse…well, whatever.

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    Much can be accomplished through avoidance. If you are one of the millions of Americans who struggle with being overweight or obese, learn to run. There are specific foods that are detrimental to your well-being, and you need to distance yourself from them.

    While I suppose we could try locking any one of  you in a room filled with potato chips and cupcakes until you bring these foodstuffs to their knees using an iron force of will, let’s not go there just yet. Let’s try avoidance first, or the art of escaping a situation that will produce a negative outcome.

    The Need to Avoid

    If you are not currently in the market for morbid obesity and the accompanying risks for diabetes, cancer, stroke, heart attack, and a general 200% greater mortality rate, you might want to avoid eating certain foods.


    Foods with high fat contents such as fried foods and pre-packaged snacks should be avoided. Such foods not only promote obesity but also increase the potential for cardiovascular disease.


    But not all fats are bad. Some are essential for your health and the “healthy” fats can promote good health. You’ll find these healthy fats in olive oil, avocados, and sunflower seeds, among others. Fat should be limited to 25 to 35 percent of daily calories and cholesterol intakes should be under 300 mg. per day.

    Refined Processed Carbohydrates

    Refined processed carbohydrates are a source of weight gain, obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease. They should be eliminated from your diet.

    Products with added sugar such as carbonated drinks should be avoided as well as pastries, doughnuts, cakes, chocolates, and candy. Both sugar and white flour lack vitamins, minerals, and fiber.

    Nutritionists often refer to refined sugar as a poison. It has no nutritional value, and is nothing more than empty calories.


    Your sodium intake can be diminished by avoiding canned and frozen food, processed and cured meats, and seasonings, broths and sauces that have added salt.


    Alcohol dramatically increases the number of calories ion your diet and does nothing to provide nutrients that are needed. Excessive alcohol consumption can increase obesity and cause nutrient deficiencies. Nutrient absorption can be disturbed if alcohol consumption damages the lining of the stomach or the small intestine.

  • References:

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    Answers - http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Which_foods_should_you_avoid_and_which_foods_should_you_eat_to_lose_weight - accessed 7/25/12
    Livestrong.com - http://www.livestrong.com/article/301412-what-foods-to-avoid-in-obesity/ - accessed 7/25/12
    Obesity.net - Disease, Obesity - http://www.obesity.net/prevent-obesity.html - accessed 7/25/12



    My Story...

    You can read about my decision to have weight loss surgery back in 2003 and my journey to maintain a lifetime of obesity disease management since that time. My wish is to help you on your own journey of lifetime obesity disease management with shareposts along the way to help you navigate that journey successfully.

Published On: July 26, 2012