Achieved your weight loss goals? Foods you must avoid to retain a healthy BMI - Times Now
High in sugar and empty calories, desserts could reverse the weight loss effect on your body | Photo credit: Pixabay
- Fried foods are a foe of weight watchers owing to the high calorie content
- Regular intake of junk food after achieving a healthy BMI might result in bloating, weight gain and digestive distress
- Beer, made from barley, has the highest calorie content and is linked to belly fat accumulation
New Delhi: In a world where obesity and unhealthy Body Mass Index (BMI) is more prevalent than one could anticipate. According to the National Library of Medicine, 1.9 billion adults across the globe are overweight and 650 million are obese. And in India, abdominal obesity is one of the major risk factors of cardiovascular disease. This makes weight loss a priority for millions, and following a healthy balanced diet and regular workouts are the best ways to achieve desired results.
Experts recommend an 80:20 ratio where the former stands for diet and latter for exercise regimen. However, once the goals are achieved, one may end up lowering their guard. After weeks and months of relying on proteins, healthy fats and carbohydrates – grilled chicken, nuts, eggs, green leafy vegetables and complex carbohydrates like oats – one may want to celebrate their healthy BMI with sugar, fats and sometimes even alcohol. And does that help? The answer is no. While a one off cheat day is acceptable, loading on all unhealthy high calorie foods in one go could backfire a great deal.
Some of the foods you need to avoid to retain a healthy BMI include:
- Fried, packaged foods: Fried foods are a foe of weight watchers owing to the high calorie content. Healthy vegetables, lean meat and even green vegetables when deep fried become calorie-dense foods that could contribute to obesity in the long run when consumed regularly. Potato chips, too, have a healthy ingredient at its core, however, with sugar, oil, salt and corn flour content, the nutrient value is lost and may result in weight gain over time. Therefore, after you achieve a healthy BMI, avoid celebrating with a bowl of pakoras, fried chicken or chips.
- Cakes, donuts other desserts: Chocolate cakes, glazed donuts, brownies, pastries, gulab jamus and barfis are an unsaid part of any celebration and achieving the goal weight is nothing short of a festival. However, high in sugar and empty calories, these could reverse the weight loss effect on your body. And if continued for too long, excess sugar intake is also linked to risk of chronic conditions like metabolic syndrome and diabetes.
- Junk food like pizzas, burgers and hotdogs: Even the biggest of fitness enthusiasts can be fans of the cheese and delicious delight that pizzas and cheeseburgers are. A one-off celebration aside, regular intake of these after achieving a healthy BMI might result in bloating, weight gain and sometimes even digestive distress.
- Alcohol, especially beer, and sugary sodas: Alcoholic beverages are no friend of your weight loss goals, especially after you have achieved the target. Beer, made from barley, has the highest calorie content and is linked to belly fat accumulation. A glass of wine for celebration aside, but two pints of beer are a big no-no after achieving the goal weight and beyond. Carbonated drinks, too, contain high quantities of sugar and empty calories and result in a great deal of weight gain. Regular intake of soft drinks is also linked to obesity in the long run.
- White bread: Breads are not all unhealthy, however, white bread is all refined flour and sugar. It has a high glycemic index and can spike blood sugar levels. According to healthline.com, people who consume white bread are at 40% higher risk of obesity.
Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.
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