Every day, it seems like you come across yet another article informing you of the grave risk posed to your waistline by a food you previously thought was okay.
Many of these “fattening food” articles contain completely different foods.
Follow them all to the letter, and you’ll be eating nothing but organic mung beans for the rest of your life.
To restore some balance to the universe, I am now about to reveal, once and for all, the definitive list of foods to avoid if you want to get in shape.
1. Foods You Don’t Like
If your current diet involves regularly eating food that you don’t like, you’re probably not going to be following that diet for very long.
If a particular food doesn’t taste good, there’s no rule that says you have to eat it.
Yes, it may very well have a number of nutritional benefits.
But there are probably many other foods out there that provide the exact same benefits.
There’s no need to keep eating a certain food you hate just because you’ve been told it’s “good” for you.
Compliance and consistency matter a lot more than the specific foods you’re eating.
2. Foods That Take You Out of An Energy Deficit
To lose fat, you need an energy deficit.
But some people find that eating certain “trigger foods” will set them off on a junk food binge that can last anywhere from a few hours to a few days.
If there is a packet of custard creams in my kitchen, the chances are very high that they won’t be here this time tomorrow.
That’s because once the pack is open, I will eat the lot.
Unlike my wife, who has the uncanny ability to eat just one or two, and then put them back in the cupboard.
So, when I’m trying to lose fat, I make sure there are no custard creams in the house.
If there is a particular food that consistently pushes you outside your macronutrient targets, then do everything possible to avoid it.
3. Foods That Make You Feel Bad
There are certain foods that will leave you feeling bad. If so, cut back or cut them out completely.
A few examples from my own experience:
Many moons ago, I used to drink a lot of milk. When I tried cutting it out of my diet, I felt a lot better. I still drink some, but nowhere near as much as I used to.
If I eat a lot of carbs in the morning, I feel lethargic and sleepy. And a big breakfast tends to make me hungrier than eating nothing at all. Which is why I eat most of my carbs towards the end of the day.
If there is a certain food that leaves you feeling sluggish, tired, hungry or something else that you don’t want to feel, then don’t eat it.
As long as a few nutrition rules are being followed, you can lose fat on a wide variety of diets, just as long as that diet is one you can stick to.
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ABOUT THE AUTHORChristian Finn is the nation’s leading authority on science-based, joint-friendly ways to build muscle. A former "trainer to the trainers," he holds a masters degree in exercise science, and has been featured in or contributed to major media on two continents, including the BBC and Sunday Times in the U.K. and Men’s Health and Men’s Fitness in the U.S.