In 2008 the world health organization estimated that 1.4 billion people suffered from obesity, these figures indicated that over 200 million men and over 300 million women were overweight.
The average male should consume on average 2500 calories per day to maintain their weight, for women it should be around 2000.
Unfortunately, today with fast food and an abundance of soft drinks this caloric intake can almost be achieved in one meal.
It’s not really hard to maintain a healthy weight simply by avoiding certain foods that can pack it on.
We all know that diets don’t work, while in the short term you might lose weight, over the long term most people will put back on every pound they originally lost.
So the best practice is to eat healthily and stay away from certain foods.
Fast foods are the number one culprit of obesity, it’s not hard to understand why.
A regular portion of fries from McDonald’s contains 250 calories and a Big Mac has over 740 calories, add a 330 ml soft drink with 140 calories, you have just consumed almost half of your daily caloric intake.
Some burgers such as Jack in the box bacon ultimate cheeseburger contain over 1000 calories, not to mention the hydrogenated oils as well as lots of sodium. Not good for those who want to maintain a healthy weight.
Soft drinks contain high amounts of sugar, an average twelve oz can of coke contains about 33g of sugar and 36g of carbohydrates.
Unfortunately, soft drinks do not provide any kind of nutritional value and are considered empty calories.
The other thing you may want to consider when cracking open that can of carbonated beverage is that many contain high amounts of 4-methylimidazole which has been shown to be carcinogenic.
If you can, drink water or make natural fruit drinks at home.
White flower and supplemented bread and rice are really bad; in fact, the amount of preservatives in them is overwhelming.
Most white processed bread contains lots of chemicals such as diglycerides that are used as a preservative to extend shelf life.
Try and stick to whole grain bread natural grains and wild rice, it’s much better for you and actually has nutrients your body will use.
Avoid the snack section in the food aisle
Strolling down the snack section where chips and dips are abundant will only help you add on the pounds, most of that stuff is loaded with calories and not to mentioned its processed to the max.
Try considering alternative snacks such as fresh fruits, whole wheat rice cakes or celery sticks with all natural peanut butter which is a better alternative than a bag of chips.
While these are just a few basic things to avoid, keep your diet clean, eating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meat, chicken and fish and you will be amazed at how much better you will feel, not only that you will keep the weight off.