Weight-loss saboteurs

Friday, 14 September 2012

Weight-loss saboteursYour eating habits could be negating all that hard work you’re putting in at the gym. FitSugar fills us in on the foods you need to avoid if you’re serious about losing weight.

Even if you’re working out hard at the gym, nutrition is key to continued weight loss and a long life. I’m a big believer in the idea that everything should be in moderation, but if you’re chowing down on any of these foods regularly, it’s time to rethink your habits. Get ready to kiss these five problem foods goodbye and embrace healthy and delicious substitutes

Fatty meats

While a vegetarian lifestyle isn’t for everyone, there are real benefits to cutting down on fatty red meat intake. It’s no news that red meat has its risks: it’s been linked to different types of cancer and an overall shorter life span. Research has found that replacing just one red meat dish a day with a healthier protein choice reduces your risk of dying early by 7% to 19%. In terms of weight loss, you can still enjoy red meat, but you’ve got to say goodbye to fatty cuts like hamburger and pork shoulder and go a little leaner.
Better choice: The next time you’re craving for some serious steak try a lean cut of red meat like flank steak, tenderloin or sirloin. You may be surprised to learn that a lean cut of beef has barely more saturated fat than a similar-sized skinless chicken breast.


Hate to say it, but to lose weight, you’re going to have to lose the booze. Besides the empty calories found in alcohol, many cocktails are filled with sugar, which really hinders the ability to take off weight and keep it off – even if you’re closely watching the other things you’re eating.
Better choice: You don’t have to say goodbye to alcohol forever – just make smarter choices! Instead of a blended daiquiri, go for the fresher flavours of a low-cal mojito. And lucky for us, Bloody Marys and mimosas are some of the most guilt-free options out there.

Fried potatoes

According to research, french fries are the number one food keeping you fat, and chips were the second worst offender. Enjoying a few in moderation is fine as a treat, but they should not have a regular place on your plate if you’re trying to lose weight.
Better choice: Go for a delicious baked potato – but go light on all the fixings. It’s an amazing source of protein and fiber. It will also fill you up for far longer than its fried counterpart.


Soda offers literally no nutritional benefits. I often hear people say that they only drink diet cola, but diet soda has health risks, too, including an increased risk of heart attack, weight gain and stroke. Continuing to drink this beverage is sabotaging your weight loss goals. Studies have shown that individuals who drink two diet sodas a day or more had waistlines that were 500% larger than the nondrinkers.
Better choice: If you just love the effervescence of carbonated soda, choose sparkling water with a squeeze of fresh citrus.


In the HBO documentary The Weight of the Nation, American’s got a wake-up call from Robert Lustig, a pediatrician at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. He explained that ‘juice is just like soda… there is no difference’. Squeezing all that tasty juice out of the fruit may be completely delicious, but you’re losing the fiber of the fruit when you do this.
Better choice: Snack on a piece of fresh fruit! You’ll get the flavour you love with all of the healthy benefits – and none of the added sugar.

Written by Lizzie Fuhr, this article originally appeared on FitSugar.

Image: Shutterstock.com

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Megan Kakora has helped launch the websites of, and been the online editor for, some of South Africa’s biggest glossy magazines. She believes in less-is-more, except when it comes to her collection of nail polish colours.
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  1. Jodie-lee Tejada

    I have tried giving all these up… It’s hard work

    3 years ago •

  1. Debsie

    Oh me and fried potatoes. A killer I tell you.

    6 years ago •

  1. Claire Mitchell

    Oh but I love my fried chips :( Definitely need discipline

    6 years ago •

  1. Humphreys

    Fried potatoes is my ultimate weakness!! Can’t help myself sometimes..

    6 years ago •

  1. Thobza

    Cocktail parties are worst enemies!!

    6 years ago •

  1. Lady-T

    Some saboteurs are two-legged beings,…Has someone ever whispered in your ear that you’ve lost enough weight already? You’re getting too skinny? Just one more slice of cake won’t hurt? Well what I’ve discovered about them is deep down, people who try to undermine your weight loss are probably wrestling with insecurities of their own.

    6 years ago •

  1. Angelisha

    Thanks for the tips, just started exercising and will do the nec. Cool :)

    6 years ago •

  1. mika24

    all the good stuff is bad for you :(

    6 years ago •

  1. Noma

    @ Mpoyif It’s hard I know….#Alcohol

    6 years ago •

  1. Noma

    Oh woow first I hear that juice is also not healthy…I’ve stopped drinking alcohol and soda and have been drinking juice instead – hoping this will show in my plan for weight loss..

    6 years ago •

  1. Tasha

    Friend potatoes….mmmmmmm. my treat…

    6 years ago •

  1. BeautyBloggess

    I’ve started stocking different “waters” in my fridge. Bottled water, tap water, sparkling water, soda water. Add a slice of lemon or mint leaf and it gives it something different.

    6 years ago •

  1. Humphreys

    Valuable information. Good to know on the insight of juice……

    6 years ago •

  1. Chicara

    Unfortunately all the good stuff. Haha.

    6 years ago •

  1. Sam

    Great article. Trying to lose weight at the moment.

    6 years ago •

  1. DIVA

    So taking a juice instead of Soda doesnt make any difference? so disappointed

    6 years ago •

  1. Maddy

    great article and fully agree with every point mentioned.

    6 years ago •

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