If you want to achieve your weight loss goals and achieve a slim, healthy body, you just need to follow this simple advice:
Eat nutritious whole foods in sensible amounts.
But while the advice is simple, that doesn’t mean it’s easy.
A lot of us struggle with the “sensible amounts” part. And really, it’s not our fault.
Some of the foods we eat have drug-like effects on our brains. Once we start eating them, we find it almost impossible to stop… which is a disaster when trying to lose weight!
Here are 10 of these dangerous foods that cause us to overeat:
The first food on the list shouldn’t be much of a surprise.
Sugar is basically poison to our bodies. It is known to play a major role in causing serious conditions like obesity, diabetes, and cancer.
Once you start eating it, the cravings quickly become more and more intense. In fact, according to Dr. Robert Lustig, brain scans have shown that sugar has an addictive effect similar to cocaine!
White Flour Foods
You’re at a restaurant waiting for your meal, and they bring out the bread. You tell yourself you’ll just have a piece. But before you know it, the whole loaf is gone!
What makes this bread so hard to stop eating?
It’s highly-processed and made with white flour. It’s packed with craving-causing simple sugars, and lacks the fiber that helps fill you up.
All foods made with white flour should be avoided: white bread, pasta, bagels, pizza and breakfast cereal.
Red meat has a lot of saturated fat, which makes it high in calories.
In small amounts, this wouldn’t be a problem…
But many people find it hard to stick to small amounts.
This is because meat also contains a stimulant called hypoxanthine that’s similar to caffeine. And once it’s in your system, it causes you to feel like “something is missing” unless you eat more meat.
Alcohol can cause you to gain weight in two different ways.
First, the drink itself can be high in calories (especially when you have sugary mixed drinks.)
But even worse, alcohol impairs your judgment. It causes you to make bad decisions. So after a few drinks, you often end up eating other craving-causing foods like sugar or…
Fried foods are some of the worse things you can put into your body.
It’s a trifecta of cravings.
Since these foods are usually breaded, that means they contain simple sugars, which we know causes cravings.
Since they’re fried in oil, they’re loaded with unhealthy fat which makes them very high in calories.
Finally, fried foods contain tons of sodium.
This combination of sugar, fat and salt make these foods almost impossible to stop eating.
Just because Diet Soda contains 0 calories doesn’t mean you’re free to drink as much of it as you want.
It contains artificial sweeteners which trick your brain into expecting sugar. You sense the sweet taste and expect that sugar is on its way. So when that sugar never comes, you’re left with horrible sugar cravings throughout the day!
This is a tricky one for a lot of people. We think of fruit as healthy (which it is).
But fruit juice is a whole different story. Because these drinks are rarely sweetened naturally. To improve the taste, they have lots of sugar added to them.
And since they have to be able to last on the shelves for a while, these foods are highly processed and stripped of the vitamins and minerals you’d find in fresh fruit.
Which brings me to…
This is yet another “health food” that you want to try and avoid.
These fruits are often dried out using chemical preservatives, such as sulfur dioxide. The drying out process can cause these foods to lose a lot of their nutritional value.
Plus, these foods often have sugar or fatty oils added to them to improve the taste. Making them less like fruit, and more like candy.
This “guilty pleasure” affects our brains in a similar way to sugar.
It raises our serotonin levels and improves our mood, but to keep that feeling, we have to eat more and more of it.
And since chocolate is generally high in calories, splurging too much can be a disaster for those trying to lose weight.
If you’ve ever eaten a piece of cheese and found it hard to stop, here’s why:
Cheese contains a dairy protein called casein. When digested, this protein breaks down into compounds that contain morphine.
Yes… the same drug that’s used in hospitals as a pain-reliever.
And since cheese is high in calories, it’s not something you want to become “addicted” to.