Something sabotages your diet. Are you sure you are eating properly? Maybe you consume too much empty calories?
Empty calories are foods with solid fats and/or added sugars. They contain a lot ot calories but offer little to no nutritional value.
What Are Solid Fats?
Solid fats retain their shape even at room temperature. You can find solid fats in foods naturally.
Foods with solid fats are:pork fat or lard, chicken fat, butter, stick margarine, shortening, cream, milk fat, palm and kernel oils, coconut oil, partially and hydrogenated oils.
Added sugars can be found in corn syrup, high-fructose corn syrup and sugar.
Both solid fats and added sugars enhance food flavour, but they also add a ton of calories and sabotage your weight loss efforts. Cakes, cookies, pastries, sodas, cheese, pizza, sports drinks, ice cream, hot dogs and bacon, all contain empty calories. If you struggle to stay away from foods like this, try Appetite Killer – a 100% natural supplement made out of cinammon, chromium picolinate and red grape seeds. The product helps with weight reduction, blood sugar and cholesterol control. Learn more here.
How Many Calories / Empty Calories Can I Have?
Your body needs a certain amount of calories in order to function and provide energy for physical activities. The recommended limit for empty calories is based on the individual calories needed by each person contingent upon age, gender, and level of physical activity they regularly engage in.
Females who exercise less than 30 minutes a day and are 19-30 years old need about 2000 calories (260 empty calories), 31-50 years: 1800 calories (160 empty calories), 51+ years: 1600 calories (120 empty calories).
Men who exercise less than 30 minutes a day and are 19-30 years old need about 2400 calories (330 empty calories), 31-50 years: 2200 calories (265 empty calories), 51+ years: 2000 (260 empty calories).
How to Avoid Empty Calories?
By reducing “empty” calories you can reach a healthy weight without feeling like you’re dieting. Choose foods that have lots of nutrients. Look for foods that are high in:
– Fiber (beans, peas, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and whole grains).
– Potassium (potatoes, bananas, fruits, vegetables, and milk products).
– Calcium (milk and milk products, broccoli, spinach, kale, beans and peas, some nuts).
– Vitamin D (egg yolks, liver, saltwater fish, and vitamin D-fortified dairy products).
– Magnesium ( nuts, whole grains, dark green vegetables, seafood, and cocoa ).