Why to avoid takeaway when trying to lose weight?
Takeaway has become a way of living for most people (especially in big bustling cities), based on the current trend of start-ups like Uber Eats, Deliveroo and alike. Although we can’t say every takeaway food is bad, if your goal is to lose weight, you need to be mindful of the food you consume and the ingredients in it.
It’s not correct to proclaim that no matter what food you eat, you are good as long as you are within your daily calorie threshold. That may be true if your goal is just to lose weight. But to lose weight in a healthy and sustainable way without losing mass, you will need to pay attention to the quality of the food you consume.
Quality of food you eat matters.
Let’s learn to think beyond our innate human short-term thinking. Here are a few drawbacks of takeaway:
- It’s expensive.
- It is usually high in fat and salt and low in vitamins and minerals.
- A consistent habit of getting takeaway calorie-dense foods adds up and creates a weight gain in most people.
- It’s hard to know the real nature and quality of the ingredients used to prepare food. It’s helpful to remember that the goal of food manufacturers is to sell tasty food. In more cases than not, tasty food is not so healthy at all (typically more calorie-dense).
For most people, cooked food is the most optimal choice when weight loss is the goal. It’s very affordable and in general more healthy. While you are cooking your food, you control what ingredients you will put in your food and how much. This alone is the biggest reason why you should learn how to prepare your own food.
Moreover, cooking and preparing your food is a great skill to have, especially when you want to lose weight.
What type of takeaway food you should especially avoid
Again, to say that all takeaway food is bad is just incorrect. But few takeaway foods are best to avoid when you want to lose weight. There are:
- Burgers and French fries or chips
- Hot dog
- Fried chicken
- Other high-calorie foods that lack essential nutrients
The food from the above list has been discussed in our blog post What food to avoid when trying to lose weight.
Moreover, to help you decide which food you should prioritise consuming, here is another valuable post for you Consume nutrient-dense foods to lose weight.
So, the best scenario is to ditch takeaway food altogether and learn how to prepare your own food. However, if you still like takeaway a few times per week, here are our suggestions:
- Whenever you order a takeaway, take a good look at the ingredients, and make sure that the food is nutrient-dense, not calorie-dense.
- It’s very important to pay attention that the meal is within your daily calorie threshold.
- Don’t compromise on the food quality.
Takeaway food, as we have seen, it’s not the best choice if you want to lose weight. It’s usually expensive, high in fat and salt, and preparation that goes into food is not transparent to the consumer.
Learn how to prepare and cook your own food, and you will be more in control of ingredients and mindful of your daily calorie threshold.
Until next writing,
Damir Pervan, Founder and CEO of TrainChampion | Online weight-loss platform