Don’t be blind and see through the la-bull..
Hey everybody! All of you know that I am a preacher when it comes to clean, healthy eating. My question to all of you is: how much thought do you put into what you eat? Really, think about it.
If you want to get into great shape then you’ll be interested to know that over 70% of your fitness results are attributed to your diet. In our fast-paced society, eating is often done with little or no thought as to what exactly it is being ingested. Excess body fat is a direct outcome of this hurried, poor nutrition. Even if you have the intentions with your diet, you may be frustrated and fed up with extra pounds and lacking energy day to day.
I can’t blame you for being confused about what you should eat. The media definitely doesn’t help. One day the they are telling you to give up the fats and the next week its said to avoid carbs like the plaque. Now it seems as though acai berries are the holy grail of weight loss. Geeze…
Food manufacturers increase confusion by printing misleading labels and bogus health claims. Sometimes it seems like the whole system is set up to confuse and frustrate us into buying the latest and greatest packaged food.
The bottom line is that your physique is largely a result of what you eat, so the foods that you put into your mouth should be carefully selected. Lets take a look at what you eat.
We need to know how to read nutritional labels. The nutritional content and ingredient list will give you everything you need to know about the quality of the food item. Below are a few ingredients that you should be a little concerned about and throw up a red flag:
1.) High fructose corn syrup (hfcs)
This is a manmade sugar, derived predominantly from genetically modified corn. It has been shown to promote binges and hunger, and spikes blood sugar levels which signals insulin to be released, and finally promotes storage of all this as body fat.
The introduction of hfcs into our food supply directly paralleled a 47% spike in type 2 diabetes cases as well as an 80% increase in obesity. Food manufacturers use hfcs in many mainstream products, including:
- soft drinks / fruit juices
- salad dressing
- most packaged snack foods
This is one thing that will lift your eyebrows a bit if you research it. I encourage you to do so, especially if you consume a lot of diet sodas. Aspartame is an artificial sweetener that was denied 8 times by the FDA before being approved in 1973. Many scientists objected the approval, claiming that aspartame hadn’t been proven safe for use a food additive.
Though aspartame is calorie-free it still has been shown to cause insulin to be released, which job is to stow away sugar - when this sugar is not available, the result is often hypoglycemia and severe hunger. Not exactly a recipe for weight loss.
3.) White sugar
White sugar comes from the juice of a sugar cane plant that has undergone an intensive refining process. In this all the fiber, enzymes, minerals, and vitamins are destroyed and the end product is nutritionally void. White sugar is also really high in calories, which your body loves to store away in fat cells.
4.) White flour
This one comes from natural whole wheat that has again been stripped of nutrients, vitamins and minerals. The end results in a nutritionally void product that is packed with calories that release quickly into your system, creating a spike in blood sugar. As previously mentioned here, this promotes fat storage and leads to hunger and big time cravings for more food. I don’t think we need that.
5.) Hydrogenated and / or partially hydrogenated fats (trans fats)
These guys have undergone quite a bit of processing and their chemical structure has altered and changed a lot. Trans fats are said to be the most harmful of all fats (more so than saturated animal fats). These “bad fats” are foreign to the body and are trans-ported to your gut and stored easily.
If you want to be serious about looking and feeling your best with not only consistent exercise but a good diet too then we need to focus on eating real food items. Real foods include lean meats, vegetables, whole grains, fruits, nuts, and seeds. These should be the majority of your food intake (think caveman diet). When needed there is nothing wrong with utilizing a few good supplements like protein powders or bars in your nutritional regime either.