|Read ingredient labels carefully before purchase.|
It's February! Time to start planning for "bikini season". Wanna lose a few pounds? We'll make it easy for you to make good food choices.
Start by ditching the orange juice, artificial sweeteners (Equal, Splenda, etc.), artificial butter (I Can't Believe It's Not Butter-type products), whole wheat bread and pasta, and processed soy milk. Many products are advertised to be "natural" or "good for you", but they aren't. Don't be fooled!
• Foods that metabolize as sugar, such as whole wheat bread and pasta.
When your blood sugar levels are more than 100-120 for an extended period of time, insulin is released, forcing the body to store fat. There are more benefits to eating an orange than drinking orange juice -- and you'll consume a lot less sugar!
• Fats that make you store fat versus fats that make you burn fat.
Hydrogenated oils, canola and vegetable oil, margarine and artificial butter products all make the body store fat. Read the ingredients label. You won't see real food names, but you'll see chemical names -- and your body will store them as fat.
• Artificial sweeteners, high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils and processed soy products.
Most processed foods contain bad fats, a lot of sugar, and a lot of chemicals your body won't break down. These compromise your liver. You won't lose weight when the liver is working overtime in an effort to break down chemicals.
• Packaged 'healthy' snacks, 'health' bars, 'healthy' cereals, etc.
These are generally fat storage grenades, as they contain artificial sweeteners and chemical food additives.
• Millet, quinoa and sprouted grains.
• Fruits and vegetables (no limits) - fat burners
• The right kind of fats, such as avocado oil, coconut oil, olive oil, raw nuts and (real) butter increase the metabolic process to burn off unwanted fat.
• Foods that contain ONE ingredient, like steak, fish, chicken, eggs, fruits, vegetables, olive oil, coconut oil, butter, rice, sweet potato, etc.
Remember, losing weight is NOT about calories. It's about the quality of your food choices and the metabolic effect they have on your body. You can eat a lot of the right foods and still lose weight.