Foods That Make You Fat
by Jackie Burgmann, creator of "Hot at Home" - The Transformation Solution for People Who Hate The Gym
Trying to lose fat? Or just looking to be the healthiest version of 'you' possible? There's definitely a 'trick' to it (if you want to call it that):
Don't confuse your body with 'sorta' foods it has no idea what to do with.
In other words, as a regular habit don't consume foods that are barely even 'food'. All these 'sorta' foods do is make you fat and unhealthy.
Instead, strive to give your body proper nutrition and it will reward you with a proper response: good health and a lean body.
While you're on your mission to be your healthiest and leanest, here are some foods that really just are NOT worth eating. They do nothing to help your cause and will just sabotage all your well-intentioned efforts.
First of all, try to stay away from soft drinks (aka: soda pop). There's nothing good
about them. They contain nothing but sugar, food coloring and carbonated water.
And for the record, if you're drinking the diet version instead to keep your calories low or in some way to make it 'better' for you, consider this: it's calorie free but it's still sweet, therefore it's sweetened with artificial sweetener.
Artificial sweeteners are all either made completely from chemicals or are chemically processed to remove the calories. Either way, they are the equivalent of drinking poison. Try to avoid any food containing artificial sweeteners, for that matter.
And stay away from soft drinks as much as possible if you're looking to get lean and feel healthy. If you absolutely must drink your fizzy treat, then stick to club soda. Need flavor? Add a lemon or lime wedge.
Another 'sorta' food to avoid is most (if not all) deep fried foods. They're usually chock full of hydrogenated oils, trans fats and all sorts of other harmful and super-fattening calories.
Deep frying ANY food just turns in into fat-laden, caloric BELLY BUSTER! Any nutrition that you may have gotten (if it's deep fried vegetables, let's say) is totally ruined by adding hydrogenated oils and trans fats.
If you want to have your fries, try sprinkling some heart-healthy coconut oil or olive oil on fresh cut potatoes or super-healthy sweet potatoes and yams and bake them in the oven. This is a far healthier way to get your 'french-fry' fix.
Now here's one that seems to have a cult following of late. But trust me on this one: skip the bacon.
Bacon is full of shockingly unhealthy nitrates and absolutely jammed with sodium and loads of unhealthy, and usually over-processed, fats.
Want a tasty meat treat? Try some cooked shrimp. Or a chicken breast or lean steak prepared on the grill. You'll get a lot more nutrients for your body and a lot less complaining from your heart.
This one should be a no-brainer, but just in case they're too tempting to turn down: think again about donuts.
Donuts are nothing but deep fried white-flour dough covered in icing made from white, processed sugar (and sometimes filled with even more gooey sugar).
Donuts are a 'bad fats' and sugar BOMB.
They contain absolutely zero nutritional quality and fill you with lots and lots of empty calories and bad fats. This so called 'food' very high on the list of foods that just aren't worth eating.
Potato chips of any description are also very high on this list.
Potato chips are basically deep fried potatoes with the skins peeled off (which is where most of the nutrition in a potato resides). They're highly caloric and again hold little nutritional quality. Best to keep away from this 'sorta' food, if you're looking to be the healthiest, leanest version of you possible.
Now for one that surprises many: margarine.
I know it's marketed as a healthy alternative to butter, but the opposite is actually true. All margarine happens to be is oils and food coloring with artificial flavoring added to make it resemble butter. It's very high in calories and very devoid of nutrition.
If you need something to spread on your meals or whole grain bread, make it the real thing, good ol' natural butter. Sure, it's also high in calories but at least there's some real nutrition in butter. And butter doesn't usually contain chemicals or artificial flavors. If you can find a brand that doesn't use artificial coloring, you're golden (but your butter won't be).
Remember that health begets health. So, avoid these foods that make you fat (and unhealthy).
The healthier the food choices you make, the faster your body will reward you with better health and a leaner physique.
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