By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness
July 10, 2015
- Why healthy living might not be releasing those extra pounds
- The food industry’s dirty little secrets EXPOSED!
- You can’t beat this for weight loss
I’m excited by the current trend I’m seeing in my patients – and even my friends and family members. It seems there’s a growing consciousness about the foods they’re putting in their bodies. We’re finally going back to our roots and choosing healthy alternatives over canned and packaged foods.
As an Advanced Natural Wellness reader, I’ll bet you’re doing the same thing. You’re probably putting more wild-caught fish and fresh, organic vegetables on your dinner plate. And it wouldn’t surprise me to learn that you’re snacking on healthy treats like fruit, nuts and an occasional piece of dark chocolate.
It’s likely that you get plenty of physical activity, too.
But what happens when you do everything right, and still have a problem getting rid of those excess pounds?
Well, there are times when eating certain “healthy” foods can backfire on you. And today I’m going to share some of the food industry’s dirty little secrets with you…
First of all, you know that sugar and high fructose corn syrup is bad for you. So chances are good that when you want a special treat – like a soft drink or snack – you select ones that are sugar-free.
That’s a great idea in theory, but these products typically contain artificial sweeteners. And these sweeteners are worse than eating sugar.
That’s because they fool your body into thinking they are sugar.
So every time you use an artificial sweetener, your body releases insulin. Too much insulin revs up your appetite, makes you feel hungrier and causes your body to create fat.
Diet sodas are probably the worst culprit, because if you’re trying to cut calories and sugar, you might tend to reach for them several times a day. But these beverages can increase your waist circumferences by as much as 500% if you drink two or more a day.
The most common sweeteners you should watch out for – and avoid – include:
- Aspartame (Nutra Sweet, Equal)
- Saccharin (Sweet’N Low)
- Acesulfame K (Sunett, Sweet One, Sweet & Safe)
A much better choice of sweetener is stevia. It’s a safe, all natural sweetener that actually has a positive effect on your weight, blood sugar and insulin response.
What else might prevent your body from releasing excess fat?
Those low-fat and fat-free foods might be another culprit. The idea is that sticking with these types of foods will help keep your waistline trim.
Well here’s a big surprise.
Eating low-fat or no-fat foods from a package will pack on more pounds than you would think. That’s because fat-free pretty much means “taste free.”
To make up for the taste of packaged foods that are stripped of fat, manufacturers throw in a bunch of extra sugar, flour, salt and thickeners that boost the calorie content.
And a lot of the added ingredients hijack your taste buds to make you eat much more than you normally would.
In the meantime, healthy fats encourage weight loss, especially the monounsaturated fats found in the Mediterranean way of eating. They also help control blood sugar, which leads to better insulin function. Some healthy, high-fat foods include olives, olive oil, nuts and avocado.
Finally, let’s not forget about the effect of antibiotic use in our meat supply.
These drugs are used to make farm animals grow fat more quickly. But when you eat commercial meat, it fattens you up, too. So always buy grass-fed red meat, organic pasture-raised poultry and wild-caught fish.
Ultimately, you can’t beat pure, natural, unprocessed and unaltered foods that promote good health and a slim physique.
When you dump the junk (no matter how healthy the food manufacturer’s and marketers try to make it sound) – and exercise regularly – you’re sure to see positive results when it comes to building a strong and slender body.
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When it comes to diets, one simple change can be effective. News Release. University of Massachusetts. Feb 2015