I’ve been talking to people about their diets lately. The one consistent thing I’ve been hearing is “Iv’e started eating healthy. I cut out sugar (candy), and have been eating more healthy (fruit, corn, wheat bread, etc).” See, the problem with the whole idea of cutting back on sugar is we are so “sweets” focused, but the fact is glucose is the sugar that the body uses for energy and stores as fat for later. The most important question that can be asked is what foods break down to glucose? People that are trying to decrease in size and lose fat need to know the answer to this question if they realistically plan to achieve their goals.
We know sweets turn to glucose, thats why they’re the first thing to be cut from the diet. Let’s look at some of the not so obvious foods that deter us from our goals.
Wheat turns to glucose when it is broken down. The difference between white bread and wheat bread is the bleach added to the flour. Most pastas are made from wheat. I recommend that wheat and anything with wheat in it be cut completely from your diet. Wheat has been known to spike your blood sugar higher than a candy bar.
Corn is the next food I recommend be cut completely from the diet as soon as possible. Heres link on the health risks of corn and its derivatives. http://fatloss-gateway.com/nutrition/corn-health-risks/
brown rice (white rice is not recommended)
This can be use as a great pre or post workout carb. I recommend 1/2 cup of cooked brown rice. Keep to in moderation.
sweet potatoes (white potatoes not recommended)
No more than 1 cup of this starch for lunch or dinner with a healthy protein.
1/2 cup cooked legumes, 3 to 4 times a week, be aware of the amount of sodium added when preparing.
I recommend be consumed no more than 3 oz of solid fruit,twice a day and never alone. Should be eaten with a healthy fat to slow the release of the sugar to your blood stream. What do I mean by solid? and actual piece of fruit, not juiced, emulsified, or processed in any way. Although its a natural sugar, at the end of the day its still sugar and will be broken down . People tend to go overboard with fruit when trying to live a healthier lifestyle.
Hopefully this insight will lead to healthier choices when making nutritional lifestyle changes. Most other veggies you can eat as much of as you want, especially green leafy. Just be aware of how you prepare them. I tend to stick with fresh spinach leaves, kale, red peppers, zucchini. These foods among others are nutritious and very low in calories. They should be the focal point of your meal.
~its about what YOU see in the mirror~
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