For people with weight loss goals who are tired of being trapped inside an obese body, help is on the way. Say goodbye to yo-yo fad diets and hello to a new way of looking at food. Instead of counting calories, simply avoid eating foods that make your body retain fat rather than burn it.
Bariatric Physician Dr. Amy Lee has spent years of research and medical practice preparing this professional advice for how everyone can improve her or his health by avoiding three harmful foods.
It may not surprise you that all three foods you should steer clear of are high in carbohydrates:
#3 High fructose corn syrup
Why are these foods especially bad for maintaining a healthy weight and high energy levels throughout the day? Let’s take a closer look at each one.
#1 Yogurt (sweetened)
Yogurt with added sugars is not very good for you, no matter what the manufacturers’ ads say to the contrary. Sugar gives you a temporary boost, but after that wears off, you may actually become depressed and sluggish. Sugar can come from natural sources but it is also made artificially from synthetic (human-made) components.
A 6oz serving of unsweetened yogurt should have about 13 grams of naturally occurring sugar from milk. If the ingredients label shows more than that, you are defeating your weight-loss goals with this high-calorie junk carbohydrate.
Having a serving of yogurt for breakfast jolts your metabolism into producing insulin. This is a terrible way to start the day unless you plan to run a marathon or go to a job that is very physically demanding. If you sit most of the day, eat proteins and fats first and add healthy carbs during the day.
Yogurt manufacturers target children with sugary foods. General Mills markets yogurt pops called Go-GURT which contain twice as much sugar as a bowl of their “Lucky Charms” cereal?
Some yogurt products claim to contain probiotic microorganisms which provide health benefits when consumed. This is a deceptive promise because pasteurization kills many of the good bacteria.
A California court agreed by siding with plaintiffs of a class action lawsuit in 2013 where General Mills agreed to pay $8.5 million ($4 per purchased unit) to settle their Yoplait YoPlus probiotic yogurt misleading health claims.
That lawsuit also found that General Mills’ Yoplait Greek Yogurt is not really yogurt at all. The company was found guilty of false advertising.
Unsweetened yogurt is fine. Add honey or stevia (a natural plant sweetener) instead of any synthetic sweetener.
#2. Bread (wheat)
Wheat bread is full of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), the #1 fat-forming food ingredient. Popular because it is 20 times sweeter than sugar, corn syrup has been linked to obesity.
The problem is that our brains can’t recognize the chemical fructose. This confusion interferes with your ghrelin hormone production (which tells you when you are hungry) and disrupts the production of the leptin hormone (which tells you when you are full).
When the appetite hormones are out of balance, you can’t tell when you are hungry and when to stop eating. This is obviously a serious problem for people who want to lose weight because your brain keeps telling your body to eat more and more and more.
HFCS is a sweetener made from corn starch. It is a common ingredient not only in bread but in yogurt and other carbs and sweets. If you think you addicted to carbs and sweets, it is probably due to a high consumption of foods containing high fructose corn syrup.
Doctors believe HFCS is eight times more addictive than cocaine or heroin! New research indicates that over 80% of the American population may be hooked on this unhealthy sweet stuff commonly found in sodas and fruit-flavored drinks.
“You might as well be pouring fat into your waistline,” says Dr. Lee.
#3 Cereal Bars
Cereal bars like Kellog’s Special K Vanilla Crisp Cereal Bar contain lots of sugar. In fact, sugar is the first ingredient listed on the box, meaning there is more of it in the food. Corn syrup, another form of sugar, is also found in these unhealthy snacks.
Fiber One Oats contain high levels of corn syrup, sugar, high maltose corn syrup, sugarcane fiber, and fructose.
Honey Nut Cheerios Milk n Cereal Bars proudly proclaim they contain 13 vitamins and mineral and calcium from 6 ounces of milk – but did you know they also weigh you down with added sugar, brown sugar syrup, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, and fructose?
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According to Dr. Lee, if you cut back or get rid of these three foods – sweetened yogurt, wheat breads, and cereal bars – your hormones will be able to go back to normal levels. You will know when you are hungry and when it’s time to push back from the table.
Conquering your carb addiction might be the hardest thing you do in your entire lifetime, but it is well worth the short-term discomfort when you consider all the health benefits you get from hauling less weight around.
The odds of getting heart disease, diabetes, or other complications of obesity go down dramatically once you stop eating so much sugar. Do yourself a favor and kick the sugar habit!