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I see a lot of people struggling because they believe they’re eating a “healthy”
diet, but are in actuality kidding themselves. While there’s endless debate as to
what is or isn’t healthy, there are a few things that are generally agreed upon as
not ideal for maximum fat loss and longevity.
The caveat I want to make before getting into this is that it is highly debatable as
to how “bad” any particular food really is. Really, just about anything can be
enjoyed in moderation without overly negative consequences. The point here is
to make note of the things that people “trick” themselves into believing they can
eat as much as they want to and not have any drawbacks.
The simplest diet advice comes from Jack Lalane who says “if man made it,
don’t eat it.” While I wouldn’t take this too literally, it does have a lot of truth
when it comes to the highly processed garbage a lot of people are eating
mistakenly believing it to be healthy.
Here are a few common things people eat when trying to eat healthier that may
not be such a good idea:
Salad dressings – While most people don’t consider the salad dressings to
be what makes a salad healthy, some people inadvertently think their salad
is helping them get fit despite drenching it with terrible dressings. Most
conventional salad dressings are filled with poor vegetable oils like soy or
canola oil and/or tons of sugar. A salad topped these dressings can be just
as fattening as many of the foods people are replacing with the salads. Opt
instead for olive oil and vinegar, one of the few healthy salad dressings
made without oils/sweeteners/perservatives, or make your own dressing
with apple cider vinegar and cayenne pepper. Or, simply utilize the 60
second salad recipe I provide here:
Conventional Yogurt – While homemade yogurt, or even better yogurt from
raw milk from a local farm, can be very nutritious, most of the stuff bought
at stores is far from being a health food. They’re typically filled with tons
of sugar or artificial sweeteners. I suggest using either a Greek yogurt, or
purchasing a good quality organic plain yogurt (or even better kefir) and
adding in your own fresh berries and/or honey.
Whole Wheat Breads And Muffins – Wheat isn’t that much of a health food
to begin with, so having something “whole wheat” doesn’t make it all that
much better. While I don’t say everyone needs to avoid wheat or gluten,
many people may be better off reducing it in their diet. These foods are
also usually filled with added sugar, oils, and artificial ingredients not
typically found in homemade bread. A better alternative is to use a
sprouted grain bread like Ezekial makes if you still want wheat, or try a
healthier organic rice, potato, or almond bread.
Diet Soft Drinks – Some claim the artificial sweeteners in diet soft drinks
are worse than the sugar they’re replacing. There does seem to be evidence
that they indirectly lead to weight gain. I can’t say one way or another
whether artificial sweeteners are that bad, but I do know every diet soft
drink consumed is taking the place of something healthier like pure water,
tea, or even coffee (has its health benefits). While likely fine in moderation
as most things are, I would advise not overdoing it with the diet drinks.
Conventional Soy – Conventional (as opposed to organic) soy is typically
genetically modified which poses questions about the health and safety of
it. All soy is also high in phytoestrogens which experts debate about their
potential health consequences. Some say they’re beneficial, others say
they’re harmful. I’d rather err on the side of safety and keep soy intake to a
minimum and exclusively from occasionally eaten organic, whole food
sources rather than the highly processed soy burgers, soy milks, soy
cheeses, soy proteins, etc.

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