Grains, including wheat, rice, and corn, have only existed in the human diet for the past 10,000 years. Grains provide lots of carbs in very small portions.
Most people have to eat several portions of any grain product in order to feel full. In the meantime they have consumed far more calories and carbs than their body can handle at one time. The end result is that the body has no place to put the excess calories other than into fat.
Most people eat grains in the form of pasta, bread, cookies, cakes, crackers. No matter what the box that you bought those cookies in says, they are not healthy for you. You will not lose weight eating low-fat cookies. Many people think that whole grain bread is fine to eat on a diet. It’s better than white bread, but it’s still bread. You’re still going to be eating a large number of calories in order to feel full. Worst of all, most pre-packaged products that claim to be whole wheat or low in fat are actually laden with sugar in the form of high fructose corn syrup. You’d be surprised how many “non” sweet foods actually contain that ingredient. It’s a sugar substitute and used primarily because it’s cheaper than cane sugar. The problem is, our bodies can’t metabolize it very fast and we end up just storing it as pure fat.
If you cut out grains and grain-based foods, you are going a long way toward turning your body from fat to lean, healthy muscle.
Studies have gone back and forth on the positive or negative impact of dairy on one’s diet. However, one thing is clear – that most dairy products are
calorically dense due to their high fat content. Products like cheese are basically condensed milk. It takes about ten pounds of milk to make one pound of cheese.
The one major benefit and the reason most people drink milk is for the calcium. However, there are better sources of calcium without the worry of the added calories. I’d recommend taking calcium in the form of a dietary supplement.
There are two different kinds of calcium supplements found on the market, calcium citrate and calcium carbonate.
I’d recommend taking calcium citrate since it has shown a higher bioavailable absorption rate.
Another alternative to animal milk, is soy milk. Soy milk is another good source of bioavailable calcium equivalent to that of milk. If you are going to substitute soy milk as your source of calcium only use it if you are going to mix it with a protein shake. That way you get the added benefit of the soy milk with the high protein from the protein powder you use.
REMOVE High Fructose Corn Syrup:
When we were talking about removing grains from your diet, we also talked about the hidden but diet-busting sugar substance known as high fructose corn syrup.
In the early 1970s, food manufacturers found a cheap, better tasting, food preserving substance called high fructose corn syrup to replace cane or beet sugar as an ingredient in foods such as bread, crackers, cookies, cakes, soda, etc. Basically, in any food with sugar in the first five ingredients you’ll find high fructose corn syrup as its primary substitute.
So if it’s cheap, better tasting, and preserves food, what’s the problem? The problem is that this artificially created substance is one of the primary things making Americans fat today.
The human body does not respond to high fructose corn syrup the way it does to other sugars. In fact when the body digests it and passes it into the bloodstream, it can’t be converted into energy like normal sugar. It has to be metabolized by the liver, which releases triglycerides into the bloodstream. These triglycerides are the chemical form of fat and are then transported into fat cells for storage. In other words, this substance when digested is converted directly into fat.
High fructose corn syrup also has another interesting attribute. It actually makes you more hungry the more you eat it. High fructose corn syrup blocks the hormone leptin, which tells the brain you are full after you eat. So in essence you can eat and eat, and you’ll just get more and more hungry.
High fructose corn syrup is in almost every pre-manufactured product on the market, even things you’d never associate with sugar like breads, chips, tomato sauce, low fat salad dressing, and crackers.
The only way to avoid high fructose corn syrup is to start reading the ingredients on the foods you buy. If you see that this is an ingredient, don’t buy the product.