We’re not genetically designed to be over weight. It’s not all bad news though - being over weight is a reversible process. Firstly, don’t be guided by labels. There are lots of food and Pharma companies that are making millions from producing unhealthy foods. The sad part is that they are often marketed as ‘healthy’. Low fat and low sugar doesn’t necessarily mean low calories.
Also, there’s a difference between the amount of calories and the quality of calories you consume. Empty carbs are high energy, but no/low nutrient - the chances are they will spike your sugar and energy levels, affect your hormones and be stored as fat.
Avoid ready meals at all costs, and cut right back on processed foods. Eat as much fresh, seasonal fruit and vegetables as possible. Combine carbs with proteins and fats when eating which slow down the digestion, even out the energy supplied to the body and avoid the sugar spike and fat storing process.
Here are some foods to avoid if you’re serious about good health.
Margarine was originally developed as a food for fattening turkys. However, when it killed them and become unusable, the investors still wanted a profit. Yellow colouring was added and it was sold to humans. It contains trans fats and LDL (bad cholesterol) and increases the risk of CV disease.
Alternatives - butter, coconut oil, low saturated fat oils (olive oil etc).
Concentrated Fruit Juice
Concentrated Fruit Juice is processed and therefore low in nutrients. Fibre is also missing, so you’re basically drinking sweetened sugar. Some juices contain added sugar, or worse still, artificial sweeteners.
Alternatives - water, water, water, green tea, herbal teas, smoothies.
Including - white rice/pasta/bread/sugar; doughnuts,cakes, biscuits and even wholemeal bread.
These are high carb comfort foods with high calories and low nutrients. High carbs are digested very quickly, increasing blood sugar levels. Insulin is then released and the sugar is stored as fat. Check out the Glycaemic Index of carbs - low carbs digest more slowly thus being better for energy levels, high ones are digested quickly and spike your energy levels and trigger the fat storing process.
Alternatives - wholemeal rice/pasta and wholegrain bread. I prefer getting carbs from fruit and vegetables because you get the nutrients as well. Even wholemeal rice, pasta and bread are bulky, starchy foods, that can bloat, so be careful.
GM corn (all GM foods for that matter)
GM corn was made for fattening cattle. It does the same to humans. Also avoid sweeteners produced from it.
What you eat becomes you. The human body creates itself from the food it consumes and is in optimum health when fed fresh food. It has no need for eating artificial sweeteners which are chemicals. numerous side effects have been reported as well as inducing diabetes, storing fat and giving an increased appetite.
Corn syrup (sweetener)
Corn syrup is made from corn starch and contains very high fructose. It is connected to weight gain and obesity and is an added ingredient in many soft drinks and in canned, baked and processed foods such as barbecue sauce, jam and ketchup.
Alternatives - honey, organic maple syrup, molasses and stevia.
Processed soy is a great example of food that we’re told is healthy. However, the heavy processing can remove up to 90% of the nutrients, so again you’re eating empty calories. Also, a lot of soya is GM grown, so check the labels.
Alternatives - quinoa, milled flax seed with pumpin & sunflower seeds, beans, nuts and seeds.
There are more many foods that could be added to this list. Eating is very habitual and quite often done as a form of comfort.
Remember that you are what you eat - it’s your choice whether to eat fresh, live giving foods or to eat junk.