Many people have a good idea what to eat and what not to eat when they are following a healthy lifestyle, however there is a lot of mixed information out there. Often without realizing it, we are sabotaging our healthy way of eating.
This is why I created this post. I wanted to list for you the 10 Foods to avoid when trying to lose weight and get healthy.
If you have wondered why do people stop drinking milk when trying to lose fat then you will want to pay close attention here.
The truth is milk is not very good for you. It is not good at all because it contains lactose which adults don’t digest very well. Milk contains lactose which is simply milk sugar.
This is the thing that makes many adults sick and fat. Milk does not do the body good. Milk is great for little kids because we want them to grow and get bigger, but milk really isn’t so good for grown-ups. Skim milk is the worst of all because all the healthy fat has been removed.
I eliminated milk from my diet when I went low carb and I have never missed it. I no longer ever have stomach issues.
Note though, not all dairy (milk) is bad. For example, I love heavy whipping cream in my coffee. It has almost zero protein or sugar. If you love milk and switching to cream is too drastic for you, maybe try some half-and-half. It has much less sugar than milk it isn’t as heavy as cream. But really you should try cream in your coffee! I love it.
If you are a milk fan and want to learn more about why milk isn’t good for you, I highly recommend you do some research. I would start with visiting Dr. Ken Berry the author of Lies My Doctor Told Me. This book was eye opening for me.
I highly recommend removing all grains from your diet. Only in modern history have we eaten grains. Grains are genetically modified and inflammatory and yet, grains make you fat. Grains are wheat, corn, oats and rice. These are all starches and carbs. They are not healthy and turn to sugar (glucose) once they are digested. Whole grain is just as bad as cereal and donuts. It is just as bad because it raises your sugar. If you want to stop gaining weight and get healthy.
Many people have a bad reaction to the glucose in wheat and have become gluten free. Perhaps are bodies are trying to tell us something about wheat.
Read Grain Brain to learn more about the effects of grain.
Other Starches like potatoes, corn or rice
It really is all about keeping your blood sugar low. And starchy foods like potatoes, corn and rice all turn to sugar in your blood stream. Bottom line is, if you want to lose weight you need to eliminate the starches from your diet.
Juices and Sugary Drinks
Years ago before I started a low carb lifestyle I gave up soda and almost immediately lost 10 pounds. Sodas including diet sodas are not good for you. And fruit juices are just as bad. Orange juice for example has as much sugar as a soda. If you really want the juice, you are better off eating an orange. It will still raise your sugar but it is better than the juice. I think if I drank orange juice today after being low carb for so long, it would put me in a coma.
Fruit (except berries)
Fruits contain fructose which is another word for sugar. Although they are natural and made by God, if you are trying to lose weight, I would avoid them. You could add them back eventually. I eat fruit, I stick with berries as they have less sugar than the rest and they are high in fiber.
Diet or Low Fat Products
Just know this. If it is processed (in a box) it is probably not good for you. Product marked fat free or low fat are most likely packed with sugar. And foods that say no sugar or low sugar are probably made with an inflammatory processed oil. Just stay away from processed diet products.
When it comes to oils keep in mind that any fat that comes from a genetically modified grain is no good. So this would mean soy, corn, canola, and cottonseed isn’t very good. And trans fats or foods that are hydrogenated like margarine are literally fake foods. Don’t eat them. They are very inflammatory. They are hidden in many processed foods. It is important to read the labels. And I would stay away from vegetable oil as well. I assure you there are not veggies in the highly processed oil.
The best veggies to eat are the leafy green veggies that grow above the ground. The root veggies like potatoes tend to be more starchy and turn to sugar once digested. Yes, even sweet potatoes turn to sugar. I would be careful with the amount of starchy vegetables while losing weight.
Bottom line, it really is about keeping your sugar low so you can lose weight. But the real win here is you will reduce inflammation and feel better! I eliminated these foods and my head aches went away. I never got another sinus infection. My joints stopped aching. I had more energy. In a lot of ways obesity is really a side effect of inflammation.