As you may know, I’m off the clock! I ran a marathon on Sunday and opted to drive up just a bit farther north to Santa Barbara and spend some quality time doing…noting really. Just sleeping, soaking, laying on the beach and wine tasting. Update to follow soon along with a full Ventura Marathon Race Recap later this week.
While I’m off the grid, it’s the perfect time to open up the blogger-sphere to other great bloggers who have interesting things to stay. While I’m a bigger fan of telling you what to eat, vs. what not to eat, David from The Runner’s Blueprint has some great points here! Enjoy this quick summary of some foods you may want to take off your grocery list from here on out…
The 7 Foods You Shouldn’t be Eating
If you are looking to get the best nutritional value from your eating choices, then you need to follow a diet that’s filled with vegetables, fruit, whole grains, and some lean protein and healthy fats. That’s no secret. But what about the foods you should never touch? That’s a tricky question. Nevertheless, here is a list of foods that you shouldn’t be eating.
1. White bread
One of the foods that you can stop eating right now and lose weight is white bread. The stuff is mainly made with simple carbs that get absorbed by the body quickly, boosting your blood sugar levels and wreaking havoc on your weight loss efforts and overall health. Not only that, consuming white bread has been linked to obesity, type II diabetes and a other serious ailments. So you are better off eating bread that is made with whole grain floor and some added fiber.
2. Bottled juice
Some people think that bottled juice is a healthy alternative for the standard soda, but they are wrong. In fact, bottled juice is as bad as soda. These “fruit juices” are made with high fructose corn syrup, and are full choke with artificial flavors and additives, sending your blood sugar levels soaring high and leading to real health troubles such as obesity and diabetes.
3. Energy bars
Most people are busy. And when they are looking for an immediate source of energy without taking the time for a full meal, an energy bar might be the next best thing. But energy bars can be bad for you. They are mainly made with processed ingredients, additives, and artificial sweeteners with little nutritional value. And consuming them regularly will only lead to weight gain, and other health trouble. If you are looking for a source of energy on the go, eat an apple or a handful of nuts.
4. Fat-free salad dressings
There is nothing healthier than a salad. But according to research, eating your salads with the so-called low-fat or nonfat salad dressings will only sabotage your health plans. These dressings are full with sugars and high fructose corn syrup, which is bad for weight loss and optimum health. Plus, according to Molecular Nutrition & food research, the fat-free salads dressings might hinder your body’s ability to absorb nutrients from your salads as well, which mainly defeats the purpose of healthy eating.
5. Sugary Cereal
If you are looking for the unhealthiest way to start your day, sugary cereals are the way to go. Sugary cereal is just plain sugar and salt. And consuming them regularly is linked to obesity and other health troubles. Therefore, don’t let the advertising lure you in. Despite the heath claims, you are better off with a low-sugar cereal. Or eat a healthier breakfast (think eggs!).
6. Hot Dogs
Hot dogs are bad for you for many reasons. The stuff often contains monosodium glutamate, which has been linked to severe headaches, allergic reactions and a host of other health troubles. And if you consume hot dogs on a daily basis, you run a higher risk of cancer, leukemia, lymphoma and other serious ailments. So don’t let the convenience of eating hot dogs lure you in.
7. Light yogurts
Light yogurts have become the go-to snack for kids and adults alike. But indulging in the stuff can be counter-productive and harmful. Light yogurts can be loaded with artificial sweeteners and other unhealthy additives that can lead to weight gain. That’s the problem with “light foods”; the risks of overindulgence are always high.
About the Author
David Dack is fitness author and enthusiast. He is a regular contributor to some of the major fitness magazines and online publications. For more tips and training guidelines go to his blog RunnerBlueprint. You can also follow David on Twitter: @DavidDack
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