4 Unhealthy Foods to Avoid

Unhealthy FoodsEating the right foods while avoiding unhealthy foods will help you reach your fitness goals. You can’t out train a bad diet, and if you continue to fill up on unhealthy foods, the only gains you’ll make are inches around your waist. A fit and healthy body spend as much time in the kitchen as it does in the gym.

Here are four unhealthy foods to avoid:

  1. Sugar. Yes, carbohydrates and especially complex carbohydrates are your body’s main energy source, but sugar, a simple carbohydrate, causes rapid spikes in blood sugar and insulin levels. These spikes in blood glucose and the resulting spikes in insulin will cause a rapid boost of energy but is quickly followed by a dip in your energy level. Sugar and insulin spikes also cause an increase in your cortisol levels, a hormone which blocks the uptake of amino acids into muscle cells and increases the storage of fat.
  1. Soy. Unless you are a strict vegan who depends on soy for your protein source, soy, soy milk and processed soybeans are not a good choice for a healthy diet, especially people who are interested in gaining muscle. Soy and soybeans contain enzyme inhibitors that block trypsin and other enzymes needed for protein digestion and absorption. Soybeans also contain phytic acid which blocks the absorption of essential minerals like zinc, calcium, magnesium, and iron. Soy also contains plant estrogens called isoflavones which have been shown to raise estrogen levels leading to increased fat storage and gynecomastia in men and breast tissue changes in women.
  1. Processed Deli Meats. If you are a meat eater, choose lean, natural meats from grass-fed beef, venison, and bison. Free-range chickens and fresh fish are also healthy choices that provide lean protein containing all of the necessary essential amino acids your body needs. Avoid processed meats like bacon, bologna, hot dogs, and most deli meats as they contain minimal amounts of protein but are loaded with fats, salts and fillers. Your diet should center around wholesome and minimally processed lean proteins.
  1. Fried Foods. The majority of the fats and oils you eat come from fried foods and increase your risk of chronic diseases including obesity, heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. Many fried foods, especially those in restaurants not requiring labels, are fried in dangerous trans fats – hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated vegetable oils. Frying foods adds unhealthy calories, as an example, a grilled chicken breast contains approximately 110 calories, but that same chicken breast when fried contains 330 calories. Triple the calories. 

Just avoiding or cutting back on these unhealthy foods will help you lose weight and prevent many health conditions.  For more unhealthy foods to avoid check out these 10 addictive foods.

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