I just recieved this info from Dr. Chris Mohr, a nutrition expert based in Louisville, Kentucky. He has got a great approach to nutrition by keeping it really basic and really simple. He is really straight to the point on what he wrote below, and he just makes total sense. Enjoy!
As weight loss experts, we often say “everything in moderation.”
But is that really true…
…or is moderation just an easy to way rationalize eating and exercise behaviors that won’t lead to permanent fat loss success?
3 foods you should never eat. As a whole, we can use that term “moderation.” But there are 3 foods that your body would be much happier without. And you may be shocked …
- Breakfast cereals
- 100 calorie snack packs
Let’s delve into each of these a bit.
Breakfast – yes, it’s the most important meal of the day and any hope of losing fat come to a screeching halt without it.
But breakfast cereals are JUNK! Well, 99% of them are. I don’t care if the name is “Smart Start, Healthy Heart, Fat Loss Deluxe” – read the ingredient labels. Here’s a food label of “Kellogs Smart Start Antioxidant” Cereal with 14 grams of sugar per serving…how is THAT going to give you a healthy heart? Frosted Flakes has less sugar per serving (and that’s not a good choice either).
Instead, try this: 2 whole eggs, 2 egg whites, a handful of your favorite veggies (spinach, zucchini, squash, onions, etc) mixed into an omelete. Add a sprouted grain English muffin on the side and you’re good to go.
Smoothies are next on the hit list of foods to avoid.
Although the Smoothie King website has specific smoothies for “Super Natural Mornings” – there ain’t nothin’ natural about starting your day with 108 grams of sugar and nearly 500 calories. To make it even worse, that is the SMALLEST size offered (just 20 oz).
JUST SAY NO!!
You want a real smoothie? Make your own – add 1 cup plain, non fat yogurt, fresh fruit of your choice, and a bit of cottage cheese (or whey protein) for a protein boost…voila, a truly healthy smoothie.
And last but not least, 100 calorie snack packs.
“But Mohr,” you say, “those are great for portion control.”
An apple is portion control for less calories and more nutrients.
A banana is portion control for less calories and more nutrients.
An orange is portion control for less calories and more nutrients.
Should I go on?
A small package of refined junky sugar is just, well, a smaller package of refined, junky sugar. Don’t fall for the marketing scam!
You can lose fat and eat the best foods in the world without relying on supplements, packaged junk, or marketing gimmicks!
There you have it – some great information!
Stick to real food and watch your body change. One of my rules is to never eat anything that comes in a box or a package. If it had to be processed, its not real.
I totally agree with him on the 100 Calorie snack packs, they are just a smaller bag of sugar. People just use them as a cop out to feel better for eating the same junk. If im eating cookies, Im eating COOKIES! (Man, I love cookies!)
I eat well 80-90% of the time just so I can enjoy what I want and know that I wont be heading downhill because of it. And is anyone ever really satisfied with ONE 100-calorie pack??? Who are you kidding???