Most of us don’t spend, or even have the time to analyze the nutritional labels on what we eat every day. Unfortunately, 80% of your fitness results are a direct result of your diet! At Team Afterburn we understand that you already have your plate full (no pun intended) with the demands of everyday life, which is exactly why we offer each member a customized meal plan from certified nutritionists.
However, it can’t hurt to still educate yourself on some simple things you might be able to cut from the diet. Below we’ve outline 5 ingredients that should raise a red flag when you turn over that package and find them listed:
Red Flagged Ingredient #1: High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)
HFCS is a manmade sugar, derived predominantly from genetically modified corn. The sweet concoction has been shown to promote binges and hysterical hunger, and wrecks havoc on your blood sugar levels, promoting fat storage.
The introduction of HFCS into our food supply directly paralleled a 47% spike in Type 2 Diabetes cases as well as an 80% increase in obesity. Food manufacturers use HFCS in many mainstream products, including the following:
- Sauces (including ketchup)
- Energy Bars
- Soft Drinks / Fruit Juices
- Processed baked goods
- Ice Cream
- Salad Dressing
- Most packaged snack foods
A customized meal plan would help eliminate foods like this from your diet!
Red Flagged Ingredient #2: Hydrogenated Fat / Partially Hydrogenated Fat (Trans Fat)
Hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated fats have undergone such extensive processing that the chemical structure has changed from a “cis” shape, which the human body recognizes and utilizes, to a “trans” shape, which is foreign and destructive to human physiology. This can be a very technical aspect of food prep, so let us help our here with your custom meal plan.
Red Flagged Ingredient #3: Aspartame
Aspartame is an artificial sweetener that was denied 8 times by the FDA before being approved in 1973. Many scientists objected the approval, claiming that aspartame hadn’t been proven safe for use as a food additive.Though aspartame is calorie-free it still causes insulin to be released, which job is to stow away sugar – when this sugar is not available, the result is often hypoglycemia and severe hunger. Not exactly a recipe for weight loss.
Red Flagged Ingredient #4: White Sugar
White sugar comes from the juice of a sugar cane plant that has undergone an intensive refining process. In this process all of the enzymes, fiber, vitamins and minerals are destroyed, rendering it nutritionally void. White sugar is also extremely high in calories, which your body loves to store away in fat cells.
Red Flagged Ingredient #5: White Flour
White flour comes from natural whole wheat that has been stripped of nutrients, vitamins and minerals. This results in a nutritionally void product that is packed with calories that release quickly into your system, creating a spike in blood sugar. As you know, this promotes fat storage and leads to hysterical hunger and cravings. You don’t need that.
Once you cut these 5 items out of your diet, you’ll be pleased with the results. Expect to lose weight, to have more energy and to feel better than you have in a long time. However, the burden is not all yours. Let us help! Come talk to us at Team Afterburn and let us get you on a meal plan designed to fit your needs and your goals! Visit us online at www.teamafterburn.com or like us on facebook at www.facebook.com/teamafterburn or better yet, come into the studio in person!