6 Foods You Should Cut
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If you cut
these 6 foods from your diet and do nothing else, you'll get slimmer and life
will get better.
- High-fructose corn syrup (HFCS). I'd
say all refined sugar but, somehow, I think this will be enough, since
America's lobbied itself into almost all sweet junk food. It's not that HFCS is
tons worse than sugar, but it has the lowest bottom line, meaning that it's
added to the cheapest, and hence, worst-quality foods (using this last word
- Soda. Since cutting out item #1 eliminates sugared
sodas, this rule is for diet soda. Filling yourself with phosphoric acid and
aspartame is just not the cornerstone of a healthy lifestyle. Its zero cals are
worse than nothing, since it negatively affects your body's ability to utilize
nutrients for the other foods you eat.
- Prepared dressings. I don't know who decided
it's a good idea to douse vegetables with this stuff, but most salad dressings
are a disgusting concoction of chemicals and trans fat, usually with some sugar
thrown in. Stick with balsamic vinegar and olive oil, and your body will love
you for it.
Okay, there are some newer and better fake butters in the world, but
you need a trained eye to pick them out. Keeping products with this word in
them from appearing at the checkout counter will keep your arteries open for
fats. If you eat meat, you can't cut this stuff out, but if you always
opt for the low or nonfat version of animal fats (except fish) you'll be way
better off. Your body needs fat, but try to get yours from nuts, seeds, olives,
- Salt. Your body also
needs salt. And the more you exercise the more salt you need. However, if you
ever eat at restaurants, they ensure you're getting plenty. A good-sized
"healthy" burrito has enough salt to get you through a moderately active day.
With this in mind, it's hard to envision a scenario where you'd want to add
salt to your food. So unless you're training for a triathlon, leave the salt
shaker on the shelf.