5 Healthy Foods That Are Ruining Your Weight Loss Efforts –
5 Healthy Foods That Are Ruining Your Weight Loss Efforts
· Soy Milk– and other soy products contain powerful phytoestrogens that trick the body into storing more fat and disrupting hormones. It has been proven to depress thyroid function which is a main organ responsible for weight regulation. Read more about soy and thyroid..
· Oatmeal– Phytic acid found in the bran or hull of grains strongly inhibits mineral absorption in adults especially iron and zinc, which leads to osteoporosis in the long term. Read more here....
· Egg whites -When you skip the egg yolks you are missing out on vital omega-3 fatty acids which have been proven to lower insulin levels and improve metabolic rate. Omega 3’s also increase Serotonin in the brain which make you feel full and satisfied. Choline found in egg yolks is a vital nutrient is essential for fat metabolism in the cells. Also whole eggs are full of B-vitamins, which support healthy weight maintenance. In studies where people ate whole eggs for breakfast they lost twice as much weight as people who ate bagels. Which leads to the next point…
· Healthy Whole Grain Toast- The Glycemic Index (GI) is a ranking of carbohydrates on a scale from 0 to 100 according to the extent to which they raise blood sugar levels after eating. A food with a ranking of 60 or above is considered high GI. The glycemic index of whole grain bread is 95 when compared to white bread at 100 ( both are almost identical in raising blood sugar). When the blood sugar is raised this high it will drop within two hours causing a person to be hungry again and start searching for more carb heavy food. Also when someone who is overweight eats bread it is more likely to turn to fat because the muscles and liver are already full of stored energy. This excess sugar has no where else to go except into fat cells creating more adipose tissue. Is that what you you had in mind when you ordered that low fat sub sandwich? Read more on this topic…
· Earth Balance buttery spreads- these margarine spreads are made from industrial seed oils like soybean, corn, sunflower, and canola oils, which are very high in Omega 6 polyunsaturated oils. The long term over consumption of omega 6 oils causes an imbalance in the omega 6:3 ratio which leads to excess inflammation contributing to obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. A healthy ratio of these fats is 4:1 but the average American has a 20:1 ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3 fats. These oils are common (because they are very cheap) in today’s modern diet found in salad dressing, chips, mayo, and used in restaurant cooking. The use of these oils was very rare even 100 years ago when there was no epidemic of diabetes and metabolic syndrome (see more). A good guide for which fats are good to use is this Fat Guide from Balanced Bites.
Sources: whfoods.com, chriskresser.com,
Diane @ Balanced Bites says
Nice post girl! 🙂
Chrissy - Certified Holistic Nutrition Educator says
Love it! I am sharing your post!
hello! i saw a link to your site via the WAPF's facebook page 🙂 i can't wait to dig in and see what's here!!
i do have an idea for eating oatmeal! if you soak it overnight it deactivates the phytic acid. and it only takes 5 minutes to cook! personally, i love the texture of soaked/cooked oats better, too! i use the "Breakfast Porridge" recipe from the Nourishing Traditions cookbook 🙂
Shaun Somers says
Great post! I have many friends who think skipping the egg yolk is great because of getting "good protein and no fat". The yolk is so important!