In the last episode I covered the 8 worst breakfast foods, now it’s time to talk about the 10 worst snack foods for weight loss…how many of these are you eating?
…can keep your blood sugars balanced, keep you satieted until your next meal, keep you energized, and keep that fat burning hormonal switch turned on, 24 hours a day.
…can make you store more body fat, make you feel more hungry, and cause more energy crashes.
Most people snack on at least 600 calories a day and some more.
That’s 30% of your requirements if your goal is 2,000 calories a day. So you better make sure you’re snacking correctly.
But lets face it. Since we’re mostly bombarded with convenient, processed snack foods options, these 600 calories are typically made up of low quality, fattening ingredients that are taking us further away from our weight loss goals.
These processed snack foods are essentially always comprised of 3-6 of the following fattening ingredients:
– Artificial flavors
– Processed vegetable oils
– Refined grains
– Refined sugars
– and in some cases: processed dairy.
These 6 processed snack food ingredients are found in almost 70% of all foods consumed in the US diet.
Isn’t it interesting that almost 70% of the US population is also classified as overweight?
Before I share the worst snack foods…if you want to see the different types of snacks that Jessica and I eat every day, we share these on my 2nd YouTube channel called BradGouthroTV. This is where we post “day in the life” style daily vlogs showing you the foods we eat, our workouts, and the behind the scenes of how we Live Lean 365 days a year. Link to subscribe is here.
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Not only do these contain nasty vegetable oils, they’re also are loaded with salt, refined sugars, and artifical flavors. Bad for your heart, bad for causing more bloat/puffiness, and even worse when it makes you grab a sugary fruit juice or diet soda to “re-hydrate” you.
Lets start with pre-packaged fruit smoothies…just take a look at the sugar content on the label next time. In many cases it has more sugar than soda. Next, fruit juice. Since the fiber is removed, blood sugar spikes, fat storing insulin production increases, and then the body stores fat. Soda, same thing. Diet soda, even though it’s zero calories, the artificial sweeteners have been known to increase hunger, making you eat more, and actually slow metabolism. One step forward, three steps back.
Even though it’s portion controlled, the refined grains, refined sugars, salt, and vegetable oils won’t fill you up…it’ll actually just make you more hungry. It’ll also induce production of the fat storing hormone insulin to remove all the sugar from your blood stream. This hormonal environment creates a fat storing body, that burns sugar for energy, not your stored body fat.
You know those versions with M&Ms and chocolate covered raisins? Yep, it’s just another sugar bomb in disguise, that also has a lot of salt, and in most cases vegetable oils. And lets be honest, how many of you actually eat a ¼ cup serving which is the recommended portion size, and then stop? Not many. This type of trail mix can quickly blow out your calorie requirements.
You know those yogurts that have the “fruit” on the bottom? Yeah, in most cases that “fruit” flavoring is a sugar bomb in disguise. Some varieties have up to 30g of sugar in one serving, or in other words, the same amount of sugar as 3 chocolate chip cookies.
Sounds like a good option, and in most cases is better than the other refined snack foods. But sometimes the fruit is fried in vegetable oils, and the processing to dry out the fruit significantly increases the rate at which your body absorbs the sugar. This causes blood sugar spikes, and production of the fat storing hormone insulin. Stick with real fruit.
Granola is often thought of as a health food, but in most cases it’s just sugar, vegetable oils, and artificial sweeteners. Spikes blood sugar creating that fat storing body rather than a fat burning body.
This is simply empty calories causing blood sugar spikes and more hunger. Go black, or add a natural sweentener like stevia, and make the calories count by adding coconut oil which will acutally give you sustained energy and make you feel full.
Anytime you’re having a chocolate craving, avoid the refined sugars and artifical flavors found in chocolate bars and pudding. These induce more hunger and fat storing. Go for a couple squares of dark chocolate with a cocoa of 70% or higher.
The syrup that is used in most fruit cups are filled with nasty sugars. Stick with the real fruit.
The snacks you eat can make or break that calorie deficit you need to be in, in order to lose weight.
…balance blood sugars, energize you, and keep you satiated until your next meal.
…spike and crash blood sugars and energy thus creating more hunger.
Aim for snacks that keep the fat burning hormones switch turned on 24 hours a day like those found in my best selling Eat Clean, Live Lean Cookbook, with over 200 paleo approved fat burning meals and snacks that keep you burning your stored fat for energy not sugar. Go to LiveLeanCookbook.com to get that and don’t forget to pick up the 8 week meal plan as well.
You can also get access to an 8 week meal plan, with recipes, and grocery lists to supercharge your results faster.
It’s amazing the tasty snacks and meals you can come up with, using ALL READ HEALTHY INGREDIENTS!
I pity those “dieters” ruining their sustainable chances of Living Lean by eating boring foods.
– Do you eat any of these 10 worst snack foods?
– If so, which ones?
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