Big Fat Mistake 2:
You Have Thousands of Toxins in Your Body
Unless you have recently “cleansed,” then your body is chock-full of damaging poisons and toxins from decades of exposure to pesticides, food additives, pollution, cleaning chemicals, deodorants, etc. The average American eats between 8 and 15 pounds of food additives and chemicals a year. If you want to lose weight, they’re slowing you down.
Food toxins wreak havoc on your digestive system, cause bizarre cravings, and inhibit fat burning. If your digestive system is imbalanced, it can dramatically affect your ability to properly digest and absorb nutrients from your food.
As we learned earlier, absorbing nutrients is essential to feeling full and avoiding overeating. In addition, since fat-burning and detoxification require similar pathways in the liver, this constant flushing of toxins prevents effective fat metabolism.
So what are some examples of common, damaging substances that interfere with fat loss? Let’s start with artificial sweeteners and artificial flavors.
Regular consumption of artificial sweeteners stimulates the appetite and leads to weight gain. When we taste something sweet, evolution has finely tuned our bodies to expect a payoff: calories. If your body doesn’t receive any calories after consuming something sweet, it actually slows down your metabolism to make the most of the real calories you do consume. Additionally, your befuddled body and brain will crave carbs, so don’t be surprised if you suddenly find yourself wrist-deep in a bag of Fritos.
It’s also important to clarify that the only reason artificial sweeteners don’t count as calories is because they’re not technically food.
Did you know that sucralose (Splenda) was discovered by two lab students while experimenting with a new type of chlorinated pesticide? Oops… I mean yum! Aspartame (NutraSweet) is no better, having been synthesized and accidentally licked off the finger of a scientist during the course of producing an antiulcer drug.
Artificial flavors may be even worse…
The flavor industry, based mostly in massive chemical factories off the side of the New Jersey turnpike, is worth billions of dollars. These chemical flavors are responsible for giving processed foods the illusion of real food. Distinctions between artificial and natural flavors can be relatively meaningless, based more on how the flavor has been made than on the chemicals it actually contains. If you read “Natural Flavors” or”Artificial Flavors,” on the label, you’re holding a chemical stew.
For example, a typical artificial strawberry flavor, such as that found in a McDonald’s strawberry milk shake, contains the following ingredients: amyl acetate, amyl butyrate, amyl valerate, anethol, anisyl formate, benzyl acetate, benzyl isobutyrate, butyric acid, cinnamyl isobutyrate, cinnamyl valerate, cognac essential oil, diacetyl, dipropyl ketone, ethyl acetate, ethyl amyl ketone, ethyl butyrate, ethyl cinnamate, ethyl heptanoate, ethyl heptylate, ethyl lactate, ethyl methylphenylglycidate, ethyl nitrate, ethyl propionate, ethyl valerate, heliotropin, hydroxyphenyl-2-butanone (10 percent solution in alcohol), a-ionone, isobutyl anthranilate, isobutyl butyrate, lemon essential oil, maltol, 4-methylacetophenone, methyl anthranilate, methyl benzoate, methyl cinnamate, methyl heptine carbonate, methyl naphthyl ketone, methyl salicylate, mint essential oil, neroli essential oil, nerolin, neryl isobutyrate, orris butter, phenethyl alcohol, rose, rum ether, g-undecalactone, vanillin, and solvent.
I think I’d rather have a strawberry, thanks.
Always stick with whole, real foods and kickstart your fat-burning results!
You will be learning about a huge diversity of real fat-burning food as you continue your e-course. In the meantime…
No More Fake Foods,
Abel James, The Clean Machine