Big Fat Mistakes: E-Course Part 2

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.

You eat chemicals.

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

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  1. Thanks, new subscriber here and new big fan. I am making my way through your podcasts. Do you have any suggestions for a proper “cleanse” aside from just cutting out processed foods and sugars… specifically like colon clinics/cleanses?

    • Hi Jack,
      Right on! Cleansing is a “sexy” issue these days… I don’t subscribe to the belief that you need expensive pills or juices in order to “cleanse.” If you’re eating clean foods (and especially fibrous veggies and fruits), your body will naturally cleanse itself over time, so extreme cleanses are likely not necessary. However, some people swear by them so I’d say give a simple smoothie/juice fast a shot (“Clean” is a decent book to get started on cleansing). Ketogenic fasts (with heavy cream/MCT oil) can also be beneficial. I’m writing a new book on fasting, so stay tuned! And give a shout if you have any more questions.

      • thanks Abel and Jeffrey, I am feeling good riding my new paleo rail. so I am not gonna race for any extreme cleanse. Looking forward to hearing and reading more. keep it up.

  2. Abel,

    Thank you for your enlightened response! If you would have said to drink lemon juice for a week I would have been very disappointed!

    That said, nothing is more biochemically capable of detoxing you than your own liver. Eat right to allow the proper pathways to function and presto…your cleansed! I look at it this way….lifting weights doesn’t make you stronger, it provides the stimulus for your own body to adapt to and make you stronger. It’s your body, not the weights that produces the strength gain. Same with detox, give your body the proper stimulus (healthy real foods), and your body will cleanse itself.

    • Hi Jeffrey,
      You bet! Ha, no lemon juice for a week nonsense on this website. You are right on with detox and weight lifting. Too many folks try to “fight” against their bodies; our bodies are biochemical marvels and we need to work WITH them to increase our health. It’s all about giving your body the right fuel and stimuli to make it happy and healthy. Sounds like you already know that… 🙂

  3. Abel-
    Also a new subscriber, and liking what I’m reading. I had been wondering about trying a cleanse (and not looking forward to it!) but now will just try to keep eating clean. It is getting easier and easier to avoid grains, etc. when I compare how I’m feeling now to how I was feeling just 2 1/2 weeks ago. There is no cookie, bread, donut or anything that is worth feeling that bad for. Looking forward to future posts. Thanks for all you do.

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