Some foods that are presumed “healthy” following popular belief are actually fattening. In an attempt to be healthy, you may actually be GAINING weight instead of losing it because of eating these foods…
The common potato stimulates a high insulin response when eaten. For this reason, potatoes (russets, reds, and whites) should be limited or avoided completely. Yams and sweet potatoes are nutritionally superior to the lighter colored potatoes and – surprisingly – stimulate a lower insulin response. Eat them in moderation or following exercise to help your muscles recover.
Fruit is nature’s candy and contains considerable amounts of natural sugar (fructose). In small quantities, this isn’t a problem, but to achieve optimal fat-burning, most fruits are best enjoyed infrequently.
Unfortunately, many fruits, such as apples and pears, have been bred for sweetness and have much higher levels of sugar than would have been found in the wild. Cantaloupes and watermelons are especially high in sugar, as are pineapples, mangoes, papayas, bananas, and grapes. Dried fruit, such as dates, raisins, dried apricots, and prunes are very high in sugar and calories and should be avoided.
Always eat fruit whole, emphasize low-sugar fruits such as berries, and consume them early in the day to give your body time to burn off the fructose instead of converting it to fat.
And bread? As much as conventional nutritionists and dietitians like to say that it’s beneficial in maintaining a healthy weight, bread – even whole grains – will drive up your blood sugar, pump out insulin, and make you gain weight.
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