Healthy Eating

Over 30 Ways to Lose Body Fat Permanently

Every 6 months I reorganize the weight loss/fitness/health articles that I've given my personal training clients. These tips have helped them collectively lose over 2500 lbs since 2005, and I think they will help you too (no matter if you're trying to lose weight or just get in shape).

Please share this list with anyone (friend, family member, colleague, client, etc) who wants to change their life and finally see a difference in their health and lifestyle. Also, be sure to save this email in a folder and return to it when you're frustrated with your results (which happens to everyone) or need a new idea.

Tip: Skim through this list and find the headlines that are most relevant to your current goals and interests (then spend 20 seconds skimming the article).

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Weight Loss (Secrets and More!)


-How to Lose Weight Without Exercise
-The Secret to Losing Nearly 27 lbs!
-"The 50 Best Weight-Loss Tips From 2015" Review

-8 Mindless Habits to Break If You Want to Lose Weight
-Science Confirms Two Ways to Lose Weight Fast
-4 Ways Your Brain Makes You Overeat—And How To Outsmart Yourself

-"17 Weight Loss Rules You Can Cheat On" Review
-10 Weight Loss Tricks You Haven't Tried
-Do This Every Day, and You May Lose 20 Pounds in 6 Months

-6 Things 'Successful Diets Have In Common
-10 Ways to Break Up With Emotional Eating for Good
-7 Ways to Lose Weight After 50

-Will Eating at Night Really Make You Gain Weight?
-"6 Things You Can Do Every Day to Prevent Weight Gain" Review
-5 Non-Diet Ways to Trick Yourself into Losing Weight

-"20 Easy Ways to Lose 5 Pounds at Work" Review
-"10 Secrets to Lose 25 Pounds Now" Review
-Top 10 Rules You Must Follow Every Day to Lose 10 Pounds
-"The 30 Best Breakfast Habits to Drop 5 Pounds" Review

Why You're Not Losing Weight or Body Fat


-Hidden calorie bombs: 9 foods you didn't know are secretly fattening
-"30 Mistakes That Slow Down Your Weight Loss" Review
-The 22 Worst Carbs in America

-4 Weird Reasons Why You're Gaining Weight
-10 Bad Habits That Give You Belly Fat
-2 Foods You Should Avoid During Weight Loss

-More Surprising Reasons You're Gaining Weight
-The Underlying Influence on Your Weight Loss Failures
-6 Diet Tricks That Are Actually Making You Gain Weight

-11 Diet Foods That Make You Fat
-"Don't Fall for These 10 Weight-Loss Gimmicks" Review
-"5 Bad Things about Detoxing You Don't Know" Review

Recipes for Effective Weight Loss


-The Best Fish Nachos for Weight Loss!
-Weight Loss Recipe: Chili Cajun Chicken and Sauteed Vegetables
-The Best Spinach Stuffed Salmon Weight Loss Recipe Ever!

-Weight Loss Quick Supper: Cajun Almond Crusted Chicken with Asparagus and White Beans
-Weight Loss Recipe: Almond Crusted Mahi with Brussels Sprouts and Roasted Garlic Potatoes
-Vera Cruz Fish and Brussels Sprouts Weight Loss Dinner
-15 Minute Weight Loss Dinner from Trader Joes

Truth About Salads (And the Approach You Should Take)


-Why Salad is So Overrated
-"25 Salads That Have More Calories Than a Big Mac" Review

Losing Weight During the Holidays/Seasons


-"10 Foods to Give Up for Lent—and How Many Calories You'll Save" Review
-5 Summer Foods That Cause Bloating
-9 Dishes Doctors Won't Eat at Thanksgiving

The Right Protein for the Right Weight Loss


-Save the Cow! Here is a List of Non-Animal Protein Sources
-36 Ways to Fulfill Your Protein Needs While Losing Weight

Foods You Should Think Twice About....And Here's Why!


-"30 Foods You Should Never Eat After Age 30" Review
-"50 Foods You Should Never Eat" Review
-"25 Awful Ingredients Everyone Still Uses—But Shouldn’t!" Review

-"The 10 Dirtiest Foods You're Eating" Review
-"50 Unhealthiest Foods On the Planet" Review
-11 Foods to Toss Out of Your Kitchen For Good
-You Won't Believe What's in These Girl Scout Cookies!

Drinks That Will Increase Your Waistline


-"20 Coffee Drinks with More Sugar Than a Can of Coke" Review
-How To Fit Alcohol in Your Diet without Ruining Your Weight Loss Goals
-"70 Most Popular Sodas Ranked by How Toxic They Are" Review

-6 Surprising Foods and Drinks You Should Never Eat Together
-"The Best and Worst Booze to Drink if You Want to Lose Weight" Review
-4 Ways To Beat Your Diet Soda Addiction In One Week
-How Caffeine Could Prevent You From Losing Belly Fat

What to Keep in Mind While Eating at Restaurants/Airports


-"The #1 Worst Menu Option at 40 Popular Restaurants" Review
-How to Eat Healthy at the Airport

Fitness/Exercise Myths and More!


-4 Simple Ways to Flatten Your Stomach
-12 Workout Myths That Just Need To Die
-The 15 Most Common Mistakes Personal Trainers See in the Gym

-An exercise scientist told us 4 big things people get wrong about working out and weight loss
-10 Reasons You Should Never, Ever Wear Flip-Flops
-5 Things You Should Never Do Before You Work Out

-End Your Lower Back Pain Today
-"The 21 Worst Things You Can Do For Your Body" Review
-Personal Trainer Wisdom: 1 Fitness Myth Unraveled

How to Improve Your Sleep and Reduce Fatigue


-49 Reasons You're Always Tired
-11 Ways To Sleep Better Tonight
-This simple addition to your bedtime routine could make a huge difference in your sleep

Creating the Life Your Want, Goals, Travel, and More!


-Top 15 Travel Tips That You Need to Know
-99 Ways to Redefine Yourself Today
-Excerpt from the book Redefine Yourself: Define Your Purpose

Are you having trouble losing weight? Read "50 Unhealthiest Foods on the Planet" Review. It's probably time to rewrite your grocery list.

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"Top 10 Rules You Must Follow Every Day to Lose 10 Pounds" Review

These weight loss tips have helped my personal training clients trim their waistlines quickly and they will help you too (from the article Top 10 Rules You Must Follow Every Day to Lose 10 Pounds).

What rules do you follow every day to lose weight?

Are you having trouble losing weight? Read "50 Unhealthiest Foods on the Planet" Review. It's probably time to rewrite your grocery list.

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Author: Michael Moody Fitness with excerpt sourced from the article " Top 10 Rules You Must Follow Every Day to Lose 10 Pounds " on MSN.com.
"Top 10 Rules You Must Follow Every Day to Lose 10 Pounds" Review
Learn how to lose weight from a personal trainer in Chicago.
 
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"The 7 Simplest, Easiest Ways to Lose More Weight, According to Science" Review

If you don't have time to incorporate every weight loss trick in the book, you may want to quickly look through this list (from the article The 7 Simplest, Easiest Ways to Lose More Weight, According to Science).

1. Trade the Treadmill for the Dumbbells


If you're in the personal trainer gym already, you might as well make sure you get the most out of every bead of sweat. And, according to 2015 research from the Harvard School of Public Health, that means strength training. In the study (which followed 10,500 healthy folks over the course of 12 years), those who spent 20 minutes per day performing resistance exercise were more successful in the fight against belly fat compared to those who spent equal time getting their cardio on. Researchers say that, unlike cardio, which burns the vast majority (if not all) of its calories during your workout, strength training causes you to burn calories even after you leave the gym – and hikes up your metabolic rate, thanks to an increase in lean muscle mass.

Meanwhile, if you already incorporate strength training (be it with body-weight moves, free weights or machines), increasing some facet of that training can be a difference-maker. "If, for you, strength training is only a once- or twice-a-week thing, increase frequency. If it's already a three- or four-times-per-week thing, increase intensity. If you've been doing the same routine for a while, add in some new, more challenging moves," says St. Louis-based certified strength and conditioning specialist Kourtney Thomas.

2. Turn Off the Lights (and Draw the Blinds)


This tried-and-true tip will help you catch more than ZZZ's. In one 2014 American Journal of Epidemiology study of more than 100,000 women, participants who slept in the darkest rooms were 21 percent less likely to be obese than those who slept in the lightest rooms.

Any light exposure at night (from your devices or just the sun shining through your windows a couple of hours before your wake-up time) can throw off your body's metabolic rhythms and influence your body's levels of hunger-regulating hormones to spur next-day overeating, according to researchers.

3. Stop Multitasking


It's time to stop priding yourself on your multitasking "skills." According to a comprehensive meta-analysis published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, eating while doing other things – like watching TV, playing Candy Crush on your phone or driving to work – results in downing significantly more food both during the meal at hand and throughout the rest of the day. (A 2015 study found that caloric intake more than doubled when people ate their prior meal while walking!)

That's because your brain isn't nearly as good at multitasking as you think it is, explains registered dietitian Wesley Delbridge, spokesman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. "When you multitask while eating, your brain isn't fully aware of how your food tastes, how much you are eating and when you should be full," he says. "Focus on your meal and you'll automatically increase satiety."

Moody Wisdom: Still having trouble making this change? It may be time to look at the big picture...You may need to change your approach to life. Read "99 Ways to Redefine Yourself Today".

4. Balance Out Each Plate


Take a quick scan of your plate: Does it contain fiber-rich carbs, protein, and healthy fat? If it has all three, you're good to go, says Delbridge, who notes that you can avoid a lot of trouble – like insulin spikes, sugar crashes, and overeating – simply by combining those components at every meal. While carbohydrates are vital for a quick-hit of energy, fiber, fat and protein slow down digestion and the release of carbohydrates into your bloodstream to reduce hunger for hours on end.

The rule applies not just to meals, but also snacks. For instance, if you pair that apple with a stick of protein- and fat-containing peanut butter, you'll stay full a lot longer, and end up eating less throughout the day. Plus, research from the University of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign shows that by spreading your protein intake throughout the day (rather than eating the bulk of it at dinnertime, like most Americans do) you can build more lean, metabolic-boosting muscle.

Moody Wisdom: Use this Weight Loss Plate to guide your dietary choices, as well.

5. Get NEAT


An acronym for non-exercise activity thermogenesis, NEAT is simply the amount of calories that you burn doing things other than "exercising." It includes walking to the bank, standing in line at the supermarket, taking out the trash and even typing (although that last one doesn't burn many calories), and it's a determining factor in your ability to lose weight – even if you have a regular gym habit, Thomas says.

NEAT varies up to 2,000 calories per day between people, according to Mayo Clinic researchers, who note that simply standing or walking for two-and-a-half hours per day can close much of the NEAT gap between obese and lean individuals. That might sound like a lot of time, but even if you simply resolve to take all of your work calls standing up, you can go a long way toward hitting your goals, Delbridge says.

6. Get Social


Don't underestimate the buddy system. "Being accountable to and getting support from someone else makes an amazing difference in people's ability to stick with their weight-loss efforts and be successful," Delbridge says. And even after losing the weight, women who receive social support from others are consistently more likely to maintain their weight loss compared to those who try to do it alone, according to research published in the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics.

Don't feel comfortable having regular check-ins or working out with your friends or family? Try getting online. Join a weight-loss group on Facebook, reach out anonymously on Reddit or post all of your meals or workouts to Instagram.

7. Use Smaller Plates


If you've never heard of the "small plate" trick, now's the time to start digging through your cupboard. Plate size has a greater impact on the amount of food you eat than most people realize. According to research from the Cornell Food and Brand Lab, when people use large, 12-inch plates, they serve themselves 52 percent more food and eat 45 percent more than people who use small and slim, 9-inch plates.

Worried that you'll just wind up going back for seconds? Don't be. Even if you put the same amount of food on a small plate as you would a large one, it will look like it contains more food, per researchers. And, as a result, you'll actually feel fuller than you would had you used your jumbo plates.

What other simple ways do you suggest to achieve easy weight loss?

Are you having trouble losing weight? Read "50 Unhealthiest Foods on the Planet" Review. It's probably time to rewrite your grocery list.

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Author: Michael Moody Fitness with excerpt sourced from the article " The 7 Simplest, Easiest Ways to Lose More Weight, According to Science " on MSN.com.
"The 7 Simplest, Easiest Ways to Lose More Weight, According to Science" Review
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What are you waiting for? Create the life you want today with Michael's  self help book Redefine Yourself . Find it on  Amazon !

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"4 Signs You May Be Eating Too Much Protein" Review

How do you know if you're eating too much protein? You may be experiencing one or more of these symptoms (and not realize it)...sorry Dr. Atkins (from the article 4 Signs You May Be Eating Too Much Protein).

1. You’re Gaining Weight


If you increase your protein intake without decreasing other foods in your diet, you’ll have an excess of protein and calories. And if you have a sedentary lifestyle and eat excess protein — or excess anything — you will gain weight.

Moody Wisdom: Increasing your protein to lose weight (especially animal protein) sounds great in theory....who doesn't love meat on a grill (and it's nutritional makeup helps you build muscle). It's time to jump off the Atkins train, though: Animal protein WILL NOT help you lose weight. More nutrient dense (and less inflammatory) options are waiting for you, instead. You should read 26 Weight Loss Myths You Shouldn't Believe for other suprises too.

2. You’re Dehydrated


Excess protein is filtered out of your body by your kidneys. A by-product of protein metabolism is nitrogen. The kidneys use water to flush out the nitrogen, which creates a dehydrating effect. When you decrease carbs, your body retains less fluid as well.

3. You’re Having Digestive Issues


Have nausea, indigestion, diverticulitis or constipation? When you increase meat, fish, chicken, cheese and other dairy on a high-protein diet and don’t eat enough fiber, the kidneys use excess water to rid your body of nitrogen and you can develop constipation.

Too much protein also puts a strain on your digestive enzymes, which can lead to digestive issues.

4. You’ve Got Bad Breath and Headaches


In a diet low in carbs with increased protein and fat, your body may go into a state of ketosis. In ketosis, your body is burning fat for fuel instead of carbs. Bad breath and headaches are a side effect of ketosis.

The biggest potential problem with following a high-protein diet is that you may not be getting enough fiber, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, all of which are found in vegetables and fruits.

Moody Wisdom: You may experience frequent headaches for a number of reasons, including dehydration. More likely than not, it's stemming from something in your diet. Any time you experience this symptom, take note of your dietary choices: The culprit may lie on your plate.

So what can you do? Switch some of your protein sources to plant-based proteins, which will then provide you with these other needed nutrients.

Here are some higher-protein plant sources:


Beans (1 cup = 15 grams)

Lentils (1/2 cup cooked = 9 grams)

Quinoa (1 cup cooked = 8 grams)

Buckwheat (1 cup cooked = 6 grams)

Almonds (1/4 cup = 4 grams)

Sunflower seeds (1/4 cup = 6 grams)

Peanut butter (2 tablespoons = 8 grams)

Almond butter (2 tablespoons = 7 grams)

Spinach (1 cup cooked = 5 grams)

Hemp seed (3 tablespoons = 11 grams)

(Source: USDA Nutrient Database for Standard Reference)

Keep in mind that all plant-based sources of protein don’t have all of the essential amino acids your body needs like animal proteins do. But if you eat a variety of whole foods throughout the day, you’ll likely get all the amino acids that you need.

What other weird reasons affect your waistline?

Are you having trouble losing weight? Read "50 Unhealthiest Foods on the Planet" Review. It's probably time to rewrite your grocery list.

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Author: Michael Moody Fitness with excerpt sourced from the article " 4 Signs You May Be Eating Too Much Protein " on Livestrong.com.
"4 Signs You May Be Eating Too Much Protein" Review
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"20 Foods Pretending to be Something They're Not" Review

Do you still plan to indulge while losing weight in Chicago this summer? Okay...I don't blame you. You definitely don't want to grab these products though...they aren't what they claim (YIKES!!!!!!!!). Be prepared to be shocked....(from the article 20 Foods Pretending to be Something They're Not).

1. "MAPLE" SYRUP



Yes, technically brands like Aunt Jemima, Mrs. Butterworth's, and, most deceptively, Log Cabin, only call their products "syrup," but their marketing sure says otherwise. Whether their dark amber color shines through clear plastic bottles or lies hidden within the same plastic jugs that have housed maple syrups for generations, there's no discrepancy that these companies want you to equate their product with the real stuff, Grade A maple syrup—you know, the sap that's tapped from maple trees and boiled into an antioxidant-rich sweetener? But unlike this functional sweetener, these syrups are primarily composed of high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors, and caramel color—all ingredients that have been connected to a slew of health issues, from fatty liver disease to cancer.

2. WHITE CHOCOLATE



Think of white chocolate like white, refined flour: over processed and devoid of nutrients. White chocolate's only "chocolate" comes from cocoa butter (the rest is milk solids, milk fat, and sweetener), and even that ingredient commonly loses its antioxidant properties during a "deodorizing" step. Without non-fat cocoa solids, white chocolate doesn't have any flavanoids—antioxidant compounds that have been shown to improve glucose metabolism and lower blood pressure—or gut-healthy prebiotics, which help reduce inflammation and fight weight gain. It also lacks the ability to stimulate the euphoria-inducing chemicals that real chocolate does, including serotonin. Grabbing some chocolate? The darker the better. More cacao means more happy chemicals and less sugar.

3. COOL WHIP



Whip, as in whipped cream, right? Not exactly. Kraft Cool Whip's first ingredient is water, followed by hydrogenated vegetable oil, high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, and finally, skim milk. Fun fact, the original recipe was "non-dairy"—it didn't even have milk! Kraft only started adding skimmed milk and light cream in 2010. And although Kraft is the most common store-bought brand, you should also be checking the ingredients of any generic "whipped" topping out there. Looking for whipped cream? Buy a little carton of heavy cream, grab a mason jar, and start shaking!

4. BAC'N BITS



When an apostrophe replaces a letter in a food's name, it's a dead giveaway this product isn't what it wants you to think it is. Oh, and the label's "bacon flavored." Textured soy flour and oil provide the "bit," carcinogen-contaminated Red 40 and caramel coloring provide the visual cue this stuff sure looks like bacon, and the combination of yeast extract, disodium inosinate, and disodium guanylate—otherwise known as MSG—provides the meaty, umami flavor. These so-called "flavor enhancers" have been implicated in increasing appetites along with stimulating your body to pump out insulin, the fat-storage hormone. If you fried up a slice of bacon and crumbled it, you might be eating double the calories, but you'd save yourself 180 mg of sodium.

5. KIND BLUEBERRY VANILLA & CASHEW BAR



We're big fans of KIND bars because their products are low in sugar and high in satiating, healthy fats and protein, but they might not be giving you exactly what you think. Yes, even healthy foods can be untrustworthy. This bar boasts the name "blueberry," but upon a closer look at the ingredients, we see KIND really means apples and plums. Huh? In reality, KIND's formulation of its "blueberry pieces" is actually "blueberries, sugar, apples, plum, apple juice, vegetable glycerine, citrus pectin, natural blueberry flavor." Rather than nosh on this bar with "natural blueberry flavor," pop a few raw blueberries to burn belly fat, boost memory, and uncover your abs.

6. DEAN'S GUACAMOLE FLAVORED DIP



Just because the label says "guacamole" and the stuff inside looks green does not mean this product is bursting with the same fat-blasting properties as avocado. Keep reading and you'll see one of the most telling words in branding: flavored. This imposter is made mostly of skim milk (!), oil, water, and tomatoes. And less than 2 percent real avocado! With all its liquid, how is this guacamole-style dip dip-able? It's from emulsifying egg yolks, gelatin, a slew of gums and gels, and then thickening it up with isolated soy protein. And that green color you see? It's just blue, red, and yellow food dyes. Besides the fact that real avocados will lend their free-radical-fighting benefits, sticking with the green fruit will also help you avoid this waist-widening concoction.

7. COMMERCIALLY GRATED PARMESAN CHEESE



Wood you like some wood pulp on your pasta? No? Well then maybe you should nix the pre-grated parmesan cheese. Kraft was slammed with a lawsuit in early 2016 for using cellulose, an anti-clumping filler made from wood chips, in its "100% Grated Parmesan Cheese" product. And more private testing found Castle Cheese Inc.'s "Parmesan" also included less expensive cheese like cheddar, swiss, and mozzarella. In fact, American versions of Parmesan cheeses are so far from the real thing (they also include nontraditional ingredients such as potassium sorbate and cheese cultures) that the European Union wanted to ban American-made cheeses from even calling their product parmesan!

8. SUNNY D



If the sun tastes like corn syrup, modified cornstarch, canola oil, cellulose gum, artificial sweeteners, artificial flavors, artificial colors, and loads of preservatives, Sunny D certainly unleashed it. And while Sunny D Tangy Original promotes that it has 100 percent of your vitamin C for the day, the majority (a whopping 98 percent) of this drink is just water and high fructose corn syrup. That's right. That orange you see on the label is only present in the "2% or Less" section, along with five other fruit concentrates, so that amount of vitamin C is probably only coming from the added ascorbic acid. If you want some orange juice, you're better off going with something that has to be refrigerated, like Evolution Fresh's Cold-Pressed Orange Juice.

9. FRUIT SNACKS



Yes, the first ingredient is usually fruit and vegetable juice blend from concentrate, but following that is sugar, corn syrup, and modified corn starch, along with more sugar, and carnauba wax. Heck, some roll-ups even include partially hydrogenated oils—aka artery-clogging trans fats now banned by the FDA! And don't be fooled into thinking these gummies are as healthy as the real thing just because they have the word "fruit" in them. In fact, fruit juice is one of the worst added sweeteners for your health because it's high in liver-wrecking fructose and low in the slow-digesting fibers that make fruit healthy in the first place. Snack on real fruit to get the fiber and nutrients that come naturally packaged with it.

10. JUST MAYO



While this might be the only product on the list we wouldn't dock for its ingredient list, it has rightfully earned its place as an untrustworthy food. That's because Just Mayo isn't actually just mayo. According to the FDA's "Standards of Identity," the condiment has to have vinegar, lemon juice, and an egg-yolk-containing ingredient in order to be called mayo, and because Just Mayo is vegan, it has no eggs. (Which is weird because the label also has an egg on it.) Maybe "I Can't Believe It's Not Mayo" would be a better name. If you're as confused as we are, but still want a vegan mayo, check out Sir Kensington's new Fabanaise, a mayonnaise-like spread made with chickpea water!

11. WHOLE WHEAT BREADS



You've been told to eat more whole grains, but don't think that choosing whole wheat ensures a healthy pick. According to a Harvard School of Public Health study, many products displaying the yellow Whole Grain Stamp have more sugar and calories than whole grain foods not bearing the logo. That's because manufacturers realize that many of us still crave the sweetness of white breads, so they add back the sugar to make whole wheat taste better. When you're looking for a whole grain bread, make sure whole wheat is listed as the first ingredient and the food should ideally be free of high fructose corn syrup.

12. PROCESSED CHEESE



Whiz or whizout? That's the question you'll often be asked in reference to whether you'd like your Philly Cheesesteak doused with a heaping spoonful of Cheez Whiz. Or should they be called a cheezsteak? That's because Cheez Whiz, along with processed cheese products like American Cheese and Velveeta aren't really cheese at all. In fact, federal laws mandate that each of these products be labeled as "processed cheese" or a "cheese product" since their manufacturing process is quite different from natural cheeses: they start with only 51 percent real cheese, add some artificial flavors, colors, fillers, preservatives, emulsifiers, acidifiers, heat it up, and then wrap it up. Reach for a block of 100 percent real cheddar—the U.S. just imported way more than we need, so cheese prices are about to go way down.

13. SOUTHWESTERN EGG BEATERS



We've already busted the egg-yolk myth, but if you're looking to boost your protein intake, we can see why you might want to pick up a carton of egg whites. But don't think all you're getting in a carton of Southwestern Egg Beaters are eggs. Somewhere between processing and packaging this carton also picked up a few extra ingredients, like "natural flavors," a slew of gums, autolyzed yeast extract (aka MSG), and a tinge of color to make it feel like you're eating the real thing. You know what's better than feeling like you're eating the real thing? Eating the real thing: Whisk two eggs together (yolks and all), season with salt and pepper, and dice up a red pepper. Saute the pepper in light canola oil for about a minute, or until it's tender, pour in the whisked eggs, and cook until done. Voila! And no "autolyzed yeast extract."

14. REDUCED FAT PEANUT BUTTER



Peanut butter is touted by experts as a health food—packed with protein, fiber and healthy monounsaturated fats, plus plenty of fat-burning folate. But when you pick up a reduced fat butter, you're getting a product that's packed with sugar and fillers, causing you to store fat, not burn it. When manufacturers take out the naturally-occurring, healthy fat, they're left with a bland product in need of some serious doctoring up. So they add things like sugar, corn syrup solids, and soy protein concentrate. And regardless of whether you go for fat or not, picking Skippy means your PB will contain hydrogenated vegetable oil, the trans fat which researchers found to increase heart disease risk by a whopping 23 percent. The best butters have just two ingredients: peanuts and salt.

15. AGAVE SYRUP



People ate up the fact that Agave syrup was a great alternative to sugar because it was natural and came from a plant. Newsflash! Sugar also comes from a plant—so you can throw out that argument. Plus, agave is actually a modified sugar, which means you can't actually tap an agave plant and get syrup. The syrup has to be processed (yes, it's technically a processed food) with enzymes that turn it into sugar. Another argument by marketers? It has a low glycemic index, which means it doesn't spike blood sugar levels right after eating it. And that's actually a bad thing. It has a low GI because it's full of fructose—at least 80-90 percent, way more than the 50 percent of white sugar—a form of sugar that doesn't affect glucose levels, but it can lead to insulin resistance, fatty liver disease, hypercholesterolemia, and obesity over time.

16. FROZEN BANQUET BURGERS



They might be convenient, but these sliders are certainly a stretch of the truth. In reality, they're closer to veggie burgers than they are beef burgers. That's because Banquet's patties are made of beef, water, textured soy protein, soy flour, caramel color, soy protein concentrate, and soy lecithin. You're better off whipping up your own burger at home using 100 percent grass-fed ground beef. It'll probably take more time to preheat the oven for these nasty sliders than it will to simply sear your perfect patty in a skillet.

17. POTATO SNACKS



Whatever the brand, these potato chips aren't what you imagine when we say "Lay's." Rather than sliced potatoes, these "chips" are really pulverized potato flour mixed with varying additives like oils, fibers, and yeast extracts and then molded into a chip-shaped snack. What's even more amusing is that the Kellogg Company actually argued with the U.K. government that Pringles weren't chips so that the product wouldn't be taxed as a luxury item. And a judge agreed, citing the fact they were unnaturally shaped and were made up of less than 50 percent potato. Congrats?

18. HOT COCOA MIXES



With everyone touting the health benefits of chocolate, it's no wonder our go-to warm-me-up drink during the cold months is chocolate. But just because cocoa is on the label doesn't mean this product is healthy. Many hot chocolate mixes should really be called "Sugar Blends with Oil, Additives, and Oh yeah, Some Cocoa." Cocoa is actually listed fourth on Swiss Mix's list of ingredients, and what's worse is that the cocoa powder is alkalized, meaning it's devoid of any healthy antioxidants. Make your own hot chocolate but just boiling a cup of whole milk mixed with a tablespoon of pure cacao—the naturally-occurring sugars in the milk are all you need to sweeten this beverage up.

19. COFFEE CREAMERS



We don't know about you, but when we read the word "creamer," dairy cows come to mind. Unfortunately, that's not what you're getting when you pick up coffee creamers like Coffee-Mate. In fact, the brand even labels it as lactose-free! And in true untrustworthy food fashion, this creamer is none other than corn syrup solids and hydrogenated vegetable oil in disguise. But hey, there is milk protein! That counts, right? Wrong. If you're looking for something to add to your coffee, add heavy cream.

20. "LOW CARB" BARS WITH ADDED FIBER



Ever heard of net carbs? Many diets are based on this term, claiming that we should only be worried about the total carbs minus the amount of fiber because fiber is what helps slow digestion of the carb sugars, keeping blood sugar from spiking and hunger at bay. We'd be on board if it weren't for the fact that many companies lower the net carb count by adding functional fibers to their bars and meals. Functional fibers, like polydextrose, are synthetically created in a lab, and may not provide all of the same benefits that the dietary fibers from veggies, whole grains, and fruits do. According to multiple studies, polydextrose is fermented like fiber and has beneficial effects on bowel function, but a study in Nutrition Review found it has little or no effect on fasting glucose levels and doesn't form the same kind of filling viscous gel that dietary fibers do to slow the rate at which food is broken down and nutrients such as glucose are absorbed—which means it might not actually help keep you fuller longer.

Do you know any other foods that are making false claims? How do you think these products are affecting your weight loss?

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Picture Credit: nutritionsecrets.com-Could this all-natural sweetener be fooling you and affecting your ability to lose weight?

Article Credit:
Author: Michael Moody Fitness with excerpt sourced from the article " 20 Foods Pretending to be Something They're Not " on EatThis.com.
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