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I’ve been exercising since I was 13. In my early 20s, I compete in full-contact kickboxing. I trained and worked out so much that I needed to eat 6,000 calories every day or I’d lose weight, and yet I still didn’t have much of a six-pack. But then I cut these five foods out of my diet, and everything changed.
1. Refined sugar
Before buying anything in a box, bag or bottle, read the label. If sugar is listed in the first three ingredients, don’t touch it. Sugar digests almost instantly and goes directly into your bloodstream. Your pancreas responds by secreting massive amounts of insulin into your blood stream. Insulin makes your body to convert the sugar into fat.
Like most super villains, sugar goes by many aliases. Don’t be fooled. Looks for these names on ingredient labels: Sugar, brown sugar, high fructose corn syrup, dextrose (if it ends in “-ose,” it’s bad), artificial sweeteners.
Luckily, the sugar that occurs naturally in fruit digests much more slowly and effect your body the same way as the processed stuff. If you’ve got a sweet tooth that just can’t be ignored, opt for fruit with a low glycemic index or use a natural substitute for sugar (find some suggestions here).
2. White flour
This includes white bread, crackers, pasta and cereals. Read the label. If unbleached, bleached, enriched or any other type of flour is listed in the first three ingredients, pass. White flour digests to sugar just as fast as table sugar and produces a similar insulin response.
Instead, eat whole rolled oats and brown rice. They’re loaded with nutrients and digest slowly, giving you a steady supply of nutrition and energy for hours. Bread is best avoided all together as even 100% whole wheat or 100% whole grain bread still have a relatively high glycemic index.
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