In today's world it's harder than ever to keep your weight under control, as evidenced by the fact that over 2/3 of all American adults are now overweight or obese.
In fact, an alarming bit of information came to my attention in 2009, when CDC statistics revealed that in the U.S. the number of obese people actually outnumber the amount of merely overweight people. And in 2011, one in three children is now overweight or obese; nearly triple the rate from 1963 .
The plain, unvarnished truth is the US has predominantly become a nation of fat and obese citizens.
And any time someone voices an objection to the predominance of the high sugar and highly refined carbohydrate foods, the food manufacturers, politicians, and media shills who represent them, scream loudly and irrationally that any attempt to restrict nutritionally worthless junk food is an assault on American's freedom of choice.
Isn't this also an assault on American's freedom of choice through manipulation?
At any rate, I think we have become a nation that for the most part made the choice to trade convenience for its health. Indeed, the proverbial piper has been paid when we examine our expanding waistlines that we have willingly exchanged for the sake of "convenience." The following 10 guidelines can help you prevent packing on extra pounds.
#1: To Lose Weight You MUST Eliminate Fructose from Your Diet
You've gone to all the trouble of getting some exercise. But despite sticking to your new plan you discover the pounds are not coming off.
You ask yourself, "Why?"
It is important to understand and know that while exercise is important and crucial for weight loss and I am a major fan, the foods you choose to eat are THREE times more important for controlling your weight than your exercise. It's very easy to sabotage yourself with sugary foods and exercise beverages. Especially beverages containing HFCS.
These drinks include "vitamin water", energy drinks, and similar types of recovery drinks.You need to avoid these drinks and ignore the slick marketing messages that suggest you need them because you workout.
There is a myth in our culture that any exercise removes vital nutrients from your body that you must replenish before, during and after exercise. However, chances are you're not exercising long enough to deplete your body of very much of anything! And sugar consumed just before or during exercise will only lead to a spiking and crashing of your blood sugar and insulin levels, most likely resulting not in increased hydration, but in reduced athletic performance.
Not only that, but sugar or HFCS eaten after a workout will completely shut down your body's production of Human Growth Hormone !
The truth is, you don't need to chug a sports drink unless you are severely dehydrated and are losing more than a quart of water in sweat in 30-45 minutes. Most people don't work out this long with any sustained intensity, they also don't lose anywhere near a quart of sweat!
So when it comes to sports-related hydration and athletic performance, what do I recommend?
Clean, pure water. If you're doing a heavy workout you could supplement with a quart of pure clean water that has a quarter teaspoon of Himalayan salt and a teaspoon of baking soda in it. This will more than replenish any electrolytes you are likely to lose during moderate exercise.
The ticket to optimal athletic performance and recovery is in eating whole, biodynamic and organic foods. So next time you need a quick snack before or after a workout, forget about that energy bar or sports drink and go for these beneficial sources of carbs and protein:
Any vegetable (with the exception of carrots and beets, which are high in sugar), particularly dark, green and leafy varieties like spinach, kale or Swiss chard