Monday, April 11, 2011

Fat Shedding Foods

You've seen the infomercials just like we have--and they're particularly insane this time of the year. And of course we're all familiar with the various fads out there: slashing carbs, eating a super low fat diet, drastically reducing calories, etc. The list can go on forever.

But are there true foods that can help us shed fat?

Well, there are--sort of. Weight loss programs often focus on cutting nothing but calories, regardless of where those calories are coming from. That's not how I roll on any of my Fit and Foxy Eating Plans.  I am about focusing on quality. I hate the concept of virtually eliminating any macronutrient, but love the concept of doing so with certain types of macronutrients.

Licorice, candy, cookies, cake, etc--those are carbohydrates. And they're all junk. On the other hand, oatmeal, buckwheat, quinoa, vegetables, fruits, etc are also carbs and they couldn't be any better.

Likewise, butter, shortening, animal fat, and margarine are all junk fats, whereas fish oil, flax, olive oil, and avocados are all fantastic for you.

See the point? By switching the focus from just overall quantity to the quality of the nutrients consumed will help shed body fat--and, yes, we're saying a calorie isn't a calorie isn't a calorie (2000 calories from oil is much different than 2000 calories from fruit and vegetables).

So go back to the basics, focus on the simple, non- packaged foods, and understand that doing so will not only ultimately help you shed fat, but it will also drastically improve your health, how you feel, your energy, skin, mood, and so on and so on.

 Here are 3 rules to keep in mind: cartoon!
1. If a food has a cartoon on the package, put it back. (Trix are for Kids!!)

2. If you didn't find it on the perimeter of the store, put it back. (The exception to this is the bakery department in the supermarket...thought you'd sneak that one in???)

3. If the ingredient list is so long it reads like a Shakespeare novel, put it back! The less ingredients, the better. (need I say more???)

"We are living in a world today where lemonade is made from artificial flavors and furniture polish is made from real lemons." ~Alfred E. Newman

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