Five Foods You Must NEVER Eat

People LOVE food!

Unfortunately, there are so many people that have become so let down and disappointed by what certain foods do to their bodies that they are no longer able to love eating food as much as they should.

This generally happens when they under go a body transformation and are being told what foods will get them lean and healthy. If you are currently one of these people and you “just want to know what to eat,” then continue to read, because although we give you individualised nutrition programs there are a few things that you need to know in order to truly succeed with your nutrition. This is how we can create a nutrition program that will work for you, keep your hunger and cravings at bay as well as nourish your body.

This list of five foods you must never eat will help you to figure this out. We’re not just going to rattle off some random list of foods that you must never touch again, rather we’ll provide you with five principles that will help you identify what works best so that you can be lean and healthy for the rest of your life. This isn’t a quick fix shake or tea diet here guys we’re talking about real food and how you can still enjoy all of it’s deliciousness.

1) Food that doesn’t taste good. We are so privileged to have so many deliciously amazing, and healthy foods to choose from in our beautiful country that we should never really have to eat foods we don’t like. However, when most people think of losing fat they think they need to go on a diet, they picture boring, plain food, as well as being hungry for set periods of time until they lose fat. This does not work. It’s not a good time. In the long run, even if you are able to force yourself to stick to the diet, you will most likely put the fat back on once you finish the diet. This is because these diets are a “quick fix” and once they’re done you go back to your old eating habits. Sustainable fat loss occurs when you are consistently eating and living in a way which allows you to create an energy deficit with little hunger.

Now as long as you aren’t living on fast food or junk food, you have a massive list of foods you can eat and still lose fat. I know we tell you about the benefits of certain foods in our nutrition programs and blogs etc., but we give you that information because we LOVE food, and want you to love it too. If you don’t like those foods, you can choose others that you do like eating. One thing that is so important, especially if you are new to eating delicious whole foods, is to be open to trying new foods. It can become a problem if you refuse to eat entire food groups.

Hating all vegetables, not liking protein, or being scared of fat, is going to make it a bit of a challenge to develop sustainable fat loss, eating habits. Try your hardest to re-train your taste buds into tasting new foods. Just because you didn’t like broccoli, or red meat, or blueberries, as a kid doesn’t mean you’ll still dislike them if you try them now as an adult. It also doesn’t mean that your chicken, salmon, or steak has to be dry and bland, or that you can only eat steamed veggies and dressing-less salad when losing fat. Using spices, herbs, flavourful fats, vinegars, and citrus are all awesome ways to prepare protein, vegetables, and salads. I guarantee you can find something you’ll love. Don’t settle for food that doesn’t excite your taste buds. Eat food you love.

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2: Foods that you are addicted to. Just about everyone has some food that they have a hard time putting down. For myself it’s tim tams. If we eat a little, we eat a lot. And we often feel guilty about our lack of self-control. This isn’t good. It’s not good for our body composition, our metabolism, or our minds. Some people will tell you the solution is moderation. If moderation works for you, then the chances are you don’t need nutrition or fat loss advice. This does not mean that being capable of moderating your eating in general isn’t important. When we are trying to lose fat and maintain good body composition it is super important to be mindful when eating and pay attention to sensations of fullness, hunger, and the emotions associated with these feelings.

It is okay to completely remove these foods from your diet. Having them around the house creates constant temptation, and alternately ”indulging” in them in social situations doesn’t do you any good especially if you eat more than you truly want to and then beat yourself up with guilt and regret afterwards. This doesn’t mean that you will never get to eat “treat” foods ever again. There is a massive difference between eating a “cheat” food, enjoying it, and feeling good about it knowing that your body and metabolism can handle it, and shaming yourself into non-existence after you have eaten an entire packet of tim tams or a 1 litre tub of ben and jerry’s ice cream. A more productive way to exert self control with foods that trip you up this way is to face your food weaknesses, decide not to eat them, and find better foods that you can eat in moderation when you deserve a treat.

 

3) Foods that you don’t digest well and/or make you feel gross. Food sensitivity is when you have a negative response to a certain food. It’s way less than an allergic response, so much that if you eat the food all the time which can cause food sensitivity, you often don’t even realise why you feel like crap… you just know you don’t fell good. When you eat a food you are intolerant of, the immune system switches on, and it often leads to an increase in the stress hormone cortisol in the body. You feel tired, have more food cravings, and less motivation to exercise. Food sensitivities are very common and many people live their whole lives never feeling very “good.”  The key when deciding on the foods you don’t want to eat is to ensure you’re not missing out on essential nutrients. In the case of gluten grains, fibre is important, but you can get fibre from vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds, and beans, so gluten is by no means essential. Possibly the hardest thing is to figure out which foods you are insensitive to. Besides removing a food from your diet for a set period of time and tracking how feel there are a few tests your gp can run to help diagnose any food allergies or intolerances.

 

4) Foods that you feel addicted to and can’t stop thinking about. Theat-real-foodis category is a little bit more complicated than foods that you physically can’t stop eating, though it is related. Food addiction may seem silly but it’s actually quite serious because it involves changes in the same parts of the brain as alcohol and drug addiction. Commonly, people become addicted to or “obsessed” with junk foods that contain sugar, wheat, processed fats, and most often a combo of all three. When you eat these foods your body releases substances called endocannainoids. These endocannainoids effect dopamine and opioid receptors in the brain (the main ingredient in marijuana also activates these receptors). We feel good when we eat these foods in the same way as alcohol and drugs make us feel good. When we have cravings for these foods it has nothing to do with homeostasis or energy balance. They just make us feel GOOD. We learn to associate high carb, junk foods with pleasure and emotions of relief from stress. The harsh reality is that these foods raise blood sugar quickly and spike insulin, which therefore means we are hungry again quickly after and want more. If we give in and overeat, we feel guilty or ashamed, making the whole experience worse. Moderation is not really the solution when our eating habits are poor or we’re suffering from food addictions. Alternatively, if you want to fix this problem figure out the foods you do want to eat and that will help you to avoid hunger and food cravings. Many people get good results from basing meals around protein, fat, and a vegetables because this combination keeps blood sugar steady, avoids spiking insulin levels, and doesn’t contain the trio of sugar, processed fat, and refined wheat.

 

5) Food that isn’t really food. So far we’ve tried to give you principles that will help you to make the best food choices based on foods you enjoy. This final idea takes takes it one step further, don;t forget, it is possible to lose body fat by eating only tim tams. You can look like a normal, healthy human being by eating nothing other than processed fooberryds. And if that’s what you want to do, then good for you. We obviously aren’t the guys for you. But if you want to take your nutrition and health to the next level and really figure out which foods are really going to transform you into your best self, then you will be wanting to go for real food. Because “foods” which contain 20 to 40 ingredients, most of them things that you have never heard of before and have no idea what they are, aren’t really food. Artificial colours and flavours are not food. Processed oils that are treated aren’t food, and Trans fats aren’t food.  The many incarnations of corn, wheat, and soy that pop up in everything processed simply aren’t food. By choosing not to eat these things, you are making a commitment to yourself and your body that you want to eat in a way that is going to benefit you greatly. Choosing whole foods over processed JUNK builds a really solid framework for directing food choices so that food isn’t a problem. Just think about what real food tastes like, it’s delicious, wholesome goodness. It gives you sustained real energy. You feel “full” but never stuffed or bloated. Hunger, food cravings, guilt, and obsessions go away. Food once again becomes this amazing thing that can replenish the losses the human body suffers from living it’s daily life.

Who’s hungry now? I am!

Matt

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