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Eat this, Not that!

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 The dirty five to quit immediately if you want to drop some pounds.

Have you ever been on a diet where you eat everything you see and then pray for a miracle? This one hits very close to home for the majority of us. Why is it that only after we are done devouring a dozen cookies, do we realize that we want to lose weight? What we fail to understand is that eating well and taking care of our bodies is a form of self-respect.  Resorting to binge eating when you are depressed needs to stop now. Today we are focusing on not that. Grab a carrot, pretend it’s a mozzarella stick, and read about these dirty five food items you need to throw out of your pantry – pronto.

1. French Fries

You may be lovin’ it but trust me, your body ain’t. It is no surprise these bad boys are topping the list of culprits of weight gain. One of the reasons why potatoes contribute more easily to fat deposition around the hips is because – Lord, have mercy- we refuse to eat them in a healthier form, i.e. raw or boiled. No sir! Unless they are not baked or fried, they just won’t appeal to our taste palette. According to calculations, a large baked potato alone, without any fixings, contains around 275 calories. This translates into 500 to 600 calories when fried and served oh-so-deliciously on a plate. Bottom line: French fries and potato chips are unhealthy, and your body could do a whole lot better if you turn your head the other way.

2. Soda aka Fizzy Drinks

This one is a no-brainer. I mean, if you don’t already know the detrimental effects of soda on your body then – there is no hope for you love. Even though these sugary drinks contain a lot of calories, your brain does not register them as solid food. Being liquid sugar calories, they don’t make you feel full and you don’t eat less food to compensate. Infact, a lot of us think of them as a necessary aid to help us digest our food. Where did that concept even arise from? I for one would like to know! Oh, I’m having a big juicy burger slathered in mayo with fries; give me an extra large coke to help everything down my throat and into my endless pit of a stomach! Sheesh. Come on, people! Get a grip on reality.

3. White Bread

Let’s get one thing clear. Our bodies are not very good at dealing with large amounts of carbs. Any meal that is high in carbohydrates is promptly converted to large amounts of glucose. White bread is no different. It is highly refined and often contains a lot of sugar. Being so high on the glycemic index, it spikes your sugar levels very efficiently. It spurs your cravings, causing you to consume more calories throughout the day. Take home message: Next time you’re out grocery shopping, please saunter right past the aisle holding all the fancy breads and buns.

4. Candy Bars

Temptation has never come more seductively wrapped. They are everywhere – Strategically placed in stores to attract unsuspecting souls who get hypnotized by the shiny foils and pretty packaging and very often, innocently sitting on coffee tables when you go over to a friend’s place. Candy bars are meant to be treats, but even when they are consumed in moderation, they push the wellness envelope. We all get fooled by the ‘healthy’, protein-packed nuts covering most of these bars, only to find out that sugar is the number one ingredient. They are high in calories people – not in nutrients. Knock them off your diet for a month, and be fascinated by the results!

5. Pizza

From refined carbohydrates in the crust, to the high saturated fat content in the cheese – pizza screams cellulite. There is a reason why we call it junk food, because that’s exactly what it does – turn your body into junk. If you really knew what pizza does to your body, you’d never look at a slice the same way. On average, a large size of pepperoni pizza contains 311 calories, 13.5 grams of fat and 720 milligrams of sodium. And that’s just one slice. Let’s all take a moment to slice-shame ourselves.

Lastly, let’s put it in the simplest of ways. A moment on the lips is a lifetime on the hips.

Yours sincerely, 

Your hips