Have you been putting a lot of effort into your diet program, but feel like you still have nothing to show for it? Have you been working hard, following your diet strategy to the letter, yet failed to see the transformation you wanted?
If so… You’re not alone!
Lots of people find themselves in this frustrating and demotivating situation. Despite all their hard work, their blood, sweat and tears… the scale simply refuses to go downward.
So, why is it that you aren’t getting the results you are hoping for?
Often, the problem is not about not putting in the necessary effort or lack of motivation, says Brian Flatt, author of the 2 Week Diet.
The danger of diet foods
More often than not the real issue is that their diet plan tells them to incorporate certain “diet foods” that actually aren’t diet foods at all! As a matter of fact, if something is presented as a ‘diet food’ you should probably be suspicious of it!
Think about it. The diet industry is a huge, billion dollar industry. A lot of this money is made by selling “quick fixes” to people who are looking for a fast and easy way to lose weight. Be it in the form of pills, shakes or “diet foods”.
Unfortunately this has resulted in many companies marketing their products as healthy even though they really aren’t. Putting fruit or extra protein en your product and then adding a cr#p ton of extra sugar doesn’t make it healthy.
Here are three foods which, according to Brian Flatt, you should cut from your diet immediately:
The first group of ‘health’ products you should be suspicious of are those marketed as “fat free.” If you come across a product that is proudly itself as fat-free, the first thing you should do is ask yourself this question:
If the fat is removed, then what has been added?
Next, read the label! Time and again you will find that, although the fat content has been removed, it has been substituted with something just as undesirable…
Heaps of sugar!
If your goal is to lose body fat, sugar is just as bad — if not worse — than fat is.
Which brings us to the next product you should probably remove from your shopping list:
Fruit Flavored Yogurts
Fruit flavored yogurt is another product that is often marketed as healthy. This makes it a favorite among many people looking to lose weight. That’s because many fail to see them for what they really are… pint-sized sugar bombs.
Over the years, individual yogurt packs have gotten increasingly unhealthy. Unfortunately, their reputation as a go-to diet food has managed to survive.
So, the next time you’re in the store picking out your favorite yogurt, start by reading the label and double check the sugar content. You might be surprised! Some fruit flavored yogurts contain more than 15 grams of sugar per serving.
Of course there are also sugar-free varieties. These definitely contain less calories. However, the problem with these is that you’ll be consuming a lot of unwanted artificial sweeteners and other additives… which can be just as bad for you.
Instead of buying fruit flavored yoghurt, opt for plain Greek yogurt instead. You can easily flavor it yourself by adding a handful of fresh berries. A lot less calories, a lot more nutrients and a lot less additives… win, win, win!
Another food that is often marketed as healthy and weight loss friendly is:
But protein is good… isn’t it? True, if you want to lose fat while maintain lean muscle mass you should definitely be eating a good amount of protein.
So what’s wrong with most protein bars?
Again, the problem isn’t the protein, just like the problem with fruit flavored yoghurt isn’t the fruit. It’s the other stuff that get’s thrown in.
Protein bars may seem like a great choice for weight loss because they contain protein. However, as with the other products in this list, it often pays to look a little closer.
So, once again, start by reading the label and checking that sugar content. You will find that most protein bars contain upwards of 15 grams of sugar per bar. Some even contain over 40 grams! That’s 160 calories for a single protein bar!
That’s just a glorified chocolate bar. There’s nothing remotely healthy about it.
While there are protein bars with very low sugar content (five grams or less per bar), these will be a lot harder to find than the sugar bomb variety. Want a healthier alternative? Try making your own protein balls or energy bites. At least that way you know exactly what goes into them and what their calorie content is.
Sadly, a lot of dieters are completely unaware of these three problem foods. They believe they are eating healthy and all the time they are wondering why they are failing to lose weight.
The truth is that you can see dramatic changes in your weight and body composition if you know what to eat and what to avoid. In The 2 Week Diet Brian Flatt explains exactly which must-eat foods you should include in your diet to catapult fat loss into high gear. Some people have lost more than 6 pounds and dropped 2-3 dress sizes in just 2 weeks using his program.