Most of us know by now that there isn’t some hidden, secret way to lose weight and stay healthy. It’s all about what we put into our bodies. If you are eating healthy portions of whole foods, your body will get back on track. Staying active and fueling your body the right way is the best way to reach and maintain a healthy weight.
Still, companies are making millions off of special diets, weight-loss pills and waist trainers. Millions of consumers will do anything – pay any price – for a “quick fix.” They want to lose weight, but they want to lose it right now. They aren’t willing to change their lifestyle to shed the extra pounds that are weighing them down.
The Harsh Truth
As much as we might try to deny it, what we eat matters. If you feel great after burning 1,000 calories in a spinning class, only to stop at McDonald’s on the way home for a Big Mac because you deserve it, don’t be fooled into thinking those calories you burned cancel out your greasy dinner. It just doesn’t work that way. Even if you opt for a small fry and a small Coke, you are literally undoing all of your hard work at the gym. Why? Because processed food cannot replace real, whole foods.
The Common Eating Mistake You Might Be Making
Millions of Americans live a hectic lifestyle. Your daily routine might include packing lunches, getting the kids to school, battling traffic to get to work on time and a busy day at the office. 5:00 rolls around and you’re left to battle more traffic. You’re almost home when you realize you forgot to make a stop at the grocery store. You’re exhausted, it’s late and you still have to help the kids with their homework. So what’s the easiest solution? Fast food.
Fast food makes sense, for millions of people. People who are busy, tired or in a hurry. People who are simply craving a salty meal. The problem is, when we start choosing processed foods over real, whole foods, our body suffers. Processed foods are loaded with salt, sugar, trans fats and hundreds of excess calories. They also contain little to no vitamins and minerals. Processed foods not only lead to weight gain, they also cause your health to suffer.
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