These Foods Account for More Than 60 Percent of Calories

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Processed foods, as the name says, are those that underwent certain processes that change their natural state, including additions of salt, sugar, fat, artificial colouring and other harmful ingredients that wreak havoc on your health. Food manufacturers do this for convenience or safety reasons.

Common examples are breakfast cereals, cheese, ready meals, soft drinks, candies and junk foods like potato chips and more. These foods account for more than 60 percent of calories in the American diet. Read on in this article by fitness editor Christa Sgobba on Men’s Health:

Unbelievable But True: These Foods Account for More Than 60% of Calories in Americans’ Diets

Your shopping cart is probably filled with crap: Most of the food we purchase is heavily processed, new research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found. Read more…

True, it’s hard to avoid these foods because they’re delicious! But remember that their deliciousness comes from food additives that cause unwanted weight gain and chronic diseases. It’s better to take these off your grocery list.

Don’t risk it – there are studies that have reported that even exercise cannot help you shred off the chemicals in your body. Personal trainer Laurel Leicht compiled six proven reasons on Huffington Post:

6 Reasons Why You Can’t Out-Exercise An Unhealthy Diet

Sure, you could eat whatever you wanted in high school and stay thin as a rail. But unfortunately you’re not 17 anymore, and even if you work out ’round the clock, you can’t transform your body if you constantly give in to cravings, high-fat foods and sweet treats. The truth is, flat abs are made in the kitchen, and no amount of cardio and crunches can sculpt a sleek physique if you maintain an unhealthy diet. Read more…

Now if you miss the taste of certain unhealthy foods, here are a few alternatives, which are whole and raw, on Slice of Health:

HEALTHY ALTERNATIVES FOR JUNK FOOD

Sometimes, the real challenge lies in finding a way to eat healthy. When there is an immediate need to satiate hunger, there is a common tendency to indulge in what is available – which is most often junk food. The most important way to go about this is to indulge in food that is healthy, and a good substitute for junk food – especially because indulgence in junk food can go a long way to disparage your health and system. Eating and snacking healthy is vital for one’s longevity – and healthy longevity. Here are some useful foods you can indulge in to ensure that you substitute your junk intake: Read more…

In conclusion, you need to avoid heavily processed ones as these foods account for more than 60 percent of calories in most diets, so better just make a move and encourage everyone to take them off their diets. These cause cancers, cardiovascular diseases, obesity, diabetes and more!

It’s also important to check the nutrition labels because some products will trick you with their “natural” labels when they are not really natural.

You can’t always excuse yourself to eat unhealthy meals just because you’ll “eat clean” the next day. It doesn’t work that way. You have to be consistent with your diet in order to totally clean yourself. Cheat meals once in a while are okay, but not regularly. You’ll be surprised on how your taste buds won’t even like your old favourites!

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