Despite our best efforts, many people struggle with the ‘last 5 pounds’. Though genetic and lifestyle factors certainly come into play, streamlining your body also comes down to eliminating certain foods from your diet.
Refined Sugar: Processed sugar, found in everything from candy bars to cereal, salad dressing to yogurt, triggers the production of insulin, a hormone that spikes cortisol levels and causes inflammation and weight gain. Eliminate refined sugar and opt for natural sugars found in fruits, which provides your body with much needed vitamins, minerals, and digestive enzymes, protecting your body against inflammation, weight gain, premature aging, and disease.
Processed Foods: Refined flour, preservatives, and additives found in processed foods cause inflammation in the body while spiking blood sugar levels and offering little to no nutritional value. Due to the refining process, nutrients from whole foods are destroyed while unhealthy additives are forced in, harming both your overall health as well as your waist line. Consuming a diet high in fresh, whole foods such as fruit, vegetables, whole grains, and organic, free-range animal protein keeps both body and skin cells functioning at their best.
Corn Starch: The same rules and reasoning of refined sugar apply to corn starch, only this food additive is extra devious. Corn starch was typically used as a binding agent in lotions and powders, but it’s now found in foods such as cereal, sauces, chips, yogurt, and soups. Corn starch has very few nutritional benefits and more often than not accompanies high fructose corn syrup, an additive that wreaks havoc on the digestive system and confuses ghrelin, the hormone that regulates feelings of fullness and satisfaction after meals.
Just as you set aside time to watch your favorite TV program, set aside an hour to clear out your fridge and restock your pantry with body-healthy foods; it’s the best at-home health treatment you’ll ever give yourself.