Despite being heavily marketed and promoted as a "health food" by the multi billion dollar soy industry, this food has more drawbacks than it does benefits. In fact, I would label soymilk, isolated soy protein, and tofu as junk foods.
And don't even get me started on the excess estrogenic compounds in processed soy... if you want to increase your belly fat, keep pounding down that soymilk and tofu!
A small amount unprocessed soy, such as edamame, is not a big deal... especially if it's organic. And small amounts of fermented soy such as tempe and miso are okay too (because the fermentation reduces anti-nutrients in soy)... but try to minimize/eliminate most other forms of soy... and that includes soybean oil, which is in almost ALL processed foods, commercial salad dressings, etc.
A fully detailed article on the health issues surrounding soy can be found here:
Most people don't realize this, but a large percentage of the total population has at least some degree of intolerance to digesting wheat... particularly the high gluten content of wheat.
Most people are not full blown Celiacs (who need to avoid wheat entirely), but the majority of people would find improvements to their health and body fat by testing eliminating wheat for several weeks, and taking note of how they feel, look, and their measurements.
I know it's a hard thing to do since a HUGE portion of the modern western diet is made from wheat products, but I've found it's quite easy to do at home once you get used to it. Dining out is a different story.
Personally, I choose to almost entirely avoid wheat in all of my meals at home. I only dine out occasionally, or on vacations, so that's the only time when I eat wheat.
A more detailed description of the issues with wheat and how it affects your body can be found here:
3. Soda or sweetened drinks (including commercial juices)
This is one that I personally choose to NEVER consume! Even on cheat days, vacations, or dining out, I think this stuff is pure evil enough to never even touch.
If you care about your body at all, there's just no reason to consume soda in any amount. It's pure sugar (or worse, high fructose corn syrup), has ZERO nutrition, and has many other issues related to the additives, acids, etc.
In addition, the consumption of this calorically-dense but nutritionally-absent liquid actually makes your body crave more food, because you consumed calories without consuming any nutrients. It also spikes your blood sugar out of whack causing wild blood sugar swings and additional cravings.
I'm always amazed how many people tell me that they are desperately trying to lose weight, but yet I see them drinking a soda. I just don't understand it.
4. Anything deep fried (or anything with trans fats)
You would think the entire population should know by now how dangerous consuming trans fats really is... yet people ignore these dangers and scarf down deep fried foods like french fries, corn chips, and donuts every day.
If you study some of the biochemical reactions that take place in the body of humans after consuming trans fats, you would realize this is essentially a poison.
It's not a poison that's going to kill you immediately, but it's a poison that causes inflammation throughout the body, and even detrimentally affects all of your cell membranes (remember from bio101 that your cell membranes need fats for their composition, and trans fats disrupt healthy cell membranes).
I've found that if I can get people to view trans fats as the true POISON that they really are, they finally realize the importance of avoiding them ENTIRELY... and to stop poisoning their kids too by allowing them to eat deep fried foods (especially important for kids to avoid trans fats since it can impair development)
Here's an article I did previously on good trans fats vs bad trans fats:
Please forward on this important article to any of your friends and family that you care about their health.
Don't be lazy... be lean.
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