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4 Foods You Must Not Eat

Cut Down a Bit of Your Belly Every Day by Never Eating These 4 Foods:

1. Soft drinks (Soda)

“Soda pops contain empty calories without any nutritional value,” says says Richard Béliveau, chair for cancer prevention and treatment at the University of Quebec in Montreal.

In his book, Eating Well, Living Well (McClelland & Stewart), Béliveau writes that Canadians drink 120 litres of soft drinks per year. With 30 g of sugar in each 350 mL bottle of Coke, we’re using a lot of unnecessary sweet stuff to wash down our meals.

But pop isn’t the only beverage that can sneak unnecessary calories into your diet. New research suggests that beverages such as alcohol and sweetened and unsweetened fruit drinks may account for a too-large proportion of our recommended daily calorie intake.

In an 18-month study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, subjects consumed more than 350 of their daily calories from beverages-that’s about 20 percent of their total daily intake!

2. Diet products

If you rely on diet products to keep your weight in check, you may be doing your body more harm than good. “Research shows that eating these products stimulates the appetite and can lead to weight gain,” Béliveau writes in Eating Well, Living Well.

As well, diet products, such as fat-free salad dressing, can sabotage a healthy meal, making them some of the worst foods you can eat.  “Sometimes people think fat-free salad dressings are great for them, but you need a bit of fat in your salad dressing to help you absorb the vitamin A in the salad that you’re eating,” says Zannat Reza, a registered dietitian based in Toronto.

You also might be tempted to drench your veggies with a dressing labelled fat-free, which could add more calories and sodium to your meal. Bad Idea. Always avoid doing this.

3. Packaged cookies, cakes and chips

“Processed foods are dangerous for your health,” says Béliveau. That’s partly because many industrially produced products contain trans fats that are produced when manufacturers use a chemical process to turn liquid oil into solids.

This process, called partial hydrogenation, gives manufactured foods a longer shelf life, but it also makes them some of the worst foods you can eat.

Trans fats raise your LDL (bad cholesterol) and lower your HDL (good cholesterol) levels and, according to Health Canada, is associated with a higher risk for heart disease.

Look at a product’s ingredient list before deciding to purchase it. Products that list hydrogenated oil, salt, sugar or high-fructose corn syrup as the first ingredients are all negative for your health, says Béliveau.

Since 2007, Health Canada has called on the food industry to to reduce the amount of trans fats in commercially produced products within two years. However, the label trans-fat free may not mean the product does not contain trans fats. A food product qualifies to display the label if it contains less than 0.2 g of trans fat per serving.

4. Fried foods

French fries, fried chicken and onion rings all have one negative thing in common: They have high saturated-fat content. Saturated fats, also found in butter, lard and coconut oil, raise your LDL (“bad” cholesterol) and can increase your risk for heart disease and some cancers.

Fried foods may also contain high levels of trans fats, another reason why these greasy dishes are some of the worst foods you can eat.

How to lose (and manage) weight safely and effectively

Fat burning is critical to weight loss. The liver is the organ that is essential for fat burning. Studies have found that when the liver gets damaged, detoxification process reduces.

Turmeric can help detoxify the liver and protect cell damage caused due to environmental pollutants, attack from free radicals etc.  

High cholesterol causes plaque build up in arterial walls leading to coronary heart disease, atherosclerosis, weight gain etc.

Research has found that turmeric extracts can lower blood cholesterol levels – especially LDL ‘bad’ cholesterol. It has lipid lowering properties. This can reduce cholesterol levels and benefit weight loss by reducing adipose tissue weight gain.  

Thermogenesis is a process that takes place when fat is burned by the central nervous system in order to maintain body temperature.

Curcumin in turmeric can fasten to capsaicin receptors and increase thermogenesis rates. This leads to greater fat burning and helps with weight loss. 

In vitro and in vivo experiments or weight loss through angiogenesis – new blood vessel growth – and reducing fat content in fat cells have been conducted.

Just like how tumors grow, adipose tissues which store fat cells require angiogenesis to provide the required nutrients and oxygen to adipocytes (fat cells), curcumin is said to have anti-angiogenic properties that could reduce fat mass and inhibit fat tissue growth therefore leading to weight loss in obese people.  

The following research demonstrates the angiogenesis properties of turmeric that could stop fat tissue spread. Angiogenesis is required by the body to create fat tissue. 18 mice divided into 3 groups were fed special diets for 12 weeks.

The control group was given a diet containing 4% fat, the ‘high fat’ group was given 22% fat and the last group was given the same ‘high fat’ diet combined with curcumin – around 1.5 – 1.75mg daily. At the end of the study period, the fat distribution and total weight gain were registered.

The group fed the high fat plus curcumin diet had reduced total body fat and weight gain compared to the group fed the high fat diet with no curcumin.

The curcumin group also had lower triglycerides, fatty acid, blood glucose, liver fat and blood cholesterol levels. This demonstrates that turmeric may benefit weight loss programs. Research is required on the quantity of dietary turmeric that can help with weight loss.  

The various health problems that can be caused due to obesity have been enumerated. Curcumin is known to help reduce inflammation, therefore helping in reducing the risk of developing arthritis and heart problems.

Turmeric could regulate lipid metabolism that is the main cause of obesity and attendant health issues. Studies are underway to find evidence about the role curcumin plays in down-regulating obesity and therefore lessening the impact of associated health problems. Turmeric also improves digestion, helps protect the liver etc. Hence obese people looking to lose weight may gain from including turmeric in their diet.

However, turmeric must not be the only weight loss strategy for obese and overweight people, but part of a more comprehensive program including healthy diet and regular exercise.

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