Foods You Shouldn’t Eat (And What to Replace Them With)

I’m tired of hearing “America is overweight.” That’s putting a huge number of people in the same category that shouldn’t be. About 30% of adult Americans are obese. And even then, some can’t control their weight due to health issues and whatnot. Now, about another 30% of American adults are classified as overweight. Let me clear something up: being overweight means you have a body mass index of 25 or more. Body builders would have an extremely high BMI and others may have one as low as 26 but are still a part of that statistic. Although these statistics might change the judgement on America, finding your BMI is a good way of starting a weight loss plan because let’s face it, you know whether you need or want to lose weight.

Now that I’m done with my rant, we can start on what you’re here for. I’m going to give you a compiled list of foods you should never eat. And I understand, never is a harsh word, but if you are serious about losing weight and becoming healthier, trying won’t hurt. At least cut back on these foods and slowly progress to the point you no longer keep them in your house.

White BreadNumber One: White Bread
White bread is left with almost none of breads original vitamins, minerals or fiber. The flour used in white bread has also been bleached with chlorine. That just does not sound healthy. There are so many other options when choosing bread. Some of the healthiest breads include: whole wheat, rye and pumpernickel (and they’re all delicious!) To find out which type would be healthiest for you check out this article.

Number Two: Corn-fed Beef
Grass-Fed CowsIf you can avoid it, do! Cattle are meant to eat grass, not grains! Originally, cows were fed grass and it took them 4-5 years before they were able to be slaughtered for meat. With grain-fed cows, they can be ready in 14 months. This is because of how fast the farmers are able to fatten them up. They even use growth hormones. It is a bit more expensive, but isn’t everything that’s good for you? If you’re like me and don’t want your arteries clogging, I believe the healthier choice is obvious here. More info: Corn-Fed Vs. Grass-Fed Beef

sad_potatoNumber Three: Non-Organic Potatoes
Pretty much self explanatory, don’t ya think? They absorb so many herbicides and pesticides while they are stuck in the ground. And even after they come out, they are sprayed with more gunk so they don’t sprout. In my opinion, it’s probably one of the worst non-organic foods out there. A lot of other fruits and vegetables should be bought organic. Here’s a list of foods that you should buy organic and foods that are normally clean.

Last, but not least: Fatty Foodsfatty foods
Unfortunately, this includes: fast food, sweets, frozen dinners, pizza, anything fried or greasy, and the list goes on. We all know we aren’t suppose to eat them, but then we have our excuses. “I didn’t have time for anything else,” “I won’t eat anything else today,” “It’s cheap.” While any or all of these may be true, it doesn’t change the fact that you’re putting filth into your body.

I’m not saying I’m perfect. I don’t even follow some of these rules I’ve just listed out for you. I have just recently started my health kick and I feel great about it, although I do have a fast food burger or chicken nuggets maybe once a week. I plan on stopping this. I have decreased my fatty food intake by about 70% and I will keep going. You have to set goals before you can reach them and nothing changes overnight. I know that if you want to–and I mean really want to, you can change your life completely.