Scoopla's resident fitness babes from the BUF Girls are breaking it down for us. Check out this easy to read article by the fab Cassey Miller on what foods celebs avoid and what to replace them with!
#1 Deep Fried Foods – Hot chips, battered fish, donuts, hash browns.
Why? – These foods are full of trans fats that your body can't break down. They are also inflammatory to your body, promoting disease and draining you of energy. Deep fried foods are really hard for your body to metabolise, meaning they're pretty much always stored just where you don't want them to be before you slip on your tight LBD for a night out!
Swap them for – oven baked sweet potato chips with a little coconut oil, grilled fish, baked potatoes.
#2 Refined sugar – Lollies, crappy chocolate, most ice-creams, toffee, caramels, jelly, cake, biscuits.
Why? – Your body naturally craves sugar as it was a rare treat that fuelled energy back in the days of our great, great...great ancestors. But your body really can't process much of the sweet stuff in one sitting and refined sugar really messes with your appetite and fat storage hormones.
Swap it for – naturally sweet wholefoods like berries and citrus fruits, coconut water, raw cacao and unsweetened carob treats, Greek yoghurt, shaved coconut meat.
#3 Refined Carbohydrates – crackers, white bread, rice cakes, potato chips.
Why? – As soon as these foods are in your system, they just convert to sugar or create inflammation, depending on their ingredients and how processed they are. Not so bad to have every now and then, but make them a sometimes food.
Swap them for – real, whole foods. If you're confused, just try to eat things that have as close to one ingredient as possible, or look like something that once had eyes, or you could have plucked out of the ground, or baked/made yourself at home.
#4 Soft drinks – anything flavoured, bubbly or syrupy, even the 'diet' versions, energy drinks and 'sports' drinks too.
Why? – there's just nothing good about them. At all. We promise! They're either full of sugar, or full of chemicals and not only will they stack on the weight, if you suffer from skin issues they'll make them a lot worse too.
Swap them for – filtered water, herbal and green teas, coconut water and the occasional caffeinated drink like coffee/black tea, did we mention water??
#5 Fruit yoghurts – literally any brand and any flavour.
Why? – They're all so full of sugar, you'd be better off eating dark chocolate! Literally, most small tubs of fruit flavoured yoghurt (even the luxe organic ones) have almost double the amount of sugar in an entire block of Lindt 85% cocoa chocolate!!!
Swap them for – plain Greek yoghurt with no sugar added. Then add your own nuts/seeds and berries, or a scoop of protein powder for sweetness.
#6 Margarine – yep, any brand.
Why? – It's super processed and loaded with chemicals and trans fats that will make weight hard to shift and effect your overall health and energy levels.
Swap it for – avocado or real, organic butter. Yep, butter is actually good for you in moderation!
#7 High gluten foods – Pancakes, muffins, most breads, pasta, most cereals.
Why? – too much gluten can make you bloated, stack on weight and the processed kind can be really inflammatory to your system, even creating feelings of depression in some people.
Swap them for – when it comes to bread, reach for a good quality, bakery sourdough or spelt bread, which are often a lot lower in gluten and much more friendly to your system. Don't overdo the pasta and definitely do your own baking. Choose plain, wheat-free oats or swap your cereals for eggs and veggies! It's not that gluten is all-out horrible for you, but it's definitely best eaten in moderation.
#8 Sauces and salad dressings - tomato and barbecue sauce, fruit chutney, pickled jams, mayonnaise, tartare sauce, french salad dressing, balsamic vinegar, dips – you name it!
Why? –These can really pack a sugar, chemical, fatty, or salty punch and removing them can make a huge difference to your health and waistline.
Swap them for – plain mustard, olive or avocado oil and lemon/lime juice, unsweetened chilli sauce, hummus, or plain old herbs.
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