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Fat Free Products Can Make You Fat

Jul 26, 2008
If you trying to lose weight beware of certain "fat-free" or "low-fat" products. Even though they are low in fat it doesn't necessarily mean that they are low in calories. And, if they contain flour, they can cause you to gain weight.

White flour comes from grain which has been stripped of all its natural fiber and ingredients; it has little nutritional value and will cause you to gain weight.

Here's some really good news. If you do nothing more than stop eating all products made with flour you will lose weight.

White flour is a bad carbohydrate.

Now, here's why. White processed flour is similar to white sugar. It comes from grain which has been chemically treated during the growing process, stripped of all its natural fiber and nutrients, and chemically bleached to make it a pretty white. Not to mention pretty unhealthy.

It's a food that the body does not know how to digest. It has little nutritional value, spikes your insulin and can cause constipation. Yet the American Dietetic Association recommends we eat 8-11 servings of them in our daily diets. And that's not good advice.

The public has been programmed to believe that white flour products are healthy and should be part of your daily diet.

This is because they are low in fat, cholesterol and calories. People eat things like white bread, cereals, pasta, bagels, crackers and pretzels and believe they are eating healthy because some these foods are labeled "low-fat" or "fat-free".

But what food manufacturers have failed to mention in their clever advertising is that these products have zero nutritional value and can lead to poor health. And most of them are chock full of bad carbohydrate calories which turn into fat.

This may surprise you; wheat bread is not any healthier for you than white bread.

They both have a high glycemic index rating of around 100 which is unhealthy. Even though wheat bread has been minimally processed and contains more fiber it is still full of the wrong carbohydrates that will turn to fat and cause you to gain weight.

If you are trying to lose weight stay away from whole wheat bread, whole grain bread, whole wheat pasta, whole wheat pancake mix, shredded wheat, wheat crackers, raisin bran, and the thousands of other wheat-containing products that promise health.

As many as 75 percent of overweight and obese people in the U.S. may be addicted - through poor eating habits - to either bad carbohydrates or the protein called gluten, which is a problematic protein present found in all wheat, whole wheat, wheat bran, rye, and barley products. Soy flour and corn bran do not contain gluten.

Stick to healthy foods if you want to lose weight

Stay away from flour products if you want to lose weight. Learn to substitute other healthy foods for flour products and you will see faster results for your weight loss program.

You may have difficulty eliminating all flour products from your diet overnight. If this is the case then start by staying away from snack foods made with flour.

Satisfy your cravings for unhealthy snacks and get your daily fiber by eating good and healthy carbohydrates like fruits and vegetables.

Eliminating flour products from your diet is one the quickest ways to lose weight. However, it's not easy to stop eating breads and snack foods. You can start by substituting other healthier snacks and be on your way to losing excess weight and improving your overall health.
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