Sunday, July 27, 2014

5 snacks to avoid

Most people have read that snacking is good for your metabolism. But...
...if you eat these 5 snack food disasters, you will actually gain weight and get a bigger belly. Worse, you'll mess up your fat burning hormones so that it makes it harder to lose fat.


Today you're going to discover the shocking truth about 5 so-called "healthy" snack foods that are wrecking your diet and keeping you fat. We'll also show you the perfect guilt-free snacks to use instead.


#1 - The Addictive Snack


Our first snack is delicious and addictive. But did you know that a single cup of your favorite trail mix filled with salty peanuts, chocolate, dried fruit, and oats could deliver a super fattening wallop of over 700 calories? It would take you over an hour of extreme hiking to burn that off. And that's IF you could limit your snacking to ONE cup.


Worse, store-bought brands add in sneaky extra calories from added sugar, increasing your insulin levels and shutting off your fat burning hormones.
Swap this out immediately and swap in a high-protein version instead.
  • Mix one ounce of almonds or cashews with three tablespoons of cacao nibs and three tablespoons of coconut flakes.
The healthy fats, fiber, and protein from these three all-natural ingredients will fire up your fat burning metabolism and keep you full between meals for hours. Plus, your hands won't be sticky and gross from the added sugar and trans-fats found in traditional trail mix.


#2 - The Diet Fraud


For years you've been told that cereal is part of a complete breakfast and a great snack. However, most cereals are full of processed grains and added sugar, and combined with milk these ingredients will make you tired while shutting off your fat burning hormones. Plus, cereals are often high in sodium and leave you puffy and bloated.


Ditch out the grains and get rid of the cereal. Replace your traditional cereal with this new-school fat burning recipe:
  • One cup of plain Greek Yogurt, one scoop of chocolate whey protein, one ounce of almonds or walnuts, and a tablespoon of yummy natural almond butter.
You'll be satisfied for hours and you'll have all day energy to boot. Plus, you can even have this snack BEFORE bed.


#3 - The Calorie Bomb in a Wrapper


"Mmmmm, that granola bar filled me up," said NO ONE ever.


Energy bars are dangerous calorie bombs that will easily wreck your diet while still leaving you hungry for more at the same time. These small little snacks are filled with sugar, processed grains, and at best, a cheap, ineffective protein source.


Energy bars do NOT fill you up and because they are so sweet, they make you want to eat a second one, further destroying your diet. Do not eat Energy Bars, ever, not even the fancy new fruit'n'nut versions that are still too sweet and loaded with sugar.


#4 - The Starbucks Diet Disaster


There is a right way and a very, very wrong way to enjoy a mid-morning coffee break. In the diet disaster version, you could set yourself back over 400 calories of fat-gaining sugar by ordering a Frappuccino at Starbucks.


Get this: A Starbucks Caramel Frappuccino Blended Beverage contains a whopping 410 calories, with 140 calories from fat and a gut-busting 64 grams of sugar. That's TWICE as much sugar as a Red Bull and you know to avoid those like the plague. Even a large latte with whole milk will set you back 300 calories and 15 grams of fat.


Stop the Starbucks Sugar Rush immediately and switch to black coffee (just 5 calories) or even better, Green Tea, which has been proven to increase your fat burning and help you burn up to 5% more calories in a day.


#5 - The Belly Fat in a Bottle Beverage


Like coffee, smoothies can be done right, or you can fall into the trap set by Jamba Juice and Odwalla and end up consuming more calories from a smoothie than you'd get from eating a Big Mac. Those high-calorie smoothies also come with a dump truck's worth of sugar in the form of hidden syrups and added juice, guaranteed to put you into a post-smoothie coma and leave you sluggish for hours.
Never eat those fattening snacks again. Instead...
Say goodbye to bad snacks and so long to belly fat,
Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

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