Jul 27, 2017

Big Fat Lies

Jul 27, 2017

Big Fat Lies

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Are you eating certain diet or health foods in a bid to get thinner, but actually getting fatter? Unfortunately, nutrition is full of all sort of misconceptions, lies and exaggerations. Food companies are a genius at marketing food products to appeal to our healthy living lifestyle. Unfortunately, they are far from healthy and are having a detrimental effect on our waistlines and ultimately our health. Let me help you gain an insight into what is in our so called diet and health foods. Let me help you become a Sugar Sherlock. Here are my top 5.

Wholewheat bread

As a nation of bread lovers, we have been brainwashed to consider brown bread as a healthy alternative to white bread, that somehow brown bread will prevent us from gaining as much weight as white will. Sorry to burst your bubble, not true! It is a blatant marketing ploy, firstly brown bread as with a lot of whole grain products aren’t actually made from actual “whole” grains. Granted, it may have marginally more fibre and nutrients but it pretty much has the same spike in our blood sugars as its been ground down and processed to a fine flour. Furthermore, there is no individual nutrient in Wholewheat bread that cant be found in greater quantities in other foods.

Takeaway: A lot of my clients ask me where do they get here fibre from if they eliminate wholegrain bread. My answer is that there is no comparison between the fibre amounts and overall nutritional density of green vegetables versus whole grains. A medium stalk of broccoli has nearly twice as much fibre than a slice of wholegrain bread.

Fat-free Yogurts

Most fat free, low fat, reduced fat yoghurts are glorified pots of confectionery! When food manufacturers remove the fat from yoghurts, it isn’t palatable enough sell in large volumes, therefore, they add a concoction of other stuff to compensate for the lack of fat. Usually, this is sugar, artificial sweeteners or high fructose corn syrup (a fancy word for sugar). The irony is that the saturated fats removed from the yoghurts are actually better for us than the stuff it is actually replaced with. Studies prove that there is no evidence to suggest that saturated fat contributes to obesity, in fact, one study showed that people who ate the highest fat dairy products were the least likely to become obese.

Gluten free products

Unless you have been diagnosed as a coeliac then there should be no dietary requirement to avoid gluten. Unfortunately, we seem to think that Gluten free is the healthier option. As a result of this food, manufacturers have jumped onto the bandwagon and brought all sorts of gluten free products to the marketplace. The problem is that they are usually just as bad as their gluten counterparts. More recently I find a lot of clients self-diagnose gluten intolerance when in fact they are overeating processed foods particularly carbohydrates which cause inflammation to the gut and the tummy bloats and can cause gas and cramps. Gluten free foods are made with highly refined carbohydrates, sugar and other chemicals, are highly priced and taste awful. If you do suffer from bloating and discomfort after eating certain food products and want to eliminate gluten then choose foods that are naturally gluten-free like plants and animals.

Breakfast Cereal

Chances are if you eat a boxed cereal for breakfast you get a quick boost due to a spike in your blood sugar levels and a crash a few hours later which leads to craving high sugar carbs. They are usually loaded with sugar, an average bowl of special healthy cereal can have up to 6 teaspoons of sugar in it. This is not the best start to the day and provides little vitamins or minerals. Try eating a natural breakfast including eggs, berries and veggies or a slow release carbohydrate like Porridge oats. Learn how to read the labels, when you see fortified with vitamins and minerals this translates to “processed so much that the manufacturers had to add in vitamins at the end of the manufacturing process”. Avoid anything that says low fat or wholegrain.

Shop bought Smoothies

Usually marketed as “natural”, “part of your 5 a day”, the truth is actually a little different. These smoothies are packed full of fruit from concentrate which is essentially pure sugar and will hit your blood sugar levels like a steam train. They also pack in a lot of calories due to the high sugar content, it will leave you feeling hungry a few hours late and will not increase your satiety. The food companies will use buzz words like “organic”, and “naturally occurring sugars” this is like a wolf dressed in sheep’s clothing as they can contain up to the equivalent of 8 teaspoons of sugar in a small bottle. Unfortunately, you are also missing out on the added benefit of the fibre when fruits are blended. Become a real sugar Sherlock and check out the best before date, real blended fresh fruit should only have a short shelf life of a few days so if its more than a week – walk away!

Who is
Tara Grimes

Tara is one of Ireland’s top Fitness & Weight Loss Experts.

Tara is a Certified Nutritionist and Accredited Personal Trainer who has helped transform thousands of clients in Ireland and the UK and her online business is now helping many more clients across the world. She runs several online businesses from her base in N.Ireland and distributes 100,000s of her popular weight loss meals to customers across the country.

A mum of 4, who is passionate about Women’s Health and Fitness, she knows exactly how to help women of every age get Leaner, Fitter and Stronger. Tara’s companies employ top-level performance coaches and she has a team of registered nutritionists providing support for online clients across the globe. Tara has been recruited by Bluechip companies to provide in-house employee Health & Wellness packages, consulted with Government Departments on Nutrition & Weight Management and worked with professional sports teams & elite athletes improve their Performance Nutrition.

Tara has extensive qualifications including, BA(Hons) Degree from University Of Ulster and MSc from Queens University, Belfast.  She is also a Certified MNU Nutritionist helping Clinical Populations improve their overall health. She features in top publications and is a guest writer for many health publications.

Transforming Women’s bodies and health is Tara’s specialist area. She has created an amazing community of followers and clients across the world and her Fat Loss and Fitness Programs specialise in Female Fat Loss & Health, Over 40’s Fat loss and how to manage & Optimise changing hormones. Fitness programs for all levels and all incomes. She has programs to suit everyone, no matter what their starting level is at.

Her business is based entirely on the success of her clients.

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