Is Your Diet Doomed?

Unless you have been hiding under a rock for the past few months, you have heard of the sweeping changes of the recommendations from the USDA for daily consumption. One of the main changes made was to cease and desist the befouling of cholesterol and fat in the American diet. It has long been the stance of the USDA that fat and cholesterol were evil and should be to some extent replaced with processed grains and carbohydrates. While this theory provided the necessary stimulus to the biggest contributors of the USDA, namely the corn refineries, sugar producers and fast food companies; this information was fraudulent and sensationalized. The truth is that in the the replacement of grains, refined or otherwise whole, did not reduce the overall risk for heart disease or high blood pressure. The second change was to finally reduce the amount of sugar (processed or naturally occurring) in our daily diet. Do me a favor and check how much sugar is in everything you eat. For example, 1 tablespoon of ketchup contains 3.7 grams of sugar, which is equivalently 22% of the total weight. Sugar is added to pretty much every processed food to increase palletability and quality control on taste regardless of time spent on the shelf.

We at CrossFit Lake Zurich purpose a Paleo diet that consists of lean means, a variety of colorful vegetables, nuts, seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. Our clients that adhere to this diet see amazing results not only in weight loss but also increased energy, clearer skin, better sleep and overall improvement in bio-metric markers. The first step for many is to unchain yourself from the addiction of sugar. There are plenty of publications that speak to this process and one recent book that is well written and insightful is "The Blood Sugar Solution" by Dr. Mark Hyman. Make this small change to your diet today to see amazing changes in the days following. BTW you're welcome!




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