In my 30 plus years of being in the fitness industry, the question I’ve probably been asked the most is “How do I get flat abs?” Our Rock Star Abs series will give you great tips, workouts and nutritional information so you finally get the abs you want!
Part one: Drop it like it’s hot!
HFCS: HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP
How many items can you find in your local grocery store that do not contain
High Fructose Corn syrup? It’s not easy. In fact more and more products are being spiked with HFCS all the time.
What is it?
It’s a sweetener that is made from cornstarch and is very inexpensive to produce.
It’s used to sweeten food and prolong shelf life.
The FDA has deemed that HFCS is HFCS is Not natural.
Fact: The U.S Production of HFCS went from 3,000 tons in 1967 to
9,227,000 tons in 2005. **
What you need to know is that HFCS is a very cheap ingredient that is much sweeter than sugar. HFCS helps the processed food industry boost their profits while it boots our fat-storing hormones.
Glucose is metabolized in the cells: fructose must be metabolized in the liver. It tricks the body into not releasing insulin and leptin. Those are two hormones that should be released when you are ‘done’ eating. Studies have also shown that HFCS also increases triglycerides, and high triglycerides prevent leptin from working in the brain.
>>You can’t tell when you are full.<<
HFCS is good for companies because you eat more of their food!
The diet food industry is a billion dollar industry.
The US is at it's highest obesity rate of all time.
If diet foods worked wouldn't we be skinny.. ah but then they would be
out of business!
Eating HFCS allows you to consume way more food so super- sizing your drinks
leads to super-sizing your meals which leads to super- sizing your gut!
Studies have also shown that you eat more for the next 24 hours!
Do your homework
Read your labels. You will be surprised to find out how many foods (including diet foods) contain HFCS.
Some items that can contain HFCS
High fiber crackers
Breads of all kinds
. The list goes on and on.
You can find alternatives by eating clean and being a label sleuth.
Smucker's makes an Organic Natural peanut butter that contains, just peanuts.
There are many other reasons to kick this franken-chemical to the curb.
The correlation between the high obesity rate, Diabetes, and the increased use of HFCS is in itself reason to say no to this poison.
We don't need it. Our bodies don't require it. IT HAS NO NUTRITIONAL VALUE. Don't eat it!
If you want to take a big step in cleaning up your diet for health as well as weight loss and flat abs, then make your first step to remove HFCS!
You can read more about HFCS online or in
**Master your Metabolism by Jillian Michaels
Sugar Shock by Connie Bennett
University of Florida
More resources/studies here!