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A starting step to take in the right direction for anyone who is determined about their diet program or workout routines to be successful is taking a serious look at the types of foods they eat and the ingredients those foods contain. To get the best results from your exercising and dieting programs you need to eliminate anything that can slow your progress down. What this means is that you will have to remove items from your daily eating rituals that have the potential for harming your progress. This will lead to your body becoming efficient and freer allowing it to fight fat and build muscle. For now to keep things simple let us focus on five foods and ingredients that must be eliminated in order for you to fully reach your fitness goals and accomplish what you set out to do.

Refined Sugars: Refined sugars for those that don’t know would be you plain old Dixie crystals white sugar, high fructose corn syrup, sucralose, splenda or pretty much any kind of sugar that doesn’t come from a cane or piece of fruit but rather a factory. The reason refined sugars are so bad for you is because that affect your metabolism in a negative way. They also affect you insulin response, even your mood. Getting rid of sugar like these from your diet means you’re going to have to do some work as it will require the reading of labels. Since these kinds of sugars can be found in just about everything on the typical grocery store aisles doing your homework is a must.

Alcohol: It should be first mentioned though that although alcohol is something that needs to be removed from a persons diet who is looking to get in shape and trim down not all alcohol or cocktails are bad for you. During your weight loss journey you more than likely will have a drink, this is not wrong or detrimental as long as you drink the right thing. However in general alcohol carries empty calories similar to refined sugars. When simply looking at the raw numbers of alcohol and that it usually contains somewhere near 9 calories per gram you can begin to see why it’s necessary that alcohol in general should be eliminated from your diet.

Alcohol also works against your body by dehydrating you which can slow down the recovery process and compromise growth of your muscles. It also is not a stimulant as many people believe it to be but a depressant therefore having the effect of slowing down your metabolism which allows your body work slower and less efficiently. To sum it up drinking alcoholic beverages inhibits your body to grow muscle and promotes body fat- really the opposite of what you’re trying to accomplish with your workout routines.

Caffeine: The promotion of eliminating caffeine from someone’s diet seems to always be a touchy subject. Most people seem to be able to get rid of caffeine but never coffee, so lets leave coffee on the table for now and focus on all other caffeinated drinks. Why caffeine needs to be eliminated and to not get too technical is because caffeine in high doses can actually hinder muscle mass growth. This reason alone should be enough to eliminate it from your diet but there is also a secondary reason. Caffeine for many people keeps them up at night and therefore allows them to sleep less. A good nights sleep is essential for your body to recover, muscle tissue to grow, and for you to be able to wake up the next day and continue on your weight loss journey.

Drop Anything With A Butt. The days of being able to find some really good lean meats and proteins seem to be behind us. We live in a decade where meat is ruled by, hormones, antibiotics, and chemicals that have been used to process the meat and fish you need rendering them basically a useless source of high-quality protein. Many might not like to hear this, but there are several good vegetarian sources of protein from beans to tofu and nuts.

Gluten: Eliminating gluten from your diet will result in a diet that is healthier and one that lends itself to receiving the benefits from exercise and eating right. Similar to many other ingredients in our food today gluten does not occur naturally in the world but was created in a lab to increase the taste and texture of many foods as well as increase profitability. For those that don’t know, gluten is a protein that actually comes from grain and seems to show up in just as many of our food products as does high fructose corn syrup. Why gluten is named what it is is because it comes from the Latin word for glue. Gluten does have a gluing effect to the products that contain it allowing our breads to be softer and more moist.

However a healthy nutritious diet would more than likely not involve eating glue on a daily basis. For millions of people that have allergies to gluten and therefore forced to cut it from their diets, but even if you don’t fall into that category you can do your body will by eliminating gluten from your diet. The healthier options that typically are gluten-free are, millet, amaranth, quinoa, and oats.

When you take time to separate out these basic harmful foods from your diet your body is able to free up what has been keeping it down and therefore work more efficiently than before. By eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, you can give your body the high-quality fuel it needs to get you into the best shape of your life.

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