10 Banned Foods Americans Should Stop Eating

10 Banned Foods to Avoid

Are you eating food that's already banned in other countries but is still allowed to poison and kill Americans? Learn these pernicious ingredients and common foods through this infographic. Use the embed code to share it on your website.

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Skipping Meals

empty-platePeople skip meals for all sorts of reasons. For instance, they mistakenly believe that missing a meal will help weight loss, or they make eating a lower priority than other tasks. Or they’re so busy that they simply forget to eat. Our lifestyles nowadays are more hectic than ever. Many of us work more than one job, juggle work and/or volunteer activities and family obligations, or run a side business that takes up a great deal of time. Few people actually eat a real breakfast or take a full lunch break at work, and many people plan their food intake around their activities rather than the other way around.

What You Should be Eating

Everyone seems to get confused about what they should and shouldn't be eating. Don't complicate things, each meal should consist of protein, complex carbs and fats. Mix and match the above list and you will be well on your way to a stronger, healthier you. Don't think about it too much.

PROTEIN

  • Lean white fish
  • Chicken breast
  • Flank steak
  • Ground Sirloin
  • Salmon
  • Greek yogurt
  • Ground turkey
  • Egg whites
  • Protein Powder
  • Turkey bacon
  • Lentils
  • Buffalo
  • Lean Ground Beef

Metabolism Killers and Builders

Metabolism is the rate at which your body burns energy. The more energy you can burn, the leaner you will generally be. Resting metabolism refers to the rate that your body burns energy while you do nothing. There are a few ways that you can enhance this rate of burn and some might be less obvious than others.

1. Exercise - releases a variety of hormones that benefit your body in more ways that you can imagine. By strength training just a couple of times a week, you’ll reverse 50% of the seemingly inevitable metabolism slow-down that comes with age. Adding a few sessions of cardio to ramp up your heart rate will guarantee an elevated metabolism during your day too. Add a few cardio sessions first in the morning to really get your metabolic furnace going. Intervals have been shown to elevate your metabolism higher and for longer than steady state cardio. Heavy weight training also jacks your metabolism up for longer than training with lighter weights.

2. Build Muscle - A pound of muscle weighs the same as a pound of fat however, what each does to your body is completely different. By exercising and building a leaner and stronger physique you can change your body composition into more muscle and less bodyfat. Muscle is more metabolic – a pound burns 5-6 calories per day at rest – and demands more calories to be burned up in your body than fat. The more muscle you carry the more calories your burn daily. Make sure that progressive, specific weight training is a part of your overall fitness plan.