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These 8 “Healthy” Foods are Making You Fat!
JEFF: What's up, guys?
Jeff Cavaliere, ATHLEANX.com.
Today we're going to go over those foods that you think are healthy, that I will show you
today are actually making you fat.
We call them 'trap foods'.
Jesse, could you get through one video without your infatuation for Star Wars showing itself?
JESSE: Absolutely not.
JEFF: You're going to be seeing more of him in this video, but we're going to go through,
one by one, eight of these 'trap foods' here.
So hopefully, you're better educated as to why you need to avoid them once, and for all.
So let's talk about one that I actually picked on in a recent video, in a different form,
as an avocado.
Now here, in all this glory, is guacamole.
Look guys, there's nobody that realizes the benefits of healthy fats more than me, and
knows that guacamole is a great source of that.
However, whoever stopped at a TBSP of guacamole?
Because that has 40 calories in it.
But what we do is, of course, we go overboard, and the average American eats 10 to 12 TBS
of guacamole every time they eat it.
Not to mention the fact that they're usually scooping it all up with all these chips over
Before you start telling me "Jeff, you're off base because this food, these healthy
fats, they don’t spike insulin.
So they can't make you fat."
Tell that to the person that just consumed 10,000 calories today in fat.
It goes back to the law of thermodynamics, guys.
Science never changes, despite the fact of what your Palmetto Article just told you.
Guys, if you've ever had a sudden craving for a certain food – I'm talking about the
real version of it.
THE real chocolate chip cookie, or THE blueberry muffin, or even THE potato chips.
You can satisfy that craving without the guilt that comes from these chemically engineered,
over processed, carcinogenic, additive rich, light, reduced fat versions.
Which, by the way, usually have almost 80% of the calories of the original.
Better yet, why don’t you just skip it altogether and opt for a better food choice than either
At the same time you'll erase all those chemical question marks that usually come from having
these light versions.
Okay, this next one pains me to say it because this was one of my all-time favorite foods
But you're going to figure out why, fast.
That is: baked beans.
You're probably saying "I thought baked beans were healthy."
There are a lot of great beans.
You've got navy beans, pinto beans, lima beans, black beans, jelly beans – oh, wait.
JESSE: I love jelly beans!
JEFF: That's Jesse's favorite.
Stay away from the jelly beans, but the beans themselves are a great source of protein,
complex carbohydrates, fiber; they've got all the makings of something good.
However, we screw it up in the preparation.
Anyone that's ever had refried beans can tell you that right away, but baked beans is no
less of a problem because of all the sugar there is in a single serving here.
If you have a cup of baked beans you're looking at 26g of sugar.
Almost as much as in a can of soda.
So now you see why I love these things so much, and if you are too, you've got to do
something about it.
You've probably got to switch to one of those plain versions, prepared a lot more simply
if you want to watch your waistline in the process.
All right, what could be more wholesome than a cup of yogurt, with some nice, fresh fruit
at the bottom?
Unfortunately, a whole hell of a lot of things.
You see, this right here is my number one trap food because it just seems so darn healthy,
and a lot of us fall for it.
The problem is this: this fruit can be found bathing in the bottom of your cup of calories
in a special mixture of corn syrup, sugar, and, oh yeah; maybe just a little bit of actual
You could opt to eat just the top part if you want, but why bother in the first place?
Just buy some unsweetened yogurt and put in your own – holy cow – fresh fruit at the
I know it's a novel concept, but the fact is, it's a lot better way to protect your
waistline in the long run.
I don’t know what it is about the word 'granola', but it even sounds healthy.
It sounds like 'grains', for crying out loud.
But this is probably the biggest breakfast sin you're making because of all the high
sugars that are being thrown into this, just to hold all that together.
Now you might be arguing "I make it on my own, so I don’t have all that sugar".
It doesn't matter, guys.
This, by no means, is a low calorie choice and if you're trying to lose weight, you're
not going low calorie here.
If you've got coconut, you've got nuts, you've got the oils in there, you've got raisins;
all these things are not going – they're very calorie dense foods.
So what I'm going to tell you instead is to opt for oatmeal, and instead, take a little
bit of this granola and sprinkle it on the top, just for flavor.
It's going to give you a much smarter option here for breakfast, and it's going to help
you in the long run for keeping that weight down.
So you're going to dine in light tonight?
Do me a favor and stay away from these carb-loaded, pseudo protein belly bombs, better known as
You see, with just a sliver of actual fish in here – we're talking about only 15% of
the total calories coming in the form of protein – and more sticky rice than you can actually
deal with – you can build a small hut with one, for crying out loud.
The fact of the matter is, they’re so easily eaten, and a single roll can have up to 500
calories, just for a 6 piece roll.
Tell me how many guys limit themselves to just six pieces.
Throw in the added sodium IV drip that you're getting from that low-salt soy sauce and your
healthy meal just made a Big Mac look likes beans and sprouts.
Okay, if you're still attached to your fruit juice, maybe even drinking it from a sippy
cup – I'm not going to judge you.
But I am going to recommend that you cut back because what you're doing to your blood sugar
and insulin levels is pretty much putting them on the same ride as, let's say, the stock
market, with all the spikes and crashes.
The big problem here is that they're liquid calories.
They're far too easy to consume them.
You just take a sip, put it down, put it back, and put it down; it's too damn easy.
But what you want to do is actually try to start getting that from fruit itself.
The actual consumption of the fruit in solid form makes you, number one, more aware of
the food that you're eating; and number two, it actually brings along some of that healthy
fiber that you're missing out on by relying on the juice.
Before you even question how bad these actually are for you, just do me one favor.
Go and compare a bottle of grape juice, and a bottle of soda.
You'll probably be surprised that they're a lot more similar than you thought.
All right, this next one is near, and dear to me because I made this mistake, and hopefully
I'm going to help you avoid it now, too.
Deli meats; avoid them at all costs.
You see, when I first started training I wanted to get more protein in my diet.
So I ran to the local deli and started ordering my roast beef, my turkey, and my chicken.
The thing is, I didn't realize I was also getting, with these, a lot of additives, fillers,
chemicals, and sodium.
I probably should have clued in when I was looking at that perfectly round chicken breast.
I don’t think I've ever seen one of those in real life.
So you have to realize, guys, that when they make these things they compile them, and they
mix them all up, and they form them into these little balls full of all those things I just
told you about.
If you probably dropped one, the damned thing would probably bounce.
So what I'm going to recommend instead is to avoid this fake chicken – or 'ficken',
as I call it – and opt for the real deal.
Go get real chicken breast.
Go get real turkey breast.
If you don’t have the time to make it yourself – I already made a video on this great way
that you could actually go to the catering counter at your local grocery store, and order
all this in bulk.
Then you have it, you can freeze it, and you can use it as you go.
But do me a favor and avoid the deli meats.
Opt for the real deal instead.
Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa!
So there you have it, guys.
There are the eight trip foods that are no longer going to trip you up because you know
If you're looking for a plan that lays out all the things that you should be eating,
I've already done that for you guys.
As a coach I want to take the responsibility to not only show you the right workouts, but
how to eat because we know how the two go hand in hand.
They're all available over at ATHLEANX.com, in a step by step plan.
If you're looking to join Team ATHLEAN there's no better time than now, guys.
I'll see you over there.
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See you soon.