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How "Fat-Free" Foods Are Making You Fat

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Fat-free foods are making you fatI see you in the grocery store, carefully eyeing everything you pick up on the shelf. One phrase seems to be the determining factor of what goes in your cart and what goes back on the shelf: fat-free. What you don't know is that your careful dietary selections are only going to make you fatter. This is why and I'm praying that you will pay close attention...

Manufacturers are sneaky; they know weight loss is a huge market and that people are starting to pay more attention to their diets. How do they get their hands on a piece of the $61-billion-dollar Weight Loss Industry pie? They slap a label on their overly-processed foods that say "fat-free", then they sit back and watch the money start rolling in.

What these manufacturers don't tell you is that, while they skinnied-up the fat, they fattened-up the sugar to compensate for taste.  I'm not a conspiracy theorist, but my belief is that there is no such thing as fat-free processed food.  Guess what sugar turns into when it's done being processed by the body? FAT. See—while the body does need some sugar to function properly, all excess sugar beyond bodily needs is automatically stored as fat.

Not only that, but the fat is usually stored where most people are dying to get it off the most: the belly, hips, and thighs!

Not only do processed foods have an insanely-high amount of sugar, they also use way too much sodium to help preserve the food to allow for a longer shelf-life. Too much sodium in your body causes water retention to the tune of an added 2 to 5 extra pounds on the bathroom scale. Guess where your body is going to carry most of that water? If you guessed "my gut", you're right!

Instead of focusing on what manufacturers are putting on labels, focus on buying more fresh produce and other foods that are whole, living, and life-supporting. Load your cart up with raw vegetables and fruits from the produce section, lean meats, raw nuts and seeds, whole-fat milk (or at least 2%) and dairy, healthy fats, and whole grains.

If you're finding it difficult to part ways with processed foods and sweets, check out the Bikini Mindset Boot Camp. For 60 days, you will be taken through a step-by-step process of disconnecting yourself from your love of food and enjoy a life free of food cravings so you can enjoy permanent weight loss and maintain that weight loss without a struggle.

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Michelle Estrada is a leading expert in teaching others how to overcome Food Cravings and Emotional Eating.

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