Why Empty Calories Should Be Avoided

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Sitting on the comfy couch in your great room, you determinedly create a menu for next week. For the past few months, you’ve attempted to eat healthier in order to lose weight. Despite your valiant efforts, you’ve only lost a couple of pounds. If you can relate to this scenario, you may be almost ready to throw in the towel. Because your future health and happiness might be at stake, don’t ever give up. Rather, concentrate on ridding your diet plan of empty calories. Foods consisting of empty calories are typically void of health benefiting: 

  • Vitamins
  • Minerals
  • Fiber
  • Phytochemicals

Avoid Empty Calories 

While lacking health-sustaining nutrients, foods containing empty calories are often packed with sugar and other types of sweeteners. Some of the most popular sweet culprits include:

  • Sodas
  • Fruit juices
  • Cakes
  • Cookies
  • Pies
  • Pastries
  • Candy
  • Ice cream
  • Frozen yogurt

Excessive sugar in your diet can lead to health damaging consequences such as weight gain, elevated blood sugar levels, increased triglyceride levels, raised LDL, bad, cholesterol levels, diminished HDL, good, cholesterol levels, and liver damage. Besides containing copious amount of sugar, foods consisting of empty calories are often loaded with heart damaging fats.

Fats Are Not Created Equal

All fats aren’t created equal. Omega-3 fatty acids, polyunsaturated fats, and monounsaturated fats are believed to be beneficial to heart health. Unfortunately, foods consisting of empty calories typically contain high amounts of saturated and trans fats. Diets high in saturated fats can increase your risk for type 2 diabetes. This unhealthy fat can also elevate your LDL cholesterol. Consuming trans fats can contribute to both elevated LDL cholesterol and lowered HDL cholesterol levels. Foods often filled with saturated or trans fats include: 

  • French fries
  • Onion rings
  • Breaded, chicken strips
  • Sausage
  • Bacon
  • Mayonnaise
  • Crackers 

Empty calories are unfriendly to both your waistline and your health. To learn how to swap foods containing empty calories with real, healthy ones, consider setting up a free consultation with a representative at a local, Metabolic Research Center.


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