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These 4 “Health” Foods Are Secretly Destroying Your 6 Pack

These 4 “Health” Foods Are Secretly Destroying Your 6 Pack

I have seen this over and over during my 13 years in the fitness industry. People are training their butts off and are on a strict diet yet they just don’t get the results or the 6 pack they were hoping for. They are following all the right advice and are 100% focused but they seem to have hit a plateau that they just can’t get over. UNTIL you start looking at their diet in a little more detail and soon realize that they have been sabotaging their own results by eating or drinking at least one of the foods below, sometimes all four.

Now before I get started let me just make one thing very clear. When I say these foods are not good for you, I am talking to those people whose goal is to lose weight and getting ripped. If your goal is to add some muscle or even to improve your performance as an athlete then some of the foods below can in fact be very good for you in helping you achieve your goals.

BUT if you want 6 pack abs, get rid of these 4 foods from your diet right now!

Energy Drinks

I know I should not laugh about this but the reason I do whenever I see someone make this mistake is because I did it myself! I remember starting my big weight loss quest many years ago and there I was sitting on the spinning bike cycling like crazy and thinking, MAN I am gonna be ripped soon. 3 Months later I had not lost much weight and was wondering what the heck I was doing wrong. At this stage I also got into the habit of reading all the labels of the foods I was eating and one day as I was sitting there in the spinning class and I looked down at my energy drink’s label I realized why I had not been getting any results! I was pretty much drinking as many calories during my spinning classes as I was burning.

See, those energy drinks are made to help people continue to perform their sport at the highest level. That means they need instant energy during their training or actual competition and so an energy drink is pretty much water filled with sugar and calories! Two things you want to stay FAR FAR away from if you goal is weight loss, especially during workouts. So from now on, cut the energy drinks and start drinking good old plain water. If your diet is good then you will have all the energy you need to perform your workouts at a level high enough to help you burn a serious amount of calories and so lose fat quickly.

Health Bars

This is another one of those foods that I see so many people eat while on a diet because it is GOOD for you right, well not always. In fact I have seen on more than one occasion where so called health or protein bars were no better than ordinary chocolate bars. The main problem is that as the world becomes more health conscious the big companies also realized that there is money to be made in the HEALH related food niche. But as their main concern is not really your health but rather to line their own pockets they will just take one of their normal unhealthy products, sprinkle some nuts on it and all of a sudden call it a health bar. This has led the market to be saturated with a lot of rubbish snacks out there labeled as HEALTH BARS.

But on top of that most health bars and even protein bars contains a lot of trans fats,  simple carbs and sugars and many other things to make it taste half good. Make sure you also don’t get fooled by words like “CONTAINS fruit” because a lot of the fruit that is contained in these so-called health bars are dried fruit that has long since been stripped of all their goodness and is now no more than just pure sugar.

So try and stay away from health or protein bars and don’t use them as snacks or even worse, meal replacements as many of them are calorie bombs and not good or healthy for you at all, especially not if you want to get 6 pack abs anytime soon!

Read more about protein bars and how to find good ones in this article: http://www.sixpackfactory.com/protein-bars-are-they-actually-healthy/ 

Cereals/Muesli

Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day, but eat the wrong stuff and it is also the meal that can actually be responsible for you not getting any results. Now I won’t talk much about the normal old cereals as by now I assume many of you know they are rubbish. We all grew up with them but they are about as nutritious as something out of Cake Boss. I mean ask yourself this. How processed is that little corn flake that it has so little nutritional value left that they have to ADD vitamins and minerals back into it just so that they have something to advertise on the covers of the box! But like I said,  you know they are not the best thing to eat by now. What you might not know is that the so called healthy alternative IS NOT MUCH BETTER! For those that don’t know, I am talking about muesli in here.

Now there are some good ones out there but most varieties are full of the same dried fruits ( So sugar ) I just spoke about above and lots of fats, even seriously bad fats like trans fats in some. So remember that muesli does not equal HEALTHY breakfast automatically and if you are not careful, that bowl of goodness can actually be reason you still don’t have a 6 pack.

Dried fruits

OMG, the way they are allowed to advertise this stuff as healthy is just flat out illegal. Not just to adults but specifically to children. I suppose it is better than them snacking on another Bic Mac but not by much. Most of these dried fruits, whether they come in blocks, rolls or anything else, are just plain sugar. Not just the fruit’s own sugar but also added sugar. And then the portion sizes can be huge and you can easily over eat due to the fact that a lot of the fiber was lost in the process of creating these fruit snacks. I looked at one such a snack yesterday and it had the same calories as 10 apples! Now I know for a fact you won’t eat 10 apples in a row and I also know for a fact that you will get more nutritional value out of eating just one apple than this whole fruit snack I saw yesterday. So keep clear of these so called healthy fruit snacks, they are just candy disguised as fruits!

Ok so there you go! Try and avoid these foods and I promise you, you will start getting much better results. And like I said, I am not knocking all these foods; some can be very good for you if your goal is NOT weight loss. But as you can see many of the foods above are based on pure simple carbs, more commonly known as sugar and if you still don’t know, SUGAR is the no: 1 reason most people are overweight and in fact ill. Sugar causes serious damage to your body in more ways than just what you see on the scale. So try and stick to eating things that are fresh, unprocessed and natural. Rather than eating fruit snacks, just eat fruit. Rather than drinking an energy drink, just drink water. Not only will you start getting much better results, but you will also be much healthier!

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Comments

  1. Mario
    April 2, 2012
    10:24 pm

    Wow Peter thanks for the advice, but if cereal is not a good breakfast, what is it??? I’m a college student and I really need a good breakfast to start my everyday! Please let me know!

  2. Siim
    April 3, 2012
    4:37 am

    Nice article (Y)

    and i thinked that muesli was okei but not. So no more muesli.

  3. Andy T
    April 3, 2012
    8:02 am

    So raisins are out of the question? I have been adding some raisins to my morning oatmeal for a while now to add flavor. Is this not recommended? How about dried cranberries. I sometimes add those to my oatmeal. I thought they might be good as an antioxidant since berries are mentioned to be so. I use Sun Maid raisins. On the ingredients it says only “Natural Raisins” so nothing added. And the Cranberries are a brand that doesn’t add anything either. No added sugars or preservatives of any kind. Are these OK?

    I also eat Museli as a daytime snack sometimes, but only the original kind. Not the fruit kind. I made sure to read the label and get the healthiest (although worst tasting) one I could find.

  4. Gogu0
    April 3, 2012
    4:21 pm

    are oats healthy? because they are cereals too

  5. Aleksandar
    April 3, 2012
    4:50 pm

    Ok, that’s the end of dried fruits for me :)

    But about the cereal/muesli. I think Peter means that all the stuff that is super fancy and pre-packed with many supplements to it is the bad one to eat. I make that awesome breakfast with an oat pancake. I think oat is fine, I mean Peter eats it, right?

    Good luck to everyone cutting the right stuff off of their diet!
    Aleks

  6. Sebastian
    April 3, 2012
    8:33 pm

    Hello Peter,

    I was wondering how could i make a substantial and healthy breakfast then withouth the cereals. What do you recomend?

  7. akeb
    April 3, 2012
    11:00 pm

    i am really surprised about muesli,,i dont eat it all the time,,,just one offs,,,once every 1 or 2 months,,,theres me thinking i will eat something healthy which is good for getting ripped..oh well,,,no more muesli anymore :)

    peter can i ask your opinion on eating the cereal called ‘bran flakes’ for breakfast..is it a good breakfast for someone who is trying to get ripped and get six pack..?? i dont really need to loose loads of weight,,,just a few pounds..so would eating this type of cereal stop me from getting results??

  8. peter
    April 4, 2012
    5:10 pm

    Search my site for The Ultimate Breakfast and you will see what I eat most morning.

  9. peter
    April 4, 2012
    5:11 pm

    Aleks is correct.

  10. Jean-Marc
    April 6, 2012
    6:41 pm

    So what do you think about a banana and milk for breakfast?

  11. John Peter
    April 8, 2012
    8:55 pm

    That’s it! No more health bars and cereals for me!
    They won’t help me get those abs.
    By the way peter would you mind putting some new workouts for the obliques?
    Thanks peter!

  12. halffry
    April 14, 2012
    7:16 am

    hi peter using your workouts i am losing my waist, but not much weight. gone from 41.5 inches to 36.5 inches in three months, but lost only 2 kg. any insight you may have?

    I don’t eat or drink any of top 3. got a question about dried fruits though, almonds roasted almonds with salt, pistachio, peanuts, sunflower seeds, dried figs, are they healthy during weight loss program.

    any way keep up the good work

  13. Dick L
    May 8, 2012
    3:35 pm

    The aboved information was very informative!

  14. Eleanor
    May 18, 2012
    7:40 pm

    I think the best principal to go with is eat your food in its natural state or as close to it as possible. I have overhauled my diet since January and I’m seeing results. I feel a lot better as I do not have as many “toxins” in my body. The only real bad thing I still do is drink tea and coffee. I know I need to cut it out. I do cut it out every other week for a couple of weeks… not too bad!

  15. Noar
    June 22, 2012
    10:00 pm

    Peter about muesli i eat every day 1 cup of fruit muesli about 54g of it and shake with 100ml lowfat milk how i read i eat 1.8g fat,saturated fat 0.4,protein 4g does with this i will not get my 6-pack ??

  16. fares
    December 4, 2012
    5:43 pm

    So even the healthy protein bars, with low sugar and zero trans fat, are bad ? I used to buy Pure protein snack bars, and Promax’s bars, should i stop ?

  17. jesse
    December 20, 2012
    4:23 am

    what kind out energy drinks you refer to? and ialso have a question does muscle milk also destroy 6 pack

  18. Marica
    January 20, 2013
    9:19 pm

    But what about fruit that you dry on your own? Sometimes I like to do apple chips in the oven. I simply just cut thin chips and put them in the oven to dry for about an hour at 100 degrees celsius, without adding anything else.

  19. admin
    January 21, 2013
    10:17 pm

    Well most fruits are high in sugar. When you dry them you pretty much destroy any of the health benefits and are only left with the sugar.

  20. Melissa
    January 23, 2013
    7:49 pm

    Interesting! For the first time none of those items are even on my menu! I’m doing something right lol!

  21. admin
    January 23, 2013
    9:13 pm

    Most kinds, Energate, Gatorade etc, The High Sugar Kind.

  22. admin
    January 23, 2013
    9:14 pm

    Some are NOT TO BAD but you must pay close attention to that info on the back.

  23. admin
    January 23, 2013
    9:15 pm

    It depends what kind it is. YOu will know if it is helping you or not, do you have abs, are you getting results eating it?

  24. admin
    January 23, 2013
    9:15 pm

    I would not call it a breakfast. Get some fats, protein and carbs in for a good breakfast.

  25. admin
    January 23, 2013
    9:16 pm

    It is highly processed, Oats is better.

  26. admin
    January 23, 2013
    9:17 pm

    Not all Cereals are bad. But I like Oats, with some protein powder and some nuts.

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