An interesting thing happened at the grocery store. I was picking up ingredients for one of my favorite and incredibly tasty dishes: black bean and brown rice with seasoned venison strips.

I had just finished training some of my clients at the gym and was still wearing my fitness coaching t-shirt. But one woman took notice of my self-advertised profession and asked me for advice. She was holding a few boxes of frozen, prepared meals. These highly processed “foods” loaded with sodium and other chemicals had “healthy” claims on the labels, but she wanted to know if they would help her lose weight?

It was obvious this woman had tried to lose weight before and wasn’t successful.  She claimed she “tried everything” but was still overweight.

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Now, I hear this over and over again: “I’ve tried everything but I can’t seem to  lose weight and get in shape.” Do you what the problem is?

They are trying

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all the wrong things.  Obviously, or they wouldn’t be seeking my help!  Unfortunately, many people are fooled into trying fad fat loss diets, weight loss pills and scams and anything “easy” to shed extra pounds.  Losing weight can be as simple as adopting  a TRUE healthy active lifestyle that will make you lean and healthy for life.

Back to the woman in the store…

We started chatting about her struggles with losing weight and getting in shape, and I began scanning her grocery cart. If memory serves me right, these were some of the items in her grocery cart that she thought were healthy:

Protein Bars

Ingredients include hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup and enough sugar alcohols to give you diarrhea for a week! These protein bars claimed to be Scientifically Slim Body Engineered or something like that. Healthy? Not at all!

Slim Fast Shakes

Again, these far-from-healthy “diet” products are complete with artificial ingredients such as high fructose corn syrup, more hydrogenated oils (canola being one of the worse) and more unnatural lab-created chemicals that are not real food.

Fat Free Rice Cakes

Rice cakes are a 1990s diet fad. They may have a nice crunch with few calories, but there’s little nutritional value in them. They really are nothing but pure refined starch with zero fiber, which basically breaks down immediately into sugar in your body, spiking insulin and promoting fat storage. Do rice cakes still sound healthy??

Reduced Sugar Dessert Cakes

The dangers of this processed food should be obvious. They are loaded with nasty artificial sweeteners, sugar alcohols, preservatives and a chemical ingredient list about 15 lines long.

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I have never understood the reasoning behind buying and eating canned fruit in syrup. Fruit isn’t junk food, but when manufacturers add viscous sugar solutions and can or package nature’s candy, then it becomes junk food loaded with syrup!  Why not just eat fresh whole fruit which still contains the skins, fiber and active enzymes?

The obvious is screaming!  It is the same situation repeated over and over again for overweight people throughout this country.

Don’t believe what the box tells you! Just because the processed food inside a manufactured box says it is healthy, it is not! Be cautious of anything that is labeled:

  • Fat free
  • Reduced sugar
  • High protein
  • Low cholesterol
  • Low carb

The front of the box may tell you one thing, but pay attention to the truth on the back of the box! Your health and weight loss is dependent on the ingredient list and nutrition information, not the advertising claims aimed at deceiving the general public.

Unfortunately, the woman I met at the grocery store was believing the lies. She had her grocery cart stocked full of unhealthy food for her and her family. All the food she thought was healthy, was actually highly processed, heavy laden with chemicals and industrially refined ingredients.

No wonder “nothing worked”  to get her in shape and lose the excess body fat!

The sad truth is she wasn’t doing any of the right things that would actually help her get fit. She’s been mislead by all of the confusing label marketing and conflicting nutrition info from the mass media.

If you want to know what it takes to eat a truly healthy diet that:

  • Maximizes your metabolism…
  • Brings your hormonal balance back to normal…
  • Reduces cravings…
  • Strips off body fat faster than you’d believe is possible…

It’s all found in my Truth about Six Pack Abs program.

Here’s what some of my readers from all over the globe are saying about their experiences with this fat loss program:

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Have fun and choose wisely on your next grocery store trip!

Mike Geary, Certified Nutrition Specialist and Certified Personal Trainer
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P.S. A child that has been taught good food choices is more likely to grow into adulthood with both a healthy body and attitude toward food. Parents do their best to teach children what foods are good for them and which to avoid, but sometimes it can seem an endless battle against the sweets, snacks and junk food ‘everyone else’ is eating. Share these strategies with your friends are teaching their children about healthy food choices at the grocery store!

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