The Apocalypse Lunch
More often that not, what we typically think of as a “healthy” meal generally is far from it thanks to a LOAD of misinformation from the media and the food industrial industry! (FII)
Fortunately, as a subscriber to my blog, I’m always looking to empower you with current, research-backed information to help you make the RIGHT choices about what you choose to ingest — choices that will ultimately help you achieve your ideal body much faster.
For today, we’re going to help debunk some more nutrition misconceptions by analyzing a meal that a good friend of mine (we’ll call him Bob) truly thought was a great choice for someone trying to managing their weight.
The meal: A grilled chicken sandwich with a baked potato
Now, while on the surface that may look “pretty healthy” compared to a Big Mac with fries, if your goal is to burn fat (which Bob’s is), it’s definitely what we would consider a fat-burning DISASTER..
Why? Well, let’s take a look at the individual components of this meal.
First, when I dug a little deeper, I discovered that Bob’s grilled chicken sandwich is being served on regular ol’ bun…white bread. Heavily processed wheat, and even wheat in general, is one of the worst things you can consume while trying to shed unwanted fat. Even the “brown” versions of bread (wheat, rye, etc) are generally heavily processed — sneaky manufacturers just add food coloring to give them the “whole wheat” appearance so they LOOK healthier when indeed they’re not.
The basic rule for fat loss is to avoid bread — with the occassional exception of sprouted grain bread, like Ezekial bread, which contains no processed flour…or a high-fiber, true 100% whole wheat bread. Even then, I’d limit those items to twice a week.
Then there is the baked potato. And while Bob does enjoy his baked potato on the conservative side (without all the sour cream, bacon, and cheddar), with just a bit of butter it still packs 300 calories and over 60 grams of high glycemic, insulin and blood sugar boosting carbs. Add that to the heavily processed bun and in just one meal Bob is eating nearly ONE HUNDRED grams of what are some of the WORST carbohydrates possible.
A much better lunch option would have been grilled chicken with a medium sweet potato and a heaping serving of green veggies. Now, that’s not much different than his original grilled chicken sandwich and baked potato lunch, but it stands head and shoulders above it from a fat loss perspective.
Just a little lunch takeaway next time your out and about trying to be smart about what you eat in relationship to your fitness goals.
Have a great day!