The Cruise Control Diet offers individuals who want to lose weight with a flexible diet program that makes getting in shape simpler. It’s designed to avoid all the limitations and strict rules often found in diet programs today. The program is created by James Ward, and while it only has a few rules, there are certain foods to avoid on the Cruise Control Diet. Here’s a closer look at the 5 foods you shouldn’t eat.
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1 – Low-Fat Yogurt
You probably think that low-fat yogurt is a great addition to your diet. After all, it’s low in fat. However, low-fat yogurt is one of the foods to avoid on the program. Why should you stop eating low-fat yogurt when it sounds so healthy? Unfortunately, this yogurt is often packed with artificial stabilizers, added flavors, artificial colors, and a lot of sugar to make it more pleasing to the eye and your taste buds. All the additives can add belly fat instead of helping you to lose weight. Don’t forget, your body actually needs some fat so it can absorb the vitamin D from the yogurt, and the addition of some fat keeps you feeling satisfied as well. It’s better to go with full-fat yogurt that is low in sugar and additives for better weight loss results.
2 – Artificial Sweeteners
Maybe you’ve been using Splenda or other artificial sweeteners to add sweetness without the calories. After all, it’s got to be better than sugar, right? Actually artificial sweeteners are on the list of 5 foods you shouldn’t eat. One of the big problems with artificial sweeteners is that they actually make you crave more sweets. While you shouldn’t deprive yourself of your favorite treats when you’re trying to lose weight, you shouldn’t be eating sweets all the time. The more artificial sweeteners you use, the more you’ll crave those unhealthy sweets. Some studies even show that artificial sweeteners may be harmful to your overall health as well.
3 – Whole Grain or Whole Wheat Bread
Many people stop eating white bread because they have heard about how unhealthy it is. However, if you’re continuing to eat whole grain or whole wheat bread, you’re probably sabotaging your efforts to lose weight. This is another of the important foods to avoid on the program. While true whole grains, such as barley, wheat berries, millet, quinoa, and wild rice can be great for you, whole wheat breads and breads labeled “whole grain” are generally made with flour. In most cases, the whole grain or whole wheat bread has the same glycemic index of most white breads, which means they are still high glycemic index foods. Foods that have a high glycemic index are quickly turned into fat by the body, so they should be avoided.
4 – Dried Fruits
Fruits are amazing. They’re packed with many important nutrients and many include a lot of fiber. When you’re dieting, dried fruit probably seems like a freebie food. After all, it sounds nutritious. However, dried fruit has been depleted of all its water, which means that it’s more calorie dense than fresh fruits. It also takes a lot more dried fruit to make you feel full. Some companies even add chemicals or additional sugar to friend fruit. When you’re tried to lose weight, you should severely limit or completely avoid dried fruits for the best results.
5 – Orange Juice and Other Fruit Juices
Orange juice and other fruit juices also sound healthy, but they are on the list of 5 foods you shouldn’t eat on the Cruise Control Diet. Eating an orange is a great way to get important vitamins and minerals, and oranges are relatively low in calories. However, drinking a glass of orange juice is just like injecting yourself with several oranges. There’s a lot of sugar in fruit juices, you don’t get the fiber from the fruits, and the juicing process often destroys some of the beneficial antioxidants and compounds found in fruits.
Don't let those foods deter you, as there are plenty of delicious and healthy foods/recipes recommended for people on Cruise Control.