Health and Weight Loss Effects of the Standard American Diet – Studio Fitness of Morro Bay

Health and Weight Loss Effects of the Standard American Diet

You may not consider your diet extreme but that doesn’t mean there isn’t an extreme affect on your body and  health. If you eat the typical American diet, more often referred to as the S.A.D (Standard American Diet), it may be hard to understand why your eating habits are causing your health issues and discomfort. After all, isn’t this what everyone else is eating too?

Sure, it is, but it’s making everyone else sick too.

Your body draws energy from the things that you feed it, and what you eat can have a large impact on your health, changing it in profound ways. If you feed it with optimal foods and vitamins, it will function at its best; however, if you choose to feed yourself poorly, your body will have no option but to perform poorly as well. When your body is functioning poorly, it makes you feel unhealthy and you often get sick.

It is no longer just Americans being affected by this diet.

As Western Influences begin to spread across other parts of the world, our diet is carried with them. As they do, a once robust and healthy population will begin to experience the same illness and sick feelings that Americans are known to possess. In fact, the more other cultures adopt a Standard American Diet over a traditional diet, the sicklier they become.

Dr. John McDougall, the author of “The McDougall Plan”, has first-hand experiences from when he began his medicine practice in Hawaii. He initially noticed that the first and second generation Asian Americans were slimmer and healthier than those he saw afflicted with Western Diseases. Once these people began adapting to American eating habits however, they quickly began to suffer from chronic ailments that are now quite commonplace like heart disease, obesity and diabetes.

What is the S.A.D. Diet?

The Standard American Diet is characterized by the following factors:

  • High in unhealthy fats

  • High in saturated and hydrogenated fats

  • Low in Fiber

  • High in animal fats

  • High in processed foods

  • High in refined flours

  • High in refined sugars

  • Low in complex carbs and whole grains

  • Low in plant-based foods

These items show up in a diet as cereals, processed meats, pastas, packaged and processed foods, dessert foods like cakes and cookies, fried foods, fast foods and dairy foods. The reason this diet is even called “standard” at all, is that it’s what everyone eats, not because it’s the standard, or healthy. If you don’t eat this way, people probably think you’re crazy and often call you a “health nut.”

What are the consequences of eating the typical American Diet?

You might be interested to learn that the effects of eating the S.A.D. are often the same conditions that we frequently associate with ‘normal’ aging. Due to a poor diet, patients often present with symptoms of heart disease, cancers, obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, brain-fog, headaches, low energy, gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, Alzheimer’s disease and even Dementia.

If you are like most, you may not have even considered that many of these issues may have a cause aside from aging. Similarly, you may not know that in most cases, these problems can be prevented.

The Answer? If you can, detox your body, feed it what it needs and continue to exercise regularly, you can achieve optimal health for your body.

What is Detoxing?

After so many years of putting toxic foods into your body, it’s important to know that you have the ability to clean your system of these impurities, decreasing the inflammation and stress that ensue as a result. Of course, toxins don’t come only from the food that we eat; we also breathe them in and rub them onto our skin when we use personal products with harsh chemicals.

The good news is that through a proper detoxification, you can lighten your toxicity within your body and remove yourself from the attack that you’re constantly under. This can be done naturally without the use of harsh medicines, which can further stress your body.

The Studio Fitness 21 Day Detox Challenge is a really great way to start cleansing your body and remove toxins from within. By removing the impurities in your body and replacing them with life-sustaining nutrients, you can begin to alleviate and avoid chronic diseases that many in our country (and around the world) currently suffer from.


Jill Finch MA, NESTA Nutrition Coach
(805) 776 3676
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