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6 Eating Too Much Processed Food

In addition to your total calories and macronutrient breakdown, you should also pay attention to food quality. “Try and stay away from processed foods if you want optimal results,” Hilgenberg says.

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“Practice shopping just the perimeters of the grocery store instead of going up and down the aisles,” she adds. “That’s where you’ll find the whole foods—think vegetables, meats, whole grains, and more—that your body will thank you for. Remember, filling your cart with healthier items means prepping yourself for quality gains!

Then, when you do have a cheat meal, make sure that it doesn’t replace that day’s healthy eats entirely. “If you eat food high in sugar or simple carbs, make sure to pair it with a food high in fiber,” Hilgenberg says. “You’ll do less damage that way.”

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