4 processed foods to avoid like the plague if you want to lose weight and stay healthy.
1. Artificial Sweeteners-Studies have shown artificial sweeteners may interfere with the body’s natural ability to count calories based on a food’s sweetness and make people prone to overindulging in other sweet foods and beverages.
2. High-Fructose Corn Syrup- According to a recent study at Princeton University “high-fructose corn syrup showed characteristic signs of a dangerous condition known in humans as the metabolic syndrome, including abnormal weight gain, significant increases in circulating triglycerides and augmented fat deposition, especially visceral fat around the belly.” High-fructose corn syrup is a highly refined, artificial product, and when consumed goes directly to the liver triggering a release of enzymes, which tell your body to store this man-made substance as fat.
3. Partially Hydrogenated Oils-Most boxed and canned food items contain partially hydrogenated oil which contributes to weight gain. Not only can partially hydrogenated oils cause disease long term, but it interferes with your body’s ability to absorb and utilize the good fats.
4. Processed Soy Products- Soy contains a substance called goitrogens which can depress thyroid function. Under-active thyroid is a big contributor to weight gain because is slows down your metabolism. Your metabolism regulates your body’s ability to break down food and use it as energy or store it as fat. Processed soy is stored as fat in your body.
It’s critical to avoid processed foods, especially if you’re trying to lose weight. You must make the point to read the labels on the boxed or canned foods you purchase.
Eat Healthy and Well,