How Processed Foods Hinder Weight Loss



An hour after enjoying a delicious, filling dinner, you find yourself with your hand buried in a cookie jar. You retrieve a few of your favorite brand of chocolate chip cookies. Before heading to bed, you also eat a miniature bar of chocolate candy. If you can relate to this scenario, you’re not alone. Many people unsuccessfully fight the temptation to indulge in calorie laden, processed foods on a daily basis. Unfortunately, these waistline expanding foods pervading supermarket shelves are everywhere and often hinder weight loss efforts. 



Eating sugary snacks also releases a copious amount of the chemical dopamine in your brain. Dopamine plays a critical part in reward-motivated behavior. Consuming large amounts of sugary, processed foods over an extended amount of time will adversely affect your dopamine receptors. As this occurs, you’ll need to eat more of a favorite, junk food in order to feel the same rewarding feeling. Processed foods are also often packed with potentially harmful:

  • Sodium
  • Added Sugar
  • Saturated fat
  • Trans fat

Many popular junk food varieties are packed with high-fructose corn syrup. Chemically comparable to table sugar, also known as sucrose, high-fructose corn syrup is an extremely processed form of glucose transformed into fructose. Because it is a more affordable substitute for table sugar, manufacturers load high-fructose corn syrup into their processed products. Research suggests high-fructose corn syrup negatively affects leptin. Leptin is a hormone responsible for alerting your brain that you are full. 

In addition to inducing weight gain, these substances can also contribute to the development of high blood pressure and heart disease. To lose weight and keep it off for good, strive to eat mostly real, healthy foods. Limit your consumption of processed foods to beneficial options such as frozen vegetables, and frozen fruits. If you need help ridding your diet plan of weight loss sabotaging, processed foods, consider scheduling an appointment with a representative at a Metabolic Research Center near you.


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