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Weight Loss Health Hack: Cut Out Processed Foods

Processed foods are common in many people's diet plan. You are what you eat, yes? Well, you may need to rethink what foods you’re eating. Here’s a health hack—cut out excess process foods! They are fast and readily available.

With chemicals and preservatives to keep them on the shelf longer, processed foods claim to be “healthy.”  These 'health' foods may only contain a trace of wholesome ingredients.

Exercise caution if you consume processed foods in excess.

Diets: Happy Gut, Clear Skin, High Energy

On a diet called Whole30, you eat a lot of fresh, good-quality eats. and eliminate grains, dairy, soy, legumes, sugar, artificial sweeteners, and alcohol from your diet.

These processed foods—especially in excess—have been linked to systemic inflammation, hormonal imbalance, and gut issues. Nourish your body and eliminate these foods that can be stressors on the your system.

Many diet tips and wellness plans claim to make you feel better, the Whole30 diet plan gives your body time to heal itself by eating foods you need.

By cutting out processed foods, this kind of diet plan advocates hormonal harmony, less inflammation, and a healthy metabolism.

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GMO = Processed Food

What is “GMO” food? Genetically modified food is processed food. These foods do not initiate from the earth or natural methods. That’s processed! How safe can that be if GMO’s are eaten in excess?

“Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are living organisms whose genetic material has been artificially manipulated in a laboratory through genetic engineering. This creates combinations of plant, animal, bacteria, and virus genes that do not occur in nature or through traditional cross-breeding methods.” Non GMO Project

Limit Processed Foods

Eliminating processed foods from your diet early on can instill great eating habits for your future eating habits. There’s a significant impact in  reducing the amount of trans fat, processed foods, and fructose corn syrup (HFCS) in a child’s diet. Cut out processed foods and prevent overindulgence and poor eating habits.

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Processed Foods Marketed As ‘Healthy’

  1. Grains (Bread, Baked Goods)
  2. Cheese (Yes, even “diet” cheese”)
  3. Dairy
  4. Soy
  5. Legumes
  6. Sugar
  7. Artificial sweeteners

Processed foods are bad for you. However, don’t deprive yourself of all foods. Extreme cravings can lead to overeating and weight loss.

Losing weight is a commitment and a careful diet plan is an integral part of making safe weight loss strides. Working with certified fitness professionals and keeping track of your progress is vital to your results and your overall health.

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Processed Sugar

High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is similar to table sugar. High amounts are dangerous for your health. Table sugar and HFCS fructose elevate triglycerides and leads to insulin resistance. While there’s natural sugar found in foods, reducing extra sugar from your diet is a good idea.

“Heavily processed convenience foods with a lot of refined sugars may have a negative impact on your blood sugar level and cholesterol ratio, your mood and your ability to manage your portions. You can get caught in a dangerous cycle of eating excessive portions of unhealthy foods with little or no nutritional value. The solution is to stick to fresh whole grains, vegetables and fruits for up to 60 percent of your diet. ” IDEA Health & Fitness Association

Many clean eaters believe that trans fats are metabolic poison. They view a safe level for human consumption is zero. Your discipline, tastes, and lifestyle will dictate how much clean eating you are willing to incorporate into your diet.

How do you get your family to eat healthy and cut out the processed foods? Minimize process food intake! Zero grams of trans fat from your family’s diet may not be realistic.

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Should You Cut Out ALL Processed Foods?

That’s up for debate. Too much of a good thing is possible too. Raw and organic foods are healthy. Don't eat them in bulk quantities.

Choose Healthy Foods First

A small amount of “junk food” won’t tip your scale right if you limit your portions. Don’t make eating processed food a habit. Consuming ‘junk’ can become a bad habit, if eaten frequently and in excess.

“Eating clean should involve eliminating processed and fast foods, buying organic produce, eating more often, and scrutinizing food labels. The “clean” label typically includes eating foods with as few ingredients as possible, avoiding cooking methods like frying, and choosing locally grown and raised food.” Clean Eating Magazine

Seek professional weight loss assistance if you need assistance to help keep good habits. There are many unique weight loss programs to choose from. Selecting a proven transformation program may benefit your overall wellness.

Getting a complete body composition analysis is a good start to knowing which foods to limit in your diet.  Everyone’s digestive and metabolic system is different. Your body could have a food sensitivity that you may not even be aware of.

It’s wise to get a health baseline prior to any weight loss regime.

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Eat The “Good.” Cut Out The “Bad.”

There’s no clear cut definition of what food is considered “bad” or “good.” Researchers conclude that food consumption in moderation is key. Safe weight loss determines how your body will respond after the pounds melt away.

Our bodies will fail us if we eat like crap. If we fuel our system with good, nutritious foods, our bodies will function like a fine tuned machine.

Think of a high end vehicle. We want to treat it to the best fuel and the finest care. What if we stuff greasy food into its tank? Our engine will run down. Over time, our top notch vehicle will give out on us.

“We can dump the same useless, empty food into our bodies and we may or may not get upset stomachs. However, if we keep abusing our bodies, chances are they will stall on us.” Fit Mind Fit Body by Don Staley

You "car" won't fall apart right away. It will slowly rot away inside. The transmission might be the first to go, or the exhaust system may falter. If your body isn't fueled well, it'll putter and stall out.

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Your Body Deserves Good Things

Healthy eating will keep your body functioning well. Healthy-living strategies—cutting out processed foods—will make a difference in how you feel. Regular exercise and other specialized holistic weight loss and detox wellness programs that start from the inside of your body can catapult weight loss. A new outlook on wellness may provide an additional dimension to your diet plan and ultimate weight loss results.

What will YOU cut out? If you’re ready for a health hack to eliminate processed foods, contact SaunaBar at (310) 652-5522 for your wellness appointment.

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