Why Eating Processed Foods Is Bad for You

Want to look and feel great, have tons of energy and maintain a healthy weight? Limit the number of processed foods you consume.

Many off-the-shelf processed foods are easy to prepare (if any preparation is needed at all), even easier to eat. Plus, they generally cost less. But the real price you pay is to your health. Processed foods are high in chemicals and preservatives and low in nutrients and fiber — the perfect recipe for negative effects on your body and mind.

Limiting processed foods help you lose weight

Processed foods and beverages contain excess calories that do absolutely nothing to fuel your body. And because many of those calories come from chemicals and preservatives, the body cannot identify their purpose, so it stores them as fat. One way to wean processed foods out of your diet is to think of them as a special treat. If you love candy bars, reduce the number you eat per week. Make processed food an exception in your diet, rather than the norm.

Limiting certain foods in your diet is a way of retraining your body and mind. Making gradual changes in your diet can give you a whole new attitude toward food, and help you learn how it fuels your body. In this case, a medically supervised nutritional plan that combines natural foods with meal replacements can be an excellent way to lose weight and keep it off.

Eat well to feed your face

Did you know? “Great skin” starts with what you eat. Foods packed with preservatives and chemicals can cause problems from oil buildup to dryness, wrinkles and yes, acne, no matter your age. So, go for vitamin- and mineral-rich foods and ingredients to help your skin feel smooth and look radiant. Feed your face with:

  • Strawberries
  • Olive oil
  • Green tea
  • Pumpkin
  • Pomegranates

Limit processed foods to boost your energy

Eating processed foods in excess can have you feeling tired, fatigued and even a little down. That’s because your body is using precious energy trying to figure out how to break down unnatural ingredients. If you need a nap 30-45 minutes after a meal, it’s time to change things up. Try switching from simple carbs to more protein, fiber and healthy fats to feel fuller longer, and to keep your blood sugar levels in balance.

Let us help you learn to use food as fuel

At The Hernried Center for Medical Weight Loss, our proven approaches that combine medicine and science have made us the leader in effective, permanent Sacramento weight loss. We know that losing weight goes beyond the physical. So, to help you overcome the emotional, social, behavioral and environmental hurdles of your journey, we give you every means of support, including advanced tools and resources, to help you succeed.

To learn more, call us today at 800-815-4881 or click here to request a complimentary phone consultation.