Research shows that losing weight is harder now than it’s ever been. Even with calorie-counting and exercise, it’s often difficult to shed extra pounds. It isn’t necessarily that we’re eating more or exercising less. What’s causing our waistlines to widen and our scale readings to skyrocket? One primary contributing culprit is processed food.
- Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are foods that have been genetically altered for better growth in lower-quality soils and with fewer pesticides. About three-quarters of the foods in US grocery stores, not just produce, contain GMOs, which cause digestive and endocrine (hormone-producing) system problems, leading to weight gain.
- Artificial sweeteners, usually marketed as a diet food, cause food cravings that make us addicted to the highly-processed snacks that contain the fake sugars, so we eat even more.
- Their names sound healthy, but canola and vegetable oils and the corn and soy we’re consuming are highly processed and contain GMOs. Since they’re inexpensive, they are the go-to additive for processed food producers looking for filler ingredients. Soybean oil, a common vitamin filler, contains omega-6 fatty acids, which cause inflammation.
- Meats from animals that have been fed (here we go again) GMO foods and injected with antibiotics and hormones cause health problems when we consume them.
When it comes to the battle of the bulge, you can still tip the scales in your favor. Get processed food out of your diet while taking a good health supplement such as Healthe Trim. Purchase organic (naturally-grown, non-GMO) produce. Beef from grass-fed cows is less likely to contain hormones and chemicals. Read labels. Look for products rich in healthy omega-3 fatty acids. You’ll find healthier options at farmers’ markets and by shopping along the perimeter of the grocery store.