Archive for the ‘Processed Foods’ Category

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Protein for Breakfast Helps Weight Loss Efforts

January 17, 2011

(Article first published as Can You Boost Weight Loss Efforts by Skipping Breakfast? on Technorati.)

Not All Foods at Breakfast Encourage Weight Loss

Not All Foods at Breakfast Encourage Weight Loss

The New Year has come and gone and many well-intentioned weight loss resolutions are now a fading memory. One of the big problems many people encounter is whether to eat breakfast, the size of the meal and most importantly, what to eat. A host of research studies have demonstrated the importance of eating a healthy breakfast to rev up your metabolic engine for the day.

In fact, this all important meal can be a key to driving weight loss for many people as it can trigger the body to begin burning fat stores for energy. The key to making breakfast work for you is to know the foods that help to burn fat, and the ones that instruct the body to pack on the pounds and make you more likely to overeat.

Eating the Wrong Breakfast Encourages Weight Gain

Avoid Cereals and Processed Carbs For Breakfast

Avoid Cereals and Processed Carbs For Breakfast

A study published in the Nutrition Journal suggests that people who eat breakfast do not compensate by eating less at lunch or dinner. The study followed 300 people who were asked to keep a food journal charting the size of the meal, or whether they skipped breakfast altogether. The study authors noted, “The results of the study showed that people ate the same at lunch and dinner, regardless of what they had for breakfast.”

Participants that indicated they ate a large breakfast consumed on average 400 calories more over the course of the day. The only difference found was that those eating a large breakfast were more likely to avoid a mid-morning snack, but was not enough to offset the large number of breakfast calories consumed. Researchers concluded that eating a large breakfast was not conducive to weight loss efforts because it did not lower total calories eaten for the day.

High Protein Breakfast Drives Weight Loss Results

Eggs, Nuts, Seeds and Berries Are an Excellent Breakfast Choice

Eggs, Nuts, Seeds and Berries Are an Excellent Breakfast Choice

The most significant point in this study is the glaring omission of the type of foods eaten. Typical breakfast fare includes cereals, pancakes, sugary treats and fruit, all known to spike blood sugar levels and promote fat storage. These types of food make you hungry after a couple of hours as blood glucose sharply plummets, and you go searching for another hi-carb jolt.

The most important thing you can do to start losing weight today is to eat a light to moderate breakfast each day, and be sure to include a healthy protein source. Avoid processed cereals (even multi-grain choices) and minimize calories from refined carbohydrates. Choose eggs, almonds, walnuts or seeds to compliment a small serving of berries as a perfect way to start off your day. Stay away from breakfast meats such as bacon and sausage as they contain artificial preservatives that cause cancer and inhibit weight loss.

Breakfast can be an important tool in your weight loss arsenal when the proper foods are eaten. A meal filled with refined carbohydrates will quickly metabolize to glucose and encourage calories to be stored as body fat. Protein eaten early in the day has the opposite effect, as it encourages increased metabolic levels and slowly converts to energy to fuel your busy schedule. Ensure the success of your weight loss resolution by including a healthy protein source with breakfast.

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Ultra-Processed Foods Cause Weight Gain, Promote Disease

November 29, 2010

(Article first published as Processed Food Diet Shown to Hinder Weight Loss and Promote Chronic Disease on Technorati.)

Processed Junk Foods Hinder Weight Loss and Promote Chronic Disease

Processed Junk Foods Hinder Weight Loss and Promote Chronic Disease

When was the last time you really took a close look at the nutrition label on many of the processed food items you regularly eat? If your diet consists mostly of products that come in a can, jar, foil-wrap or cardboard container, they have likely been ultra-processed by one of the food manufacturing giants.

Processed foods make up the majority of calories eaten by Americans every day, and are largely void of the essential nutrients our body uses to properly metabolize calories and regulate fat storage. Research demonstrates the importance of controlling our diet to ensure proper nutrition and avoid dangerous chemical additives that slow weight loss and promote chronic disease.

Ultra-Processed Foods are Developed in a Food Laboratory

Food manufacturers know that their food must appeal to your evolved sense of taste for sweet, salt and fat. We crave these tastes so we will want to eat natural foods that are packed with vitamins, minerals and essential nutrients that help prevent disease. Instead, laboratory foods are infused with sugar and hydrogenated fats that tease our taste buds and provide us with little more than empty calories that boost blood sugar, cause weight gain and initiate chronic illnesses including cancer, heart disease and diabetes.

Increase in Processed Food Consumption Directly Related to Weight Gain and Chronic Illness

Study Demonstrates Link Between Juk Food and Weight Gain

Study Demonstrates Link Between Junk Food and Weight Gain

The results of a study published in the Journal of the World Public Health Nutrition Association found that Americans spend 90% of their food budget on processed foods. A direct correlation was made between the calories eaten in the form of processed foods, weight gain and disease. The lead author of this study concluded, “the rapid rise in consumption of ultra-processed food and drink products, especially since the 1980’s, is the main dietary cause of the concurrent rapid rise in obesity and related diseases throughout the world.”

Processed Foods are Calorie Dense and Nutrient Poor

The main problem with ultra-processed foods is they deprive your body of the essential nutrients required to maintain optimal health and alter metabolism toward overweight and obesity. A steady diet of laboratory manufactured foods typically consists of twice the daily calories required to maintain an ideal weight and less than one-quarter of the critical nutrients we need to preserve health and avoid illness. While processed foods satisfy our taste for a variety of different flavors, over the course of decades they lead to a nutrient deficient state that is a medium for disease development and weight gain.

Controlling Processed Food Consumption

Slowly Introduce Natural Raw Foods into Your Diet

Slowly Introduce Natural Raw Foods into Your Diet

Processed foods have become so much a part of our daily diet that it would be impossible for most people to eliminate this source of calories from their diet. The key is to include more raw foods in their natural form into your diet and minimize consumption of processed items. Include at least one serving of vegetables, leafy greens or fruit with each meal, and cut the amount of processed foods you eat. Slowly introduce additional sources of raw foods as you work toward making processed foods nothing more than an occasional treat.

Processed foods have been manipulated and heated to destroy or neutralize any healthy nutrients that may have originally been present in the raw product. A diet void of these nutrients leads to metabolic dysfunction, chronic illness and weight gain. Make a conscious effort to cut processed food consumption to live a longer, disease-free life.