Yes, you read that right. I’ve been reading studies of how people regain the weight they’ve lost or struggle with losing in the first place and I found some interesting things. They may not make you happy but attending to these could make you slimmer.
- Consume artificial sweeteners. While these chemicals do not contain calories and there is no irrefutable evidence they cause cancer, research is showing they do contribute to weight gain. First, they stimulate the brain to want real sweets (their sweetness isn’t satisfying to the brain), keeping the cravings for sugary foods alive in us. Second, they increase the risk of diabetes and metabolic syndrome, playing havoc with our ability to lose weight. Letting them go once and for all is the best approach. It can be impossible to lose and keep the weight off if you keep consuming them.
- Eat ultra-processed foods like power bars, cookies, crackers, chips, bottled salad dressings and other sauces, and most foods with a long shelf life. There’s a big difference between how our bodies process and react to whole, natural foods and how they process and react to ultra-processed foods. While these processed foods may start out with real ingredients, most of them are altered beyond recognition. The heated and chemically transformed flour, sugar, fruit, etc., does not have much nutrition that’s available to the body. It does, however, have a lot of calories and chemicals to confuse the body’s metabolism further.
- Consume foods made with high-fructose corn syrup or soybean oil. Neither of these laboratory-made “foods” is good for us. Our bodies don’t like them and they provoke inflammation in us.
Reading labels and not consuming these foods can go a long way to getting us the healthy, slimmer bodies we want.