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Why Real Food Is Better for Losing Weight

By Lana Bandoim

Whether your plan is to lose 20 pounds before a college reunion or to fit into a favorite pair of jeans, weight loss can be a difficult goal. However, eating real food can make the process easier and faster. Consider using the following diet tips about real food.   

What Is Real Food?

Real food is not processed or packaged. It is not filled with chemicals or preservatives that have names no one can pronounce. People who do not have access to fancy grocery stores or online retailers can still recognize real food. It is the type of food that your grandparents could recognize. Real food only has one ingredient: itself.

For example, an apple is considered real food. On the other hand, a package of apple-flavored cookies from a grocery store is not real food. Instead, it is processed food that probably has a long list of ingredients and preservatives.

Examples of Real Food

Fruits and vegetables are the easiest examples of real food for people to remember. However, whole eggs, nuts, seeds, beans and grains are also real food. Dairy and meat can be real food if they are not heavily processed. In general, food without a label or long ingredient list is considered real.

Why Real Food Is Better

There are several advantages to eating real food while trying to lose weight. First, real food is more nutritious and filling. It has more vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that can help weight loss. In addition, a nutritious diet can make exercise easier.

Lack of Refined Sugars

One of the main benefits of eating real food is the lack of refined sugars. Although fruits and vegetables have sugar, it is in a different form compared to cookies or cakes. The natural sugars in fruits and vegetables are processed differently in the body. Food with refined sugar also tends to have more calories, so weight loss is more difficult. In addition, eating refined sugar can increase the hunger hormones and lead to overeating.

No Trans Fats

Many processed foods have trans fats, and research shows that they contribute to weight gain. Eating trans fats can lead to a bigger waistline and more abdominal fat. In addition, trans fats may increase the risk of diabetes and heart disease.  

Consider adding more real food to your weight loss plan. It is a healthier option compared to processed or packaged food, and it can make losing weight easier.                                  

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.

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