Losing weight has always been a struggle for most overweight men and women, however, with so much processed foods available these days, losing weight is no longer a battle that needs to be won, but a long drawn out war.
In order to really lose weight and keep it off, you need to eat less calories, but cutting back on those calories may not be the only thing that is keeping those extra pounds on your body.
Sodium, and even those preservatives in many processed foods, may actually be making it more difficult for you to lose weight.
The Role Sodium Plays In Weight Gain
Too much sodium in your diet causes you to retain fluid. Fluid retention in those fat cells and the rest of your body actually adds weight. Some people may, depending on their actual weight, be carrying around as much as 20 to 25 pounds just in fluids. Not only does this extra fluid make you feel and look heavier, but it can also over a period of time cause some serious health problems.
There really is only one way to get that excess fluid out of your system, and that is by consuming lower amounts of sodium, which means actually saying good-bye to all those processed foods you have come to depend on, because these foods are extremely high in sodium. One single hot dog may contain an entire weeks worth of the recommended amount of sodium.
In addition, those preservatives and synthetic colorings and flavorings may actually make it more difficult for your body to absorb nutrients. In many cases, those hunger pangs dieters feel are not a result of too little food, but rather the body’s way of telling you that it is not getting enough vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients to function properly.
So again, limiting the amounts of processed foods will help rid your body of these preservatives and artificial flavorings and colorings, which may result in the better absorption of nutrients and less hunger pangs.
The Difficulty In Limiting Processed Foods
The problem is that most people lead such busy lives they often find it difficult to cook real meals at home. It is much faster and sometimes more economical to heat up that can of soup or that can of ravioli than it is to make a low calorie meal from scratch. However, even those so called prepared diet dinners that you simply heat, can be loaded with sodium and preservatives, and while they may be low calorie they may not make it easy to lose weight.
You Simply Have To Make Time For What Is Important
The truth is, no matter how difficult it may seem, you simply have to make time in your life for what is important. If losing weight is important to you, then you will find a way to get away from all those processed foods and prepare those lower calorie and nutritious foods that will help you to lose weight.
Of course there are ways to make healthy foods that won’t have you spending half your time in the kitchen. You can make good use of a slow cooker and allow your food to cook while you are at work or at that exercise class. In addition, you can make low calorie, low fat, and low sodium foods at home in big enough batches that you can freeze some that you just heat and eat.
Keeping your refrigerator stocked with fresh fruits and vegetable and fish or lean chicken that take only minutes to cook can also help you to lose weight and speed up the process of making meals.
A green salad, topped with lemon juice, grilled skinless chicken breast, and a cup of fresh melon makes an extremely quick and healthy low calorie meal.
While the temptation to turn to those processed foods will always be there, finding ways to shorten cooking times while creating tastier versions using fresh and organic fruits, vegetables, and lean meats, will really make it possible for you to win the battle of the bulge, and the war against processed foods. You simply have to decide if your health is worth the effort.
Do you struggle to lose weight? Do you struggle to maintain a healthy weight? What have you tried that hasn’t worked? What have you tried that has worked?