Processed Foods and Weight Loss

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There was a time when the human diet was far more limited than it is today. Animal protein, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds were the main sources of nutrition in simpler times.

The modern diet includes so much sugar (a LOT of sugar, much of it hidden in processed foods) and processed grains (including refined white flour) that our bodies are not well-adapted to digesting. A result of consuming a diet high in processed foods can be dietary inflammation, which makes weight loss very tricky.

Processed foods are not ideal choices, even if the foods eaten are considered low in calories, fat-free or otherwise “healthy”. The further a food is from its original source, the more processed it’s been. And the harder it will make your journey toward weight loss and restoring your good health.

There’s much wisdom in eating food as close as possible to a form your ancestors would have recognized as food.

A banana. Not an artificially-flavored banana Laffy Taffy.

Cheese. Not Processed Cheese Food Product.

A baked potato. Not a can of processed potato crisp snacks.

A chicken breast. Not a breaded, deep-fried chicken nugget.

Michael Pollan, author of In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto has famously boiled his advice about the healthiest possible diet to just seven words: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”

Before your Spatz3 adjustable gastric balloon is inserted, during the 12 month period of active weight loss, and after your balloon is removed, avoiding processed foods and eating as much real, whole foods as possible will help your body release excess weight.


Author: Rebeca Espinoza

Rebeca Espinoza writes about health, fitness and weight loss for Spatz Medical, makers of the Spatz 3 Adjustable Gastric Balloon.  You can find her on at [email protected]

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