If you are trying to lose weight, then it shouldn’t come as any surprise to you that junk food is not going to help you out in your efforts. However, recent studies are beginning to show that it isn’t just the obvious junk foods like pizza, chips, and candy bars that you should be avoiding. Instead, it may be all forms of processed foods. The reason is that these foods may actually be killing off important bacteria that lives in your digestive tract and that is vital for keeping your weight under control.
Therefore, while junk food is typically high in diet unfriendly substances such as bad fats, sugars, white flour, and salt, and they are generally quite high in calories, they are also apparently packed with an added punch against your efforts to achieve and keep a healthy body weight by killing off the bacteria that is supposed to be helping you in this effort.
The concept was established by Tim Spector, Ph.D., in his book “The Diet Myth”, but this is also starting to be backed up in various research studies. One research study showed that by eating junk food for a solid week, one third of beneficial gut bacteria was killed off. Processed foods are that destructive.
Moreover, at the same time that these conclusions are being drawn, a growing body of research has been suggesting that this gut bacteria isn’t just necessary for digestion, but it is also critical to our ability to keep a healthy waistline and to maintaining health and wellness as a whole.
So the next time that you’re considering heading to the nearest fast food restaurant to pick up a double cheeseburger and fries, and to chase it down with a milkshake, the calories, fats, sugars, and sodium shouldn’t be the only thing that you are taking into account when it comes to the impact that it will have on your diet. You will also need to remember that you will be causing harm to some of the bacteria in your digestive system that you have been carefully building up to help you to lose weight more effectively and to stop those pounds from climbing back on.
Although the rare occasional bit of processed foods are unlikely to cause any real harm, consuming this type of food several times a week may be working against you to a much more dramatic degree than you had previously realized.