Harmonize Fitness
Harmonize Fitness

Whole fresh foods vs processed foods


We all know that sweets, junk, processed and fast foods are unhealthy, most of us do not give our nutrition too much importance until it´s too late but we all complain about how bad we feel, we don´t have energy, it´s so hard to concentrate on what we´re doing, we´re one a bad mood and we keep eating those foods that are one of the reasons why we feel that way.

There are 2 main differences between whole, fresh foods and processed foods:

1. Calories

Processed foods are calorically dense, a package of cookies can go from 400 calories to 600 or more and if we eat the whole box or bag we can add 1,000 calories to our diet because we can´t just eat one.

Whole fresh foods are lower in calories, there´s not a single food whole, fresh, natural that go over 100 calories without nutrients and we don´t overeat healthy foods so it´s easier to stay on a calorie deficit or maintenance.

2. Nutrition

Processed foods lack nutrition and it´s loaded with refined sugars, unhealthy fats, sweeteners and chemicals to make them taste delicious and create addiction.

Whole fresh foods are loaded with nutrients from fiber, vitamins, minerals, proteins, fats everything our body needs to function properly, repair, recover and grow.

The reason why we can´t stop eating unhealthy foods and we gain weight is because of those 2 points, there are no nutrients in those foods so our body keeps sending us signals that it needs nutrients so we feel hungry, they are loaded with sugars, trans fat and chemicals that are toxic and harmful for our body and also creates addiction so we can´t stop eating them and they are very high in calories.

Whole fresh foods are full of nutrients our body needs to function properly and all those nutrients make us feel full, they don´t create addiction so we eat when we´re hungry and only as much as we need without overeating and they´re low in calories so we´re giving our body what it needs in less calories and it can function effectively, it knows what to do with this foods.

Not all of us need to follow restrictive diets but we all need to change our eating habits, avoid unhealthy, highly processed foods and eat more healthy, whole fresh foods, there are different theories and myths about which is the original diet, what our ancestors ate and some diets are based on them, I´m not really sure about that but what I´m sure is that they didn´t eat all those processed foods we eat nowadays our body is not designed to eat them and this is one of the reasons why we´re dealing with so many health problems, if we make a small change on the foods we eat our body we´ll thank us, we´ll feel a lot better and we´ll live better.

The first step is to avoid unhealthy highly processed foods and the way to do it is by not having any of them in our home, office and school.

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