Eating Diet Foods
Marketing convinces us that "diet" foods (like diet soda) work — after all, the lady in the advertisement looks great! You may lose weight initially, but there are some not-so-good long-term effects.
Lisa warns that "diet" foods tend to be more expensive and, more importantly, our body doesn't recognize them as food. "When we eat something that isn't recognized as food our body sends inflammatory signals to that site in order to fix the perceived problem. Much like when you sprain your ankle and it swells up, if you replace whole foods with artificial stuff, this can lead to increased inflammation in your intestines and across your whole body," Lisa says.
"Fat-free" peanut butter, as well as "sugar-free" cookies and ice cream may have fewer calories, but you'll find chemicals and extra salt and sugar to make up for the flavor. Willow points out that a recent study showed that we might not feel as satisfied with these low-everything diet foods since you're not giving your body the nutrition it craves, which could cause us to end up eating more in the long run. This means eating these foods can actually cause weight gain, so skip them and go for whole, all-natural foods instead.