When you are trying to lose weight, your body needs to ingest clean, non-refined food with no preservatives. Your metabolism needs a strong burning furnace to put up with the demands of nutrient- and enzyme-rich foods as well as a challenging exercise regimen. Think of preservatives as built up debris within an engine, impeding its optimal performance. Besides causing such side effects as fatigue, confusion, hyperactivity, constipation, mood swings and a sluggish digestive process, in some cases, preservatives can actually contribute to weight gain.
This manipulation of food molecules has received a lot of media attention and therefore many foods are being restructured for healthier eating. However, there are still foods using hydrogenated oils, which are oils that have been chemically manipulated by adding hydrogen to create a solid mass, such as shortening, which creates a long shelf life. Trans fats are not recognized by the body in any usable way other than storing it as fat. Therefore, this preservative is a surefire way to gain weight. Stay away from deep fried food, margarine, many frozen foods and baked goods.
High Fructose and Corn Syrup
These preservatives show up in everything from ketchup to juices to bread. Because of the insatiable sweet tooth of most Americans, this combination has been a normal staple in many dietary choices. High fructose and corn syrup are another perfect weight gain opportunity as the body simply converts these into fat storage.
Soda is a highly refined and chemically enhanced process along with the addition of processed air or carbon dioxide that can bind fat cells together. Therefore, many people trying to lose weight choose diet soda. Most diet sodas contain aspartame, which has been linked to a long list of side effects such as cancer and weight gain. This is another product the body has a difficult time processing. Even though diet soda has zero calories, the brain is tricked into thinking it ate something. When it realizes that there is no nutritional value, the brain actually triggers the body into eating more food to make up for this "fake" consumption. Eating more food means gaining the weight you were trying to lose by drinking the diet soda in the first place. It is a ruthless cycle that can be easily remedied by replacing with water. Carry a lemon or orange wedge to add taste to your water if you cannot handle the initial change.
Chemical Enhancers: Nitrite, Benzoate, Sulphite
These three preservatives can throw your nervous and digestive system into complete disarray. Often found in processed meats, wine and packaged foods, they will create a weight gain track that, in time, will take its toll. Mostly reactionary in the stomach breakdown process, these and many other chemical preservatives cause the body to attack them due to their foreign make-up. This attack in turn causes the digestive system to slow and sometimes revolt as in the case of irritable bowel syndrome. If the digestive process is challenged, proper nutrient assimilation and waste disposal is compromised, causing the body to back up with toxins and store more fat.