The solution to your dieting
If you’ve followed a fad diet, you are in the same company as many others. But have you managed to stay on these diets that deprive you for a long time? If you lost weight, did the pounds stay off when you went back to the lifestyle you used to have?
Losing weight can be a hard task and keeping it off is even harder. The biggest question (and problem) we always seem to hear is
“What is the best diet to lose weight?”
People who are searching for ‘the best diet’ generally have tried many times before and are desperate for a quick fix. The best way for you to find the diet that suits you is to assess your current and past eating habits.
Most diets will demonise certain foods and cut them out completely (e.g. removing fats or carbohydrates from your meals). Certain foods will need reducing, but not removing from the diet.
All the fad diets that tell you to remove carbs, and/or fats (or other nutrients) out of the diet are nonsense.
Yes, you may see results such as weight loss by doing this for a short period of time (most of the weight which you lose will be from water and muscle), but as you are starving your body of certain nutrients, you put yourself at risk of becoming ill. Too little of any nutrient may not cause an immediate problem, but if it’s lacking for a prolonged period you may find you come across certain health problems.
You see, each food group has a very important role in the body.
Carbohydrates main roles are for energy and recovery, therefore meaning eliminating this macronutrient out the diet for a long period of time will leave you feeling lethargic and possibly holding on to the aches and pains longer than usual.
Fats are very important within the body as it helps with cognitive function and low-intensity activities (sat reading this your body will be using fats as energy).
Proteins main function is to build and repair and is vital within the body as these are basically the building blocks of your body. Your organs, muscles, skin, hair, nails bones and certain hormones are all made up of some amount of protein.
You see cutting out ones of these macronutrients from the body is going to cause the body to struggle at some point down the line. It’s important to create a healthy balance of the foods we eat and add plenty of variety into your dishes.
By doing this, the results may not be as fast as starving yourself but surely you’d prefer a sustainable lifestyle with long lasting results?
The best diet is not a diet at all, but a way of life that includes food you enjoy, exercise and healthy habits!
Follow these easy strategies to work your way to long lasting results:-
- Aim to drink 3 litres of water per day – Digestion, absorption, circulation, saliva creation, transportation of nutrients and body temperature regulation are just some of the jobs of the bodily fluids.
- Eat vegetables with every meal, including breakfast (this is could be as simple as adding spinach to a smoothie) – Vegetables are full of micronutrients which help to fight cancer and cell-damaging free radicals, while balancing the body’s acidity levels.
- Cut out the refined sugars – contain little-to-no essential nutrients but a whole bunch of calories for the body.
- Earn your carbohydrates – now that’s not saying to cut them out completely if you’ve not exercised, but base your meals on a low carbohydrate basis unless you’ve exercised (your body responds best to these within a few hours of exercise.
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