Healthy eating can change your life. It is not so much a matter of how much we eat but more a case of what we eat that causes us to gain weight.
If you have read any of my other articles you will already know that I consider the word “diet” to be a dirty 4 letter word. I am of the opinion that in general diets increase weight problems more than they help you to lose weight.
Eating healthy as we know it may also not really be as healthy as we are led to believe that it is. Recent research has shown that some of the so called healthy eating tips that we have been brought up to believe are in fact a cause of other problems.
Eg. Drink skim milk or low fat milk – Milk is filled with vitamins and many of these are oil soluble. They require some fat to be absorbed into your system and by using skim or low fat milk these vital vitamins and nourishment are just passing straight through your body.
The same problem exists with low fat salad dressings etc.
Sensible eating far better for weight loss
Eating sensibly is much better than trying to maintain a diet. Diet is a regimen that limits and restricts you and is not sustainable for any period of time. As soon as you stop dieting the weight tend to come back worse than ever before.
Sensible eating is a sustainable lifestyle change that allows you to live life normally without worrying about your weight or having to unnecessarily restrict yourself in the amount of food that you are going to eat.
All food is good and is a source of nutrition that your body needs as long as it is taken in moderation. (McDonalds excluded)
5 Points to increased sensible eating
- Regular meals – Eat three main meals a day and plan healthy snacks for in between. Eat these meals at regular times so that your body knows exactly when it will get nourishment. Never skip meals! This will allow your body to boost your metabolic rate and you will experience increased fat burning and improved energy levels.
- A little fat is ok – A small amount of fat in moderation with other foods is fine and can help to increase the uptake of nourishment. Do avoid fatty or fried foods opting also for the leaner cuts of meat. In general fat tends to turn to fat but at the same time fats do contain some vital nutrition not found elsewhere.
- Sweet increases hunger – Natural and processed sugars cause an insulin spike and a quick but short lived boost to energy. As soon as this spike is over your body immediately wants more which is evidenced in a craving for sweet goods. Avoid sugary items and when eating natural sugars such as fruit try to eat with a little natural fats such as nuts. This helps to reduce the spike and prevent the cravings.
- Carbohydrates – Carbohydrates are a valuable source of energy for your body but an excess in carbs could cause insulin spikes and an increase in hunger shortly afterwards. 3 Small portions of carbs a day is far better than 1 big portion.
- Increased vegetables – Vegetables are a vital source of nutrition. Try to increase your vegetable intake and even replace some of your daily fruit portions with vegetables instead. The results will not only show on your waistline but you will notice an improvement in skin condition as well.
Through all the above healthy eating please also remember to drink a glass of water each hour and especially with or just before a meal.