Diet

“Diet is about Eating Right”

Diet (your daily intake of food) is the way you address the biological imperative of proper nutrition. It is essential that you take in the right type and amount of nutrients to keep your body functioning properly on a daily basis.

Calorie counting addresses the amount of nutrients, but not what type of nutrients, are they good or bad? Just like there are “good” fats and “bad” fats” there are also “good” calories and “bad” calories. Simply counting calories can be a little misleading and leave you lacking the weight loss you desire.

“Good” calories come from proteins, non-sugar carbohydrates, and polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats. These nutrients are “good” because they are beneficial to your body. They are the raw materials that build, replenish and rejuvenate your body.

“Bad” calories come from sugars and saturated fats. These are the nutrients that are responsible for heart disease, obesity and Type 2 Diabetes. You must be aware of the “bad” calories that you take in every day.

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The second most important factor to consider when dieting is that diet is only half of the Weight Loss Equation. Dieting only addresses the “calorie in” side of the “calorie in/calorie out” weight loss mantra.

You will still have to engage in some form of healthy exercise to properly address the “calories out” side. Diet and exercise go hand in hand, and both are essential if you want to achieve sustained weight loss.

Success at weight loss, health fitness and athletic fitness is dependent upon finding the right balance between diet and exercise. That way you can ensure that you are taking in, and burning off, the right type and amount of calories each and every day.

IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH

Dieting is about improving your health, the side affect is that you lose weight and look better. Weight loss may be your reason for dieting, but everyone needs to eat right if they want their body to function properly as they get older.

Simply stated; any excess “bad” calories that you do not burn off in a day, can and will be stored as body fat. These extra calories are stored as adipose tissue body fat and create an unsightly bulge in your tummy, hips and thighs.

The first step to successful weight loss is to stop taking in more calories than you can burn off in a day! Then you must make sure that you are taking in more “good” calories than “bad” calories. Here are some more factors that affect every diet.

DIETING FACTORS

There are many factors that apply to any and every diet. Some of these you have control over while others you do not. Your age, blood type, body type and job stress levels, are things that you have little or no control over.

However, things like the quantity of sugar and saturated fats that are in the foods you eat, and how often you eat, are basic factors that you can and must control if you are to achieve sustained success at losing weight and getting in shape.

For example, everyone must limit the total amount of sugar from their diet, because it is the number one problem with weight loss. Below is a list of factors that you need to understand and incorporate into your “diet”, no matter which diet you try.

LIMITING SUGARS

The Glucose Revolution is a book that reveals the speed in which sugars are absorbed into the blood stream. This eating regimen addresses the negative impact that excess sugars has on your body and focuses on restricting foods that are high glycemic (high in sugars).

This clinical breakthrough destroyed the old mentality of simple sugars vs. complex carbohydrates. They discovered that baked potatoes scored 93%, which is almost as bad as straight sugar (which sets the standard at 100%).

Scientists discovered that it is the molecular structure of the sugars that determines how quickly they are broken down and absorbed into the blood stream. The quicker this happens, the higher the glycemic level and the worse it is for your body!

TIMING

The 2 Hour Diet points out the importance of eating smaller meals more often throughout the day. It is the science behind the mentality of eating 5 to 6 medium sized meals a day. This creates less excess sugars and fats as well as reduces the desire to eat too much.

The philosophy that “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day” has given way to the current understanding of the importance of timing and portion size. Every excess bite of “bad” calories, in the form of sugars and fats, can turn into excess body fat.

It is the timing of your sugar and fat intake that is crucial. Smaller meals more often cut down on hunger pangs and the proverbial “sweet tooth”. Consider what you will be doing for the next couple of hours before you eat. Will you be active or sedentary?

FOOD COMBINING

The Hay System of food combining is an eating plan that controls the amount of acids that are released into your stomach, therefore easing the corrosive effects of digestion itself.  This is more about gastro-intestinal related health problems than it is weigh loss.

The stomach produces different acids and enzymes for starches, sugars, citric acid, proteins and fats. The body is designed to handle this corrosive effect, and yet some bodies do not. If you have stomach issues, this diet is probably for you.

This diet evolved from its health benefits and has proven beneficial to many people who have ulcers and other digestive and intestinal disorders. It is an eating regimen that is more beneficial for people who have high stress jobs and/or don’t handle anxiety well.

LOW FAT DIETS

When America started promoting “low-fat diets”, obesity and heart disease went up, because the first fats that were removed where the less tasty, more healthy, “good fats” and the loss of flavor was replaced with sugars which are worse for our bodies than fat!

Sugars are broken down in the body and stored as fat faster than fat is. Excess sugars sets off a chain reaction that triggers an increase in insulin release and pathways for fat storages. This is the primary culprit of Type 2 Diabetes, obesity and heart disease.

Furthermore, the fats with the least flavor were completely removed (“good” fats which actually take cholesterol out of the body, reducing the risk of heart disease) and kept the more flavorful “bad” fats, which are full of unhealthy fatty acids.

HIGH PROTEIN DIETS

Vegetarians argue that your body doesn’t need that much protein while body builders tell you to eat twice your body weight in grams of protein per day. Well the Vegetarians are right and the body builders are wrong, but they both have missed the point.

The average person only needs 3 to 5 servings of protein a week to survive but when we are talking about dieting and exercise, “just getting by” is not the point. Your body needs energy all day long, every day — and you need to decide what form of energy you want.

Basically, when you’re hungry, you need to “fill up” on foods that won’t turn into fat. Proteins aren’t designed to turn into fat, and if you are exercising on a regular basis, you need more protein on a daily basis to replenish and rebuild your muscles anyway!

VEGANS and VEGETARIANS

People are not overweight because they eat red meat.  People are overweight because they eat too much. Your body is made up of over 70 trillion cells, which are always regenerating. Every year your body will completely replaced almost every one of those cells.

Nutrients are the building blocks for your body and while properly combined carbohydrates can create complete proteins, this molecular structure is inferior to the rebuilding and regenerative capabilities of amin0 acids or animal proteins.

If your body doesn’t have the raw materials it needs, it will work with what it finds.  But just like a house that’s built with cheaper materials, even though it may look the same from the outside, the integrity will not be strong enough to stand the storms of time.