The question that most American’s ask, “Is there really an actual DIET?” We live in a fast food nation where the accessibility of fast food restaurants are located on almost every single corner of every major city. We are constantly tempted to engage in the process of “overeating” because our minds are telling us to do it, and the portion sizes that are available to us are enormous. In reality, there is no actual diet to follow. Many individuals will mention that they are on a strict diet which prohibits them from consuming several categories of food; and then indicate that they have not lost weight. Numerous people state that after dieting for a period of time, they actually experience an increase in weight. The truth is that there is no specific diet or arrangement of special foods that will kickstart your rapid weight loss journey and speed up your metabolism extra fast. The only solution is to engage in physical activity that will allow your body to burn more calories than you consume. Strenuous exercise that causes you to break a sweat and encounter exhaustion at the end of your workout, will definitely create a positive impact on your weight loss journey and healthy lifestyle. Light to Moderate physical activity such as walking a few times per week for only 30 minutes a day is sometimes barely enough to even maintain your weight. In addition to consuming the appropriate amount of calories required for your specific weight loss goal (Calories In vs. Calories Out), eating healthy foods that give you the energy to exercise will give your body the benefit it deserves. The natural and correct way will require a good amount of effort and consistency, but one will notice the long term results that they have been searching for. The most important thing to remember is to stay positive, motivated and consistent.
Confused about how much fruit to buy? Which fruits to buy? When to buy fruit? Keep reading to find my recommendations on the subject.
First off, following these guidelines you will need one shopping trip per week. During that trip you should purchase three different colored portions of fruit for each day (preferably one high in vitamin-C), which translates to 21 portions per week. As far as freshness goes, Monday fruit has short shelf life and should be consumed during the first day. Wednesday fruit has a longer shelf life and should be consumed midweek. Lastly, Friday fruit has the longest shelf life and should be eaten at the end of the week or later.
As a safety option, be sure to stock up on a variety of frozen fruit. The taste of these fruit may not be as good as prime fresh fruit but you will still be getting a nearly identical nutrient value because most of these products are flash-frozen immediately after picking. Also, buying fruits in bulk can be a lot easier on your wallet.
An important trick when buying fruit is to accurately decipher the pricing schemes that stores put in place to confuse consumers. Often times stores sell fruit in 4.4, 5.6, 11, 12, 15, and 16-ounce baskets in an effort to confuse customers on how much they are getting for how much they pay. Some fruit can even go for over 22 bucks a pound! Take a calculator to the fruit section next time and you could rack up incredible savings!
Eating right is key to being healthy and losing the weight you want to lose. We like to emphasize eating lean protein, nonfat dairy products, lots of high fiber fruits and vegetables, and whole grains. In addition, we encourage people to learn how to count calories and write down everything that you eat. We like to aim for 30 to 35 percent protein, 40 to 45 percent carbohydrate, and 20 to 30 percent fat. By counting calories, you can successfully reach these targets accurately.
Specifically, you want to know what is good to eat and what is not so good within your macronutrients (carbohydrates, protein, fats). For example, when consuming carbohydrates you want to eat fresh fruit, vegetables, and grains (in moderation). When consuming proteins you want to eat chicken, turkey, egg whites, fish, and a limited amount of red meat. Vegetarians can eat beans, legumes, tofu, and soy burgers. When consuming fats you want to avoid bad fats such as butter and cheese and instead eat good fats such as almonds, avocados, walnuts, olive oil, and pecans.
Find out more about healthy eating habits in Where Did All The Fat Go by Rob Huizenga, MD.