Natural Weight Loss
 
Dieting is easy. Eat less, exercise more, and lose weight. Simple. It’s sticking to the diet that’s the hard part. Overweight people are losing their infatuation with diets, although the diet industry in the United States alone is still worth anything up to $100 billion. That’s quite a lot of celery sticks.

The growing trend is towards a more balanced approach. Quit dieting, start changing to an overall healthier lifestyle, incorporating the kind of eating programme that suits your own preferences and metabolism, combined with exercise that you enjoy.

While you may not follow the rigid prescriptions of the low carb, high protein Atkins, or the high carb Hip and Thigh diet promoted in the 90’s by Rosemary Conley, your own preferences will lead you to favour one particular eating plan over another. However you combine them, there are some foods which are known to be healthier than others.

Poultry is high on the list of recommended protein. Duck and goose, while not on the everyday menu, are interesting because their fat does not contain cholesterol. Do not imagine, though, that this means open sesame to the dieter. Whether you choose chicken, guinea fowl, turkey, duck or any other bird, you will only achieve lasting weight loss if you reduce fat intake. This means not frying the meat but instead broiling, roasting or steaming it, preferably with its fatty skin removed. This is not as dull as it sounds. There are numerous ways of making a bland meat more interesting with herbs, spices and reduced fat sauces.

Lamb and pork are reasonably high in fat. On the long term eating plan which consists of choosing a little of what you fancy to do you good, these meats are not forbidden but should not form part of a daily diet.

Fish is the good news protein, especially those fish rich in Omega 3 such as salmon and mackerel. They have the added benefit of helping to reduce the risk of coronary artery disease. This is one food in which the right kind of fat is a help rather than a hindrance to health.

Soya proteins are very low in fat but in women in particular can mimic certain hormones and upset the hormonal balance. Like everything else, a moderate amount is good, excess is not.

Green vegetables are rich in essential vitamins and minerals and are an important part of an overall eating plan.

Grains, pulses and cereals can cause weight gain if they are eaten to excess but are an essential part of a balanced diet.

Refined carbohydrates like white bread and white sugar have no health benefits and encourage overweight and as for sweets, cookies, pastries, tarts and the like, the less said the better. In a word, severely limit them and if possible, remove them from the menu. The same goes for colas and sweetened fizzy drinks.

All of this is very well known yet overweight people tend to ignore the basic principles and hope for some miracle answer which enables weight loss without willpower. There isn’t such an answer, other than surgical intervention which should be a last resort. The only healthy way to achieve weight loss through the foods we choose is to eat a varied, moderate diet which favours proteins which are relatively low in fat, foods which are unprocessed and fresh vegetables and fruit.

After that, it is a question of trial and error to find out what combination works for you. Your metabolism might respond better to a higher protein, lower unrefined carbohydrate diet, or it might be that the reverse if true for you. No two overweight people are identical and you are the expert on your own weight loss. If you listen to what your body is telling you, you will be able to find your own answers.
 


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03/28/2012 06:24

THX for info

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09/03/2012 20:09

THX for info

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    I have studied nutrition and have helped many people lose weight healthily just by eating correctly.

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