As we start a new year, at Food Boing, we still the top resolutions will be all about weight loss.
Weight loss is great for overall health and preventative measures to insure a decreased risk in countless medical problems and diseases.
But, with all of the crash diets and fly by night articles that are constantly telling people to cut out important factors from their routine eating habits, weight loss experiences can be not only hard on your body but also depressing because they do not provide the results promised.
If you’re looking to lose weight, maintain a healthy body and a sound mind be sure to follow these simple guidelines.
Nutrition and Your Body: Water
Nearly 70% of the weight of your body is water.
Even though most people do not realise it, water is a nutrient and is mandatory for a healthy body. Because our cells are made up of water, it is important for overall cell function.
Eight glasses of water a day is a huge part in maintaining a good weight.
Nutrition and Your Body: Carbohydrates
Although many diets consist of cutting carbs from your meals each day this can be potentially damaging for your body. Carbs are the starches and sugars found in various foods.
The natural foods that are rich in carbs also contain vitamins, minerals and fiber which many people (promoting diets) will neglect to mention. Cutting this element out of your diet can be severely destructive to your health.
While some people experience minor weight loss when cutting out these important nutrients it is usually because their entire system is being drained and it is actually weakening your muscles. Carbohydrates should be eaten in moderation but definitely should be eaten on an every day basis.
Nutrition and Your Body: Fiber
Fiber plays a huge role in the health of our bodies.
There are several diseases and health conditions that can be significantly decreased when your diet contains a large amount of fiber per day. Just a few foods that are high in fiber and can improve your health:
100% bran cereals Peas Beans Apple (with the skin) Potatoes Broccoli Pears
There are two types of fiber found in a healthy diet.
- soluble fiber, is found in wheat bran, whole grains, and veggies. This type of fiber will not dissolve in water.
- soluble fiber, is found primarily in beans, oats, fruits and veggies. This type does dissolve in water and also helps lower cholesterol.
Nutrition and Your Body: Good Fat vs. Bad Fat
Many people are not aware that we need fat in our diet. But what types of fat?
There is some good fat that the health of our body depends on and then there is the bad that can create many health problems. Saturated fat, cholesterol, and trans-unsaturated fat are all potentially harmful and raise cholesterol.
They are found in animal fat, butter, poultry skin, and hard margarine. Polyunsaturated fat and monounsaturated fat are both needed by your body to help your cells.
They are found in natural vegetable oils and soft margarine.
For those that are still unclear about what oils and fats are good for you and which are not, the following is a simple break down:
(Starting with the healthiest)
- Olive oil, Canola oil, Sunflower oil, Peanut oil, Corn oil, Soft margarine (The worst oils and fats)
- Chicken fat, Lard, Butter, Coconut oil
Nutrition and Your Body: Closing
If you pay attention to what you consume and be sure to incorporate daily exercise into your life you should have no problem dropping those pounds.
Please remember, taking out important nutrients that your body depends on to be healthy is not a good idea.
Many diets will claim to have great results if you rob your body of elements it needs for good overall health.
But please don’t buy this lie.
There is no other effective diet other than monitoring your “bad fat” intake and making sure you do moderate exercises. For every bad element you take from your diet replace it with your favorite fruit or vegetable.