Our society puts a premium on thinness. Media has contributed a
lot to the propagation of our society’s notion of what is
beautiful… well-sculpted figures that absolutely show no hint
of fat whatsoeverby showing impossibly sexy models as the
epitome of what is ideal.
Unfortunately, most mere mortals interpret fitness to mean what
they see on TV and go to great lengths to look like those that
they see. Some people have become so desperate to lose weight
that they go into crash diets to shed those extra pounds. The
consequences, however, are dire. Those who try to lose weight
at the expense of nutrition punish themselves by living in a
constant state of hunger that eventually leads to exhaustion
and collapse. Crash diets really do live up to their name —
they literally make you crash.
Nutrition is an integral aspect in any weight loss program.
Healthy food choices and moderation, coupled with exercise is
the key to losing weight in a healthy way. For starters, you’ve
got to understand variety in the kinds of foods you eat is
essential. Don’t get taken in by “high-protein/low
carbohydrate” mindset that most fitness buffs propagate.
Long-term studies on the effects of this kind of diet has not
been fully established. What is certain is, maximizing on
protein only is not a balanced diet.
While on any weight loss regime, your diet should include
fruits, vegetables, whole grains and dairy (low fat or fat-free
is infinitely better). Lean meat, fish, eggs, chicken (minus
the skin) and nuts must also be incorporated into your eating
Another so-called weight regimen that others follow is that of
skipping meals. This is supposed to be a good method of losing
weight. The problem with skipping breakfast and generally not
eating anything until dinner or skipping breakfast and dinner
and eating only lunch with very little snacks in between, is
that it causes unbearable hunger pangs. This leads to consuming
more calories than usual to compensate for the meals skipped.
Ideally, it’s advisable to have a full breakfast, lunch and
dinner (again, with the right food and in moderation) and munch
on light, healthy snacks all throughout the day. This is the
best way to prevent overeatingthe most common cause of weight
Another set of food that has received a lot of flakwhether from
miscommunication or some other causeis dairy. Milk, cheese and
eggs are foods that contain essential nutrients, calcium and
protein that is important for your body’s overall functioning.
In choosing milk, make sure that you go for the low-fat or
non-fat variety. Yoghurt is a healthy snack alternative, too.
Nuts and read meat have also been looked upon as “evil” by some
fitness quarters. The fact of the matter is that nuts have
protein, dietary fiber, magnesium and copper that are important
in a weight loss program. Red meat, for as long as you trim off
the fat and taken in moderate portions, have protein, iron and
zinc that your body needs.
Losing weight does not mean not eating. It is simply a matter
of healthy food choices and consuming it at the right amounts.
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