Weight loss isn't as easy as those before and after photos may make it seem. There is no one food (or drink, more like) that's going to sculpt your abs and give you buns of steel. Likewise, there isn't any one food that's going to miraculously boost your energy, get rid of "brain fog," and "cut inflammation." Yep, lot's of quotation marks around here, guys, and you know what that means.
A macronutrient diet is the best diet you could start. It will leave you feeling energized with minimum food cravings and no hunger. Other diets are not as sustainable and are hard to follow. This is because you are forced to give up the foods you love and completely change the way you eat overnight.
I am a HUGE advocate of intuitive and mindful eating to manage health. It encourages a way of eating that fits with your "eating personality" and food preferences, it is easy to integrate regardless of where you are geographically and perhaps most importantly, has nothing to do with starvation or deprivation.
If one were to believe the ads found on TV there are a million ways to get in shape: whether it be gross tasting health drinks, expensive personal trainers or unusual sounding miracle drugs. Although a quick fix might seem like the easiest way to drop lbs and get in shape, they have dramatic consequences.
Healthy to me is balance, moderation and not eliminating food groups. It also means not counting calories, partaking in fad diets, detoxing, or three-day juice fasts. I will never become paleo or a vegan. I'll eat whatever makes me feel good, keeps my sensitive tummy happy, and my body full of energy.
In an analysis of data from nearly 50 trials (7,300 people) significant weight loss was observed with any low-carbohydrate or low-fat diet, with weight loss differences between diet programs small, so small as to be insignificant. That's "any" low-carb or "any" low-fat diet. Any. Just pick one you think you can stick to and live with. In other words, whatever works!
Trendy "DIETS" all work... in the short term. It's always easy to lose weight if you cut calories and specific food groups. The truth is you have to change your daily lifestyle with respect to food. Not an easy task but definitely doable. In order to win the "war," you have to win the daily "battles!"
Let's talk vegetables. We are all adults here, so we know they are good for us. The best way to get them is raw. So why as adults looking to be healthy do we cook, steam, boil, whatever our vegetables and then add cream sauce, cheese sauce or honey glaze to them? Now, I'm not saying as a treat every once in a while you can't add to your cooked carrots, or asparagus.
In big bold type on the cover of Health magazine is the statement, "Lose 12 pounds this month. Fast! Safe! For good!" News flash -- it is not healthy for everyone to lose 12 pounds of weight. Obviously, I strongly believe everyone should exercise, but exercise should not be synonymous with weight loss.
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