It’s an irony that when you want to lose weight the first thing that comes to mind is to cut back on your diet, however this can often have a negative effect on your body. Sending it into a state where you are left craving for certain foods; energy levels hit the floor and your stress levels go up.
There are many myths floating around generated over several decades as a result of flawed studies which were released through the 70’s & 80’s. Such as saturated fat clogs up the arteries, eating late at night makes you gain weight and potatoes make you fat, all of which have been firmly proven to be incorrect.
Re-examination of hundreds of studies recently concluded that the best way to lose weight was to eat a fresh diet comprising mostly fibrous vegetables and fruit, with protein taken at each meal intake.
This will not only balance your blood sugars, reduce the risk of insulin resistance and prevent cravings, which are generally for highly processed sugar or salt products.
Far from eating less you should probably eat more than you realise the key message in weight control is to balance your intake with your energy output, as your energy is a product of the carbohydrate you consume, when you consume it; is not quite as important as was first thought. Carbohydrates are from various sources including highly processed products like crisps, cheap confectionary, fresh fruit and vegetable along with starchy potatoes, pasta and rice.
If you are very active I mean working out on an endurance activity every day for one or more hours you will need to consume more starchy Carbohydrates than someone who is looking to reduce their body fat.
In all cases you can pretty much eat as much fibrous vegetable and fruit as you can consume without concerning yourself that you are over eating.
Protein is very important as it is essential for repair and building muscle fibre following strenuous exercise and should be taken during every meal, whether you chose meat, fish or vegetable sources is up to you.
Drink plenty of water with your meals or before; will saturate your cells, lubricate the body reduce stress for normal functions, reducing stress will ensure your body has more energy for you to use in your everyday activities.
Bottom line is ditch any idea of a diet, eat normally and as fresh as you can manage you will find that all the discussion around detox is a load of B… after all that’s what your kidneys are for.
For more help on practical nutrition advice you should consult a nutrition therapist if you have a specific condition which requires your diet to be assessed to avoid triggers which are affecting your condition. For most of us a simple practical approach is required with strong discipline to resist all the hype promoting miracle cures which simply don’t work.
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