For Best Results Stick with Real Food
If you read the last article, you would recall that I pointed out that fad diets would only help you lose the weight temporarily and would lead to things like nutrient deficiencies and the possibility of an eating disorder. So, what is the right way to eat in order to lose weight? It’s a simple plan that doesn’t involve calorie counting and you don’t need to be rich to figure it out. In fact, it’s summarized in three words. Eat real food.
Real food, is summed up by scientific researchers as “minimally processed foods close to nature.” So if it grows, and it isn’t poisonous like sumac, then its good for you. That means eating whole grains, vegetables, fruit, some meats with healthy fats and actively avoiding processed foods.
It has been proven to decrease vitamin deficiencies, increase overall health, and prevent long-term disease.
The idea of eating whole food sounds easy, but it can be a hard thing to practice. After all, American culture invented fast food and instantaneous gratification runs our economy. So, it’s hard to picture how it works if you aren’t used to that sort of lifestyle. Here are a couple of tips to help you get started.
- If you are going to eat things like pasta and bread, stick to the whole wheat version as much as possible.
- If you are going to bake, replace half of the flour in the recipe with whole wheat flour. Also, do what you can to decrease the amount of sweetener in your final product.
- Include as many fruits and vegetables in your diet as much as possible. If you don’t eat them with every meal, eat them for snacks at the very least.
- Don’t shy away from beans and legumes. They offer plant-based proteins, fiber, and other important nutrients.
- Beverages are a surprising trap for most people. If you are going to drink them, stick with things like water, green tea, unsweet tea, milk, and natural fruit juices.
- Avoid frozen dinners, canned foods, fast food, and junk food. These things are filled with preservatives, salts, and sugars to make it last longer and can do more damage to your body than you think.
And that is just the tip of the iceberg with things that you could do to improve your nutrition and eating habits.
If you feel that you can’t do it alone, don’t worry! That is what nutritionists are for! They are here to help you adjust to a healthier lifestyle and adopt better eating habits.