Staying Healthy and Lean – The Foods That Really Count
Posted Aug 18 2010 3:42pm
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If you’re trying to lose weight or simply wanting to eat better for your health, there’s no shortage of information that you can turn to for help. You do have to be careful when looking for advice on maintaining a healthy diet. There are tons of fad diets and crazy eating plans that promise to help you lose 20 pounds in a week. If you ask any medical or weight loss expert, they will tell you to stay far away from those crazy plans. Some of these fad diets may work for a few weeks, but they end up doing more harm than good in the long run.
Eat for Health and Weight Loss Will Follow
Many people begin a diet simply to lose weight. While it is important to maintain a healthy weight, putting your weight before your overall health can cause you to make some poor dietary choices. A lot of people will drastically cut back on calories, or cut out a particular part of their diet, like carbohydrates, completely in the quest to lose pounds. Again, these methods can work in the short-term, but you will not be very health when all is said and done. Instead of focusing solely on weight loss, take a balanced approach to healthy eating and some pretty incredible weight loss will usually follow.
Quick Tips for Health Eating
Instead of bogging you down with the science of dozens of nutrients and why they make sense for your diet, here are some quick tips that should be a part of every healthy eating plan.
• Add more fiber to your diet. The average American has terrible digestive problems going on that they may not know about for years to come. The culprit behind these digestive disorders, like diverticulosis and other ailments, is low fiber diets. Simply adding more fiber to your diet will do wonders for your overall health and will help you to lose weight too.
• Drink more water. Staying hydrated is key to staying healthy. Sip water constantly throughout the day. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink. If you start to take in lots of healthy water on a regular basis, your health will improve, you’ll feel better, and you will probably lose a few unwanted pounds in the process.
• Graze, don’t gorge. The smart approach to eating healthy is to break up your meals into 4 – 6 smaller meals instead of 3 larger meals (and a couple of large snacks). If you graze by eating smaller, nutrient-dense meals, you will find it much easier to eat healthy foods and to avoid weight gain. You’ll also speed up your metabolism which will help you lose body fat.
Add these three simple tips to your daily eating plan and you will begin to feel better and drop some pounds. Remember to exercise in conjunction with a healthy diet to get the most out of your new eating plans. A few days of exercise each week, coupled with a smart diet will help you look and feel your best for years to come.