How would you feel if you were told you to stop dieting? You’d probably be relieved. However, a part of you might resist the change, primarily due to erroneous information you’ve read and heard about dieting and nutrition. For example, fat-free diets have often been touted as an excellent way to lose weight. However, these diets instead flood your body with sugar and nitrates, things that you don’t need. In contrast, you do need to eat fat, although it is important to make sure it is healthy fat. You can get that from vegetables, fruits and nuts, among other things.
The fact is, diets just don’t give your body everything it needs to work at its highest level each day. When you restrict yourself from eating certain foods, your body begins to crave things that are not nutritionally sound to make up for what it is missing. As a result, you go off course and you don’t hit your weight loss goals. If you gave up dieting altogether, and simply ate foods that are good for you, chances are that you would move toward a healthy weight and start feeling better at the same time.
When picking out foods to eat, remember that anything processed generally isn’t good for you. Load up on fruits and vegetables, as they don’t have a lot of calories but they do have the vitamins and nutrients that your body requires. Granted, they might not indulge your taste buds as much as a pizza or a chocolate bar. But, eating those foods is going to weigh your body down and ultimately isn’t that good for you. Make good food choices, and you won’t have any trouble losing weight.
Sometimes people get tricked into thinking they can replicate the benefits of a whole food, like an apple, with a product that contains apples, like apple juice. However, this isn’t the case. When making apple juice, the pulp has to be removed, causing the product to be much less healthy than its counterpart. Juice has a lot more calories than fresh fruit and contains no fiber. Therefore, instead of going down the juice aisle, head to the fresh fruits section instead.
The more issues your digestive system has, the more fat your body stores. Processed foods cause a number of different issues in the body, and they can’t replicate the nutritional value of a natural diet. In fact, they have a lot of things you don’t want to eat, like saturated fats, sugars, preservatives and sodium. All of those things can cause weight gain and result in an unhealthy lifestyle. And, because your body isn’t getting what it needs, it’s going to want you to eat more in an attempt to get the nutrients it is lacking. Luckily, you know how dangerous this can be. Just a simple online search can give you the information you need about what constitutes a healthy diet and what makes up an unhealthy one.
When you leave dieting behind and just make smart food selections, you will find that you’ll naturally move toward your ideal weight. Pick foods like fruits, lean meat, fish, vegetables and whole grains. Because everything you are eating is healthier and lower in calories than your previous selections, you can actually eat more. Your metabolism will get a boost, and you will see that weight drop off.
Do not wait; start today and move toward a new you.