How to Shed Pounds Naturally Part 2: Diet Changes!

April 18 2017

Jacqueline Rosenhek

One of the key aspects to healthy weight loss is diet changes. Along with exercise, your diet is a main factor for how your health will turn out, and your physical appearance. Many people have a lot of different theories on what you should or should not eat in order for you to reach your top physical shape along with other physical activities and rituals to help you achieve this goal. This requires commitment, effort and change. We as a society do not eat the healthiest portions; we also tend to consume a lot of trans-fats and a lot of stimulants full of artificial colours, flavours and sugar and we consume these unhealthy foods way too fast to be able to digest this properly. Sadly, this is just the tip of the ice berg. With time we gain more and more knowledge on dietary health yet a lot of people seem to refuse to make any real effort with regards to healthy diet changes. This article will explain crucial dietary changes that should be made in order to keep a healthy body and why.

First things first, how much or little we tend to eat is one of the main reasons we as a society have issues with our weight. People are either very preoccupied with fad diets and quick tricks with losing weight, or are just ignorant to the damage that the junk food they consume will do and many others don’t really take the time to exercise either. It is easy to make up excuses to prevent yourself from really having to make any changes but if you actually do want go towards a certain physical goal, you will have to work for it. It is important to (contrary to popular belief) eat multiple small servings of food a day. This way you will recharge throughout the day through reasonable portions of healthy food, which will help you feel less hungry and will reduce the chances of poor food decision making from hunger. It is also important to stay hydrated, and not with soft drinks, caffeine, flavoured water or juice, but with water.

Going on a diet is a vague term. In the case of wanting to lose weight, you will ideally want to cut back on trans-fats, artificial sugar, sweeteners, sodium and refined carbs. With unhealthy foods, what tends to happen is that they will fill you up fast because they are so loaded with salt, sugar, complex carbs and empty calories. After you consume that, you have the feeling of being full and your insulin levels go up, making you feel tired and sluggish. While protein is an essential dietary staple if you want to be in good physical shape, we tend to overdo it with fatty proteins like excessive amounts of red meat which can only be balanced out with frequent, rigorous exercise in order to burn off any excess fat and utilize the protein to its full potential. It is best to opt for lean proteins that can give a sufficient amount of energy and can help with both physical and neurological development. The same could be said about healthy fats. Olive oil, fish oil, avocados and coconut oil are just a couple of examples of healthy fats that are good for your brain as well as connective tissue, cardiac system and your brain! You will also want to incorporate a lot of fruits and veggies into your diet for fiber, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, so eat a rainbow of fruits and vegetables! The brighter the colour the better! It is also important to combine this with healthier eating habits. Take time to actually enjoy the food you are eating. Avoid eating at a rushed pace and let your body take the time to digest it. This way you will feel fuller faster and will have prevented yourself from overeating. It doesn’t matter what you are eating, excess is excess. Eating healthy doesn’t have to be a chore, it is a sustainable lifestyle that will not only have you looking better, but feeling better too.



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