There are, as any dieting or weightless enthusiast will affirm an overwhelming number of diets to choose from. In addition, the internet and health magazines present new ones every day. The good news is that some of them really do help you to lose weight. The bad news is that they can be very unhealthy for you in the long run. There are some simple and efficient tips to stay away from any dieting hazards.
With the hectic schedules and stressful environments that we live and work in, it is essentially difficult to watch what we eat, when we eat, and how much we eat. And this is one of the main factors influencing weight gain. The gradual shift from natural to processed foods has undoubtedly doubled or tripled the incidence of obesity among us. With the convenience that they offer, why would one avoid these processed foods which claim to be fat free, cholesterol free, and absolutely healthy?
Most of these processed foods are in fact high in fructose corn syrup or sugar which when accumulated in excess in the liver tends to tax the liver in the same way as alcohol and other toxins. Further, processed foods stimulate a strong reward response in our brains that causes us to overeat, They also tend to stimulate dopamine, a feel good transmitter in the body which can lead to excessive food cravings and ultimately to addiction.
Another habit to avoid is ‘emotional eating’. We don't always eat to simply satisfy our hunger. If we did, then no one would be overweight. All too often we turn to food for comfort and stress relief, and in the process pack on pounds.
The following are some useful tips that would help to develop a sustainable diet strategy:
- GO NATURAL
This is the first step towards a healthy diet. Get rid of all those processed items because excluding the taste, they have very few nutritional benefits and are very high in calories. As a first step, opt for fresh juice instead of fizzy drinks or use farm products instead of the packaged ones. The key is to sustain a steady shift towards a natural diet.
- EAT MORE AND STAY LEAN
To stay healthy and avoid putting on additional weight, one can have more frequent but smaller meals. So increase the number of meals a day from 3 to 5, but reduce the intake each time. This is to prevent the body from going into starvation mode and to speed up the metabolism rate.
- BREAKFAST LIKE A KING AND DINNER LIKE A PAUPER
It is essential to have a good filling breakfast because this activates the body metabolism for the day, and further the digestive juices which have accumulated over the night need some material to act on. On the other hand, at night, the body is comparatively less active and needs less energy; hence less calorie input is required.
- STOCK UP ON FIBRE
Fibres are essential to a weight loss regimen because they are non-fattening but at the same time filling. Corn, beans, cabbage, mushroom, celery bran, broccoli, orange are some of the foods rich in dietary fibres crucial to a diet plan.
DON'T DROP THE CARBS
Carbohydrates aren't our enemies, in fact our body can't survive without them. This is true of oils and fats as well. Instead of trying to completely avoid carbs from the diet, an ideal approach would be to look up how much carbs a specific person needs and limit his or her intake accordingly. This is true when in comes to foods like chocolates and ice cream, which are favourite snacks of many. Instead of a complete avoidance, moderation and self control in the intake quantity make the diet sustainable.
Never go for extreme diets that leave you starving and miserable, but instead make smart choices that leave you satisfied and help you win the battle against obesity.