Many diet advertisements will try to persuade you what to eat and what not to eat. Each company or affiliation will guarantee weight loss. For example, the Atkins diet will tell you to stay away from carbohydrates, other diets will tell you to stay away from fats, and many will even try to trick you into buying and using diet pills. Such companies will promise weight loss, and will try to convince you that their way of dieting is the most effective and healthy compared to other diets. None of companies are truthful, and none of these diet and eating plans will be successful. Many people, especially women, will stress over how they have tried several diets, yet they are unable to lose weight or keep the weight off once they have lost it. The most common problems that people have are exactly what diet fads work against: portion size and food variety.
All certified dietitians will attest to the truth, which is that everyone needs to eat a balanced diet. The best way to show what a balanced diet is, is to refer to the Food Guide Pyramid. On this pyramid there are six types of food groups: carbohydrates, protein, fruits, vegetables, dairy, and fats. It is very unhealthy to give into fad diets that tell you to eat only a certain type of food. Carbohydrates are imperative to daily life. They provide you with energy and are healthy for your metabolism. Also, protein is crucial for keeping your muscles healthy, fruit and vegetables keep your digestive system moving, dairy nourishes your bones, and fats keep your skin healthy. The truth is that everyone, whether trying to lose weight or not, needs to eat from every section of the food group for weight management and optimal health.
What is also important to know is what kinds of food to eat. It is important to make healthy and reasonable decisions within each food group. Such examples include healthy fats, (monounsaturated and polyunsaturated) and unhealthy fats, (saturated and trans fats) healthy carbohydrates, (with fiber and small amounts of fat) and less recommended types of carbohydrates (little or no fiber with high amounts of fat). The amounts of fat within the cheese and protein groups also vary. To reiterate, it is very important to vary such food decisions. The answer to this common dilemma is not what most people assume. Making healthy decisions such as intaking fiber, fruit and vegetables, and lean proteins is very important, but it is also important to let yourself indulge every once in a while.
Food is meant to be enjoyed without too much compromise. Every once in a while it’s okay to eat those cookies, that slice of cake, or some potato chips. Let’s face it: eating “diet” foods usually leaves you unsatisfied. Because of this, people tend to eat more of it, which leads to weight gain. By letting yourself indulge every so often will prevent this habit, and reduce your cravings. What is more important, it is unwise and unhealthy to choose altered versions of food with lower fat or carbohydrates. Foods that have been tampered with to ultimately lower their calorie content, does not mean they are healthier. In fact, it is often the opposite. For example, low fat potato chips contain an ingredient which prevents fats from being absorbed by your body. This is very detrimental to your health.
What is equally important to eating a variety of foods, is portion sizes. Even when eating such healthy foods as lean meats or salad, you mustn’t eat too much. The calories will still add up, which will cause weight gain. Portion sizes are not difficult to know and understand. Such examples are 3oz of protein, 1/2 cup of mashed potatoes, 1 cup of pasta, and 2 tbsp of salad dressing.
Altogether, health and weight management are not difficult to achieve and live by. Make healthy food choices, eat a variety of foods, let yourself indulge once in a while, know and estimate portions sizes, and eat until you are satisfied and not past it. These tips will ensure that you will be at your best health.