Diet and Nutrition, The Secrets You Need To Succeed
Diet and Nutrition is such a broad subject. To make it simpler, think of diet as what you eat, and nutrition as knowing the right things to eat to feed your body what it needs. We’re all used to hearing about low-fat diets.
What About Fat?
Recent diet and nutrition studies have found that our bodies need a certain amount of fat to function properly. And, extremely low fat diets don’t really work, long term. The main things to know are what kinds of fat you need and how much. To find out about all the different kinds of fats, including trans fat, click here.
What about Fiber?
Fiber doesn’t have to mean cereal that tastes like bits of glass and stuff you swept off the floor. Simply put, fiber is just the parts of plants that we humans can’t digest. It provides internal cleansing.
Pardon the slightly graphic reference, but, imagine swallowing a wire brush and you get the picture. We should all eat more high fiber foods, because they speed digestion and flush toxins from our system more quickly. Find out more about high fiber foods and how to easily incorporate them into your diet and nutrition routine by clicking here.
What About The Food Pyramid?
You probably remember the old “Food Guide Pyramid.” It has recently been updated. You’ll find that the government has finally started saying what good nutritionists have said all along.
When it comes to fresh fruits and vegetables, more is better. To get more information, including a link to the new food pyramid website, click here.
Foods To Avoid
When it comes to diet and nutrition, knowing what to eat is only half the battle. Knowing what foods to avoid is equally important. We all pretty much know that fast food is at the top of the list. Eating deep-fried anything is like taking ‘three steps back’ for every step forward in your weight loss effort.
White flour and white sugar are not diet-friendly. Mayonnaise is not good, either. Well, it tastes good, but you know what I mean. If you have to eat mayonnaise, as I do, at least choose a more heart-healthy variety, like ones made with safflower oil. For a more complete list of foods to avoid, click here.
“If I don’t like bad news, do I have to look?”
We all know that foods like fruits and vegetables don’t have labels. That’s probably because everyone knows it’s good for you, so you trust it not to need a label. Most other foods have labels so you can find out the nutrition and diet related facts about that food.
A lot of people don’t realize that many manufacturers make the label information a little misleading, so it seems like you’re getting less fat and calories than you really are. For tips on how to make sense of food labels, click here.
5 A Day???
“How can anyone with a job and a family find the time to eat 5 fruits and veggies a day???”
It can be a lot easier than you think. And more important, too. We all know that a diet lower in trans fat and saturated fat, and higher in fiber, helps you lose weight and live longer. So, what foods are naturally low in fat and high in fiber?
Fruits and vegetables are. As a matter of fact, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now recommends more than ‘5 A Day’. From their website–“The CDC has updated its fruits and vegetables Web site to reflect the new Fruits & Veggies-More Matters TM campaign, which takes the place of the 5 A Day program.”