With the number of great restaurants and amazing food to try, healthy living becomes a struggle for a number of people. Modern lifestyle also plays a huge role on one’s health and fitness, sadly most people will think about taking care of their body only after they start to feel unwell. The variety of processed foods, fast food restaurants and unhealthy food options are some of the factors that can lead to sickness and diseases. There is no better time than today to start on a healthier approach towards a longer and happier life.
It seems like a new diet is hitting the marketplace every other day, and every new diet seems to be dubbed as the one that works. There are so many diets out there, that if you want to lose weight, it can be hard to decide where to begin.
The latest dieting craze to hit the marketplace is called Paleo, and many people are wondering if they should give it a try.
What is the Paleo diet?
The Paleo diet basically refers to only eating the foods that our historic ancestors ate, which includes fruits, vegetables, meat, fish and nuts. This means that you should cut out legumes, grains and dairy. Basically, you want to eat only those items that can be hunted or gathered and refrain from eating anything that has been processed or sealed (so no canned vegetables). Fresh foods contain more vitamins and nutrients than those that have been processed, and they’re more healthy for you than those that tell you they’re healthy.
What’s the point of the Paleo diet?
The Paleo diet doesn’t cut out fat or carbs. Instead, it relies on you eating a healthy amount of food in order to maintain a decent body weight. Eating these foods will increase your metabolism and give you more energy throughout the day. And since you tend to eat more fruits and vegetables than whole grains, you may actually cut out a good deal of the carbs you eat on a regular basis.
Along with keeping you at a healthy weight, the Paleo diet is also known to reduce the risk of major diseases, such as heart attack, stroke and diabetes. By keeping your food intake simple, you are not clogging your body full of supplements or processed foods.
What are the benefits of the Paleo diet?
The Paleo diet doesn’t require you to count points, read labels or consume a great deal of protein shakes. The foods used in the Paleo diet are simple and real, and you know exactly what you’re getting.
Preparing Paleo-approved meals is simple. Choose a meat, choose a vegetable and you’re done. There is no need to read a ton of cookbooks or think too long about what to prepare for dinner. This will also help you decide what to eat more quickly when dining out at restaurants. Rather than spend a great amount of time reading over the menu, you can choose the option that fits best with the Paleo diet.
Is the Paleo diet right for me?
The Paleo diet hasn’t hurt anyone, so as long as you’re okay with eating meat and vegetables and cutting out dairy, grains and legumes, trying the Paleo diet shouldn’t be that hard to accomplish. And since there is not counting points or reading labels, you can choose Paleo-approved foods more easily than other diets. People have been using the Paleo diet for years. If you start the Paleo diet, you will see an increase in your energy levels, and you’ll start to look better too.
Learning about food is crucial if you want to get control of your body. What you eat will determine how you look more than anything else, including exercise.
I used to be a lot heavier than I am now, and that was mostly because of food. Even after I started working out, I got fatter. This happened because of food. Working out can’t always be enough to offset your diet, especially if your diet is really bad. For a while, mine was.
Avoiding foods that make us gain weight is huge if you want to ‘own’ your body. This lesson will help you to do just that. Here are the biggest culprits:
Processed sugars are one of the most likely of foods to make you fat. You can find them in a variety of sources including pretty much all sweets, sodas, and sweet tasting baked goods such as cookies, brownies, cakes, etc.
You will also find a large amount of sugars in many breakfast foods including waffles, pancakes, crepes, and most cereals.
Processed sugars wreak havoc on your blood sugar and cause excessive insulin response. Since excessive insulin response causes appetite issues, your eating can really get out of whack if you consume processed sugar. Get them out of your diet.
Eating weird, manufactured fats can really mess up the hormones that regulate your body. Many oils are hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated to increase the shelf life. Unfortunately, this process also increases your waist line. These oils make your body believe that it needs to store fat and when you eat them, it does just that.
The oils and fats that you need to avoid are sunflower, canola, and vegetables oils, and fully hydrogenated fats such as Crisco and other shortenings.
I’ll admit that refined grains are much worse than whole grains, but grains are a problem in general. Your body converts grains to sugar and does it in a hurry. There are definitely times when grains are ok to eat, but eating a lot of grains will add to your fat levels, even if you’re eating the ‘whole’ variety.
Artificial sweeteners are perhaps the worst thing you can consume if you want to control your weight. They will really mess with your appetite and I can promise you that you will consume more calories overall if you use these little devils. They trick your body into thinking that calories should be coming and when they don’t, it freaks your body out. If there’s one thing I’ve learned by working with people at The Skinny School, it’s that sweeteners must be completely eliminated before significant, lasting progress can be made.
If you want to make lasting changes to your body, you should start eating whole foods with an emphasis on fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and healthy fats. This will help your body to heal itself hormonally and get on the right track. Be very careful with processed foods. Nothing from a box will make your body healthier.
It sounds like something right out of Hollywood. Imagine a hero slashing his way through dangerous, enemy-infested archaeological relics in search of the holy grail of modern weight loss science and lore: the mysterious and powerful “list of fat burning foods” that will miraculously solve America’s epidemic obesity problem.
It really doesn’t have to be as dramatic as all that, as fun as the idea might sound. Fat burning foods are actually currently available in every grocery store in the United States. Unfortunately, most shoppers don’t spend much money on them. Instead, they go after processed foods, over-processed carbohydrates (like breads and pastas), piles of sugar, and corn syrup-laden “energy” drink concoctions. The result is that collectively, our hind quarters look far more bovine or pachyderm than human these days, and the obesity epidemic is starting to get way out of control.
Lots of people are afraid to even try diets that work. They’re afraid it might entail months of suffering through cardboard-like fiber snacks, strange potions, and gag-inducing “super foods.” The biggest fear is that they won’t enjoy what they’re eating, they’ll only stay on their new “diet” for a few weeks or months, and then fall right back into their old flabby ways.
I had much the same fear a little bit over four years ago, when I first set off on my quest to lose 42 pounds. Happily, I discovered that clean eating and fat burning foods are actually delicious. I took all the weight off in a little over seven months, and I have kept it off since then. I would never have succeeded if I didn’t enjoy the taste, texture, and consistency of the foods that I ate, regardless of how much benefit they were giving to my body.
What’s the list of fat burning foods I used? Be prepared to be surprised, because it’s a very simple prescription: eat meats (if your politics permit), vegetables, nuts, seeds, and some fruits. Eat starches (breads, potatoes, pasta, rice) only very sparingly, and avoid sugars altogether.
It really is that easy!
- You’ll Find Nothing but Gourmet Offerings in the List of Fat Burning Foods! (weightlossdietforum.com)
- The Best Fat Burner for Weight Loss – Taking it the Natural Way (freeacaiberry.org)
Achieving your ideal waist line and losing weight is now possible without having to follow strict diet and rigid exercise programs. All it takes is a special diet that would help boost the digestive system. The special diet would force the digestive system to burn fat faster, thus achieving the ideal waistline is possible.
There are no restrictions as what to eat; this special diet would mean eating the same food but without the fast food junkies. The process would last for about two weeks and it would mean a little discipline when it comes to the number of times that you eat food.
In the first phase of the diet, it would require you to eat the food the same number of times every day. It would help the body get used to the process of digesting foods the same time every day. The body has its natural clock and if the body knows when to expect food; then it would digest food better and increase the metabolism rate.
Of course, it is very important not to skip meals; eating 3 full meals is necessary. You can eat the usual food that you eat but never eat fast food meals. Eating full meals would aid in the metabolism of the body. Faster metabolism would mean faster capability of burning fat.
As much as possible, refrain from eating processed foods; these types of foods are quite difficult to digest. The body will have a hard time digesting processed foods, thus resulting to constipation and the feeling of being bloated. These processed foods will clog the digestive system, making it difficult to flush out toxins inside the body. The metabolism has the tendency to slow down; the fat in the belly increases.
If you combine all these techniques; you would not need to starve yourself once again just to remove couple of inches in your waist line. There is also no need to sweat it out inside the gym to burn calories because your body will do it the natural way. It only takes proper discipline to lose those unwanted fat belly and obtain the ideal waistline.
Depriving yourself with complete meal is not the key; you just need to do away with the junkies and consume all three full meals at the proper schedule. Then your body will do the work for you in getting back into your ideal waistline once again.
This is a guest post by Jessy Troy, a new mom and stay-at-home entrepreneur, who blogs on Sudden Weight Loss and Weight Loss Menus.
- Stop the Sedentary Lifestyle and Start Thinning Your Waistline (dietcleanse.org)
- You’ll Find Nothing but Gourmet Offerings in the List of Fat Burning Foods! (weightlossdietforum.com)