Copyright (c) 2011 William McKenna
Many people looking to lose weight will go to great lengths to adhere to strict diet regimes often feeling deflated if they fail to successfully lose enough weight. The secret to losing weight is to change the bad eating habits into good ones. Ensuring a healthy lifestyle all the time will help keep the pounds off, for good.
Healthy Eating Tips:
Eat regular small meals
Obesity is closely linked to blood sugar levels. When we have peaks and dips in our sugar levels, we can crave foods high in sugar to try and bring our levels up again. It is more efficient to keep blood sugar steady and reduce cravings, and therefore the tendency to overeat, or to eat fattening foods. By eating smaller portions regularly we can maintain a balanced blood sugar.
Avoid high sugar snacks
There is a tendency when hungry to eat high-sugar or carbohydrate snacks. This is because they contain the quickest form of energy. However, this kind of snacking will cause blood sugar to fluctuate and can cause cravings and mood swings. Also, these ’empty calories’ have little nutritional value and can be fattening, because the body cannot use of the sugar and it is converted to fat tissues. Try and choose snacks with a low glycemic index (G.I) that help to balance blood sugar and are less fattening.
Low GI foods- Oats, cereals, rice-cakes, rye bread, nuts and seeds (unsalted) dried fruits, apples, carrots, most fruits, high fiber cereals, rice and pulses.
Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables
On of the best ways to make sure you are getting a full range of vitamins and minerals, as well as plenty of fiber, is to eat a wide range of fruit and vegetables. Many of us tend to stick to the favorites and eat the same vegetables and fruit each day. Adding variety, helps to broaden nutrition and will also keep meals interesting.
Cakes, cookies, pancakes, pasta and wheat products are high in carbohydrates which can be especially fattening, because they are high in energy or sugars. We need about 45-65% Carbohydrates in our diet, as our cells need Carbohydrates to convert into energy. However, the more carbohydrates we get from raw plant foods the healthier we will be. Try eating more cereals, vegetables, fruit and raw products which have a lower glycemic index (G.I), rather than processed and refined carbohydrates which can cause weight gain, as well as bowel problems, such as candida and constipation.
Drink plenty fluids
Dehydration can have an impact on our body’s ability to absorb nutrients from food as well as excrete wastes. Adequate fluid balance is necessary for all cell functions as well as colon health. Water is absorbed from the large colon, into the bloodstream, and acts as a carrier for water soluble vitamins to be absorbed from the gut into the blood for distribution to vital organs. It is advisable to drink eight 8 (oz) glasses of water per day.
Take plenty Omega oils and EFAs
Omega oils and essential fatty acids help the body to absorb nutrients, are immune boosting and also help to lower cholesterol and unhealthy fats in the body. You can increase your Omega oils intake, by eating oily fish, eggs, and also nuts and seeds, or by taking a supplement such as pumpkin, hempseed, flaxseed oil.
Following these steps above can greatly increase your health while helping you lose weight. Making the right choices will lead to a healthier you.