Make Eating Healthy A Lifestyle, Not A Duty
A healthy diet is important for a well-functioning body. However, it isn’t as restrictive or as confusing as people imagine. Food is the source of energy that we consume to provide nutritional support and has a direct impact on our cognitive performance in every stage of life.
Your food choices each day affect your overall health and well-being. It has a significant impact on your mood and mental health. Hence, the type and amount of food you consume has a major impact on your body.
The Food Guide Pyramid
The key messages that the Food Guide Pyramid is intended to convey—variety, moderation, or balance.
According to the Pyramid eating a healthy, balanced diet consist of eating from a wide variety of food groups in the right quantities to maintain the energy and nutrients a healthy adult needs.
It claims there are several key elements involved when it comes to eating healthy, which includes: moderation, variety, and balance.
The basic rule of thumb from the Pyramid is that a person should try to balance different nutrients and food, such as protein, vegetables, dairy products and grains while minimizing alcohol, processed food, and saturated fats.
If you follow that advice; consuming a variety of food from each food group helps a person get all the important nutrients.
Healthy eating helps to prevent conditions such as heart disease, hypertension, diabetes and even cancer. Proteins help in repairing body tissues while carbohydrates provide the body with energy. Therefore, making healthy eating a habit will go a long way in ensuring unlimited longevity and vitality of an individual.
The advice from the Pyramid is misleading. While healthy eating can help prevent and even reverse, hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, cancer and other symptoms.
I say it is misleading because it groups all body types under the same umbrella, the problem with that is not all people need the same food plan to achieve optimal health.
One of the main problems with trying to lose weight is your body will always burn sugar first, so while it is burning sugar you will never lose fat.
The first thing you have to do is eliminate all sugar from your body, this includes hidden sugar from processed foods, bread, pasta, cakes, pies, pizza, sodas, yes even diet sodas contain hidden sugars, and alcohol which is made from grain and sugar.
I know you are saying, why would I have to give up carbs? Isn’t a low carb diet one of the recommended methods for weight loss? Yes, it is but herein lies the problem, carbs are converted to sugar and any amount that is not used up for fuel is then turned to fat.
Get Healthy then lose weight
The purpose of this is to help you understand that you will never get rid of that stubborn belly fat as long as you continue to have sugar for your body to use as fuel. The key is to eliminate all sugar from your body so it can start using the fat as fuel.
You won’t necessarily notice any weight loss at first unless it is water weight, you could possibly lose as much as 8 to 10 pounds of water weight in the first few days. How will you know if this is working? You will start to feel better, you will sleep better, you will have more energy and your clothes will fit better.
It could take up to six weeks before you start losing the stubborn belly fat, you see normally a body can only lose about 2 pounds a week, but once it starts coming off it will continue.
The reason that you may not notice any fat loss is that your body has to heal itself first before it can start burning the fat. Not only do you have to eat the right type of foods but you also have to get restful sleep.
The reason why you may not be losing fat.
Adrenal fatigue: the adrenals are responsible for controlling cortisol which is the stress hormone. Cortisol also causes you to retain fat.
Poor sleep: your body burns the most fat during sleep, but it has to be in the deep sleep cycle if your sleep is interrupted you will never reach that state.
Thyroid: control metabolism, if your thyroids are not functioning properly you will not be able to lose fat.
Liver: your liver performs about 500 hundred different tasks, all of the fat passes through the liver, if it is malfunctioning you could end up with fatty liver disease.
In order to burn that stubborn fat, you need to analyze your body type, then use the proper food plan for your body type which could include eating protein and fat as well as nutrient-rich vegetables in the proper amount and at the proper time. The ultimate plan would be to eat only when you are hungry.
Eat enough proteins and fats for breakfast to carry you over to lunch without getting too hungry, then have 6 to 8 cups of raw vegetables with about 3 to 6 ounces of protein, do the same for dinner, but not too late, the idea is to create a cycle of intermittent fasting. Always eat your vegetables before you eat the protein. If you can get by without eating dinner that will increase the fasting period and this is when you burn the most stubborn fat.
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I have been following Dr. Eric Berg’s plan for about a week and have already lost 12 pounds of water weight and I feel much better. If you want to learn more about how to get healthy and finally lose that stubborn belly fat go here.
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