All the different diet gurus espouse diets that are polar opposites of each other. The Atkins diet tells you to stay away from carbs and other experts tell you that carbs are important. The key to long term weight loss and attaining and maintaining your ideal weight is to eat healthy foods. The tips given here will help you to do just that.
The first thing to think about which is rarely covered in diet books and programs is in regard to your grocery shopping habits. Grocery stores typically keep all the processed foods and junk foods on the interior of the store so just make a trip around the perimeter and load your shopping cart up with natural foods like fresh fruits and vegetables. When shopping for proteins opt for fresh fish and poultry. If you want red meat go with only lean cuts and eat red meats sparingly.
Another tip that many people cannot seem to get their head around is to eat more meals. Let me explain. Instead of skipping meals which slows down your metabolism or eating three big meals that leave you bloated and overfull eat several smaller meals. Ideally you should eat meals about the size of your open hand every three to four hours. This will allow for the most optimum absorption and will also help you to feel full.
Eat foods as close as possible to nature. Fresh raw foods are the absolute healthiest foods you can consume. If it comes in a box it is generally to be avoided. Eat fresh potatoes instead of mashed potatoes from a box for example. Raw natural foods are lower in calories and are rich in vitamins and minerals that your body needs to be healthy.
Keep your food from being boring by experimenting with a variety of different spices and cooking methods. Just because you are dieting doesn’t mean that your food can’t taste good. Grilling is a great way to add a different taste to your food and you can even grill vegetables by placing them in tin foil. One of my favorites is to take sliced squash and zucchini, sprinkle minced garlic over them, wrap them in tin foil and place them on the grill. Try this one, I promise you will like it.
Always watch your fat intake and be careful of products that say “reduced fat”, that doesn’t always mean that it is acceptable. There are many high fat products that offer a reduced fat version that is still way too much fat. Another issue with some low fat products is that they replace the fat content with a form of sugar that ends up adding just as many calories and will end up sabotaging your diet efforts. I urge everyone to only drink low fat or skim milk as well. This alone will significantly reduce your fat and calorie intake.
Gregg Hall is a business consultant and author for many online and offline businesses and lives in Navarre Florida with his 16 year old son. For more on health food products go to http://www.shop4betterhealth.com