Are you one of those people that fall for every new fad diet that comes out? The Atkins Diet, The Zone Diet, The South Beach Diet, The Cabbage Soup Diet, The Low Fat Diet, The Low Carb Diet, The Grapefruit Diet and the list goes on and on. Fad diets seem to be hitting the market constantly. Do they work? Ofcourse they do! Do they sound appealing? For the most part, Yes! But are they setting you up for failure? YES!!!!
Any diet will work because you are limiting your body of a certain food group or nutrient and therefore the numbers on the scale will go down. But think about it... you will not be able to follow this diet for the rest of your life nor is it good for you. Once you have seemingly reached your goal and start eating 'normally' (and I use that term very loosely) you will notice that the weight will slowly creep back on and more will be added to your waistline as well. So how can you combat this, you ask? Simple! Focus on making lifestyle changes to your diet and exercise routine. Healthy choices that you can stick with and that are beneficial to you. Believe it or not, yo-yo dieting can be worse for your overall health than gradually weight loss and maintenance.
Do yourself a favor, stop dieting and start 'lifestyling'. Your body will thank you!
The average family in the US and Canada is unaware of how much food they are consuming on a daily or weekly basis. For the majority of families this has becoming a silent hindrance to living a healthier life. CBC News did an experiment with an average Canadian family in order for them to be more aware of their intake, namely amount of salt, sugar, fats and so on. It is important to be aware of what you and your family is consuming. Take a step further and educate yourself about your body's nutrition demands and stick to it. Have a look at the video below.
Excerpt site: 'When CBC News went into one Toronto family's home and kept a close watch on what was actually consumed, the discrepancy between what people believe to be healthy eating and the reality of what they consume became glaring.'
'Studies suggest that, compared with 30 years ago, Canadians are consuming an entire extra meal a day in calories. They also eat too much sugar and far too much salt. Still, they may not recognize where all that salt and sugar is coming from.'
Eat Small, Frequent Meals. Have you been hearing that the way to lose weight is to eat 6 small meals a day? Do you wonder why you should be eating more to lose weight? The idea is that when you eat small meals at regular intervals you will increase your metabolism and will be less likely to overeat at your next meal. Eating regularly will make your body be more efficient in digesting food and will not leave you famished between meals. Make a goal today to add a small snack in between your meals!
In this section, you will be able to view relevant information about how to optimize your nutrition to suit your fitness needs.