In this day and age social media influencers love to post all their fancy meals and there is a lot of media output in general on eating salads and other various forms of rabbit food. On the other end of the spectrum, you also get influencers who post themselves with a box of pizza and a tonne of junk food. It really doesn’t help people understand what is the right way to go about their nutrition.
The truth about being a healthy weight is that you can occasionally eat crap. Like with most things, it’s all about moderation. But here is where most people slip up; they eat pretty healthy during the week and stick to their daily calories and then it’s Friday night and they celebrate with a 2,000 calorie pizza. What are you celebrating?
The most important principle for maintaining or losing weight is that what you eat is sustainable. So if you have 4,000 calories one day you then need to reduce the amount of calories you eat subsequent days.
There is no other way around living a healthy lifestyle. You must change your eating habits and no matter what diets you read up on, it will always boil down to substituting unhealthy foods for healthy ones. The trouble with a lot of food products these days is that they toy with them and put lots of additives in them.
Put simply, there are saturated and unsaturated fats. Unsaturated fats are the healthy fats and should definitely not be avoided. They are good for your heart, absorbing nutrients and producing essential hormones which are responsible for the way you feel. The trouble is, there are so many products advertising for having a reduced fat content. Fat is what gives food flavour and makes you feel full after eating it. Instead they are substituting the flavour with various man-made sweeteners such as sucralose, acesulfame K, and aspartame. Aside from those sweeteners being notorious in their own right, they do not provide the fullness like fat would and like sugar, your brain tells you that it wants more of that sweet stuff. So you end up eating more than you would originally and probably something sweet.
Your body is naturally designed to have a balanced and healthy diet. In the 1920s, Chicago, there was a long-running experiment done at an orphanage where there were 15 babies individually left to feed themselves with all sorts of foods ranging from a variety of 34 healthy foods including vegetables, carbohydrates and proteins as well as water, orange juice and milk. All the babies hadn’t been weaned yet. The study found that the babies had their separate food preferences but they never had too much of anything and helped themselves to the food that made up a balanced and healthy diet.
The problem is that our diet has been offset from what’s natural by all these artificial products. We live in a disconnected society. We aren’t aware of the plumping systems underground, how our smartphones even work, or what is put into the food that we eat.
It’s our responsibility to replace the foods we have these days for more natural foods which are not man made, artificial and doesn’t have ingredients on the back of the packet that you don’t even understand. This will optimise your hormone levels, making you feel happier, less tired, more energetic, increase your metabolism and simply maintaining a healthy weight.
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