When we are embarking on a weight loss diet we become hyper sensitive to what we are eating and whether it is the best combination for lose weight.
Should I eat a low fat diet?
Should I eat a low carb diet?
Should I eat paleo?
Should I eat low calorie?
What should I eat?
The answer is pretty simple but the process is not always as.
To lose weight, you need to consume less energy to what you expend through ‘work’ or exercise.
That means you need to use more energy than what you put in your body.
You can achieve this in a multitude of ways and that could be achieved in a fad diet like way such as an Atkins diet or a very specific focus like low fat or low carb.
The problem with focusing on such as specific route or elimination of certain foods is that often you will not be able to sustain this healthy eating lifestyle.
The best way to achieve the weight loss is by partaking in a healthy eating lifestyle revolution.
By doing this, it will not be the fat or the lack of fat that leads you to lose weight. It will be the overall healthy choices and daily food decisions.
I often hear people tell me, “I cut out carbs and lost 15 kilos”. Well yes, when you cut out a whole food group there is less food for you to choose from and you also a making a conscious decision to focus on your diet and what you are putting in your mouth.
The important point with the above paragraph is that weight loss does not always equal a healthy body.
When you cut out carbohydrates or any food group unnecessarily (i.e. not for medical reasons) you are cutting a major source of firstly macronutrients which are integral to your overall health and also a host of micronutrients like vitamins and minerals that are responsible for your body to function efficiently.
Cutting out carbohydrates is cutting out a valuable and bioavailable source of fibre.
For a period of time, your body will be able to use the reserves of macro and micronutrients stored in your body or alternatives sources. But after a while, things might very well start to go wrong, especially if you do not supplement your diet sufficiently with other rich sources or food.
If you want to lose weight, it is beneficial to reduce certain elements on the food system which are not ‘healthy’ for you and keeping everything in moderation. For instance, yes, choosing lower fat foods will reduce your calorie intake. But if you substitute the reduced fat intake with a mountain of carbohydrates, your calorie intake may not be drastically reduced.
It all needs to be in moderation. I know that is boring, but if you really want to lose weight for good, you need to able to continue your healthy eating plan for LIFE.
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