Do you struggle to lose weight? Do you want a simple and natural weight loss method? With the holidays quickly approaching, many of us are thinking about all the weight that we gained last year and are wishing there were a way we could start losing some weight leading up to all those office parties, family reunions, etc. and to keep it off even beyond the holiday season.
Do you exercise constantly and still not manage to lose any weight? The fact is that exercise alone isn’t enough. In reality, DIETING is “80% of the battle and exercise is only 20%”> Based on these numbers, it is no wonder that much of the population is overweight. Naturally, eating comes to us all pretty easily. As easily as breathing most likely. The problem is, many of us have never been taught to eat WELL. This is critically important because unless you learn to eat well, you may never master the art of dieting in which case, losing weight becomes an impossible mission. In our society, certain inappropriate eating habits have become routine and by attacking these habits, you can increase the likelihood that you will actually lose weight.
It has been said that variety is the spice of life, and that is certainly true when trying to eat a healthy diet. No one likes to eat the same thing day after day, and boredom is the enemy of a healthy diet. Fortunately for those trying to follow a healthy diet, there is plenty of variety to be had in healthy foods. In addition to the hundreds of varieties of fruits and vegetables available at the average grocery store, there is a wide variety of beans, lentils, nuts, meat, dairy products, fish and poultry. There is no need for boredom to set in when pursuing a healthier lifestyle.
It is important for everyone to eat foods from the five major food groups each and every day. The five food groups identified by the USDA include grains, vegetables, fruits, milk & dairy and meat & beans. Each of these food groups contains specific nutrients, so it is important to eat a combination of these foods to ensure proper levels of nutrition. Of course, simply choosing foods from the five food groups is not enough. After all, a meal from the five food groups could include cake, candied yams, avocados, ice cream and bacon. Although all five food groups are represented, no one would try to argue that this is a healthy day’s menu. Choosing the best food from within each group and eating the less healthy foods in moderation is the best way to ensure a healthy and varied diet.
No matter what your reason for following a healthy diet, or what your ultimate fitness goals may be, you will find that a good understanding of nutrition will form the basis of your healthy diet. Understanding how the various food groups work together to form a healthy diet will go a long way toward helping you meet your ultimate fitness goals. Whether your goal is to run a marathon, just feel better about yourself, or lose ten pounds before all of those holiday parties, knowledge is power, and nutritional knowledge will power your diet for the rest of your life.