Diets are often thought of as the preserve of the crazy, the faddish and the easily persuaded. New diets follow each other like ants on a leaf gathering expedition, each new method replete with promises of losing weight quickly. You may have tried them, you may have had some success, but for most the real change occurs when you change your approach to food. Pills, drinks, and meal replacements are not the way to lose weight.
The most important thing to remember is that how you consume food is just as important as how much food you consume. The fact remains that how you cook your food, eat your food and you use the stored energy of your food is the key to losing weight. People gain weight when their relationship to food becomes dysfunctional; when food becomes part of you recreation rather than a way to alleviate hunger you know that you've lost sight of the real function of food.
Diet and exercise go together as one if you are serious about losing weight and improving your levels of fitness, however if it's only weight loss you are concerned with then simply reducing the calorie intake from your food will be enough to produce a change of figure. It is always advisable to incorporate some exercise into your life however, so I would caution against committing to only one half of the solution.
Some foods are so toxic to any attempt at losing weight that they must simply be removed from the diet. Fried food, and food with saturated fats should be restricted as much as possible. There is simply no need. The obesity epidemic that is occurring in America is the result of the saturated fat debacle that has shaped the food manufacturing marketplace.
Moderate consumption of foods high in protein, such as whey, lean beef, chicken, tuna, turkey, salmon, and eggs, are more readily turned into muscle and can help with weight loss. Similarly, the fatty acids in fish contribute to a healthy diet and stronger bones, teeth, nails, and hair.
dairy products should be reduced as much as possible, and replaced with alternatives such as Soya milk, and low fat yoghurt and cheese. Butter should be replaced with vegetable spread.Nuts, seeds, and flax oil provide the necessary addition of fatty acids to your diet.
Finally make sure that you drink sufficient water. Eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day should be enough to flush out the toxins in your body, and will also make you feel fuller, causing you to eat less. If you ae not hungry but feel peckish, drink a glass of water before grazing on nuts, fruit and seeds.
Changing your eating habits and your relationship to food will bring you the results you crave. If food is your crutch it is time to throw out the chips and donuts, fill the cupboards with healthier options and begin to walk tall, stand proud and feel reborn.