Avoid diets that are composed completely of one food group such as protein. The belief that eliminating carbohydrates or fats for a prolonged period will lead to a healthier life is not truly sound. The human body requires carbohydrates, proteins and fats to process food into energy as well as aiding other biochemical activities such as brain function. It’s important to look closely at food labels. Sometimes a product labeled “reduced-fat” might still have high sugar or salt content, and also include other unhealthy ingredients. Processed foods are often full of ingredients that can sabotage your weight loss efforts. The listed ingredients should ideally be common ones that are easily recognizable to people. Look out for those artificial ingredients, and try not to eat things that contain them.
Protein is a daily requirement you do not want to neglect. Proteins are beneficial to all the organs of the body including the skin, muscles and blood. Protein helps your cells function properly and keeps your metabolism on an even keel. Protein is also important for a good immune system. Some foods that contain protein are fish, meats, tofu, poultry, legumes, grains, and milk products.
Take note of the nutrition panel located at the back of your foods, and try your best to not eat any food that contains more than 5% saturated fat, cholesterol, total fat and sodium. If your diet contains to much of these things you will open yourself up to serious disease such as hypertension, diabetes and high blood pressure.
Using this system can help you stick with it and avoid going out to eat something that is unhealthy. Having food choices that are fresh and exciting will prevent you from abandoning your attempt to lose weight.
Even a healthy eating diet is not a green light to ignoring the sizes of your portions. Watching portion sizes is important to losing weight. If you increase your portion size, you will increase your intake of calories. This inevitably leads to a weight gain.