If you watch television or surf the net, you probably notice a lot of conflicting ideas about what a healthy diet really is. It’s even worse if your trying to lose weight. Everyone has some type of miracle diet that’s supposed to take pounds off quickly and many times, these are extremely unhealthy over the long haul. You can’t eat just one type of food. No matter how much of a miracle cabbage soup is, it’s not a balanced healthy diet for a lifetime, and even if it were, what a boring way to live. If you need help eating better, consider using the services of a professional, such as a nutritionist or personal trainer.
Even the food pyramid, the holy grail of dieters, is now proven wrong.
While the food pyramid was a decent source of information to aid in making dietary selections, it’s outdated. Even worse, it’s not printed by the department of health, but by the US Department of Agriculture, so it stresses some products more than others. The fact is, if you live by the food pyramid, you might face the rest of your life heavy. Dr. Walter Willett, well known nutritionist and chairman of Harvard Universities Nutrition Department, has different ideas and is the biggest critic of the food pyramid as it stands. He created the Healthy Eating Pyramid, which includes nut, beans and healthy oils as well as whole grain. The base of his pyramid is daily exercise and weight control.
Doctors get very little training in nutrition and how it benefits the body.
The average school teacher or accountant often has as much training in nutrition as doctors. Most doctors only have about one class on nutrition, which many other college educated people often take as part of the curriculum. That’s why most doctors tell you that you need to exercise more and eat less, but don’t give you any other information. If they do, it’s a diet they printed off the internet or copied from a book. When you use the services of a personal trainer, you’ll get the benefits of increased exercise and a healthy diet.
Are all “healthy foods” really healthy?
You might think that low fat milk is far better than whole milk, but you’d be wrong. Many studies, including one review by Mario Kratz that looked at 25 studies comparing people who consumed whole milk and those opting for low fat dairy, found that those eating whole dairy actually had less weight gain, lower body weight and less incidence of obesity than low-fat dairy consumers. You’ll probably find the same is true for those eating calorie reduced foods. Eating whole foods and eating healthy is the answer to weight problems.
You can learn to cook healthier, which may include reducing the amount of fat—which isn’t a benefit here—or substituting it with healthy fat, such as that from avocado or even butter made from milk from grass fed cows.
Learning to have healthy snacks available is important. Eating often can help keep you full so you don’t clean out the candy counter at the gas, while burning also more calories.
Keep a log of everything you eat for a few weeks. You’ll be amazed at how many times you eat foods out of habit and later don’t even remember eating it.
Eating healthy doesn’t have to mean suffering with rice cakes each meal. You’ll be amazed at how good whole foods can taste.