Count Chemicals Not Calories
Why do I say count chemicals not calories? I hear people on a daily basis talk about their diets and watch them eat “diet” foods. I’m sure you have either seen or tried some of these foods, the Weight Watchers, Special K, Fit & Active, Diet Soda, Fat Free, Sugar Free, etc. Microwavable dinners are convenient and quick for the busy person and yes it comes in a small portion usually but counting those calories should not be your goal for a healthy body. Processed foods are filled with preservatives, fillers, GMO’s, MSG, sugar, and chemicals that are banned in Europe but allowed here by the FDA. The chemicals that are in the foods can cause cancer over a long period of time, now if that doesn’t bother you than it should. Food should not be made in a lab.
Walk through your local grocery store and take a look at how much food comes in a can, box, freeze dried package or bag versus the food you can get fresh from the produce section and butcher. Read the labels! Don’t just look at the promise on it that it has less fat, less salt, less sugar etc. Big companies get paid big money for marketing products to consumers with false information. The ingredients should be less than 7. If the box lists more than 7 ingredients, put it down and walk away. If you wish to eat seafood, great but do research and ask questions about whether it is wild caught or farm raised. Whenever possible choose wild caught and research the type of fish you prefer to ensure you are not consuming more than a safe amount of mercury. You can check out this website for an idea, http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/tc/avoiding-mercury-in-fish-topic-overview.
Diets are about restricting your calories. Some give you a list of foods that you are not allowed to eat that are high in sugar, fat and carbs. Our bodies require a certain amount of calories to process our foods and distribute nutrients to our muscles, bones, and organs. The lowest body fat for women should be 25% and 20% for men. Diets don’t work, using portion sizes and consuming more vegetables and protein than starch does. There are tons of books out there on various diets that promise you will lose weight quickly. Losing too quickly can harm your body. Everything is a process and it takes time. The average is 2 pounds per week and the first couple of pounds will be water retention.
What bothers me most is the sheer fact that people truly believe they have to starve to lose weight. At one point in my life, I did stop eating 90 % of my daily food. I was heart broken and had no appetite at all, I lost a pound a day for a few weeks. I didn’t do it to lose weight but it worked at the time, I was looking good. It was not at all healthy and since then I learned how to eat right. Stress as we mention in the emotional eating post is a killer on our appetite. I have gained weight from stress and struggle more often than not but cutting our the processed foods and eating my vegetables helps a lot.