Excuse me while I step up on my soap box.
One of the main reasons–ok the main reason I do not like fad diets is because while they may work short term and you may definitely lose the weight you want, they give you a false sense of health….in other words….they don’t last long term and you are not always as healthy as they may lead you to believe.
For example, one of the fad diets I despise is the low carb diet. It’s this type of dieting that keeps you from eating the actual good foods that your body needs. And another thought, what’s going to happen when you stop this low-carb dieting and you start eating carbs again >>> you’re going to gain back the weight. Does this sound too close to home?
Your body needs carbohydrates.
The right carbs provide your body with energy, as well as fiber and vitamins.
When your body does not take in the amount of carbohydrates that it needs to keep going, it will start pulling energy from other sources within your body in the form of protein. And where does this protein come from: your muscle tissue.
When your body starts losing protein from the muscle, you can only imagine what happens next: you obviously begin to lose muscle tissue and growth of the muscles (atrophy), you lose energy and your body weakens = unhealthy body = bad news for you.
If you only remember one thing remember this: Muscle fuels metabolism and without feeding your muscles, you lose metabolism. Get it?
So, what’s the answer to this problem? You guessed it: a well-balanced diet of carbohydrates and protein. Yay for carbs and protein! *Insert cheering*!
Now. Let’s talk about protein.
Your body’s primary use for protein is to build and repair tissues.
Now apply those uses of carbs and protein where you are right now: are you dieting, exercising, strength training with weights or have medically related nutritional issues? How would your body benefit right now from the intake of carbs and proteins?
Having said that, there are of course healthy and not so healthy choices of each. Better choices of a carb enriched diet include: fruits and veggies, beans, whole grain pastas, sweet potatoes, and high fiber whole-grain breads (instead of white) and lean protein sources of chicken, turkey, fish, lean pork and lean red meat (yes you can have red meat, just limit it to a couple of times per week).
Don’t make it hard on yourself. It’s all about moderation and balance and making the right food choices. No, I don’t always follow the “rules”, but overall I know I make healthy choices and live a healthy lifestyle.
How about this for a carb-friendly breakfast? This was post my morning workout and I refueled with steel cut oats topped with almonds and chia seeds, leftover chicken tenders and broccoli. <3
Eating healthy is an everyday choice, not just something we do for a few days or weeks out of the year when we’re getting ready for bikini-weather, or not just each January 1 with a new resolution. And the good news is we get 365 chances each year to start over!
Is today going to be the day for YOU?
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