Food For Thought

 

Food to Lose Weight With

Most people associate eating with weight gain and for many overweight people, that’s exactly how they got into that situation in the first place. But it’s not the whole picture and when you come to realize that there is a lot more to it than simply eating too much, then you will see that you can actually eat yourself thin by eating plenty of the right kinds of foods!

Different Ways for Different People

There are all kinds of different ways of using food to help you to lose weight, such as switching to a mainly raw food diet that excludes most meats but is high in raw vegetables as well as fruits, seeds and some low fat dairy products.

Another alternative you can choose is to sign up for a popular diet food delivery diet program and be dieting with Nutrisystem (see http://eternalhealthconcepts.com/dieting-with-nutrisystem/ for details) or Jenny Craig and let them provide your diet meals that will also help you lose weight by restricting portion sizes and calories in the food.

But one of the best ways in which to use food as the catalyst to get your body losing weight is to switch to a high protein, low carbohydrate diet that cuts out all the high glycemic carbs such as white bread, pasta, white rice and products that include refined white sugar (sucrose). You get to eat great food while forcing your body to burn fat in order to keep up the supply of energy it used to get from those high glycemic carbs.

You need to exercise every day in order to boost your metabolism to burn more energy, or it won’t work half as well. But the combination of lots of exercise and a high protein diet will help your body build muscle strength and stamina so you can exercise more.

It works even better when you workout with weights to build muscle bulk, because then your body will really go into energy burning overdrive and you will see a rapid reduction in body fat over several weeks to produce a very attractively slim and toned figure.

Just don’t overdo the weights or you’ll end up looking like a bodybuilder, unless of course that’s the goal you are aiming at!

Processed Food Diets: Are They Any Good?

There are a number of highly convenient diets around that use processed foods as the bulk or even the entirety of their diet plans. But are these diets any good? Are they healthy? The answers to those questions should be as obvious as they are controversial, but not everyone would agree that they are not actually any good for helping people to lose weight.

The problems associated with processed foods generally lie in their composition and you will get all sorts of unhealthy junk go into them from trans fats to high levels of salt and sugar, artificial flavor enhancers like monosodium glutamate, preservatives, colors and sometimes artificial sweeteners. None of these things is healthy, but there they are in a wide range of processed “diet” meals that you can buy at supermarkets or that get included in some diet programs.

One question that is often asked by would-be dieters is about the composition of Nutrisystem diet plans (see www.sdao.org/articles/nutrisystem-diet-plans.php for more details), since they comprise a lot of processed meals. The answer is that although many of the meals are processed, things like trans fats, artificial flavors and colors are not present or in such low amounts as to be dismissible.

That may be true for the home delivered diet food, but what about the supermarket equivalents that are often labeled as “healthy diet meals”? Often all you get are meals that are low in calories. That is usually achieved by simply making the portions smaller! Although some are better than others, you will often find a whole host of unhealthy additives in these so-called healthy meals and so it is important for people to carefully read the labels on the packs before buying them.

It is better to be safe than sorry and there is nothing worse than trying to lose weight by eating meals that are so full of unhealthy additives that they can have a detrimental effect on your health, whether you lose a few pounds or not.

Is Home Delivered Diet Food Any Good?

I hear a lot about people going on diets where the food is delivered to the home and all that the person needs to eat for a set period of time is contained in the shipment. I have to say this sounds very convenient and tempting and it must be a great advertising plus to be able to offer dieters this kind of easy option.

Let’s face it, very few people really and truly want to work hard on a diet, especially when there are much easier options available at a price that most people cab realistically afford. With so many home delivered diet programs (see: http://wvicfa.org/home-delivered-diets/ for details) available these days, the hardest part about them is actually choosing between the different suppliers over who can provide the best diet. And that’s the question I want to look at in this post. Are these home diet delivery services really as good as they say and is the food really worth eating?

From the standpoint of a person who is used to eating good, old fashioned home cooked meals, they are probably going to be in for a big let down with just about ALL of the home diet delivery companies and their menus. Unless a company can come up with a way to totally emulate a home cooked meal in taste, texture and quality then they are always going to be inferior.

With that said, it might as well also be said that most people who are used to eating home cooked meals are not generally overweight because they are eating healthily and not living on a diet of processed, additive laden junk. So its a pretty moot point about the quality of diet meal delivery standing up to home cooked meals in any case, at least for the majority of people who need these diets to lose weight.

So that leaves us with people who are overweight BECAUSE their diets consist of processed, additive stuffed junk food. They are used to this kind of food, so anything that the diet companies are going to send them is going to taste pretty much on par with what they’re used to and in many cases even better!

So if that’s you and you want to lose weight but don’t want the hassle of cooking your own food, then get on a Nutrisystem or Jenny Craig or eDiets diet or any one of the others and start losing weight with food that is probably better in every way to what you are currently living on!