There are several fad diets that will lead to successful weight loss if you follow them exactly as they are designed. That doesn’t mean that every food that fits into a diet is a healthy food, but it does mean you have to change your eating patterns to fit that diet’s rule. Rather than worry about following a fad diet, think about your healthy lifestyle instead. Start by learning which food are good for you.
The closer a food is to its natural state; the better it is for you. Fresh fruits and berries are great and will satisfy a craving for sweets. Whole vegetables have lots of vitamins and minerals so eat more green, orange, yellow and red vegetables. Steam them to retain the most nutritional value and be careful with sauces; they may be high in calories and fats that aren’t good for you. Any pasta or baked goods should be made from whole grains. Avoid sugary snacks and pastries as well. An apple is good for you, an apple pie really isn’t.
Shop for lean meats and don’t forget the fish. The Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids in the ocean fish are often deficient in our diets, so serve seafood 2-3 times per week. Baked fish and chicken are healthier than fried, and lean meats like bison and venison may be healthier than higher fat beef. Processed lunch meats, hot dogs, bacon, and sausages have a lot of saturated fats and nitrates in them you don’t want in your body. If you love these meats, you can find healthier versions sold in health food stores. Remember to eat a variety of foods to get all the vitamins and minerals you need to be healthy.
Stick to water, low fat, soy or almond milk, 100% fruit and vegetables as you main beverages and limit soft drinks.
LIST OF FOOD THAT SHOULD COMPRISE THE MAJORITY OF YOUR DIET IN ORDER TO PROMOTE A LEAN HEALTHY BODY FOR LIFE:
- Any and all vegetables
- Any and all fruits
- Healthy white and red meats (preferably free range, organic, and or grass-fed)
- Wild fish
- Dairy (Preferably raw, organic and/or grass-fed)
- Whole Eggs (include the yolks where almost ALL of the nutrition is located.
- Whole unrefined grains
- Legumes (Peas, beans, peanuts)
- Whole grain or sprouted grain bread
- High fiber cereals (Avoid low fiber cereals, even if they are unsweetened; they are acceptable only as a post-workout meal
- Any and all nuts (If you’re not allergic to any)
- Nut butters (Peanut, almond, cashew butters, etc.)
- Tubers (Sweet potatoes, whole potatoes)
- Non-hydrogenated minimally processed oils (such as extra virgin olive oil, or virgin coconut oil)