There is no shortage of information out there when it comes to nutrition and weight loss. The diet industry rakes in billions – yes, billions – each year yet Americans still struggle to make lasting changes and keep the weight off. Perhaps it is because we listen too much to media sources or “fad” information that is constantly changing and even contradicting itself. Here are some realistic and simple ways you can step up your nutrition to the next level, without losing your sanity.
Don’t Nix Carbs Altogether
Carbohydrates are the source of energy our bodies crave – and operate on – the most. They digest into chemicals that feed every cell in the body, providing us with stamina and the brain power we need to be focused and alert. However, there are different types of carbohydrates, and some are much better than others. Simple carbs found in sugary foods and white starches (think french fries or white bread) are stored more readily as fat in the body if taken in excess. But complex carbs found in whole grains like oats, legumes, and vegetables digest differently, so your body does not experience a spike in blood sugar, and you feel that natural satiety. So opt for these carbohydrate sources instead.
“Protein Only” is Not The Answer
The protein-only claims are based on the idea that the body takes more energy to digest protein, and that they offer the essential building blocks muscles require. But too much protein and not enough of the other essential nutrients (carbs and fats) won’t get you to a healthier level nutrition wise. High protein or protein only diets can be high in cholesterol and lacking in antioxidants and fiber necessary for digestion and overall health, so focus on balance and natural food sources instead of a carnivorous obsession.
These two tips are based on two of the most common nutrition mistakes that Americans make. By switching from an extreme perspective to a more moderate understanding of the importance of variety, we can begin to see nutritional gains and realistic health benefits.
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