DON’T DIET, JUST EAT PROPERLY.
Dieting is something you should avoid at all costs. Rather, you should be eating healthy all the time. That’s not to say that you can’t have a treat every now and then within reason, but for the most part, it is about understanding the foods which help increase your metabolism, and those which slow it down and hinder your body’s ability to burn fat. When it comes to nutrition, don’t trust anyone. Do the research, and make informed decisions that make sense to you. There are a multitude of contradicting opinions, so it’s time to form your own.
Protein aids in muscle development and recovery. It also assists in maintaining your daily energy levels and mental performance. Proteins cannot be stored in the body for long, so they are continually broken down, which means it is important to replenish them daily. Generally speaking, an individual usually needs 1 gram of protein for each kilogram they weigh, everyday.
GOOD SOURCES OF PROTEIN – Eggs, Fish (particularly salmon), Meat, Chicken, Quinoa, Almonds
FATS (ARE HALF GOOD.)
Good fats, (like saturated fat), increase the metabolic process to burn off unwanted fats (like trans fats), whereas bad fats will increase fat storage.
BAD FATS INCLUDE – Hydrogenated oil, Canola and Vegetable oil, Margarine and Butter substitutes.
GOOD FATS INCLUDE – Olive oil, Coconut oil, Eggs, Avocado, Raw nuts, Omega 3, Butter in moderation.
CARBS (HELP US TO LIVE.)
Carbohydrates are found in just about every food we eat. Once consumed, our body breaks them down into glucose, which provides us with the fuel we need to function. There are good and bad carbs though, and this is where we talk about high and low G.I (Glycemic index).
High G.I foods are processed in our body much quicker, raising our blood sugar levels faster than that of Low G.I foods. Low G.I foods are a more sustainable energy source, helping keep our blood sugar levels within an acceptable range, allowing our bodies to burn more fat.
GOOD CARBS INCLUDE – Millet, Quinoa, Sweet potato, Fruit and Veg, Steak, Chicken, Fish, Eggs
BAD CARBS INCLUDE – White stuff!, White bread, White flour, White Grains, Crackers, Pasta from white grains/flour, Potatoes, Pastries
NOTE: Dairy is okay (for some people) provided it is as unprocessed as possible.
SUGAR IS BAD (BUT YOU ALREADY KNEW THAT)
Eating excessive amounts of sugar raises your blood sugar levels, causing your body to release more insulin. This increase causes you to store more fat. It then takes your blood sugar level from high, to an extreme low, where you will find yourself hungry, fatigued and craving sugary foods.
Some sugary foods include – Juices, Soft Drink (even coke zero), Salad Dressings, Muffins, Breads, Chocolate and confectionary (obviously…)
PROCESSED FOODS (NOT GOOD)
Processed foods are full of harmful chemicals, which our liver must work hard to filter. Our liver also breaks down fats for us, but when it has to deal with processed foods it cant always get the job done properly. As a result, we are making it difficult for our body to burn fat.
Some harmful substances to look out for include:
- Artificial sweeteners
- High fructose corn syrup often found in wholemeal breads, cereals and yoghurts that are advertised as health products
- Hydrogenated oils
- Processed soy products
EAT RIGHT, MOVE MORE!