If you want to lose weight and manage it for the rest of your life, then you’ve got to be willing to make changes to the way you are living. Reduce, replenish and recharge your diet by reducing some foods, replenishing your diet with good, healthy foods and recharging your metabolism with foods that energize your body.
Foods that are high in sugar not only add pounds, studies indicate that too much sugar interferes with the body’s ability to get rid of toxins. Sugar has inflammatory properties, too. Sugar robs the body of vitamin B, causing your body to take vitamin B from your liver, kidneys and heart.
Eating foods high in carbohydrates puts a tremendous amount of stress on the heart. Because the kidneys have to work extra hard to metabolize sugar, this in turn makes the heart work harder. Eating sugar late at night or before going to bed puts additional stress on your heart and kidneys when they should be at rest.
Foods with a high level of refined and processed carbohydrates raise sugar levels very quickly, and this includes most breads. White bread and white rice are both culprits. Reduce the amount of these foods in your diet for the best results with your weight loss program.
Reduce the amounts of oil that you use, even when using olive or canola oil. Minimize or avoid entirely fried foods, red meat, creams, fatty salad dressings, cheese, and high fat desserts like ice cream. Indulging in fat-rich foods will cause unwanted weight gain. Saturated fats initiate LDL, or “bad cholesterol” which in turn increases the risk of heart disease.
Replenish your diet with loads of fresh produce, whole grains, and beans. Eat fresh fish. Studies show that Americans who eat a plant based diet and include a small portion of fish once a day, live longer than those who do not. Plant based diets will balance your hormones and help you to lose weight and keep it off for the rest of your life.
Eating healthy foods high in vitamins and nutrients and low in sodium, sugar and saturated fat will give you more energy and improve your overall health. Choose whole grains for their high levels of nutrients and fiber and snack on a couple of handfuls of nuts each day to keep the doctor away. Nuts satisfy hunger, give you more energy and reduce cholesterol.
Reduce the bad foods, replenish your body with lots of good healthy foods and get energized with a whole new diet and a new attitude.