ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Healthy Eating Tips To Lose Weight

Updated on September 22, 2012

Tips For Eating Healthy and Feeling Good

People often have difficulty reaching their fitness goals due to a misunderstanding about food. Below I will discuss several ways you can improve your diet health-wise without sacrificing flavor.

First, let's discuss carbohydrates. There's a big misconception out there that carbs are "bad for you" and "the fewer the carbs the better". Now there is a nugget of truth here, and that is that the carbs people tend to eat are nothing but trash: sugars, refined carbs, starches. These simple carbohydrates spike blood sugar levels and consequently insulin as well. This results in fat storage and hormone imbalances. So, too many of these simple carbs (or sugars) is bad, and you do need to limit these. But on the other hand, good (complex) carbs are quite necessary because they supply your body with a consistent flow of energy that avoids drastic influxes in blood sugar and insulin. To find a balance between simple and complex carbs, try to eat a meager amount of fruit early in the day or before you exercise to take the edge of your sweet tooth. Fruit has sugar, but it's not refined or processed like what you find in dessert foods. Other than that, the only carbs you should be eating are complex, like whole wheat bread, oats, sweet potato, and brown rice.

I'm all about application. What good is a bunch of information if it cannot be applied to your daily life? Well here's a tip that you can and should use everyday to ensure healthy eating habits: eat more veggies. This does two things: first, it increases the amount of nutrients in your diet due to the high nutrient content of veggies, and second, it helps fill you up so you won't snack on unhealthy, fattening foods. One of my favorite techniques is grilling veggies. Eggplant, onion, squash, and pepper, are some of my most beloved choices.

Okay, let's discuss another easily applied technique for healthy eating: eat frequently, but consume smaller amounts per meal. This enables the body to utilize everything you feed it, especially carbohydrates but proteins as well, since the body doesn't store protein. Your body will use all the protein it needs and then discard the rest. There's no point in overloading your body with food because what your body doesn't use will either go to waste (literally) or end up getting stored as fat.

Now let's get to flavoring. Too many people excessively use oils, grease and gravy when they cook meats like chicken. This is not healthy, for obvious reasons. But how else do you flavor the food you cook? Well the good news is that herbs and spices can be delicious and will not add sugars or extra calories to your cuisine.Grilling meats (instead of frying/baking) and flavoring with herbs is an easy way to drastically improve the quality of what you eat without sacrificing flavor.

Eat healthy fats. But isn't all fat bad for you? No, absolutely not. You need fat to help you absorb the nutrients from all those vegetables you're eating. The key is getting your fats from a source that doesn't spike your cholesterol and hurt your health. Once again, avoid gravy, grease, and any animal fats. Healthy sources of fat are nuts, oils (like extra-virgin olive oil) and avocado. Remember though, that just because these are healthy fats doesn't mean you can eat tons of nuts or drench everything in oil or consume five avocados everyday. Healthy fats can make you fat, too. You need to watch the amounts and in case you didn't know, one gram of fat contains nine calories, compared to only four in proteins and carbs.

Hopefully these tips will help you reach your goals without denying you tremendous eating pleasure.

How was your opinion of carbohydrates affected by this article?

See results

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.