- Diet & Weight Loss
The Best Diet (One that Has Worked for me)
Diets May Help You Gain or Lose Weight
Most of the times, people are accustomed to ingest more nutrients than the ones our system requires; fortunately, our system possesses a way to discard the unneeded nutrients that our body does not need through the digestive system.
It would be ideal to be able to take only the necessary nutrients; those that will allow us to function properly without the waste of time and other expenditures that are required in the process of ingesting food.
Unfortunately, our gluttony makes us eat more than our body needs and the result is overweight or disease. It´s customary that when a person gets obese or sick, he/she will go on a diet in order to ease something wrong on the system. Diets often are implemented not only to maintain or increase body weight, but they are also practiced to decrease body weight.
Diets Around the World
Are you Following a Particular Diet?
The Best Diet
All diets are beneficial to those who decide to implement them and there are many diets in the world. Some may give positive results faster than others, but they can be more effective if they are based on the region where you live, that is to say that you may be able to find the necessary nutrients from portions of foods that are grown in your region and your system will easily assimilate them because it is habituated to them.
On the other hand, you could also implement a diet that is based on portions of food from another region of the world and your body will take longer to assimilate, however, it won´t be long before your system synchronizes with those foods and begins to give you the expected results.
Throughout this hub, I am going to show you which types of food I chose to include on a diet that I have followed for the past two years and which has given me the benefits of staying healthy and active.
First I´m going to list the types of foods that I chose to ingest on a daily basis and then the ones that I ingest twice or more times during the week.
Two or More times a Week
- White Meat (chicken, fish)
On a Daily Basis
- Soy Meat
- Light milk
Nutritional Value in 100 g (3.5oz) of rice
- Carbohydrates 87% g
- Fat 1.5% g
- Protein 8% g
- Percentages of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin D, niacin, fiber, calcium, thiamine, riboflavin, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc
Personally, I prefer to consume rice instead of beans or corn, which are two staple foods that are more consumed in my region of the world. Usually, I place around 100 grams of rice and needed water on a pan with a tight lid; I let the water boil for around 10 minutes and then stir the rice and let it boil for another 5-10 minutes, then, I remove it from the heat and let it swell for another 5 minutes.
Steamed rice can be consumed with light milk or as it is; you may add raisins instead of sugar and slices of bananas or apples. This is what I usually eat for breakfast. Steamed rice can also form part of the daily lunch if you combine it with soy meat and vegetables.
Steamed Rice with Raisins and Fruits
A Rice Dish with Skinless Chicken or Soy Meat
A Healthy Breakfast
Raisins are grapes that have been dried under the sun or other mechanism. They´re high in carbohydrates and may provide you with lots of energy. 100 grams of dried grapes contain 249 calories. They also contain more minerals, vitamins, fiber and antioxidants than the fresh grapes.
They can be used to substitute sugar in your dishes. I usually add a spoonful of raisins into a plate with steamed rice and a little light milk; additionally, I could add my preferred fruit, either slices of banana, pineapple, apples, etc.
For lunch, a dish of rice combined with pieces of chicken or soy meat and vegetables. The amount of each of these foods depends on your body´s complexion. If I feel that I need extra nutrients, I might have a side dish of baked beans for lunch.
You should have noticed that I´m not adding ingredients, such as salad dressings, chili or salt. I usually eat the rice as I have shown here, but if my system demands it, I could add little salt (a pinch or 1-2 grams).
100 grams of Soy Meat Contain
Energy 1029 kJ 246 kcal
Fiber 4.1 grams
Cholesterol 0 mg
Protein 55, 5 grams
Sugar 1.86 grams
Sodium 493 mg
Carbohydrates 10 grams
Fat 1.46 grams
Potassium 528 mg
Granola is composed of rolled oats, nuts, puffed rice and honey. It can be combined yogurt, milk, bananas, apples or any other kind of fruit.
Granola is known to provide health benefits, including good digestion, decrease in cholesterol, lower blood pressure, stronger bones, prevent diabetes and cancer, among many others.
I usually consume a small portion (50 grams) during breakfast, but I could consume a little more during the course of the day, depending on my system´s needs.
Granola contains soluble and insoluble fiber which aids in the digestion.of food and frees the arteries from cholesterol. It also contains iron which helps with anemia and vitamin C an antioxidant. Over all, granola provides great energy and it is better consumed in moderation.
I usually consume a dish of steamed rice with 50 grams of granola in the morning and another 50 grams during the course of the day, depending on my system´s requirements and the type of physical activity I´m engaged.
Nutritional Content of Granola
- Dietary fibers
- Vitamin E
- VItamin C
Fruits and Vegetables
Useful Information About Diets
- A healthy diet should include vegetables, fruits, legumes, beans, whole grains, skinless poultry, fish, small quantities of sodium, red meat, saturated fat, sugars and low fat dairy products
- Breakfast is the most important meal of the day as it provides your system and brain with the necessary nutrients and energy to perform throughout the day
- Physical activities along with a healthy diet provide great health benefits to the human body
- For most youngsters, the recommended caloric intake is 2,100 every day, but for most people the caloric intake should be measured based on their particular physical activities and lifestyle
- The rate at which the human body burns calories when in resting position is known as ¨resting metabolic rate.¨
- When a person lacks the calories needed to maintain his/her resting metabolic rate, the body will react (catabolism) due to the absence of energy to perform basic body functions
- Preserved food contains chemicals and additives that will harm your body; it is recommended to include vegetables, lean meats, whole grains, low fat and sugar in your diet
- The caloric intake depends on the age, physical activity level and whether the person intends to lose, gain or maintain his/her weight
What is Your Dietarian Preference?
The types of foods that I´m showing on this hub are the ones that provide me with the basic nutrients (carbohydrates, protein, fats, vitamins, minerals and water). I don´t eat anything else and I don´t drink soft drinks, just pure drinking water.
I may vary the consumption of fruits according to the season.....
I remain very active, but I also have time to remain relaxed and semi-active. I´m slim and without a bulky stomach and my thinking is clear and fluid. It´s been a little over two years since I started this diet and I feel better, think better, and act better.