While many people imagine that new gym membership as the key to weight loss, the truth is that nutrition is just as (if not even more) important a factor. There’s nothing wrong with going on a steady exercise program: in fact it’s a great way to improve health. However if you want to get healthy and stay healthy, you need to understand the important roles that nutrition and food play when it comes to controlling your weight over the long term.
The Importance Of Fat And Protein
There’s no question that recent studies have shown that both fat and protein play really important roles when it comes to weight control. High protein and high fat diets have been popular in recent years, especially as an alternative to carbs. The body can learn to burn fat, while protein is always an important energy source that helps build muscle in the body.
Another major advantage of foods that have high fat or protein content is that they satiate really well and help eaters feel fuller for longer. This helps prevent overeating, reduces the number of white carbs and sugars the body craves, and can be a very effective measure for weight control.
While ketosis based diets like the ketogenic diet are a more extreme example of taking this eating plan to the extreme, there are many proven health benefits of these eating plans, which definitely includes a sample size of people who are more effectively keeping their weight under control.
Careful Of All Sugars
Sugar really is the enemy when it comes to maintaining your weight. It’s not just empty calories that can stack up way too quickly, but sugar has been shown to have other effects like slowing down weight loss, or causing insulin issues with the body that make it more likely to be stressed or hold onto body fat instead of burning it.
This means every type of sugar. Not just white sugar common in candy and snacks or soda, but also white flour, white carbs. White bread, rice, and potatoes are common examples of this, as well as alcohol. Restricting carbs, and keeping only with complex carbs when you do have them will make a major difference.
Why Vegetables Always Win
Vegetables should always be half a plate with every meal. Vegetables are consistently low in calories, very high in nutrients, and a large amount of them is a low number of calories. Add in all the vitamins, minerals, and other healthy benefits that come with veggies and they’re a winning combination on any plate, for any diet.
While weight control via nutrition can seem like a frustrating thing, especially considering everyone’s body reacts a little bit differently to various types of food fuel, the good news is that slowly instilling even a few generally good habits over time is often enough to make a massive difference when it comes to not only losing weight but maintaining a healthy weight and not putting it back on.