Eat That, Not This! Nutrition Guidance That Makes Sense

Posted on: 23 May 2017

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There are so many fad diets, and it seems like there is a new one out every day. These fad diets deny your body various nutrients, vitamins and/or minerals it needs, which makes you less healthy, not healthier. If you want to be healthier and control or manage your weight, you should follow the sound advice of your doctor and/or nutrition guidance via a personal fitness trainer like J Train. Here are examples of the sound advice you may already know, including some you do not.

Less in, More Out

Less food in and more exercise out means that you will learn new habits for eating. If you are like most people, you eat too much and do not exercise enough. That is the opposite of "less in, more out." Do not live your life by "more in, less out," or you will be overweight and unhealthy all your life.

BMI

Yes, BMI is important, but it can also be labeled a fad if used incorrectly. The fact remains that as you age, you lose muscle, which may look and feel like you have lost weight. Certainly, you have lost weight, but it is lean muscle weight and not the fat you wanted to go away. BMI is and should be, calculated differently for a person at age 60 than someone who is in his/her 20's. There are updated and improved BMI charts for older adults to help them determine their proper BMI based on their bodies' own muscle mass, muscle density, and weight in fat. If you are over forty, these are the BMI charts you should be following, and not the ones on display everywhere else you go.

More Non-Starch Vegetables

People are shocked when they discover that they are eating more vegetables but they are gaining weight. Chances are, they are eating starches disguised as vegetables, such as peas and corn, instead of carrots, green or yellow beans, lettuce, and broccoli. What the FDA food pyramid should read is "more non-starchy vegetables," which helps clarify which vegetables are low-calorie and, as such, are the ones of which you should be eating five or six servings. Then your weight should start to come down again. You will also find that you have more energy when you do not consume starchy veggies.

Two High-Fiber Fruits

People go nuts with fruit thinking that they are eating "nature's candy." Sure, fruit is good for you, to an extent. Two pieces or servings of fruit a day is more than enough since fruits are denser in calories than a serving of vegetables. It is also better to consume high-fiber fruits since these will expand in your stomach as they are digested and make you feel really full.