Sunday, December 7, 2008

Eat well balanced meals for weight loss

What are good food choices when you diet?
Calorie Restriction is the most important part in weight reduction.
Everybody knows that he number of calories you eat must be less than what your body uses.
You need to know how many calories your body needs to maintain your target weight. Then reduce that by 30% so your body can burn your excess fat.
After you know how many calories your going to eat, you need to make them as nutritious as possible. Your will need to choose foods that have all the essential nutrients required for optimal health.
Last, is balance, the proportions of protein, fat and carbohydrates to stimulate weight loss while getting optimal nutrition.

Protein and Carbs
You should be eating foods that are high in protein and Low in Carbohydrate.
Good protein sources are fish, lean meats, chicken, and eggs. A reasonable target for protein, for women, is 60 g. carbohydrates 60-100g. a day.

Eat lots of green leafy veggies, mushrooms, green beans onions, parsley, and tomatoes.
Don't eat starchy and sugary foods such as pasta, breads, tortillas, potatoes, rice, and foods made with sugar and high fructose corn syrup.

Good dairy choices are non-fat cottage cheese. It has good calcium and vitamin D in it and a good protein choice.
If you must have cheese make it a low fat one. But if your like me cheese says "Eat Me". I can't have it in the house because I will eat the entire weeks worth of cheese in a day. I find it better to leave it at the store. I take a calcium with vitamin D supplement.

After you weight is at the normal range for your height you should maintain the Calorie Restriction by a minimum of 10 % for life. You will always need to know what calories and nutrients your putting into your body.

Eating proper nutrients and calories gives you more energy and a better quality of life and the best part of all, it stops food cravings. Everything in life becomes easier, you shop for less food, you cook less, you enjoy the taste of food more and you feel and look fantastic not to mention that you have less cholesterol and a normal blood pressure. You also reduce your chance of getting sick from even the common cold as well as other serious illnesses.

Start your personal 30 day challenge.
Give yourself 30 days keeping track of your calories and nutrients to see if it works for you.
It will be the best 30 days of your life.
At the end of the 30 days, and most likely 15 pounds gone give yourself another 30 day challenge.
Soon you will be a calorie counter for life, and that is a very good thing.

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