Eating healthy to lose weight is the most effective way to lose weight.. You will find that the majority of the weight you lose will come from dietary changes. If you have also taken up an exercise program, you will still need to make these changes to your diet.
You will also find an overall improvement in your health and well being that comes from making healthy dietary choices. As you can see, there are multiple benefits to a healthy diet. Weight loss, increased energy, and an improvement in your health are just a few.
I would like to cover two possible approaches to this lifestyle change, rather than simply provide you of a list of things you should eat and a list of things you shouldn’t. Either of these styles are a healthy choice. So, you can be confident in choosing either approach.
Glycogen and fat are the two type of energy that your body uses. You can teach your body to burn fat if you remove carbohydrates from your diet. You will lose weight and cut fat from your body with this approach.
You are likely to have cravings for carbohydrates when you first start out on this plan. But you can minimize these cravings if you are making the right food choices.
You need to be sure that you are getting enough fat in your diet when you cut carbohydrates out. Without the proper amount of fat, you will find that your energy is lower, your cravings are worse, and your hunger is more pronounced.
This type of diet will lower the levels of insulin in your body and in turn cause you to burn fat. This makes an increase in fat consumption acceptable.
Your body releases insulin in response to the consumption of carbohydrates. Insulin is necessary in the processing of carbs. Insulin is a hormone which is used to stockpile energy in the body. Insulin is responsible for storing the extra calories you consume as fat. It also amasses glycogen for use by your muscles, brain and other organs.
When you cut carbohydrates from your diet, you will not need to be concerned with the possibility of insulin sending extra calories to your existing fat cells.
Another option for losing weight is to burn a higher number of calories than what you consume. You will lose weight as your body turns to your fat reserves in order to get the energy it need to get through the day.
Using this approach a professor was able to shed almost 30 pound in ten weeks. This story was recently covered on CNN. This professor also reported that two thirds of the food he did eat was junk food. He lost weight even though he got most of his meals at a convenience store!
Unlike the previous approach, you will want to reduce the amount of fat you consume with this style of weight loss. Fat has many more calories than carbs or proteins do. Using this approach, you can either fast for one or two 24 hour periods each week or simply reduce your total calories each day. If you choose to fast, you must remember the most important rule. When you break your fast, you need to eat a regular sized meal. All of the work you have put in to your fasting will be for nothing if you binge directly following a fast.