(Not just another ‘lose-weight-now-or die’ article)
‘So I just give up all the fatty foods and carbs, right?’ Well, it may not be just as simple.
What is the meaning of the word ‘diet’?
The word ‘diet’ has two basic meanings. It may just mean what you or people in your community normally eat, but it may also refer to a special course of food that you choose either to lose weight or for medical reasons.
Do I need to lose weight?
We all know how we feel towards our own weight and general appearance. However, wanting to lose weight is not synonymous with having to lose weight. Do not just decide to go on a killer diet to fit into your favorite dress or suit. Make sure whether you need to lose weight. If you don’t have to, try to make sure your desired weight-loss goal is within healthy standards. To find out if you need to lose weight, and how much you can lose or need to lose, do two things. First, get an appointment with your physician. Before going to your appointment, find out your BMI (Body Mass Index). You can easily do this by using an online BMI calculator. There is one on the website of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.
Going serious about it
You can find loads of information about diets and diet on the Internet but not all of it is reliable. Miracle, weight-loss diets that promise results to any person in the world in just a few days are usually to be distrusted. Make sure to check the credibility of your resources by ensuring the author or authors of the content you are accessing have credentials you know you can trust or whose validity you can somehow assess. In addition, if you are interested in either losing weight or improving your eating habits, you should always see a nutritionist that can provide personalized advice according to your age, health condition, sex and other parameters they may judge relevant. The present and future of your body and mind are actually at stake when you choose what to eat. In addition, some people may have moral or spiritual reasons for making their food choices.
Our 10-day challenge
So this article takes the less usual but—hopefully— more useful outlook. Here we suggest a 10-day challenge to help you reach two main goals
Goal #1: Learn about nutrition
We challenge you to spend at least fifteen minutes a day for ten days reading a credible source about nutrition or talking to a reliable nutritionist about your eating habits. To help you get started, let us suggest two sources. The first is Medline Plus, a site powered by the National Institutes of Health. There you can find highly reliable, easy-to-understand and right-to-the-point articles. You can also refer to the website of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Goal #2: Improve your eating habits for ten days
‘So I just give up all the fatty foods and carbs, right?’ Nope. Not so simple. Although the right diet for you has to be determined by a nutritionist and will respond to your specific health needs and personal objective, there are in fact a few general tips that will usually work with most healthy adults. Keep trans and saturated fats low. Prefer whole grains or cereals that are high in fiber. Avoid highly refined grains. Keep to the age-old advice line that you should take at least five servings a day of fruits and vegetables, although your requirements may be different—different’ probably meaning ‘higher’. Pay attention to where your proteins come from, and especially what they come together with. This is what may be called the protein ‘package’. Find out what else is on your protein sources—fat, carbohydrates, vitamins and other nutrients. Start reading food labels to decide what to buy.
Try to keep it going for ten days. We also challenge you to assess your success not in terms of weight loss but in terms of new habits and food, you have incorporated. It is difficult to say whether we really become what we eat, but what we eat will definitely have an impact on who we want to become and how we want to feel.