Healthy Eating for Weight Loss

Written by David McCarthy, Australia

Healthy eating habits have been almost destroyed by the lifestyle of the late twentieth and early twenty-first century and the result is a massive increase in obesity levels that even the most stringent workouts in the gym will do little to help...Sound familiar?

Today we see people heading towards obesity in their teens and early twenties when our bodies are traditionally at their best. If you are in this age category I suggest you take a good look in the mirror and ask the question: 'What will I look like ten years from now?'

For those of us that have passed this age group the same still applies, your shape has a massive bearing on your lifespan and only you can do something about it. The purpose of this article is to suggest some simple changes to your eating habits, not ask you to give anything up, simply to think about how you eat.

The main problem is that we give so much to work and often eat when we are hungry rather than at set times. What happens when you are hungry? Simple, you eat too fast and don't allow the food time to digest and consequently eat far more than you need. After this you return to sit in front of a computer or control panel and the excess food turns to fat. This is not good for you now, or in the future.

The secret is to eat at fixed times and eat sensibly. If you are worried about losing weight never give up breakfast, this is your most important meal each day. Breakfast should also be the heaviest meal of the day because you have more waking hours to work off the effects. Dinner should be the lightest meal and it is advisable to take a walk after dinner to assist digestion.

If you suffer from digestion you should read our Digestion Article.

It is also a good idea to ensure that you exercise daily, all you need do is walk for half an hour, it doesn't have to be power walking, just walking. Even this can be started as six 5-minute walks or three 10-minute walks each day to build up to being able to walk for 30 minutes.

Gym training is also good if you wish to do it but the best way to bring your weight under control is to eat regularly, eat slowly and be aware of how long you have to work the excess calories off. If you are in a position where you must eat because you are hungry realize that this is the risk situation and order a single sandwich or salad and take a short walk.

If your hunger isn't satisfied have something else to eat after your walk. The food needs at least five minutes to reach your stomach and if you don't give it the chance you will never know whether you have eaten sufficient or too much. You have eaten too much when you feel bloated but by then it is too late to correct so give your body a chance to work.

Healthy eating is the first step in weight loss, you can spend hours each day exercising but if you eat too much at any given time all that training is wasted.

The most frequently asked question is: "I get so hungry between meals that I just have to eat something, what do I do?" The answer is simple: You eat something. But don't go making a sandwich because this will not help you.

I have a rule that if I feel hungry between normal eating times I will eat a piece of raw fruit or vegetable only. An apple, a pear, a carrot and I eat just one of whatever I choose then find myself something to keep me busy so that my mind doesn't dwell on food and eating. - Hey that's hard when you run a recipe site, but it is achievable.

Nobody but you can do something about your weight so if you want to start a program spend the first three months learning a new eating pattern and just see the results.

The final tip is never drink beer when you eat because beer will stop your body breaking down fat. The traditional beer gut isn't caused by drinking beer, it is caused by eating when you drink beer and bar snacks are usually very high fat foods. Always eat sensibly, not big.

Make today the day you start thinking about your lifespan because life is so much fun.

This article is copyright©David McCarthy and may be reproduced in its entirety with no additions or deletions providing a link back to is included.

This article reflects the views of the author and is not meant to be medical advice. As with anything dealing with your health, you should see a medical professional for prevention, diagnosis and treatment of specific health problems.

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