Well, in one word, yes. It is possible to lose weight while staying away from things like dieting and starving yourself. You do not need to take supplements or weight loss products yet you can still lose weight and stay healthy. Before I go in detail of how this works, it is imperative that you have the basic understanding of how the human body works.
Majority chunk of the food that we consume is carbohydrate which ultimately becomes sugar. This sugar gets supplied in the blood to all parts of the body and we achieve nourishment and have energy. A major chunk of it goes to the brain as well but that is another discussion. The fatty cells in our body are energy reserves, a mechanism that makes the body want to store more energy. The problem is, this store is greedy and it would want to keep storing more and more. Once we gain some fat, it is easier to increase in mass and hence we see that for skinny people it is difficult to add more weight to them but bulkier people find it easy to gain more mass. Not only that, once you lose weight through strenuous dieting, you blink your eyes, eat a bit extra some days and bam that weight is back
So we understand the very basics of how body stores fats and works in a very simple and non-scientific way. The thing is there are foods available that are very helpful towards weight loss. The glycemic index (GI) is a measure of the effects of carbohydrates on blood sugar levels. Foods with a low GI rating create a full feeling for longer, aiding weight loss and increasing energy. High or medium high GI-rated foods force the body to release large amounts of insulin into the blood, resulting in fatigue, sugar cravings, and mood swings. A good and reliable way to lose weight is to cut down carbohydrates and food with high GI measure. Simple isn’t it?
Studies have revealed that it is better to maintain a steady weight rather than weight fluctuations. If you cut down on foods that are bad for you and replace them with foods which are good for you, losing weight and maintaining a steady weight is not an issue. Consult your doctor about food allergies, if you have gluten allergy, chances are you need to consume gluten free food. The more you know about yourself the better it is for you. There are also extremely good substitutes available for foods that we consume and which are harmful but we do not use them because they do not taste really good. Cutting down on processed food, energy drinks and fizzy drinks offer long lasting benefits.
A great way to eat more and stay healthy is by eating Mediterranean food. We will delve deeper into some food recipes and details about the diet in other blogs but it is an essential and amazing food preparation method. There is scientific evidence available that this kind of food helps in losing weight, increasing muscle mass and having a steady Body Mass Index (BMI). The principle behind this form of diet is that portions are small and availability of various food groups in each serving. Another key component of this sort of food is the use of “good fats”, like olive oil and natural nuts. These not only help in losing weight but are rich in vital minerals resulting in plenty of replenishment for the body. You will be surprised to find out that Mediterranean food helps in fighting age related weight gain.
According to Doctor Demosthenes Panagiotakos and Christina-Maria Kastorini, MSc, PhD, the Mediterranean diet is not only the best way to lose weight but also the best way to prevent disease. The diet is associated with lower risk for cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and some types of cancer. A ten-year study found that following the Mediterranean diet combined with a healthy lifestyle was associated with lowering early death rates by over 50 percent. This speaks volumes of how beneficial the diet is and provides ample reasons for people to switch to it in their daily life.
Another important component of our food is the snacks that we consume. They are mostly processed and we find it difficult to stay away from them. Be it in the cinema while we are watching a movie or being at a sporting event, we often snack without noticing. This habit of snacking is actually not a bad habit but the amount of process foods consumed during the process makes it difficult for the body It will take time but you can replace your snacks by healthy foods, dried apple rings instead of crisps, dark chocolate instead of candy, nuts in place of fatty sweets and water in place of beer, alcohol, energy drinks or fizzy drinks. It takes time but once you get used to them, it is very easy to have a stable weight rather than a fluctuating weight.
Weight watching is a constant activity, there are no miracle foods, and there are no miracle exercise regimes. All it takes is a constant work out and healthy life. The more you walk, eat healthy, smile and enjoy life, chances are you will be healthy. Eat a lot but eat wisely and you will have an ideal weight.
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