Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Today's topic is eating to lose weight. There is so much misinformation out there on eating and dieting. Most of the smoke and mirrors have come from the fact that the diet and weight loss industry is based of keeping you in the dark about the real facts.

They want you to think that there is magic in what they sell. It gets to the point of being silly after a while. Some foods need to be mixed together like rice and beans to make a complete protein. But facts like that are only important if you decide to pursue a meatless lifestyle. The industry wants you to think that if you just pay for their program then all your dreams will come true.

One of the most important things you can do is eat a good healthy breakfast. I have a multi grain cereal, with a banana cut up on top and skim milk, I wash it down with a big glass of water and a cup of coffee. I always have a multi vitamin also. The vitamin is the only supplement I take, most supplements are a horror story on their own, since they are not regulated by anyone. Just like the diet/weight loss industry the supplement industry is completely unregulated.

I hear people talk about their "Low Carb" breakfast, with eggs, which are fine but also with bacon which is right up there with cigarettes as a health food. At one time in this country we worked physicly hard and enough food was often difficult to come by. So the food we ate was calorie dense and needed to carry us through a long day of hard work. We fried most everything to add more fat and calories. We don't live like that anymore so we don't need to eat like that either.

The second most important thing to do is eat several small meals throughout the day. A lot of people think they should not eat anything all day except a few very low calorie snacks from the latest fad diet and then eat one meal in the evening. That is the worst possible way to diet. The long periods of not eating clue your body that food is scarce and it goes into survival mode and lowers your inner furnace so it burns fewer calories. Then when you eat that meal, your body stores most of it since you have told it you are starving.

The third important fact is to eat for health and not for your desires. We are designed to crave fat, salt and sugar. That is because before we lived in the land of the supermarket and the drive through we had to go get our food. The desire gives you the motivation to get your sharp stick and go kill supper, if you are a tribesman in the OutBack. All it does if you are living in the city and going to a desk job is make you fat.

In later blog entries I'll revisit this topic as it is at the forefront of living a healthy lifestyle.

Thanks for reading.

Healthy Eating Panda

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