As a Personal Fitness Trainer I never recommend the “No-Carb” diets. Carbohydrates give are muscles fuel that they need for physical activity and help our organs function properly. Cutting carbohydrates too much will lower your metabolism and make it more difficult to lose weight. The best sources of carbohydrates are whole grains, vegetables, fruits and beans. These promote good health by delivering vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Diet AND exercise is the only way to lose weight and KEEP it off. Dieting only can lower your metabolism.
Low fat diets are important in weight loss. Again, like with carbohydrates, Cutting out fat completely is not the answer. Our bodies need some good fats to function properly and to stay healthy. You want to steer clear of SATURATED fats. I know you are tired of hearing it, but check the Nutritional table on your items before purchasing. You may buy low-fat products though they can be high in sugar to obtain the original taste. Sugar is NOT GOOD when trying to lose weight. Look for low-fat items with low sugar also. Our culture has become accustomed to high-fat diets. It has become too easy for us to drive through and get a fast meal. Not to mention our children want a Happy Meal. You will hear many weight loss experts telling you to buy fresh foods and prepare your meals for the next day and bag them in portion sizes… so on. This is time consuming though if you want to lose weight, you MUST be dedicated. If you take the time to prepare healthy low-fat lunches the night before, you will not be able to make excuses such as: “Running late, no time to fix lunch”, Forgot lunch, I guess I’ll go out to eat with my co-workers”.
Eating out is risky. You can always order a salad, though I guarantee the dressing and cheese and bread you will eat with it has more calories than a Chicken Fried Steak. Always look and ask for low fat options. Diabetic choices are usually on the menu. Look for these options. If you find yourself at a fast food restaurant with your child, always order them apples instead of fries. Order yourself a grilled chicken sandwich or wrap with low-fat dressing and apple slices instead of fries or tots. Fruit is now on the menu at ever fast food joint, thank goodness. If you choose the French Fries, just remember; you will have to run about four miles to rid you body of just the calories the fries put in your body.