Over the years fad diets have been all the rage. These so called 'miracle' diets promise that a person will dramatically loose weight in a short amount of time. Fad diets never work and most are unhealthy alternatives to eating the proper diet.
Millions of dollars are spent on these fad diets each year making the person or company that invented such a diet very rich. Do you really think these entities care about you and your health? Think again. They are laughing all the way to the bank while you are wasting your money on a diet or diet pill that has no right to be on the market in the first place.
Look at the photograph at the top of this article. This shows the proper portions that you and your family should be eating on a daily basis.
Your dinner plate should only be comprised of 30% Meat for protein, 50% Vegetables for proper nutrition and vitamins, 20% carbohydrates plus 1 Fruit (not canned).No more.
No second or third helpings and use a 9" dinner plate instead of a 10" or 12" dinner plate.
Breakfast means just that, a break in your fasting. Since you are sleeping 8 hours per night your body needs to be refueled once you wake up. Eating breakfast provides your body with the nutrition it needs so you will start your day with more energy and less irritability as your stomach growls and you feel like you are starving.
A proper breakfast should be non-bleached oatmeal, a 4 ounce glass of milk and juice as well as a fresh fruit such as a sliced banana or your homemade dehydrated fruit. Grab a homemade egg sandwich which can be made up a week in advance and heated up. Again, nothing that comes from a can and especially not fast food breakfasts which are full of unwanted fats and little to no protein.
Lunch is the meal in the middle of the day. Now that you have not eaten anything for 5 hours your body is starting to get tired once again. Lunch should not be a huge meal. A simple homemade sandwich made from real meat (not packaged meat), a slice of tomato and some lettuce along with water and fruit is the perfect lunch. Even a lunch made of left-overs from the night before is perfect. Nothing heavy and again no fast food.
Dinner The last meal of the day which should not be eaten after 7:00 pm. This meal will have the protein and nutrition that your body needs while you are sleeping. Believe it or not as you sleep your body still needs fuel. Portion control, proper food choices and no restaurant take out food.
The best exercise for every human is walking and swimming. Walking and swimming are both low impact exercises that will not put stress on your body.
You can walk with a group of friends after lunch and dinner or walk along. Walk the dog; your dog will love you for it. Walk with the family and make it a family exercise. If a family takes a walk together they will find a better family unit and a healthier one as well. Teaching your children how important it is to exercise is frugal.
Get a pass for your local pool or YMCA. Swimming can also be done as an individual or as a family group. Not to mention it is always a good idea to learn how to swim. Swimming is low impact and you are working every muscle in your body, more so than walking.
Exercising doesn't mean you have to run marathons or join a fitness gym that serves up expensive 'protein pills and powders' or expensive juices. All you have to do is simply walk or swim. Of course you need to drink water to keep your body hydrated.
The Only Diet you Need
Simple and not expensive. Portion control and proper diet. Nothing canned, boxed, processed, fried or fast food. Walk or swim every single day. Don't eat after 7:00 pm because this is the time you are winding down from your work day. Your body is at rest and any foods eaten after this time of day will turn to unwanted sugars and fats.
Stay far away from fad diets. Keep the money in your pocket instead of giving it to someone who is not being honest with you.
Be determined to eat proper and exercise daily so you will loose unwanted weight and keep your body in shape. Exercising reduces stress levels by pumping needed oxygen through your entire body. Drink plenty of water to hydrate and help rid your body of free radicals. Stay away from protein drinks which do absolutely nothing but provide your body with unwanted sugars and drains your wallet.
It is all up to you. Don't like what you see in the mirror then do something simple to change your lifestyle and portion sizes. Be determined that you want to live a healthy lifestyle. Be determined to take care of your body and mind.
The money you save from eating properly and exercising can be used for better purposes than to make some stranger rich and you poorer.
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