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Health Tips Taken From Popular Diets

July 24, 2013

I generally have patients steer clear of any fad diets due the extreme nature that some authors are willing you subject you to all in the name of shedding pounds. I have put together a few tips to follow which can really add up in the health and weight loss/control department. The first starting with eating like a vegan for the majority of the day, in particular, before 6 pm at night. This means avoiding all processed foods that involve animals, meats, or dairy. This means filling up on those whole grains, fruits, and veggies. This will automatically mean that you're cutting back on those sugary and salty items that can add to weight gain.

In my previous posts I've talked about the importance of healthy fats. These are Omega 3 fatty acids which are heart healthy and inflammation busters. In the human diet we need fat to live so why not have the healthy fat? Instead of eating pork or red meat try incorporating more nuts into your diet. These include almonds, walnuts, and pine nuts to add flavor and curb appetite.

The paleo diet harkens back to the days of when we had to hunt for our food and expended loads of energy looking for that next meal. Basically, were talking about eating like a caveman. This means adding more lean protein to your diet. These proteins are fish, chicken, turkey, grass fed meats and eggs. I have questions about why grass fed is important. You've heard the saying you are what you eat, in turn you are what your food eats. If your source of food ate poorly then that food source loses its health benefits. Would you rather eat an apple grown in a beautiful organic field or from the tree grown in the local landfill? Both are apples, but we know which one is healthier.

As Americans we are blessed to live in the country of plenty. Most of us have never known what it truly means to go hungry. Most of us assume if we're not full anymore, then we must be hungry. Study after study has shown that calorie restrictions have been linked to increased length of life in animals and humans. Certain diets suggest eating normally for 5 days, then restricting calorie intake to 25% of normal for two days. You should consult your physician first. This will teach you to be more in tune with your body and it's fuel needs. It will break that habit of eating at snack-thirty.

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