Monday, February 11, 2008

The Importance Of A Proper Diet

The Importance Of A Proper Diet by Ward Tipton

Nearly everyone understands not only the difficulties of losing weight, but also the actual physical problems, which are associated with binge eating. No matter what the cause for eating improperly, the effects are devastating, long lasting and very difficult to overcome. What many people do not understand is one of the best methods for eating regularly, not going hungry and still being able to maintain or even lose weight

It is best to consult a physician or a qualified medical professional before beginning any new diet regimen. However, this is more an eating habit rather than an actual diet. It may take some time to grow accustomed to but it has been shown to have very beneficial side effects, including sustainable weight loss when combined with healthy foods and a regular program for exercise.

In many Western cultures, it is customary to eat three large meals on a daily basis. In between these meals, snacks and other foods are commonly eaten whether to satisfy a mere craving or actual hunger. In many of the Asian countries and historically, in some of the Nordic cultures as well, it is very common to eat more than three meals a day. So if these people are eating more, how could that possibly assist them in losing weight?

Rather than consuming three large meals a day with numerous snacks in between, it is much more common to have up to six actual meals a day. These are often full course meals including a main dish, side dishes, vegetables and other “real” foods. Rather than filling up on processed and preserved foods, they eat actual meals throughout the course of the day. This portion of the “diet” alone prevents them from having cravings for many of the fatty foods that many people constantly seek out whether consciously or not, for quick energy boosts. It also allows them to avoid hunger pangs, which are also commonly dealt with by consuming fatty and less-healthy foods in many other cultures

Because they are eating six times a day, hunger is less common. While there are many excuses for not complying with a diet like this, it is not nearly as difficult as it may seem either. Breakfast is by far, the most important meal of the day. A healthy and nutritious breakfast should help you get your day off to a good start and prepare you for what is to come. But what can you do while you are at work? How will this diet help people who have to work every day and do not always have time to prepare full meals?

Well, most people have short breaks in the morning and the afternoon when they are at work. Breakfast should have been taken care of when you were at home. Try cooking a little bit more than you normally would in the evenings. That way, you have an extra couple of small portions to take with you to work. Rather than eating large meals, the increased number of meals makes it possible to eat much less, especially when the meals are healthy and well balanced.

Granted, it may not be comfortable having to wolf down even a small meal in a fifteen-minute break, but isn’t that what you already do with the junk foods you eat during those same break times? When you get home from work, try having another small meal. In the evening, you will find that you are eating much less for dinner simply because of the new diet you are working with. You may find that even those people around you who are not trying to lose weight will come to enjoy the benefits of eating on this schedule as well.

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