Thursday, October 22, 2009

Has Food Become Our Worst Enemy

The major cause of unhappiness for many people in developed countries is overweight and the diseases that flow from it. Paradoxically, food has become our worst enemy, or to put it appropriately, the abuse of food is our worst enemy.

Each person has an optimum weight, information about which is available from your dietitian or doctor. It is the weight level that is compatible with your age, height and body mass, at which you can put on your sock and not feel you are crushing your internal organs, at which you exude self-confidence in your relationships, and at which you control your body, instead of your body controlling you.

The first course of action in controlling overweight is to end the abuse of food. What do I mean by the abuse of food. It is when we persistently eat the kinds and quantity of foods that gain us excess weight and make us unhealthy. Failing to change our diet, our bodies will grow until they take away our freedom to do the things we want to do, and ultimately our right to be happy.
  • If you decide to make a change in your diet the next step is to seek advice from a dietitian. There are numerous fitness and diet plans available at your local gym or fitness center to choose from. There will usually be a dietitian there you can talk to about the best diet plan for you.
  • Diets and fitness plans affect people differently. Some people will lose weight and tone up more quickly on certain diets than others, so it is important to be sure the diet plan that you are on is right for your body type.
  • Because a change in diet will trigger a response from your body, especially when you are on medication, it is recommended that you inform your doctor about your new diet. Not only will your doctor help you decide on a diet that will be more effective for you, he will also point out any potential health problem with the diet plan you choose.
  • Wanting a quick fix for their weight problem, many are lured into choosing the standard diet plans. The problem with such plans is that they are designed to suit everyone to some degree, but they will probably have an average effect on you. For better result, you will need a diet plan that is designed specifically for your body, built, fitness level and health condition.
  • The standard diet plans might call for you to eat a particular food that is not available where you live. They might also require you to eat foods that are out of season or more expensive to buy in your area. If this is the case, you dietitian will help you find substitute foods that are easier to come by and fit in your diet plan.
  • Many people begin their diet with great determination only to find a week later they don’t have the ability to stick with it. It is important that you ease yourself into your new diet gently. Phase out your old diet while gradually adopting yourself to the new one. That way you will be able to stick with it and get the most out of your new diet.
  • Avoid a diet plan that requires you to abruptly change your eating habits, forcing you to stop eating your favorite foods for example. Changes like that will cause you to cheat on your diet, and eventually defeat the purpose of the diet plan.
  • Keep a progress chart. That way you can look at the chart and see where you started from, how far you've come and how much closer you are to your goal. You will need such encouragement to help you continue with your new diet to achieve your physical fitness goals.
  • To guarantee that you actually get the desire results from your diet plan, add regular physical exercise to it. Simply walking 30 minutes a day is a good start. Regular exercise helps to speed up metabolic rate, meaning you burn calories faster during the course of the day. It strengthens your bones, and protects you against conditions like: cardiovascular disease, hypertension, stroke and some types of cancers. Better still, exercise also triggers the release of the “happiness chemicals” called endorphin.
As already been stated, consult with your doctor before getting on any diet plan. Your doctor is in a better position, so far as your health history is concerned, to advice you on the diet plan that is best for your specific weight and health needs.

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