Friday, February 21, 2014

Is more better?

People ask me if eating 'more', instead of strict dieting, can ultimately be better for keeping a healthy weight? 
Sometimes, the answer is yes, but -
This is tricky because, eating more is not about quantity, it's about quality. 
  • More is good if:
    • Focus is on nutrition, not taste or calories. This way, we feel satisfied longer and burn calories efficiently. This helps our body burn fat and not muscle.
    • We drink more. Often we think we're hungry when we're thirsty. 
      • Try drinks without added salt or sugar. 
      • Drink water. Add a squeeze of lemon or teaspoon of fruit juice or 1/2 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar for refreshing flavor!
    •  Be careful: Don't be trapped into retaining fluids.
      • We can find salt in a milkshake! Salt is used in ice cream because of its special property that lowers the freezing temperature of water. 
      • There are 55mg of salt in a can of Coke! It's like drinking a pizza.
      • "Natural" flavored bottled water may contain sugar or salt. Save your money and your body, drink from the spigot. 
  • When eating less calories than our body genuinely needs, our metabolism alters. To cope with the stress, it slows down to stretch the calories further for long-term survival. It's physically instinctive to stabilize our weight for survival. 
  • Additional results of calorie shortage:
    • We feel hungry and unsatisfied by what we're eating.
    • We do not lose weight because our body adjusts to the new regimen.
    • When we resume eating 'normally',we gain weight.
Our bodies are not machines but they are efficient and designed to respond to what we eat and how we treat ourselves. Put the right fuel in to get results you're looking for. Adding foods or regimens that you're not suited to digest, or deal with emotionally, creates problems. 
Here's what everyone needs to have more of at every meal:
  • Love
  • Self-Respect
  • Dignity
  • Laughter
Tune in with your senses to know what feels good to your body and heart. More is better when we focus on quality, nutrition and common sense. Bon Appetite! 

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