If Diets Worked There Wouldn’t be so Many of Them

Diets. A new better diet seems to come out every couple days, so how do you know which ones work? Here’s the deal, there is no healthy quick fix. The diet cycle is so unhealthy, and tends to cause a yo-yo cycle of dieting. People gain and lose weight rapidly, which is extremely hard on our body, making it harder for us to lose weight the next time. Sure many diets seem to work, while you are on them, but who wants to stay on a diet for the rest of their life? The trick is learning good eating habits. We need carbohydrates, fats, and protein in our diet. These macronutrients all serve an important function to our body.

Carbs give us the energy we need to keep going and are extremely important as a part of our diet. Glucose is our primary source of energy for our body. Eat carbs but make sure to eat more complex carbs, simple carbohydrates with a high glycemic index can spike our glucose and insulin levels. If you are running, playing soccer, or any other activity that is aerobic, you need carbs. Carbohydrates are the only macronutrient the body can break down during aerobic exercise.

Fat got this bad rap because it more energy dense than carbohydrates or protein. So people came out and said that fatty food is what makes you fat.  However, what was not stated is that fat gives us the greatest sense of satiety, thus, make us feel fuller for longer. People started eating low fat this and fat free that and you know what?? They tend to eat twice as much because it does not keep them full. Fat is good, just in moderation. Too much of anything is bad.

Protein is important to help heal and repair our muscles. Although protein can be broken down into glucose and used for energy, it is not the healthiest way to get our energy. Protein is the best way for us to get the essential amino acids our bodies cannot produce on its own. Meats contain all 9 essential amino acids and are complete protein sources. The only two vegetarian complete protein sources are through soy protein and quinoa. So, if you are a vegetarian you need to be especially careful to find complementary protein sources to make sure you are getting all 9 essential amino acids.

Just remember, our bodies need and want all of these macronutrients, we just need to be careful about how much we are eating. They are all good and necessary but too much of any good thing can be bad.

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