Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Is one of your resolutions to lose weight?

It has been three months since many of you have made a new years resolution so it may be time to revisit some of these. One of the resolutions many of us make is to lose weight. How are you doing?

Many people are very much conscious about their own health and fitness. In addition to that, these people, and many others as well, are now having that desire to sculpt their bodies to achieve that magazine-cover look. As a result, gyms, health spas and other fitness centers have proliferated all over to cater to the needs of the fitness buffs and aficionados.

Even on television exercise machines, weight loss products, to improve fitness have more or less gained control over the airwaves and made their way into the households. But exercise is not the only way to build that body beautiful. It also entails certain amount of responsibility on the foods one chooses to eat. Being healthy and fit requires one to observe food fitness.

Food fitness is as essential as exercise itself. Food for fitness provides the essential nutrition one needs to restore worn-out muscles and for healthy growth. Food fitness should never be taken for granted. With the popularity of keeping fit, many different views, methods, programs and dieting strategies have been formulated by many professionals. Diet is the wrong word, diets don't work, you can choose among  high carb diets and high fat diets. Which one is more effective and which one should one choose to follow to loose weight. My advice is neither. Food Fitness means choosing to take care of what you eat and change your daily habits of food intake rather than diet. However, lets take a look a the these diet plans.

First thing to know would be the fundamental differences between these two approaches. As the name implies, high carb diets concentrates on taking in carbohydrate-rich foods while high fat diets endorses fat-rich foods. High carb diets are utilized to glycogen stored in the liver and muscles. Glycogen is a glucose complex that provides large amounts of energy ready for use in anaerobic exercises.

Fats, on the other hand, is well-known for being the richest source of calories. It actually contains 2.5 times more calories than carbohydrates and proteins alike. Studies also show that it takes the body 24 calories to metabolize carbohydrates while it only takes 3 to burn down fat. So which one to follow? A person can follow a high carb and low fat fitness diet or the other way around. It is absolutely not recommended to follow both at the same time; unless of course if you want to gain body fat.

But then food fitness is not all about losing fat, one must also consider what and how you eat in order to keep fat away. Research shows that sustainable loss of weight can only be achieved on a food fitness regime, which suits the individual food preferences, lifestyle, medical profile and satiety signals.

Diet programs can help you shed off excess pounds, but only a food fitness regime can help you stay sexy, and it is the one that satisfies you most. Other important aspects of having a fit food regime are moderation, balance and variation. One must be careful not to leave out important nutrients and other substances necessary for healthy body functioning. health organizations are clear about the amounts of nutrients an individual should have in the body.

Low fat high carbs, high carbs low fat; the question is not which diet program will work out because neither will. Striving for a sexy and healthy body does not have to burden an individual, food fitness does not have to mean sticking to the same kind of food for life. One may even try to be adventurous and try out new foods out there. Who knows? one may even discover spinach interesting.

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