As the holiday season is in full swing, you need to watch more closely what you put in your mouth. Remember, you are what you eat. Gaining weight is a lot easier to accomplish than shedding it. The article below gives you a good idea of how to maintain your diet, even with a tight budget.
Down the Diet Rabbit Hole
A healthy diet doesn’t require a lot of money, newfangled appliances or subsisting on any kind of scheme that sounds like a gimmick. Because it’s true what they say about what seems too good to be true: Eating well means listening to that little voice inside that knows what healthy foods generally look like fresh and recognizable in nature and what they don’t: prepackaged and processed. That sensibility may not fit so well with our on-demand culture, where we want results now to be it dinner or weight loss.
If you want a program that works in the long run, you’ll need a lifestyle you can live with and like. That means a diet that’s nutritious and delicious, and that will take a bit of planning and commitment from you. While staying lean is a big part of good health, weight lost doesn’t always equal health gained. That new diet that took inches off your waistline could be harming your health if it locks out or severely restricts entire food groups, relies on supplements with little scientific backing or clamps down on calories to an extreme.
When cutting back on unhealthy foods in your diet, it’s important to replace them with healthy alternatives. Replacing dangerous trans fats with healthy fats will make a positive difference to your health. Switching animal fats for refined carbohydrates, though, won’t lower your risk for heart disease or improve your mood.
Cooking more meals at home can help you take charge of what you’re eating and better monitor exactly what goes into your food. You’ll eat fewer calories and avoid the chemical additives, added sugar, and unhealthy fats of packaged and takeout foods that can leave you feeling tired, bloated, and irritable, and exacerbate symptoms of depression, stress, and anxiety.
Note: This article was published in the Food and Wine Magazine.
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