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How To Eat Healthy Is About Smart Choices

Losing weight is not, and should not, be a chore. Yes, many consider it a hassle or pain to lose weight, especially once you get down to the last 10 pounds. However, this should not be the case. Should losing weight be a joy; probably not, but if you make some smart eating choices weight maintenance becomes a part of life rather than a nuisance. Unfortunately, knowing how to eat healthy is not something that comes naturally to most of us, nor is it something that is taught as a manageable, everyday activity.

In elementary school, and even later grades, we are taught to eat from the food pyramid. We are supposed to eat a certain number of servings from each food group every single day. First off, how many of you remember how many servings of which food group you are supposed to eat every day? Even if you do remember this, is it realistic, especially with the chaotic lives most individuals lead today? Following these food guidelines, while healthy, are not easy for most of us.

Rather than worry about food groups and number of servings, focus instead on a 40, 30, 30 diet of carbohydrates, protein, and fat. A diet full of these three substances is a healthy diet, one that will easily help you maintain a healthy body weight, and even lose body fat if there is fat to be lost. What foods are you supposed to eat that contain these ingredients, you might ask. This is the easy part. Focus on a diet full of fruits, vegetables, lean meats and dairy products, along with nuts and grains and you are set.

If you focus on a serving from each of these categories at every meal, you have sufficiently fed your body what it needs to function efficiently. With the exception of the nuts and grains, these items are all found on the outer aisles of most supermarkets. What does this mean? Your shopping and food maintenance just got that much easier.

There is one more trick to learning how to eat healthy and that is learning to eat the right portion sizes. Most people look at a proper portion as much larger than it should be. Read nutritional labels, most say cup to a cup. These are actually proper portion sizes. You may be thinking, "I will never be full on this small amount of food". However, you will find that the healthier you eat, the more satisfied you feel. So, rather than start your day with the thought of having to lose weight in order to fit into your favorite pair of jeans, make a resolution to take care of your body the way it deserves; you will reap the benefits of such a lifestyle change within a matter of weeks and many years to come.


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