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Eating Healthy Is A Choice

Losing weight is not about the number of days you can starve yourself or even how many calories you can cut from your diet. Well, it is about calories, but most weight loss programs have you cut so many calories that your body goes into starvation mode; yes, our bodies still have survival instincts from thousands of years ago. In order to maintain a healthy weight, which includes losing weight when necessary, you must make healthy eating choices; there is just no other way.

First off, the ability to maintain a healthy weight has to do with the health of your metabolism. Metabolism is the process by which your body burns the fuel (food) it is given and turns it into energy. Some people naturally have a fast or slow metabolism; these are the lucky and unlucky. Regardless, your metabolism can be sped up or slowed down by the foods you eat and the activities your do on a daily basis.

The more sugary and fatty foods that you digest the slower your metabolism is able to function. The reason is because your metabolism suddenly has to work harder to break down these chemicals. Certain chemicals, like sugar, are broken down in a particular manner. When too much sugar is taken in, the body has to overcompensate for this, creating too much or too little of what it needs. In this particular case, diabetes is often the result. In other instances, improper chemical break down is the cause of weight gain.

While this is not a technical explanation of your metabolism, you can clearly see that the food you intake directly relates to the amount of weight you gain or lose in a given month. What many do not know is that your body is designed to break down healthy food in a manner that benefits both you and the efficiency of itself. What this means is that the more healthy foods you eat, the more efficiently your body can function, giving you the energy and physique you have always desired.

Fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy, and nuts and grains are foods that your body can naturally digest without have to focus on finding places to put unnecessary chemicals and toxins. Do you need to eat these foods all the time, surprisingly no. If you focus on these healthy foods at least 80% of the time, you will see the same results. So, yes, you can still enjoy your favorite treat every once in a while, and more often than most "diets" would allow.

If you are looking for a way to lose extra body fat, and you are willing to make a lifetime commitment, change the way you eat. By eating healthier you will naturally lose body fat and become the person you want to be - physically. You will find that over time, you begin to make smarter decisions on your own and that you have more energy to get through your daily routine. All of which will increase your overall satisfaction in life. You deserve to get the most out of life, start feeding your body from a healthy food pyramid to reap the rewards.

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