Most of us women starting in our early teens and beyond often equate food with dieting. It’s said that 95% of all women have been on some kind of diet at one time or another in their lives and sad to say, most gained back the weight they lost and sometimes even more.

Those yoyo diets, especially those ones with those diet drinks that are suppose to replace a meal or two that are simply just futile and a waste of time. In fact, almost all attempts to try and lose a lot of weight in a short amount of time is doomed to fail and is extremely hazardous to your overall health. You can’t make your body understand you’re trying to get back to the size you were in high school. All it knows is that there is famine on the horizon when you diet. So it tries to deal with this upcoming food shortage and will shut down your body systems in order to save on energy because it perceives that it is under threat and this can make your ravenous for food. Which eventually leads to failure.

Healthy Eating Guidelines

When you put good foods into your body you are going to have more energy and this means you also will boost your metabolism. Then believe it or not, you eventually will be eat more than you would ever dream of prior without gaining a ton of weight. Each day you should try to eat the following:

•    One serving of protein like cheese, eggs, meat, fish or soy
•    Try to eat five servings of fruits and vegetables
•    Include one teaspoon of high-quality oil like olive oil, sesame or flax
•    At least one serving of carbs such as a baked potato, a cup of cooked rice, cereal, four slices of good bread, avoid white bread

Make sure to drink lots of water. Drinking plenty of water keeps your kidneys working right and it detoxes your system and helps your skin. You should try to drink one to two liters per day and it’s best if it’s room temperature.

Try to cut down on your fat consumption. You don’t need to count the fats you eat and never go on a totally fat-free diet because your body requires poly and mono unsaturated fats for it to function properly. So try to stay away from cakes, cookies, chips and items like that when cutting down on the fats in your diet.

Include more fiber in your diet. This means include brown rice and rye bread in your diet as an example. Pumpkin and sunflower seeds are a great source of fiber to add to your salads or even add to your breakfast cereal or omelets.

Always start the day with a healthy breakfast. Once you’ve done that try to eat 4 or 5 small meals during the day. It is now thought that snacking is good for you as long as it’s foods that are nutritious.

You should eat your food slowly and eat only until you are full not stuffed.

Don’t prepare your meals when you are starving this will make you want to be eating while you are fixing your meal. If you do happen to be super hungry when cooking your meals consider drinking a homemade fruit juice or a store bought juice that has no added sugars.

If you follow this simple guideline for eating healthy you might be surprised at how easy it is to shed a couple of pounds each month. Remember, it’s a lot healthier for you to lose weight slowly than it is to lose it fast and all at once.

Julie