Add Foods to Your Diet for Weight Loss – Don’t Subtract
We have a natural tendency to start cutting back on the food we eat when we want to lose weight. A more effective method would be to add food to what you already consume. Sounds confusing? It’s really a simple concept. Instead of cutting back on or eliminating the foods we eat to make way for the ones that are recommended, simply add the other foods to your existing diet.
Enriching the Diet with Fruits and Vegetables
There is no feasible reason for not simply enriching your diet with healthy foods instead of removing some of those you already eat. The thing about this whole weight loss game that makes it so hard for many to play, is that it is made out to be such as pain. You have to stop this, you have start that, you have to drop this and you have to drop that. It’s just a never ending round of unattractive “you have to” rules. The right approach should be similar to the concept use in child rearing and classroom management. Avoid using negative words or phrases to reinforce or solicit a positive behavior.
A constant thread of “do not’s” or “you have tos” just tend to leave the individual on the receiving end in a negative state of mind. Think of your child giving some form of exasperated reaction to your reprimand for something they know they should not have done. You are overweight and you know you need to do something about it, but the myriad of programs and suggestions out there just seem so intrusive that you feel like they will leave you bereft of your own personality and free will. It’s almost as if they are pronouncing some kind of bondage upon you. The reality is that they are not, and they do mean well, but the how of the techniques presented could do with a little tweaking.
Enrich your diet with vegetables and fruits by adding them to your meal. Add vegetables to your soups and start making those salads more often. Eat a fruit before you have your meal. Fruits spike the level of sugar in the blood so you should maybe try to have it at some point before your meal time. It may be a good idea to have it while you are preparing the meal. What you will find overtime, is that the addition of fruits and vegetables to your diet cause you to naturally eat lesser portions of carbohydrates. This is because foods that are rich in roughage are filling. Carbohydrate foods are also filling, but it takes more of that to fill your stomach than it would take if you had the same amount of roughage. Carbohydrates are more compact while roughage goes down and just fill up the empty space in the stomach much faster. Can you imagine eating a pound of mashed potatoes to eating a pound of apples or some vegetables?
Carbohydrates are Equally Important
You don’t ever want to starve yourself of carbohydrates. They are the energy foods that the body relies on to keep it going. There have been weight loss diets that mistakenly made these foods out to be the bad guys, and the results for many people were not good. Too much carbohydrate is definitely not good for you. At the same time, if you have too little carbohydrates and exercise excessively, the level of cortisol in your body will rise significantly. Cortisol is the stress hormone that our body uses to help us get over those low moments, but in excessive doses it poses a threat to our health.
The overall aim of your weight loss program should be to get your body the right amounts of the foods it needs to function properly. Starving or denying yourself of one, and gouging on the other is not going to be a very helpful nor healthy technique. David Grotto, registered dietitian and author of 101 Optimal Life Foods says it best “Adding in really works, taking away never does.” Just remember to keep check on the calories.