Many people are all about living healthy nowadays. They go to the gym, take yoga classes, and even change their eating habits to more natural options. Some even go as far as to move out of the city completely in order to escape the fast-paced urban lifestyle. A popular destination is to live in country club homes such as those found in Tagaytay; the lush environment, the fresh atmosphere, and the naturally inclined landscapes do a lot to reinvigorate one’s soul.
However, living a healthy lifestyle is more than just getting out of hardy environments. It’s also about maintaining one’s body in such a way that it gets all the nutrients and exercise that it needs on a daily basis. A great way to do so is to maintain a healthy body weight – something that can be achieved by all through engaging in a diet.
What is a diet?
Diet is the sum of food consumed by a person or another organism. The term ‘diet’ often implies the use of specific intake of nutrition for health or weight-management reasons. Some people go on a diet because of their beliefs in food. There are also those who forgo food from animal sources to varying degrees for health reasons, morality issues, or to reduce their personal impact on the environment.
What is the right diet for you?
When it comes to weight loss, there is no shortage of advice from third party sources. Media like magazines, books, websites, and television shows promise that they have discovered the key to losing weight for good. These include diets that eliminate fat or carbohydrates, the inclusion of super foods in meals, and even the intake of special supplements.
Truth be told, there is no single “one-size-fits-all” weight-loss diet that will help everyone who tries it. Before starting a weight loss program, consider your experience with past diets (if you have one), your preferences, budget, and your overall health condition. It is not really advised to rush into a certain program just because it has promising results. You should tailor a diet to suit your individual needs. It may be easy to give in to the promises of rapid and dramatic weight loss. However, successful weight loss requires a long-time commitment making healthy changes in your exercising and eating habits.
What are “cheat days”?
Cheat days are often thought of as a mind-booster during a diet. Days or even weeks of eating nothing but chicken breasts and vegetables can make even the most dedicated individuals sick of their diet plan. Cheat days must be used as a reward for the hard work and dedication in the gym and food restrictions. One of the benefits of cheat days is their effect on the leptin levels in the body. Leptin is a hormone produced by the fat cells that is important to maintain the body’s energy balance. When leptin levels reach a certain threshold, it signals the brain that you’ve had sufficient stored energy, making you push away from the table because you are full already. However, when leptin levels drop, hunger signals go up, resulting in overeating.
When you are on your cheat day, don’t eat processed foods. Yes, you can cheat but processed foods will just ruin all of your efforts the past week. That doesn’t mean you can’t eat cheeseburgers, cakes, and fries. You can as long as they are homemade. Homemade foods are far better than processed foods because you made them and you know what is going in the food you will eat.
Never fall for gimmicks when it comes to diets. Before you go into one, evaluate each program and have a doctor help you find the one that will fit your body and your goals. Next thing you know, you have achieved the body you have always dreamed of.