The Top Healthy Diet Tips!

Here are the top healthy diet tips that can help you lose weight, get in shape and improve your overall health. By simply making these tips a permanent part of your lifestyle you will be amazed at how quickly your body will change. Best of all, these tips are easy to use, don't require you to eat special foods and certainly won't leave you feeling hungry, tired or irritable.

The only requirement these healthy diet tips have is that they require you to prepare the meals! When it comes to losing weight and getting in great shape, you must become responsible for planning and preparing your meals yourself. Do not rely on someone else to prepare your meals for you. This one requirement really is the secret to weight loss.

Of course, this doesn't mean you can't eat out occasionally, it simply means that you must be willing to prepare the vast majority of your meals yourself. For example, if you're having 5 small meals a day then over a week you're having 35 meals. If you can honestly say that you've prepared 33 out of the 35 meals and you follow the principles here, then you are virtually guaranteed that you will achieve the fat-burning and weight-loss results you want.

Here Are The Healthy Diet Tips:

Control your portion sizes
It is absolutely essential if you want to lose weight and get in great shape that all of the meals you have are small. Some may argue that they would be hungry but the fact is that this is easily overcome by simply increasing your meal frequency. By simply having a small meal every 2-3 hours throughout the day, you will go a long way towards helping your body improve the way it functions as well as keeping your appetite under control.

Healthy Diet Tips

Also, by consuming small meals you can minimise the insulin response, which means your body will be more inclined to access and utilise fat from your body fat stores as a fuel source rather than store fat.

The purpose of the small meals is to simply satisfy your hunger for the next 2-3 hours until your next meal. The meals are not designed to keep you going all day! In fact, one easy way to determine if your portion sizes are right for you is to simply examine your appetite after the meal. If you've eaten too much during a meal, you'll probably notie that you don't feel hungry for many hours afterwards. For example, you you go out for lunch and share a pizza with a friend, you can probably miss your mid-afternoon meal and can just have something small for dinner becuse you still feel full.

On the other hand, if you're making an effort to eat healthy and only have a small chicken salad for lunch you may find that 30 minutes or an hour later you're hungry again. This is because the meal wasn't substantial enough to sustain you for the entire 2-3 hour period. This often occurs because the carbohydrate content of the meal was too low and your blood sugar has dropped. That is why healthy diet tips number two is so important.

Have all 3 macronutrients in every meal
It is important that all of your meals contain a portion of carbohydrate, protein and fat (all 3 macronutrients). They don't have to be in equal amounts, you just need to make sure that they are all present in your meals through. Protein is probably the most important of the 3 macronutrients, especially if you want to lose weight and get in great shape, but that certainly doesn't mean you need to become a carnivore! It simply means that you should make an effort to select foods that contain some protein for all your meals mainly because protein is made up of amino acids, which are the building blocks of your body.

The carbohydrate and fat components are primarily energy sources. They provide fuel for your working muscles and organs and, in the case of fat, they also provide the building blocks for all of your cell membranes, which are made of phospholipds. This is one of the most important healthy diet tips because it will also help to keep your appetite under control.

Be aware of your carbohydrate sources
Out of all the healthy diet tips, this one has probably caused more confusion than all the others put together! The confusion has resuted mainly from the fact that so-called nutrition experts, 'health' organisations and government bodies have all been promoting the types of carbohydrate sources that we should actually consume in the least amounts. They are the grain-based carbohydrate sources like, bread, pasta, rice and cereals.

Since these carbohydrate sources are the most concentrated, we should endeavous to have them in the smallest portions, i.e. 1-2 serves a day. This means that we should emphasise the more natural sources of carbohydrates like, fruits and vegetables. It simply make sense that we should consume more of nature's own carbohydrate sources compared to the refined sources made by food manufacturers.

The main reason why some dieticians, nutritionists, 'health' organisations and government bodies have been promoting the food companies' products is simply because it generates income for each of these groups. The more money people spend on these foods, the more money the food manufacturers get. Therefore, by extension, the more money the government gets, the 'health' organisations that receive sponsorship from the food manufacturers and the universisties who receive grants for research. All these groups benefit from the promotion of these foods. The only groupd who doesn't benefit are the consumers, who are continually being mis-informed by these respected groups and as a result, are sufferring from health problems and obesity.

So there you have it! The top 3 healthy diet tips that you can easily incorporate into your lifestyle to imporve your health, lose weight and get in great shape.

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