When the average Joe goes HEALTHY...

  • Medic911

    Posts: 152

    May 05, 2009 3:04 PM GMT
    THIS MESSAGE IS NOT INTENEDED FOR COMPETITORS OR PEOPLE WHOSE MEAL PLANS AND EXERCISE ROUTINES ARE WORKING FOR THEM. IT IS THE OPINION OF ONE MAN SO FED UP WITH PEOPLE COMPLAINING ABOUT LOSING WEIGHT AND DIETING WHEN THOSE SAME PEOPLE JUST HAD A LITRE OF COLA WITH THEIR SMALL SALAD.


    Just eat in moderation! People are always dieting and starving themselves. Do what your body was built for!

    Eat 6-8 Small meals a day... we are foragers and hunters. Snacks like berries, rice, granola, yogurt, cucumber, toast with jelly or some potato salad is good throughout the day.

    Meals should be mostly CARBS (scary thought for people who have NO idea what they are talking about), protein and a little fat.

    Everyone is so afraid of CARBS like they are going to magically turn into FAT.

    Here's the deal... if you exercise appropriately (we're talking cardio, fellas), then you burn readily available energy in your body. Good carbs like whole wheat pastas, brown rice, whole wheat breads and even a lot of fruits and veggies not only provide immediate energy, but are necessary for proper digestion and overall health.

    When you lift weights, lean protein like fish and chicken is great because it is used by the body to repair and build muscle fibers.

    And now, FAT!!! Good fats like real mayo in tuna salad, and a few table spoons of olive oil used in cooking are NECESSARY. Your body needs healthy lipids to balance cell membranes, hormone production and yes... even the chemical processes in burning calories and building muscle require lipids.

    The problem: People don't understand the body's processes and they change them into unhealthy ones (the way that not eating any carbs can result in increased acidity). The drastic changes your body has to overcome in dieting take WEEKS sometimes MONTHS to process. In the mean time, no weight is lost and people freak out and quit the diets.

    The solution: Eat healthy! It sounds soooo hard, right? Follow the food pyramid (old tool but a good one). Eat whole grains, eat lean meats and enjoy between meal snacks like berries or granola *the good kind, not the kind with chocolate and M&M's!*. Cut out things like soda, coffee and energy drinks... here's a radical thought, if you are tired and need a pick me up then take a 30 minute nap and schedule an extra hour of sleep for yourself that night. Cut out sweet cereals and doughnuts at the office. But don't just SKIP meals or snacks, replace them with veggies or yogurt. Exercise! Even a 30 minute jog 3 times a week will provide sufficient cardio to see changes in a just a few weeks.

    The point is, don't fear food. Food is the best tool we have to live long, healthy lives. Do some good reasearch and find what foods work for you, and what you can afford.
  • MusicMan87

    Posts: 305

    May 05, 2009 4:51 PM GMT
    Amen
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    May 05, 2009 6:14 PM GMT
    Medic911 said
    Cut out things like soda, coffee and energy drinks
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    Very good post...I enjoy coffee too much to ever give it up....sodas and energy drinks have no health benefits....Coffee does have significant health benefits and people should not be worried about drinking it...

    http://men.webmd.com/features/coffee-new-health-food
  • EricLA

    Posts: 3461

    May 05, 2009 6:50 PM GMT
    Medic,

    I've been hearing more and more experts talk about the 6-8 meal a day "ideal," as impractical. For many people it's really hard to break your day that way, and more problematic is that people still tend to eat larger portions, which only means more caloric intake requiring more fat burning, etc. It's a great idea, but really hard to make it work even when disciplined.

    So it's probably more important to stress portion control.