Your Own Healthy Diet Plan!
You don’t have to follow any specific diet program for weight loss. You can put together your own healthy diet plan for both weight loss and good health.
Cut Out The Junk!
Your first step in developing a healthy diet plan is to cut out the foods that make you fat and unhealthy. Here’s a hint: If you get most of your food from a clown under golden arches or in a box, your eating junk food. I can safely say that pretty much anything you get at a fast-food restaurant is going to be unhealthy for you.
You can add to the junk food list, a long line of items that we often consume at home or the office:
- Sodas. Even diet sodas aren’t healthy for you.
- Chips of any kind.
- Ice Cream
- Cookies, Cake, Doughnuts and other Pastries.
- Anything that has more sugar and fat in it than nutrients.
If you just cut these junk foods out of your eating habits or at least make them a very once-in-a-while treat, that will go a long way toward losing weight and getting healthy.
Junky Health Food
Beware of many foods that masquerade as healthy foods but are actually just as bad as the junk food. Many breakfast cereals now boast that they’re made with whole grains but they still have loads of sugar in them. Low-fat yogurt is another product that sounds healthy but may have large amounts of sugar and a lot of calories in it.
Margarine is a classic example of a food that was marketed as a healthier alternative to butter. It turns out that it was very unhealthy, loaded with trans-fats.
Soy products are now marketed as the healthier food alternative. The truth is that most soy products have a multitude of unhealthy qualities. I discuss the dangers of soy here.
So What’s to Eat?
Your best bet for a healthy diet plan is to concentrate on natural, whole foods that haven’t been processed. Eat plenty of:
- Fish and Seafood.
- Lean meat. Even red meat is healthy if you buy grass-fed beef at your local health-food store or online.
Not all carbs are created equal but you definitely want to cut down on and even eliminate if possible:
- White pastas
- White rice
- Anything else made with white flour
Whole wheat products are a little bit better, but not much. The best carbs are found in whole fruits and vegetables, as well as whole grain and sprouted grain products.
The best way to make sure you’re following a healthy diet plan is to do your own cooking. If you don’t have a lot of time, you’ll need to do some meal planning on the weekend. A lot of food can be cooked at once and frozen for easy microwave meals during the week.
When you’re shopping at the grocery store, you should be buying mostly from the fresh meat, seafood and produce sections. But you may still need or want to buy some prepackaged foods. Check out the label to see if you’re getting unhealthy ingredients like soy, trans-fats, preservatives, artificial colors and flavors, etc.
A diet program may be best for you if you need detailed rules to live by. But if you’re a do-it-yourself-er, you can put together your own healthy diet plan and successfully lose weight. It just takes a little time and effort to educate yourself and form new, healthy eating habits.