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SGP Action is a health-focused website, that aims to keep you and your family members healthy and strong. Here you will find resources for staying healthy, eating right, and getting the proper amount of exercise. These are all key factors to keeping you and your loved ones healthy, and are areas where you should focus your attention when tyring to improve your health and longevitiy.
Healthy Weight Loss
Crash dieting and weight loss fads are guaranteed to get you to drop a few extra pounds quickly. However, this is not a healthy way to lose weight and maintain that weight loss. Weight loss should not simply be about reducing weight but should be about achieving an overall healthier lifestyle.
Tips for losing weight the healthy way include:
1. A Balanced Diet
Eating a balanced diet is essential to ensure that your body is getting all the nutrition that it requires. Diets that exclude certain food groups such as carbs or proteins could have a negative impact on your overall health and well-being.
A balanced diet consists of eating each of the essential food groups every day and preferably at every meal. These include fruit, vegetables, proteins and carbohydrates, starch. The more colorful the food on your plate, the more likely you are to meet your body's nutritional requirements.
2. Simple Vs. Complex Carbs
Recent research revealed that carbohydrates (not fat) are the primary cause of weight gain. On the other hand, carbs are an essential source of energy that the body requires to function optimally. It can also be very difficult to totally eliminate all carbohydrates from your diet as so many food types contain sugars while being critical to nutritional health.
It is therefore important to understand the difference between simple and complex carbs. Simple carbs are mainly contained in sugar, fruits and vegetables and provide a quick source of energy that is not sustainable over a long period of time. Consuming too many simple carbs in one sitting will cause the body to store additional energy as fat.
Complex carbs are contained in starchy foods like potatoes, rice, wheat and other grains. These carbs are more difficult to break down resulting in a slow release of energy over a period of time. Processed foods with complex carbs result in the greatest amount of stored fat. These include white bread, pasta, white rice, cakes, etc. Raw, wholegrain foods provide you with slow release energy that sustains the body over a period of time and are less likely to be stored as fat.
It is important to include both simple and complex sugars in your diet to be healthy. However, fruit and vegetables are preferable for simple carbs while wholegrain foods are better to provide complex carbs.
Your metabolism is the rate at which the body breaks down food and turns it into energy. A fast metabolism performs this process quickly and burns fat when energy from food is depleted. A slow metabolism breaks down food slowly and often turns energy into fat.
You can increase your metabolism by including slow release or complex carbs in your diet and exercising. Exercise allows the body to use energy quickly before it can be stored as fat. Exercise is one of the healthiest ways to achieve weight loss.
Your weight and health go hand in hand. Maintaining your own ideal weight will result in an overall healthier life.