How to Diet Appropriately

By: Ashley Rich

STAY AWAY FROM PROCESSED FOODS

Fast food restaurants such as McDonalds, Wendy's, and Whataburger are definitely off limits but even foods that may seem not too bad for you such as, boxed macaroni and cheese and potato chips, can be just as unhealthy.

Fad Diets: Just because everyone else is doing it, doesn't mean it is actually good for your body!

In our society there has been many popular diets such as AdvoCare, "The Master Cleanse", or the Special K Challenge. Although these diets may lead to weight loss, they aren't healthy or safe for your body. For instance, "The Master Cleanse" is a week long fad diet where you are only allowed to drink lemonade, salt water, and laxative tea. Eliminating food from your diet altogether should be a red flag that this is not good for your body at all. Another one of the most popular diets is the Special K Challenge where you only eat foods made by that company. One of the reasons this diet is unhealthy is because it advertises that you will lose 6 pounds in 1 week. Any doctor will tell you that losing that much weight in such a short period of time is extremely dangerous because you are starving your body. Another flaw in this challenge is that the food they are giving you isn't even nutritional. One of the meals, Chocolatey Delight Cereal, contains 15g of sugar; including high fructose corn syrup! The third most popular fad diets is AdvoCare. One of AdvoCare's most widely known and purchased product is Spark. Spark is a form of energy drink and can all substitute for a meal. There product was created to give people an alternative source of energy instead of drinking coffee, but the funny thing is that, Spark contains 120mg of caffeine! As a point of reference, a shot of expresso contains around 40-75mg of caffeine, making Spark an even worse substitute for coffee.

How to Lose Weight the RIGHT Way:

Losing weight isn't something that just can happen over night; it is unhealthy for the body to lose weight in short periods of time because that means you are starving yourself. In order to appropriately lose weight is by eating a balanced diet and exercising daily. It is also important that the foods you are eating aren't just empty calories but foods that will provide your body with the daily nutrients they need such as proteins, (good) fat, carbohydrates, and fiber. Try to stay away from "empty calorie" foods such as bacon, cheese, cake, doughnuts, energy drinks, ice cream, pizza, and soda.

Benefits of Eating a Balanced Diet:

Not only will you lose weight or maintain your ideal weight but by eating healthy you are more resistant to disease, infection, fatigue, and poor performance.

Table of the Daily Recommended Amount of Nutrition

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