Weight Management: Eat right foods--Burn more part 2

The principle of taking in less and burning more effectively helps you manage weight. The two sides work in conjunction so that the daily routine requires more energy than is available in the foods that are consumed. To manage weight energy potential in and energy used has to be in balance. To lose weight, you have to take in less than you use. Simple.

One method to burn more Calories is to explore various foods that will accelerate your metabolism. However, don't believe everything you read. Not all the so-called metabolism boosters actually have a notable affect. Check out this WebMD page for more info. One type of food that does seem to help is Omega-3s. Adding these in will be a wise choice.

Another approach is to look at combinations of foods that ramp up the metabolic rate. The internet is filled with diet systems that supposed work, and many of them do. However, as will be discussed in other sections, healthy eating is more than just counting calories and wellness is more than just weight management.

Blood chemistry works differently from person to person, so an eating plan that is right for someone who is hypoglycemic might be significantly different from a plan that works for someone with high cholesterol. As you explore food combinations that work on your own, check with a qualified medical professional to find one that is right for you.

However, one recommendation about food combinations stands, regardless of other factors. There is a value to the metabolism (as well as to the feeling of being satisfied with your food) if you combine foods from various food groups into each sitting. For example, a vegetable and protein combined in a single snack will both be more satisfying and will tend to boost metabolism. Pick from foods you know are right for your overall medical conditions, of course.

Very few snacks contain protein, if you think about it. Even the healthy choices such as fruit or veggie sticks are protein-free. Protein on the go is not easy, so plan ahead. Perhaps protein bars are a good solution? Check your fiber bar, too--some of them have proteins.

Watch out for dried jerky style meats--while indeed sources of protein, they are often high in other things you don't need! Sodium can be a problem for many health conditions, so beware and be intentional. Nuts are sources of protein, fat, and many Calories, so watch those as well.

And, as you explore food combinations--remember not to exceed your allowed intake limits! Tossing in 500 Calories of nuts to get some extra protein might not be the best decision!

Everything in moderation and in balance...

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