3 For Thursday – Healthy Eating Tips

“Losing weight” and “getting in better shape”. We hear it everyday. To fully address these concerns, requires both exercise and diet.

In regards to healthy eating and diet, I’ve included not 3 but 4 good reads related to healthy eating.  I hope you find them beneficial.

Why is it hard to lose weight?

Next, how to read nutritional labels. Check out this interactive guide to help you make better food choices.

And finally, information regarding the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Registered Dietitians are great resources for information regarding healthy eating. Contact our office for recommendations on local dietitians.

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Rich Baudry

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Why do we gain weight?

Top 3 reasons why we gain weight:

1) Lack of exercise. We were designed for movement so exercise is necessary, not only to avoid weight gain but to keep the body healthy and able to continue to be able to move correctly. As we age, we tend to become more sedentary.

2) We eat more calories than we expend. Our demanding lifestyle has creates an environment for “grab and go” eating. This promotes poor food choices which typically leads to over consumption of carbohydrates.

3) Insulin resistance. As we continue to make poor food choices and consume more and more carbohydrates, our body becomes insulin resistant. The pancreas begins to secrete more insulin than we need to lower blood sugar and then the excess insulin causes the body to store fat.

In order to loose weigh all three of these issues must be addressed. Successful weight loss can be addressed by following a diet high in protein and low in carbs combined with a well planned fitness regimen.