Dietary fat used to get a pretty bad rap. These days, however, it’s becoming more well known not only that fat in your diet is essential to health, but certain types of fat (including saturated fat!) offer some unique and potent health benefits, too.
How many diet crazes can you name? A few come to mind for me: the cabbage soup diet, the Atkins diet and the Paleo diet. While I don’t disagree with all aspects of these diet crazes—and I even follow a few of their principles—one diet craze that I’m happy has ended is the low-fat diet. We are truly starting to realize that it’s time to eat fat; that eating fat will not make us fat; and that certain low-fat foods are far worse for us than we first thought!
One of the biggest reasons behind weight gain is our tendency to reach for instantly gratifying foods when we’re hungry. It’s difficult to find the patience for cooking a meal when hunger strikes; most of us would rather reach for whatever is available.
There isn’t a magical pill or a perfect formula to help you lose weight. Everyone is different. What works for someone else might not work as well for you. And often it takes time, hard work and patience to make a change. Overall this can be a rather frustrating and overwhelming process.
Do you want to dramatically reduce your risk of a stroke? Would you like to increase your chances of never getting cancer and heart disease? Is looking better because your skin isn’t aging as fast as it was appealing to you?
I believe that one of the biggest obstacles when it comes to the pursuit of fitness, whether you have the goal of losing weight or achieving a better physique, is this all-encompassing idea that we have to be perfect. Ideas such as needing to eat a certain way all the time, that we must work out all the time, and can never let loose are examples of a devastating mindset that ultimately destroys our ability to achieve and maintain our fitness goals.
I love chips! How about you? This is one snack food that I tend to eat far too much of and have trouble avoiding. So instead of ignoring my deep love for chips, I’ve tried to find the healthiest chips to satisfy my craving and keep guilt at bay (and my waistline from growing).
Protein bars are offered at most grocery stores, gas stations, drug stores and gyms. There are many brands to choose from and all sorts of variety in each brand, advertising health benefits galore! But you may wonder: Are protein bars good for you?