Are there enough diets out there? You have your choice of books, magazines, websites, Weight Watchers, Nutrisystem, Jenny Craig and Doctor supervised weight loss programs just to name a few of your options.
If you don't find the program you're looking for, just wait a bit. Every year more diet books are published. More magazine articles are written and more websites come out.
With all this information, you would think everyone would be getting healthier.
But the statistics of people who are overweight or obese keep going up. Type 2 diabetes cases keep increasing. The fact is we aren't getting healthier. More confused for sure. But not healthier.
Every year, I talk to people who are overwhelmed by the choices. They're sick of getting little to no results and bouncing from diet to diet in search of the "right one."
I believe what most people need in order to improve our health and appearance is not another diet plan, but knowledge about what healthful nutrition looks like and how to apply it each day.
Here are 4 tips to help you make better food choices and start getting results without confusion.
1. The majority of your foods (80-90%) should be single ingredient or raw fresh produce.
That doesn't mean your meals have to be single ingredient. You can and should combine ingredients to make tasty, quick and healthy meals.
But it does mean you should minimize processed foods. How do you know if a food is processed? If it has an ingredients list, it's processed. If it comes in a can or package, it's usually processed.
2. Minimize your intake of sugar
Especially fructose. High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) has no health benefits at all.
And it's in more foods than you think.
Here's an example. I was looking at a can of diced tomatoes (yes an exception to the "if it's in a can" rule) and discovered that, yes, they had put HFCS in it! So immediately I switched brands to one that has only "Diced tomatoes" in the "Diced Tomatoes."
Minimize your sugar consumption and you will see results. You'll look better, you'll feel better and you'll perform better. Isn't that what you're here for?
3. Limit Your Intake Of Grains
This is a huge topic, but for now be aware that there's a good chance eating too many grains is causing you more harm than good.
I know, "But Rob, whole grains are supposed to be good for you." Maybe so, but it's very rare that you will actually find a food with true whole grains. And you may have a sensitivity to gluten (a protein in grains) which is slowing or stopping your results.
Tell you what, try this experiment. Eliminate grains (Barley, wheat and rye) for 30 days and see how it changes your appearance, performance and how you feel.
4. Stop Drinking Your Calories
A 12 ounce can of Coca-Cola for example, has 140 calories. All of it from sugar.
And I'm not picking on Coke. A 12 ounce Gatorade has 130 calories. Also all form sugar.
This is an easy change to make that will have a quick hit impact on your results. Drink water. Coffee and tea are OK too. Just stop sweetening them (remember tip number 2).
30 Days. That's all it will take for you to try these tips and see if they work. You can do it. Will you accept the challenge?
You will if you truly want to look and feel better!
How are you implementing ideas? What other ideas do you find work for you? What are you struggling with?