Everyone from movie stars to your next door neighbor is eager to offer diet suggestions. While many tips may lead to short term weight loss, few are nutritionally sound and beneficial to your overall health. Without practical and nutritionally sound diet advice, the weight loss is likely not sustainable and you could ultimately harm your health.
Thankfully, one universal smart diet secret will help anyone, regardless of other dietary guidelines or restrictions are in place: get the most of nutritional value out of each calorie. The much touted saying ‘a calorie is a calorie’ does not stand up to scientific reason. Some calories help to rev your metabolism; some help your body ward off disease; some are useful in building muscle. Others, however, cause blood sugar spikes, promote fat storage, or cause internal inflammation. The key is aiming to make sure each calorie consumed offers benefit instead of harm. Below are a few switches you can make to maximize the health benefits you gain from each calorie. By making a couple of simple switches, you can help improve health while you melt off pounds.
Lose the Diet Foods. Diet foods may be low in calories, but they are typically high in processed ingredients and chemicals, hardly passing for food at all. Studies show that these fake foods leave you feeling unsatisfied, which results in overeating later.
Switch to a Smarter Supplement. Protein helps with satiety levels and building lean muscle mass. Supplementing your diet with a protein powder seems like a smart idea, but many traditional protein powders are designed to help weight lifters bulk up. For those of us for whom bulking up is not the goal, adding protein without adding excess calories is a better solution. Rather than a traditional calorie dense protein powder, choose spirulina powder. Not only is it low in calories and high in protein, it also provides a wealth of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and chlorophyll, thus giving you a tremendous amount of nutrients for a minimal amount of calories. You can learn more here or watch a video about spirulina here.
Losing weight and improving health is not achieved by following a magic formula, drinking a canned shake, or banning a long list of foods. If you focus on packing the most nutrition possible into your diet for a modest amount of calories, you will be pleased with the effects on your weight and your health.