Eat to Lose Weight

Surprise, surprise! The idea of starving yourself just to lose a few inches from your waist is a thing of the past. You don’t have to deprive yourself of life’s yummy pleasures just to lose the extra pounds.

I just saw the Today Show’s interview with Dr. Ian Smith, an American physician and author who launched the 50 Million Pound Challenge. He is a famous fitness advocate who stresses the need for each of us to take control of our health by losing excess weight. According to Dr. Smith, there are certain foods which you can eat, and eating guidelines to follow in order to lose weight:

Load up on protein. By protein, Dr. Smith means lean portions of meat, with the skin taken off. Protein helps you lose more weight, because it makes the body work harder at burning calories, and protein helps build muscle.

Choose whole grains. When buying bread, for instance, look for those which say “100% whole wheat” on the package label. Whole grains help modulate blood sugar.

Follow the 80-20 rule. Eighty percent of what you eat should be healthy, and the remaining twenty percent could be anything your heart desires. Those beehive cupcakes and greasy burgers still look promising.

Size does matter. Consider the portions of what you eat. Pieces of meat should be as big as a deck of cards. Your entrée should be no bigger than a baseball.

The key to eating healthy is to eat 4-5 meals a day. Never skip a meal. Following the guidelines above will help lower your blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Eventually, you will not only look better in those skinny jeans, but you’ll also end up being healthier.