Eating Wisely And Weight Loss

Eating Wisely And Weight Loss

Please bear in​ mind that I am not a​ dietician,​ or​ a​ physician,​ and my opinions are those of​ a​ Yoga teacher and life-long student of​ Ayurveda. Always consult your family physician before changing your diet.

It may be generally agreed that eating wisely and weight loss do not often agree. Just look back that the​ parade of​ “fad diets” that didn’t seem to​ work over the​ long term and,​ in​ retrospect,​ were not wise from the​ onset.

This article will be a​ “union” of​ ideas from Ayurvedic principles,​ modern fitness concepts,​ and overall strategies for better health.

It goes without saying that a​ vegetarian diet is​ healthy. Only a​ decade ago,​ there were many reservations,​ among local physicians in​ New England,​ in​ regard to​ this concept. How rapidly knowledge,​ insight,​ and opinions change.

Marie,​ my wife,​ exposed me to​ the​ vegetarian diet. Before that,​ I ate what is​ now called the​ “Mediterranean Diet.” the​ diet I eat,​ to​ this day,​ is​ a​ combination of​ the​ two. the​ combination of​ these two,​ “classic” diets,​ are easy for me to​ live with and it​ is​ not an​ effort,​ at​ all,​ for me.

That is​ the​ biggest hurdle for most people. Many of​ us take on​ a​ radical dieting change that we​ cannot live with. Most of​ us can afford to​ make a​ few small changes at​ a​ time,​ instead of​ changing everything at​ once - unless you are dieting under the​ guidance of​ your doctor or​ dietician.

Therefore,​ I propose a​ few small changes to​ your eating habits that will make sense. You do not have to​ change them all at​ one time.

Sit down and focus on​ eating your meal.

Avoid television,​ reading,​ heated conversations,​ etc.

Thoroughly chew your food at​ a​ slow pace and do not put more food in​ your mouth until you have swallowed the​ previous bite.

Be aware of​ how hungry you are before your meal.

Try to​ avoid too much time between meals,​ as​ this leads to​ over consumption and your stomach should never be more than three quarters full,​ after a​ meal.

Exercise tip: Some of​ you practice Yoga and understand the​ many benefits of​ Sun Salutations,​ but have you ever tried weight resistance?

Strength training increases energy expenditure during a​ weight resistance training session. the​ high intensity of​ strength training indicates a​ high utilization of​ carbohydrates during a​ training session.

During the​ post-exercise recovery period,​ energy expenditure is​ elevated for a​ period ranging from two to​ fifteen hours (1). the​ increased energy demands are obtained by burning more calories,​ and a​ good portion of​ the​ calories are coming from fat stores.

Reference (1) - Melby C,​ Scholl C,​ Edwards G,​ Bullough R. Effect of​ acute resistance exercise on​ post exercise energy expenditure and resting metabolic rate. Journal of​ Applied Physiology 75(4): 1847-1853,​ 1993.

Even if​ you work every body part just once a​ week,​ this method of​ cross training will effectively burn calories. When you combine this with any aerobic activity,​ you have a​ powerful combination. Rowing and bicycling are good substitute forms of​ resistance too.

Strategies for results: Get help from a​ qualified Personal Trainer,​ Dietician,​ or​ a​ Life Coach. You could do it​ all yourself,​ but how much time do you have to​ “spin your wheels.” without any progress? These services exist for those who don’t want to​ waste time and want solutions now.

Eating Wisely And Weight Loss

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