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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Eating Tips To Remain Fit and Healthy

Eating Habits plays very important role in fitness and health of an individual. The main aim of healthy eating is to consume variety of foods to get proper amount of energy and nutrients, without getting too much calories. Therefore, healthy eating is important to remain fit, proper functioning of body and staying away from health problems.

Here are 8 healthy eating tips so you will feel light and stay fit all the time. Following are the essentials of a truly nutritious diet -

1. Avoid too much fat. Thankfully, there are more low-fat products in the market today such as milk, ice cream, and cheese.

2. Buy food products low in sodium. Check the nutritional information found at the back of the package or label for the sodium content of the snack food or produce. Nutritionists say that one should take no more than 1.000 milligrams of sodium a day.

3. Try to consume foods low in salt. Salt flavors food but too much may cause fluid retention in the body and increase blood pressure. Bear in mind that there are other seasoning options available. Why not try natural herbs to spice up the flavor of your food?

4. Stay away from additives. Try to choose meat, chicken, and fish that do not contain additives. There are organic food stores where such products are found.

5. Eat starch. Rice, potatoes, corn, grains and grain products have starch that, through digestion, is converted into sugar, which supplies energy to keep you up and about the whole day.

6. Consume a variety of food in moderate amounts. Take in different foods like meat, fruits, vegetables, breads, etc. in moderate amounts. Aside from being a healthy practice, this also gives you the opportunity to savor a variety of flavors!

7. To prevent weight gain, avoid sweetened soft drinks and fruit juices in favor of water or artificially sweetened drinks. Although many women swear by artificial sweeteners, scientists have long debated whether they actually help regulate body weight. Researchers conducted a study that suggests that people can lose or maintain weight simply by incorporating artificial sweeteners, such as aspartame (found in NutraSweet) and saccharin into their diet. Forty-one overweight people, mostly women, with similar eating and exercise habits were divided into two groups. They consumed comparable amounts of either sugar-sweetened or artificially sweetened foods, drinks, or supplements daily. After ten weeks, body weight increased in the sugar group (by 3.5 pounds) and decreased in the artificially-sweetener group (by 2.2 pounds). Also, blood pressure went up in the sugar group and went down in the sweetener group. The study found that the sugar group ate more calories and carbohydrates compared with the artificial sweetener group, but the groups' intake of fat and protein did not substantially differ. Beverages were by far the largest source of sugar intake).

8. To help you stay healthy, stick to low-cholesterol and high-fiber dishes.


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