It’s no secret many of us want to lose weight, look better and feel healthier. It is with that goal in mind that many so called “healthy diet plans” are created and touted to the public as an effective means to lose weight and improve our health. Yet many of these plans ignore basic physiological principles of human nutrition and thus require people to do all sorts of misguided things. These can include but are certainly not limited to…
Severely restricting fat intake
Eating copious amounts of carbohydrates
Eating nothing but protein
Living off pre-packaged bars and shakes
Using a myriad of “weight loss supplements”
Exercising insane amounts of time
Any of these sound familiar to you? With so much conflicting and confusing information out there what do you do? Well for starters if it’s advertised all over TV and in magazines its probably a bunch of crap you are better off without. If it’s very expensive and requires a bunch of supplements (and by a lot I mean more than about 5) it’s probably garbage. I’m here to tell you that making changes in your diet and health regiment that can greatly benefit your health and help you burn fat are not hard and should not cost an arm and a leg.
That being said if you are serious about reaching your goals you will need to make some changes and commit to some life style changes. But you already knew that didn’t you?
So if I could make 1 single recommendation that would have the biggest effect on your health what would it be?
Plain and simple adopt a high fat, low carbohydrate diet. This means about 70% of your calories from healthy fats. Healthy fats come from
-raw organic coconut oil
-extra virgin olive oil
-butter (Yes Butter!!)
-Fish like salmon, sardines and oysters
About 20% of your calories should be from high quality proteins and the remaining 10% or so of your calories should come from carbohydrates.
Making this change is what I call setting up a solid nutritional foundation for health and from here you can start to add other important components like a regular exercise program and focusing on solid sleep.