Diet food for weight loss

Category: Diet Foods
Supermarkets have a veritable plethora of food labeled as diet food. Most of it isnt more than fancy labeling. To qualify as diet food I believe it must conform to some very specific criteria and only then can we eat this food in the certain knowledge if is helping our quest to lose weight.
by LyleNeander


Supermarkets have a veritable plethora of food labeled as diet food. Most of it isnt more than fancy labeling. To qualify as diet food I believe it must conform to some very specific criteria and only then can we eat this food in the certain knowledge if is helping our quest to lose weight.

Food myth number 1. Low fat equals diet food. Not true. Low fat food is never going to be the savior of the dieter. In fact since the low fat food revolution came to a store near you, obesity worldwide has exploded. The proponents of the theory argue that a gram of fat contains 10 calories of energy and a gram of carbohydrate contains only 4 calories. It follows that if we reduce our fat intake we must be reducing the number of calories we consume and we will lose weight. In theory it sounds good but in practice it is a incorrect because it treats all calories as being equal. Your body digests in a different way from carbohydrates. The fact is that fat consumption doesnt happen to be the culprit for weight gain. When we eat too much fat our blood cholesterol levels might rise and we may end up with loose bowel movements because the liver and the gall bladder process the fat and eliminate it. Fats dont particularly make you fat. Their intake should still be sensible however for other health reasons.

Diet food producers are making a fortune selling low fat diet food. Even if the fat content is low the food will have much increased levels of salt, artificial flavors and sugars to enhance the flavor. In short it will be processed to death. Fat is vital to the human palette. It enhances flavor and carries the flavor of food onto the palette. When the fat component of food is reduced or removed food loses its flavor and tastes bland and unappetizing. It changes the texture which becomes dry. In order to make it edible the producer needs to add flavors, salt and texture enhancers. Food this processed becomes anything but healthy and certainly doesnt qualify as diet food.

Another food myth must be that a calorie is a calorie, particularly where carbohydrates are concerned. Diet food must contain a balance of complex carbohydrates, not just simple carbs. Simple carbs such as sugar are easily digested and rapidly end up in the bloodstream where they are captured by insulin and turned into glycogen. When the livers glycogen stores are full the excess sugars are converted into fat which is deposited on your thighs, stomach, hips and butt. On the other hand a gram of complex carbohydrate contains 4 calories just like the gram of simple carbohydrate. However the body takes a lot longer to digest the complex carbs and enters the bloodstream slowly and steadily. There is no sudden spike in blood sugar and no dramatic insulin response leading to fat being deposited anywhere. Of course a well-designed diet food might contain say 250 calories and not spike your blood sugar whilst an energy bar which also contains 250 calories might be all simple sugar and will send your blood sugar through the ceiling.

Diet food must contain the correct balance of fats, carbohydrates and proteins and be full of the right minerals and vitamins essential for building a healthy life. In truth good food, prepared properly and not over-processed could be truly labeled as diet food. This is particularly true as our diets move from the healthier and natural diets of our grandparent and further back. They ate much higher proportions of fiber, complex carbs and proteins than we do and it showed in obesity being almost unheard of. Even in my own lifetime I can remember at school that fat children were a rarity. Now it is uncommon to find children who arent overweight or who arent eating major amounts of junk food and the obesity levels in children reflect this.

In order to achieve weight loss and a healthy life we need to find a good weight loss program that focuses on healthy eating and exercise. The idea that a diet food can help is misleading. Our ancestors didnt have anything like the prevalence of degenerative diseases such as Diabetes Type 2 as our generation. Their diets were far more natural, had far less processing and much lower quantities of hidden sugars in them. To them diet foods were an apple a day, full grain breads, porridge and grits and vegetables. Good health grew out of good eating habits.

We all want a magic bullet but diet food isnt going to be the solution we need. Rather we need to return to far simpler healthy food we prepare. We cant trust the food producers to provide us with diet food because they cant resist the temptation to add sugars, salt, preservatives and artificial flavors. To succeed in losing weight, you are your best ally and your only hope. Find a good weight loss program with a good diet planner and you will reach your goals.

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