Interested in Having a Good Healthy Diet?

Interested in Having a Good Healthy Diet?

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With more and more people becoming aware of the benefits of having a good balanced diet, and increasing interest in more specific plans such as the paleo diet recipes, the healthy food industry has mushroomed recently.  If you are looking for a great, and reliable, source of information then Living Well might be just what you’re looking for.

Primal Living
Living Well have a mass of information on things such as primal living and how the Paleo Diet is incorporated into the concept of primal living.  Primal living, just to briefly explain, is the principle by which people follow a diet and exercise plan which is based on nature and natural products. For those not so familiar with the Paleo Diet, or Caveman diet as it’s sometimes known as, this diet is based on the premise that we should eat only what we can hunt or forage, exactly as our ancestors the caveman did, hence the nickname.  This may sound extreme to some, and it’s reasonable to argue that we live in a different environment to that we lived in as cavemen.  This has led to some alternative Paleo Diets, or quasi Paleo Diets, which also include things we farm in their definition.

Burn Fat
Following a Paleo Diet, or even quasi Paleo Diet, will result in a general improvement in our eating habits, we will be more satiated thus feel the need to snack less.  A dramatic reduction in carbohydrates due to less bread being eaten, and things like fries, cakes and chips being eliminated altogether, will result in less sugar intake.  This helps the body to burn more calories, and with the help of certain nutrients found in things like eggs, the body will increases its capability for burning fat.

Calorie Counting
On the subject of calories, and calorie counting, most people find this tiresome and troublesome.  But, if your goal is weight loss then it is kind of essential, at least to some extent. It could be a good idea to have relatively consistent breakfasts and lunches, so your calorie intake during the day is pretty consistent, leaving you only to worry about the evening meal and the calories in it.

To Supplement Or Not
Another topic that often comes up with Paleo and quasi Paleo Diets is the matter of supplements.  Whilst it’s true to say it’s preferable to get your intake of vitamins and minerals naturally, from fruit and vegetables, it’s also wise to consider at least getting some additional supplements if necessary from pills. The reason natural supplements are better is simple – our bodies are designed to break down natural foods and blend them properly, with pills the body may not always break them down as well.  That said, the body will get something from them, so why not?

If you are interested in primal living and Paleo food, and want more information, please visit Living Well.

A Healthy Diet Program – or Not!

A Healthy Diet Program – or Not!

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A Healthy Diet
What constitutes a good healthy diet? What should you eat to ensure you have a good balanced diet? There is a lot of information out there but it’s not always easy to separate the good from the bad. However, companies such as Living Well  can help you make that decision.

It’s fair to say there have been a number of different diet programs or plans over the years; they seem to come and go with the same frequency as days of the week! Some could be considered fad diets, ones that haven’t really lasted, and others have stood the test of time.

Popular Programs
Let’s take a quick look at some of those diet programs –

The South Beach Diet – this was developed by a cardiologist in Florida. It’s basic concept was to eat before you get hungry, with protein, ‘good’ fat and low-carbs on the menu.

Weight Watchers – this program has been around for almost 40 years. It’s success is possibly based on the premise that you can eat what you want provided it’s in moderation. It has a social aspect as well, with dieters getting together regularly to review progress.

The Zone Diet – helps participants stay in shape by attempting to balance the intake of ‘bad’ calories with ‘good’. Jennifer Anniston is a devotee of the Zone Diet – using the 3-40-30 principle i.e. 30% protein, 30% fat and 40% carbohydrates.

Atkins Diet – as with many programs, the Atkins Diet encourages dieters to cut out refined flour and sugar. Fans of the diet say it’s easy to follow and has short-term benefits, whilst opponents complain about he lack of balance.

Paleo Diet – the so-called caveman diet! So named due to its focus on eating the food that would have been around when the cavemen were. Protein and exercise are the key elements, with followers saying the plan not only helps them lose weight, but stay healthier as well.

Nutri System – takes all of the leg-work out of dieting because the system prepares the menus for you. The system is customized to participants and easy to follow but, the cost of the pre-packaged food is relatively high.

So, there you have it, a quick run-through of just a selected few of the numerous plans, programs and systems that have come, and in some cases gone again, in the recent past.

If you’re interested in finding out more about a healthy diet programme, take a look at Living Well.