I often hear horror stories about diet plans that cost a considerable amount of money and, in the end, simply…fail. It’s a common theme in this country. Americans are generally uneducated when it comes to fitness and health sciences. We’ve become a fat nation, and we all share some of the blame.
I believe that every second is a choice. You make a decision on how to live each second of every day. Our lives reflect our ability to make quality decisions. This is where our fault is found; in the poor decisions concerning what to eat and how to live. The good news is we can all make real decisions for the better, and we can do it right now. The bad news is we are not the origin of the problem. Sure we all have contributed to the beast, but the beast was not born of us.
Origin of the Diet Industry
What I call the Diet Industry is really just the combined effort of several large corporations to keep us eating out of their palms. There’s money to be made in the selling of diet plans. It seems like every televised fitness coach is selling a different plan to burn fat. This includes, but is definitely not limited to, Weight Watchers, Atkins Diet, etc.
I’m sure there are genuine success stories associated with each product, but I always get an overwhelming sense of betrayal when these manufacturers come to mind. Why this awful feeling? The answer is as simple as is the most effective “diet” plan I’ve ever known.
Portion Control – It’s Really That Simple
Before I go any further, I’d like to make it clear that I personally feel that the current flood of processed and horribly unhealthy foods is one of the most dangerous poisons available to mankind. I also think the one’s supplying the “answer” are the same ones supplying this poison. If eating healthy is to be implemented into your fitness regimen, each person should do their own research and find local, natural, organic food sources.
Once you’ve found a trustworthy source, you can move on to fixing the biggest contributor to weight gain in this country, which – in my opinion – is the lack of portion control.
There’s one common denominator to every diet plan I mentioned and the rest alike and that is this: none of them discuss portion control. You have to wonder why? Seeing as as how portion control can single-handily transform your body and life altogether. Such a powerful dieting method should be promoted, assuming the promoter actually cares about your personal results.
I won’t continue to rant about the politics of the issue. What follows are simple guidelines that anyone can implement into their fitness and health routines. If implemented correctly, these guidelines will change lives.
Fruits: 2-3 servings per day of about a cup. If you make a fist you can get a general idea of how a cup of fruit would look like.
Vegetables: 2-3 servings per day of about two cups. Two fists will give a general idea of the size.
Grains: 6-10 servings per day of 1 to 1 ½ cups. A ½ a cup can be generally measured by using the palm of one’s hand.
Meats (protein): 2 servings per day of about 3 ounces. Three ounces can, again, be measured by using the palm of one’s hand.
Dairy: 2-3 servings per day of 1 cup of milk per day. Cheese should be eaten in 1 ½ ounce servings.
It’s important for me to mention that this information is rather general, but as it is, this guide will benefit greatly anyone who decides to use it.
As is included on my original post, I’ll include three simple facts to help newcomers to the health and fitness realm:
2,000 calories per day will maintain the current weight level
Anything more will cause weight gain
Anything less will cause weight loss
I know it’s common sense, but sometimes we need to be reminded of how simple life could be if we ignored mainstream America and just went back to living!
Until next time, Ciao