Food and Fitness: How to Choose a Diet that Works for You

Fitness isn't just about exercise — it's about the food too! Here's how to choose a diet that works for you and your body.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, there are over 90 million Americans who are overweight. You might just be one of these Americans who are trying to find a fitness plan that will help you lose some of these unwelcomed pounds.

There’s more to fitness than just exercise. Fitness means finding a diet that works for you and your body as well. You’ve probably heard about other people’s victory over the “battle of the bulge.” Read further on what some of these diets are all about so that you can make sure your food plan helps you reach your overall fitness goals.

Flab 101: What is Fat?
 
 
In order to eliminate any unwelcomed pounds, you must first understand the types of fat there are and whether they keep us healthy or not.
 
 
Certain levels of “fat” are actually beneficial. Most of us agree that someone who sports a swelling tummy may be considered overweight. The truth is, that sometimes “tummy-fat” is, in fact, good for your health.
 
 
There is fat inside everyone’s body surrounding our internal organs as well as below the skin’s surface. Body fat consists of two distinct layers. These layers are called the visceral and subcutaneous layers.
 
 
Visceral fat is the layer of hard fat that is located inside your abdomen. Visceral fat borders all of your internal organs like your liver, intestines, and heart.
 
Visceral fat creates substances that are called Cytokines. These substances can damage your organs. Higher levels of this visceral fat can also lead to more health problems like glucose intolerance and hypertension.
 
 
It's common for people to have high levels of fat around their internal organs that we can’t see. These people are considered “skinny fat.”
 
 
Skinny fat” describes someone who appears trim on their outside. But they might also have high levels of hard fat on their insides. These people are susceptible to the same health problems that overweight people might have.
 
 
Visceral fat is very difficult to diagnose. Sometimes you might find visceral fat within the tissue layer under your muscles. The best way to diagnose your hard fat levels is to see your doctor.
 
 
Your subcutaneous tissue layer lies under your skin and protects your muscles and bones, especially when you trip or fall. Subcutaneous fat layers let your blood vessels and nerves move across your muscles to your skin’s dermis layer.
 
 
Your doctor will use magnetic imaging to view detailed pictures of these fat tissues. They will also use a CAT or CT scan to develop cross-sectional images of your body to study any fat tissue levels. Caliper tools will also accurately measure any fat layers underneath a muscle.
 
 
You might test your own subcutaneous fat level with a tape measure. Begin by measuring your waistline at your mid-range or belly button level just above your hips. Approximately thirty-seven inches for female adults and over 40 inches for male adults is a probable sign of excess visceral fat.
 
 
Finding a Diet That Works
 
 
Here are some examples of the most common types of diet plans known today. Read them closely to answer that nagging question “what diet is right for me?” Some of these plans include:
 
 
Low-Fat Diet Plans
 
 
Low-fat diet plans mean consuming less than 30 percent of your calories from fats and saturated fats, If you are on a low-fat diet, you most likely eat nothing but legumes, fruit, and leafy greens.
 
 
The Macrobiotic and Ornish diet plans are two examples of low-fat diets.
 
 
High-Protein Diets
 
 
A high-protein diet includes eating vast amounts of scarce carbohydrates and protein. A high protein diet includes eating fish, beans, and meat. You can benefit from a high-protein diet if you can reduce your carbohydrate consumption and limit your rice, white pasta or bread consumption.
 
 
Some of the familiar high-protein diet plans include the Paleo and Dukan diet plans.
 
Meal Replacement Diet
 
 
Meal replacement diets include drinks, soups or bars that are meant to replace a solid meal. A meal replacement diet can provide around 200 to250 calories per serving. Meal replacement products tend to be fortified with an additional 20 vitamins and minerals.
 
 
Nutrisystem and Jenny Craig are two familiar forms of meal replacement diets.
 
 
Vegetarian Diet
 
 
Followers of a vegetarian diet don’t eat meat, fish or poultry. Their primary food sources are grains, nuts, fruits, and vegetables. Many vegetarians will also eliminate eggs and dairy from their daily menus as well.
 
 
There are currently different levels of vegetarianism in practice today. These levels reflect what combinations of poultry/meat and/vegetables are suitable in a daily diet.
 
 
Other Considerations to Find What Diet is Best for Me
 
 
If you’re ready to launch a diet plan that works, review these following factors. Consider these aspects to identify a diet regime that is likely to work best for you:
 
Available Funds
 
 
Determine if your budget can handle your new fitness investment. A meal replacement plan, for example, requires you to buy their pre-made food rather than use your own.
 
 
Evaluate your current budget carefully so that you’ll find a new diet regime that you can afford. Sometimes you can find diet plan discounts that can help you absorb these new costs.
 
 
Your Current Health Condition
 
 
Talk to your doctor to confirm whether any existing health concerns you currently have would be helped or harmed with your new diet plan. Sometimes doctors recommend certain diets that work better for men and other diets that work best for women.
 
 
Current Schedule for Food Preparation
 
 
Busy schedules are the number one killer of new diets if you don’t have enough time to prepare a healthy meal. Making your meals ahead of time could help you stay with your new eating plan better. Food fuels weight loss when you consume nutritionally balanced meals that burn off fat.
 
 
Next Steps
 
 
Are you ready to try a diet that works? It’s time to say “goodbye” to those unwelcomed pounds and start a new eating plan today.
 
 
Talk to your doctor first. Ask them if you have any preexisting medical concerns that would influence which diet plan you decide to use. Once you’ve chosen your diet plan, prepare some meals in advance for those days when your daily schedule is out of control.
 
 
Be sure to check out our website for more helpful fitness and dieting tips. We can help you channel the power you need to improve your energy levels and performance.
 

 

 
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