Friday, February 24, 2012

Quantity AND Quality

Just about everybody knows there's really only one way to lose weight: consume less calories, burn more calories (i.e. eat less, move more).  Yet we're still constantly bombarded with ads for weight loss supplements, articles "revealing" the "secrets of celebrities" and foods with less calories so you can eat more and not feel "guilty" - all distracting us from the true answer we all have in the back of our minds.

Thing is, quality matters too.  If you just eat less, you will lose weight, no matter what you still continue to eat.  But if you eat mostly nutritionally vacant foods (sugar, white flour, saturated unhealthy fats, foods filled with chemicals and preservatives), you won't come even close to feeling your best.  These things drain your energy and affect your skin and hair poorly, can make you feel depressed and lead to mood swings, constipation, bloating and trouble sleeping.  Wholesome foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and healthy fats contribute to glowing clear skin, shiny healthy hair, a regular digestive system, sounder sleep and feeling alert and happy.

Eat to live (don't live to eat) and keep moving.

"The Importance of Portion Control" - An Interview with Marion Nestle - The Atlantic

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