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Unlocking The Weight Loss Puzzle: Part 1

Unlocking The Weight Loss Puzzle: Part One

“Eating for Nourishment vs. Eating for Pleasure”

Welcome to “Unlocking The Weight Loss Puzzle” a short series dedicated to providing tips for sensible adults who are looking to reach and maintain a healthy weight.

Part One of this series is the concept of “eating for nourishment versus eating for pleasure.” Many people fail to make a conscious effort to eat meals strictly for the nutrition and nourishment provided (After all, how much fun is that?!). Instead, they choose what to eat and drink based on the pleasure they get from the food or beverage.

An example of eating for nourishment is deciding to have a bowl of oatmeal, and half a grapefruit for breakfast. Eating for pleasure is grabbing a sausage McMuffin and a Frappe Mocha from McDonald’s. It is okay to treat yourself to this type of breakfast *occasionally* if it’s important to you, but it is with the understanding that it is strictly a pleasure meal.

Another example is choosing to have a bottle of water instead of a diet soda. The bottle of water may not give you the immediate sweet, bubbly gratification of the diet soda, but it is ultimately a far superior choice. Drinking the diet soda is choosing to have a beverage for pleasure, rather than for hydration. And just to clear up any confusion, diet soda is NOT a healthy choice under any circumstances.

We all eat and drink for pleasure to some degree. The challenge is disciplining yourself to eat and drink healthy and nutritious things a majority of the time (about 70%). Most folks fail to keep track of what they’re eating and if it is truly a healthy choice. They tend to remember the salad they had for lunch, but not the two cheeseburgers and slice of pie they ate for dinner that night. Truly the only way to keep track is to keep a written log of what you’re eating. Doing this for as little as one week can be life-changing.  Please Note: I didn’t say it would be easy, fun, or convenient.

Consciously eating healthy, nutritious meals is not just about weight loss – it is about quality of life. A poor diet (which is often coupled with poor exercise habits) sets the stage for serious health problems such as diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, heart attack, stroke and other diseases. There is also growing evidence that a high-fat diet increases the risk of many deadly cancers.

By the way, if you’re choosing to eat those Sausage McMuffins, each one will provide you with 370 calories (207 from fat), 9 grams of saturated fat, 50 mg of cholesterol, 790 mg of sodium. If you chose to pick up a small Frappe Mocha to enjoy with your McMuffin, you would add an additional 450 calories (180 from fat), 13 grams of saturated fat, 55 mg of cholesterol, and 130 mg of sodium. There’s really no way to eat high calorie, high fat, fast food on a regular basis and NOT get fat and / or sick.

Remember if you eat sensibly 70% of the time, and eat for pleasure 30% of the time you will be far ahead of most people who do the opposite. 70% of the time you should be consuming lean protein sources, fruits, vegetables, whole grains. In other words, “more foods with less ingredients.” 30% of the time (or less) is reserved for eating for pleasure, with some self control. This when you may sanely indulge in the pizza, candy, cheeseburgers, cookies, ice creams and cakes. No binging!

Fit or fat? The choice is yours.

This article was written by Rich Brugger. He holds a Strength Conditioning and Weight Training Certification from ISMA and is Black Belt Master Instructor. He co-owns and operates Martial Arts for Life in New Providence, NJ with his wife Michelle (a certified personal fitness trainer, a certified nutritional consultant and Black Belt Instructor).

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