21 Diet Facts You Should Know
1. The best diet is not to starve yourself. Lack of eating is the worst way to lose weight because it starves your body of all the essential vitamins and nutrients it needs and it slows down your metabolism by causing you to binge eat.
2. Although potatoes are considered a vegetable, they do not provide the same health benefits as eating other fruits and vegetables, potatoes are mostly digested as a starch.
3. Fats are major energy source for our cells, they provide raw materials for building cell membranes, they cushion and protect vital organs and provide insulation in our bodies.
4. Coffee is healthy in moderate doses in healthy people. Avoid drinking coffee if you have high blood pressure or heart problems.
5. A diet rich in fruits and vegetables can decrease the chance of having a heart attack or stroke and lower blood pressure.
6. Did you know that adding ice to your drink or consuming cold food such as ice cream makes your body work harder because your body uses energy to heat up the liquid/food in your stomach, which helps to boost your metabolism.
7. Good sources of unsaturated fats are: olives, olive oil, almonds, peanuts, and most other nuts, peanut butter, avocados, corn, soybeans and fish.
8. Fats regardless of whether they are good or bad carry out important job in our body and it is necessary for us to include fats (mostly good fats) in our diet.
9. Breakfast is hands down the most important meal we eat every day because it provides us with energy.
10. Simple carbohydrates such as sugar, pasta, white rice and potatoes lower HDL (good cholesterol) levels and increase your weight just as effectively as bad fats.
11. Not all fats are the same! Bad fats such as saturated and trans fats have the ability to become deadly by causing diseases such as heart disease which is the number one killer in the United States and soon to be the leading cause of death around the world. These fats should be avoided as much as possible and are the reason for obesity.
12. Good fats such as monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats are actually good for you. They help to prevent heart disease and improve cholesterol levels. These fats should be a substantial part of the daily calories you take in every day.
13. You should never consume fake butter or margarine. It contains many substances that our body does not know how to process and use for important functions. Eat normal or almond butter over fake butter, because it contains fats that our body knows how to use.
14. Being thirsty is not a reliable guide for staying hydrated. You can already be low on fluids by the time you feel thirsty, especially on days you are physically active.
15. Fruits and vegetables help you feel full with fewer calories, which is essential for weight loss.
16. A good diet is composed of eating small and healthy portions of food consistently throughout the day. This actually helps you to boost your metabolism and crave your hunger for junk food.
17. A pill is no substitute for the health benefits that fruits and vegetables provide, fruits and vegetables have a bounty of phytochemicals that do not come in capsules.
18. The average person needs a milliliter of fluid for every calorie burned, which is about eight, 8-ounce glasses for a 2000 calorie diet. However, the amount of fluid you need is mostly determined by your diet, your environment and your daily activities and can be different for everybody.
19. By not eating breakfast, your body breaks down your muscles in order to create energy.
20. Drinking 12-ounce can of soda is like putting seven to nine tablespoons of sugar in your body.
21. No single fruit or vegetable has all of the substances we need. It’s good to include a variety of fruits and vegetables in your diet on a weekly basis.