Eating for Health, Happiness and Successful Weight Control

Written by Dr. William Parsons

Don't diet, just eat and lose weight!

First,repparttar following "diet" is really not a diet, inrepparttar 131363 conventional sense, but a natural way of eating. It allows one to eat essentially anything one wishes, while attaining weight loss or weight control goals and consumingrepparttar 131364 necessary nutrients for a long and healthful life. The term "diet" implies restrictions by either eliminating or radically reducingrepparttar 131365 intake of certain foods or food groups. Most diets are inappropriate, unhealthful (some are even dangerous) and ultimately doomed to fail.

The most important objective of eating any food is to providerepparttar 131366 body with allrepparttar 131367 essential nutrients for a long and healthful life. Almost every food provides some element needed by your body. If you do not care about being healthy, avoiding sickness and disease and living a long life, then this natural way of eating is not for you. The second most important reason for eating any food is because you enjoy it and it makes you happy. It is highly unlikely that you will consistently, and for long term, eat foods that you do not enjoy. Similarly, it is extremely unlikely that you will be able to completely eliminate foods that you do enjoy from your diet.

Many diets and dieticians expect a person to continually keep count of every calorie, carbohydrate and/or gram of fat that enters your mouth! Again, what is likelihood of being able to maintain this tedious ritual for any meaningful length of time? Nothing could be more depressing and stress-inducing asrepparttar 131368 constant monitoring of calories, carbs or fat. Therefore, if enjoying your meals is not important to you, then this natural way of eating is probably not for you.

Finally, you should eat food to maintain an appropriate weight for your height and frame. Being over-weight or under-weight is not conducive to a long, healthful life nor does it promote a positive self image. If being too heavy or too thin is not important to you, than this natural way of eating may not be for you.

Tips for Successful Weight Control

Lose or gain weight because you want to and not to please others.Otherwise, you will not be sufficiently motivated to change your bad eating habits. In fact, whenrepparttar 131369 inevitable happens and you fail to achieve you goal, it will reinforce and, most probably, escalaterepparttar 131370 inappropriate behavior (i.e. over-eating, exclusively eating junk food, bulimia, etc.)

You must begin this natural way of eating with a positive outlook andrepparttar 131371 belief that you can achieve your goals with a minimal amount of effort. If you lackrepparttar 131372 self-confidence and motivation, or you do not believe that you can lose or gain weight, you will not!

It is extremely important for you to learn aboutrepparttar 131373 nutrients contained inrepparttar 131374 foods you eat. This isrepparttar 131375 only part of this natural way of eating that requires some effort on your part. The only way to accomplish this is to read. The internet is probablyrepparttar 131376 best and easiest venue for obtaining this type of information. The following are excellent sources of health and nutrition-related information:

End Winter Weight Gain With Healthy Snacking

Written by Kathryn Martyn, M.NLP

It's that time of year we all start thinking about putting on a healthy layer of fat, just likerepparttar hibernating bears. From a nip inrepparttar 131360 air to a massive snow and ice storm, there is a palpable difference inrepparttar 131361 air. We've generally accepted that it is nature's way of helping us provide a little extra winter fat, storing up forrepparttar 131362 winter, just in case. But how long since you last had a food shortage or had to wait outrepparttar 131363 winter for your next meal?

This year can be different.

Today consider making one small change. When you make a small change, it is easier to handle, you are more likely to incorporate it into your daily life and you are more likely to succeed, than if you try to make a global change to your whole way of being.

Instead of taking something away, start by adding more fresh fruit and vegetables to your diet. Just for today, throw out your rules, if you typically follow a diet that forbids fruit or fresh vegetables because fresh foods are too important to miss. Fresh foods are sweet, satisfying and full of vitamins, minerals, bioflavonoids, and other things that your body requires for optimum health.

Choose a few you particularly enjoy. This time of year apples are great, citrus fruits, bananas are available year-round. Get some fresh fruits you like and start carrying a food sack everywhere you go. Try little packages of baby carrots, or cut up cauliflower and broccoli. A fellow I know always has a bagful of chopped cauliflower, carrots, and others vegis he munches on. That's smart.

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