YOU WANT THE PERFECT DIET...
... Well, I have news for you...
Let’s start by reiterating who I am, which is definitely not a dietitian. I am an engineer by trade, and health/fitness professional and enthusiast. I would like to consider myself a facilitator, somebody who has studied a lot, has tried different diets and have had success (or not) with the ones I have followed.
I have read a lot and continue to read about diets and what the "experts" think the perfect diet is. Let me tell you something, and this may not be news to you: "THERE ARE HUNDREDS OF PERFECT DIETS" and according to their creators, they are all the best.
How do I judge what a perfect diet is? Which is the one that I follow? I have actually followed several. After trying different diets over the years I came to the realization that the perfect diet is the one that is suited for your needs. In my case I am currently following a diet that will help me live a long, healthy life...yes I want to get to be old one day, but healthy. I rather make it to 60 and healthy than 100 and unhealthy. To me the looks are not priority, but if they come with the package, I take it.....
I procrastinate more often that I would like to, or more often that I should. If it were up to me I would eat pastas, fried chicken, pork and crème brulee every day; I love fish though... fried that is. So, Do I like healthy food? Sure (some), but I LOVE unhealthy food. I jokingly judge food's health benefits by their taste. If I eat something that taste good I immediately assume that it is unhealthy and vice versa, although this is not entirely true. For example just out of the oven donuts taste awesome, they are not what you would call healthy; raw broccoli on the other hand is very healthy and it tastes...well if you don’t know, imagine it; better yet, taste it.
WHY DO WE GAIN WEIGHT?
The answer to this question is very complicated, but for the sake of simplicity I will try to answer it in a few sentences and in as plain English as I can.
We gain weight because of the following reasons:
1. We eat more food than what our body needs to supplement daily live/activity. This excess of food is stored as fat in our bodies.
2. Bone density and muscle mass increase by participating in regular exercise activities, i.e. weight lifting.
FUELING OUR BODIES
Our bodies need energy to fuel life. The energy is measured in calories and come from Macronutrients.
These Macronutrients are:
Carbohydrate: The body's preferred energy source. Carbohydrates are made up of chains of sugar molecules. If a person consumes more carbohydrates than the body can use or store, the body will convert the sugar the sugar into fat for long-term storage
Protein: The building blocks of animal structure. Protein helps repair muscle and tissue after they have been damaged by activity like exercise.
Fats: The most energy-dense of the macronutrients. Ounce for ounce fat provides 2.25 times more calories than both carbohydrates and proteins. Fats serve many important functions in our bodies, including insulation, nerve transmission, vitamin absorption and hormone production.