Diet trends are a billion dollar industry and there is always one right around the corner promising a short-term solution to a long-term problem. Many of these diets focus on severely restricting calories. Under starvation conditions, additional calories are stored as fat. When caloric restriction is prolonged, lean muscle mass is decreased. The body believes there will now be limited calories, so it gets rid of its biggest calorie burner: muscle.
Consider the following tips to fuel your body with the right amounts of healthy foods to promote forever fat loss.
- Stick to whole, unprocessed food to help decrease the likelihood of overeating.
- Limit alcohol and be aware of how much sugar is in the foods you eat. Both sugar and alcohol can add substantial calories to a diet without nutritional benefits.
This message for Healthy Living is brought to you by the Warm Springs Diabetes Program.