There has been a lot of press lately about the obesity epidemic which has gripped this country and plenty of scary statistics to fuel the fear of getting fat, but very little in comparison on what the real solutions to the problems are. I'm not talking about getting people to go on diets here, but on the source problem, which are the many additives in processed foods that are creating a generation addicted to this junk.
Solutions that include great diets such as Nutrisystem? or Jenny Craig are one way of combating the problem, but they are only treating the symptom, which is the obesity itself. Sure you can lose weight on these diets and some people have lost loads of weight by sticking with them, but what happens when you quit the diet?
Reverting to a Bad Diet
Many people simply revert to their old eating habits and go right back to buying all that processed junk from the store. They might think they're somehow winning by not ordering in that pizza every Friday anymore or avoiding Macdonalds or Burger King or whatever, but really they're not winning. Why is this?
It may be a good thing to have learned that staying away from fast food restaurants is part of the way to maintaining a healthy body weight, but it really is only a part of it. The food you eat at home is a bigger part because most people eat at home most of the time at least.
If you have weaned yourself off the ready meals from the store and are now cooking real home cooked meals made from fresh ingredients for yourself and you family, the you are to be congratulated on your achievement! But of you're still making meals from those packaged, ready prepared meals or meal ingredients and thinking you're going with a healthy option, then shame on you. You have not learned a thing!
Stay Away from Processed Food
Avoid the processed stuff and really cook your meals with vegetables that you have to peel and wash yourself and that do not come in a sealed plastic bag from the freezer section! Cook with real meat from the meat stand and not stuff that comes in packets plumped up with trans fats and breadcrumbs and a ton of preservatives and other additives.
Same goes for fish. If you're vegetarian, your choices are even healthier as you avoid animal fats, but remember to keep your protein levels up!
You can stay slim and healthy on a good diet as long as you stay away from the processed foods in the store, because they will all contain stuff you do not want to eat! Be vigilant, read labels and never buy anything you are not sure about!