The Science of Eating Right

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For mothers who feel they have a lot of pounds to lose or just simply want to stay healthy, deciding on where to begin or what to choose can be very overwhelming. While technology provides us with a lot of information with just a touch of a button, it also makes us confused on what food do we eat, how much should we take, or even when to feed ourselves. For instance, when you search “ intermittent fasting,” Google will give you some reviews and criticisms, while the long lists will add to a lot more confusion. Knowing the right approach that is based on evidence and facts must also include educating ourselves about the different diet plans, how each would fit into our lives, and find answers to most of the frequently- asked questions. Here is some information to help moms get started.

How Effective is Intermittent Fasting?

This may be a hot trend, but science has not yet concluded if it is more effective than any other weight loss approaches. The research only suggests that it is an effective way to help support a weight loss program. In case you want to try, you may begin with the “big rocks” of weight loss like an increasing daily movement and consumption of enough fruits and vegetables. Have a moderate start of 1 to 2 fasting days per week at 25 percent of the daily caloric requirements.

How Ketogenic Diet Works

According to the director of performance nutrition at Precision Nutrition, Brian St. Pierre, MS, RD, CSCS, the ketogenic diet is relatively low in protein, low in carbs, and very high in fats. With the three combined, there will be a relatively low level of blood glucose that our brains and other organs need in order to function. This means that our liver makes ketones as their alternative source of energy. However, like other dietary approaches, this may work you, but not for us. So be realistic. Choose the type of diet that you can keep over the long term.

Are Saturated Fat and Cholesterol Really Bad?

Experts at Miramar College in San Diego suggest that dietary cholesterol does not bring much impact on the blood cholesterol of most people. However, the same can’t be said about saturated fat. Huge consumption of saturated fat increases the LDL or the “bad cholesterol. That being said, it’s time to consider replacing saturated fat with polyunsaturated fat. Eat more foods like avocados, olives, and cashews that are rich in monounsaturated fats and foods that are a great source of omega-3 polyunsaturated fats like walnuts, fatty fish, and flaxseed. Meanwhile, whole grains and lean proteins are good replacements for the calories that you get from saturated fat.

Every diet plan has both downfalls and benefits. Just be aware of all these to have a better chance of achieving your long-term goals.

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