A healthy diet plan is an important part of achieving successful weight loss. Many diet plans can help you lose weight fast, but many of these diet plans restrict specific nutrients below recommended levels. So while these diet plans help you lose weight, they might compromise your overall health. That's where healthy dieting tips can be beneficial. Healthy dieting tips can be used to develop a better weight loss program. Healthy dieting tips can also help us improve our eating habits, resulting in an enhanced nutritional profile of our daily food intake when dieting. Recent news from the 2011 Annual Meeting of the Institute of Food Technologists suggests that 'snack wisely' might be one of the more important healthy dieting tips we can choose to follow.
According to research presented at this meeting, snacking has continued to increase among Americans. If fact, snacking increased so much from 1977 to 2006 that our daily snacking provides 25% of our daily caloric intake and amounts to an additional 580 calories per day. That amounts to a fourth full meal for many of us! While this would not necessarily be bad if we ate that amount or less at our regular meals, we often eat more than 600 calories at our regular meals. Because of the extent of snacking we do, 'snack wisely' can be one of our better healthy dieting tips.
Unfortunately, many of our snacks are not healthy snacks. According to the information presented at this meeting, about 50% of our snacking calories comes from beverages. The danger of calories from beverages is that we typically do not take these calories into account, so we do not compensate later by reducing calories elsewhere. Also, calories from many beverages, particularly sugary drinks and alcoholic drinks, provide no nutritional value. Thus if you are looking for healthy dieting tips, replacing high-calorie, nutrient-poor drinks with calorie-free drinks like water and unsweetened tea is an easy way to snack wisely.
It appears that much of our snacking takes place as 'secondary' eating and drinking, eating and drinking while engaged in other endeavors. Many of us eat while we are working on our computers, eat while playing video games, and eat while watching television for example. Secondary eating increased from 15 minutes per day in 2006 to 30 minutes per day in 2008, while secondary drinking increased from 45 minutes per day to 85 minutes per day. The danger of secondary eating and drinking is that our attention is not focused on what we are consuming. Instead, our attention is focused on the task at hand, which can result is us consuming more than we might otherwise.
These observations of our snacking habits clearly point out that snack wisely can be one of our most effective and healthy dieting tips. Based on this research, ways to snack wisely might include choosing calorie-free beverages, limit snacking while involved in other tasks, and choosing nutritious, low-calorie snacks (particularly fruits and vegetables). In fact, each of these are healthy dieting tips in their own right.
What are some of your favorite healthy dieting tips?
Aaron Tabor, MD
Diet, Anti-Aging, and Nutritional Cosmetic Expert
Author of Dr. Tabor’s Diet and FIGHT NOW.
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