70% of what you look like is reflected from your diet. If you want to achieve a healthy body, nice figure and reduce inflammation (which is associated with many modern day diseases and illnesses) diet plays an integral role. The rule of thumb is.. If it is left on the shelf and can last for weeks or even months, maybe think twice about consuming it.
Try and eat whole foods ie..foods that come out of the ground and are unprocessed, fruit and vegetables and whole grains. Stay away from white products that have been heavily processed as well as white fruit and vegetables which have limited nutrient value and are generally high GI ( GI – is the Glycaemic Index of a food based on “The speed at which a carbohydrate food breaks down into glucose and its effects on sugar levels on the body”)(Refer to Gi Chart at the back). Pick food that has color they contain the greatest nutrients and are generally healthier for you (yellows oranges, red foods etc).
If there is one diet that has been proven to maintain a healthy body weight and is more of a lifestyle than a diet it is the Low GI Diet. The low GI foods in this diet plan raise insulin levels in the blood slowly and keep maintains a steady insulin level for an extended period of time, ensuring no sudden spikes and lowering of insulin levels in the blood.
Originally, the index was developed as a tool to help diabetics manage blood sugar control. In theory, if it works to help control blood sugar in diabetic people, then it should work for weight control. Most, but not all, foods on the lower end of the GI scale tend to be healthier, nutrient-rich, less processed, and higher in fiber — such as whole fruits, vegetables, grains, and beans. Foods high in fiber can be very filling, especially when paired with protein.
Including protein with every meal will keep you fuller for longer and avoid binge or constant eating. More energy is required and it takes a greater time for the body to break down protein as a fuel source for the body, therefore keeping you fuller for longer.
So for example, if eating breakfast try and have some nuts with your Oats or an egg on toast. Other examples of food choice can be found on the eating plan.
Other so-called “Fad Diets” are just that DIETS and can only be maintained for a short period of time and that is the reason most diets fail. If you gradually develop a lifestyle eating plan, something you can do daily, then it is more likely to succeed.
With any diet you undertake Ask Yourself, Can I maintain this for the rest of my life?
If the answer is NO then it is not the eating plan for you.