Liquid Disaster

Liquid diets can be disastrous! These diets work better for people who are morbidly obese and, for health reasons, have limited options. And even then, they should only be used under close medical supervision.

Some facts to consider prior to beginning a liquid diet:

If you choose a liquid diet, what will happen when you resume eating whole foods? The liquid diet is not helping you learn good eating habits, good nutrition, or how to control portions. You may be leaving your body short of vitamins, minerals and nutrients – possibly creating serious health hazards.

Some liquid protein diets have been associated with cardiac arrythmias, and many contain high amounts of sodium which can be especially detrimental to those with high blood pressure. They can also cause too much fluctuation in blood sugar levels for diabetics and cause loss of lean body mass in people who are mildly obese.

Beware of the claims that liquid diet programs make. They are rarely backed by scientific evidence and often fail to provide important information such as how much weight people tyically regain after completion of the liquid diet. They can also cause muscle cramps, dizziness, and other negative side effects.

Liquid diets leave you longing for the pleasure of eating. We were designed to eat – just not excessively and not in conjunction with a sedentary lifestyle. Liquid diets may also lead to binge eating later.

It is much safer to set up a regular diet and exercise plan that will be better for your body and provide longterm success.

Frank Thomas is the owner of Innovations Fitness in McDonough, GA. He & his staff at Innovations are available to help you find a healthy, longterm eating and exercise plan. www.innovationsfitness.com

Too Good To Be True

Do you need to lose weight, tone up, or shape up?  First, avoid fad diets, potions, pills & creams.  If it sounds too good to be true, it is.  You can’t lose dramatic amounts of weight in a short period of time – at least not in a way that is healthy and will last.

So here are some safe weight-loss tips:

1. Watch your portion sizes.

2. Limit sugar and white flour products.

3. Don’t skip meals.  Always eat breakfast.

4.  Eat a variety of foods with plenty of fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

5. Lower your intake of saturated fat.

6. Limit sodium & cholesterol.

7. Exercise on a regular basis – 30-60 minutes on most days of the week.

8. Include strength training in your exercise program.

Don’t fall for things that are too good to be true  Lose weight the right way.

Frank Thomas is owner of Innovations Fitness.  If you need help in how to establish a proper weight-loss plan, contact him or one of the Innovations Fitness staff members at 770-898-9691.

Drive-Through Eating – Ouch!

We live in a world where we are so busy that we often zip into fast food restaurants, grab a bag and zoom off to tackle the next item on our agenda. With instant meals available from 24/7 grocery stores, an abundance of fast food restaurants, and convenience stores on each corner, we fill our bodies with fast food that is full of fat, cholesterol, and processing chemicals. A typical meal of a hamburger, french fries and a soft drink usually contains more than 1,000 calories.

Though we may not be able to slow the pace of our daily lives considerably, we can choose wisely when it comes to fast food. For instance, if you are craving a hamburger, choose one with one patty rather than two, and you may save as much as ten grams of fat.  Many hamburgers are cholesterol-choking heart attacks waiting to happen. If you are just craving the taste, try a kids-size meal and supplement with something healthier. Choose fruit, salad, or vegetable as a side instead of fries. Leave off the cheese, mayonnaise, and special sauces!

Try lean roast beef or turkey for a change. Chicken that is grilled, baked or broiled is much better than fried chicken. When trying to choose a healthier option such as a salad or a wrap, be sure that you don’t defeat your efforts by adding salad dressings, cheeses, and other additions that significantly increase the fat and calories. Don’t let your salad option be compromised by high-calorie additions such as buttery croutons or a tortilla shell bowl. If you must have pizza, choose thin crust and lay off the fattening toppings.

A good alternative to traditional fast food is fresh fruit, salad, and low-fat yogurt that can now be found in many convenience stores. Avoid upsizing when you are ordering your meal! Look for low-fat, great tasting sandwiches available at a number of fast food restaurants. And avoid empty calories associated with many soft drinks by choosing water, diet sodas, or unsweetened tea instead.

Though our schedules don’t always allow for making healthy meals at home, with a little thought, we can find good-tasting fast food that is also good for us. Do some research on-line to find some healthier fast food options at your favorite restaurants so you won’t be tempted to fall back on bad choices when you arrive.

Come into Innovations Fitness today, and let us get you started toward making healthier choices!

Frank Thomas – www.innovationsfitness.com – 678-632-1496