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What Makes A Weight Loss Diet

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A weight loss diet is a diet high in protein, contain plant based sustenance(fruits and vegetables), contain soluble fiber, must be low on sugar, fat and carbohydrate.

According to your doctor or dietician recommendations, a weight loss diet is a way to lose weight easily. This leads to loss of a pound to two weekly, for individuals trying to lose weight in the long run.

But, some weight loss diet are very difficult to follow, it might either leave you feeling hungry or unsatisfied, this is because some weight loss diet aim to reduce your calorie intake or curb your appetite whereas others aim to reduce your calorie intake in fats and oils or even carbohydrates.
This post on “what makes a weight loss diet” will explain to you ways to lose weight that engages healthy eating, by decreasing carbohydrate and leads to:
(a) Decreasing appetite,
(b) Leads to quick weight loss and,
(c) Increasing your body metabolism.
Below, i will share with you information on what makes a weight loss diet, this can be achieved by eating the following;

* High Protein Diet

Protein is an essential macro-nutrient that each cell in the body requires. It produces the nine essential amino acids needed for body building, repairs of cells, tissues, skin, hair, muscles and so on.
Eating a diet high in protein is a big plus on trying to achieve a weight loss, as this help in keeping your health stable while trying to lose weight.
Studies shows that eating enough protein may help in improving the body metabolic risk conditions, body weight and appetite level.
Diets high in protein helps to make you full for long time, reduce the chances of going for more food and decrease cravings and being addictive to food to a great extent.
Some studies shows that, individuals that ate high protein diet have their calories reduced by 450 per day.

Sources Of Protein Includes:
(1) Seafood like fish/salmon, trout, crustaceans and shrimps, this is one of the healthiest source of protein.
(2) Meats like chicken, pork, lamb, beef, chevron, and more.
(3) Diary products like whole eggs.
(4) Plants like beans, legumes, quinoa, tofu and tempeh and more.
#Adult males require 56-91grams of protein per day, whereas female adult require 46-75grams of proteins per day.

* Fruits And Vegetables

Fruits and vegetables contain numerous essential vitamins and minerals that are good for your health. These includes vitamins(A, B,C and E), magnesium, zinc, phosphorus and folic acid. It is essential in achieving a weight loss diet as it is low on fat, salt and sugar, it is also a good source of dietary fiber. It contains phytochemicals or plant chemicals, that is biological active substances that helps the body to fight diseases.
Scientific studies shows that regular eating of fruits and vegetables helps lower the risks of diseases like stroke, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, cancer and hypertension and so on.
Fruits are edible, sweet and fleshy part of a plant. It may contain seed, eaten raw or might be cooked. Types of fruit includes:
(1) Apples and pears, (2) Citrus (oranges, grape fruits, mandarin and limes), (3) Tomatoes and avocados, (4) Berries (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, kiwifruits, and passion fruits), (5) Tropical and exortics(mangoes and bananas),
(6) Melons(watermelons, rockmelon and honeydew melon),
(7) Stone fruits(peach, palms, nectarines and apricots).

Vegetable Types Includes;
(1) Marrow(pumpkin, cucumber),
(2) Leafy green(lettuce, spinach and silver beet),
(3) Cruciferous(cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels, sprouts, and broccoli),
(4) Edible plant stem(celery and asparagus),
(5) Roots(sweet potatoes, potatoes, yam, coco-yam),
(6) Allium(onion, garlic and shallot).

Consumption Of Fruits And Vegetables
You should eat at least five serves of fresh vegetables and two serves of fresh fruits daily from diverse varieties and colors.

* Soluble Fiber

Soluble fiber dissolves in water and other body fluid. When it dissolves, it forms a gel-like material as it passes through the human digestive system. Both soluble and insoluble fiber are not absorbed in the digestive system as a result of this, they help to form bulk bowel movements. Adding soluble fiber to weight loss diet helps in weight management, increasing lifespan, reducing diabetes, helps in digestion, enhances good health, lowers the risk of some kind of cancer and so on.
Sources of soluble fiber are carbohydrate, protein, fruits and vegetables.

* Sugars

A weight loss diet that looks nice should be low on sugars.
Biology, defines sugar as a monosaccharide(sucrose) or disaccharide(glucose). Sugars are mostly known commercially as any sweet crystalline solid disaccharide(sucrose) or monosaccharide(glucose) used as a sweetener or in preserving sustenance s.
A monosaccharide(glucose) is made up of fructose, galactose and glucose. Fructose otherwise known as fruit sugar are present in fruits, cane sugar, and honey. This is the sweetest among the sugars. Galactose is always bond to other molecule. Glucose is always present in human beings and plants, it helps in cell respiration and aids photosynthesis in plants. The disaccharides are the lactose, maltose, and sucrose. The table sugar is made from sucrose which is a disaccharide made up of glucose and fructose. It is used as a sweetener in preparing beverages, food sustenance s, cakes and cookies.
Sugar is essential in a weight loss diet because it helps in energy storage, it is a sources of nutrition and energy for metabolism.

Sources Of Sugars
Sources of sugar occurs in two forms, from vegetables like sugar cane, carrots, sugar beets, yams, and sweet potatoes and so on. While fruit sugars are bananas, apples, grapes, oranges, peach, pears, pineapples, strawberries, plums and more. The two main sources of sucrose is sugarcane and sugar beets, this is used for manufacture of commercial retail store sugars or table sugar.

Consumption Of Sugar
Excess consumption of sugars can lead to diabetes, obesity, tooth decay and cardiovascular disease, sugar consumption should be <10% of the total calorie and a further reduction to 5% will help in a weight loss diet.

* Fat And Oil

A weight loss diet low on fat is recommended by dieticians. The point here is getting the right balance of it will help keep your cholesterol, heart and triglycerides levels normal.
In nutrition, biology and chemistry, fat usually means any ester of fatty acids, or a mixture of that kind of compound, most commonly those that occur in living organisms or in plants.
Fat is important in our diet because it supplies the body with energy helps to absorb vitamins from food(vitamin A, D, E, & K), it helps in maintaining a healthy immune system, it also help our brains to function properly.
Fat are present in two main types which are saturated and unsaturated fat, and our body need both of these fat in the right proportion to help the body lower cholesterol levels.

What is recommended here is unsaturated fat because they are heart healthy unsaturated fat occurs in two forms that are mono and polyunsaturated fats, and they work differently in the body as a result of this it is advised to eat a variety of food to get both forms of fat. Unsaturated fat are present in plants and oily fish, at room temperatures they are usually liquid.
Decrease the rate of eating diet containing saturated and trans-fat to the ratio of <10% to <1% respectively.

Sources Of Unsaturated Fat
(1) Avocado,
(2) Oily fish like trout, salmon, mackerel, herring, pilchard,
(3) Nuts and seed,
(4) Oils from plants like vegetables, nuts and seeds, olive, corn oil, peanut, sunflower and safflower, rapeseed, walnut and more.

Consumption Of Fat
Fat consumption on a weight loss diet should be 30% of the overall energy consumption, that is about 70g for women and 90g for men daily.

* Carbohydrates

A weight loss diet low on carbohydrates is essential for weight loss, carbohydrates provide the body with the needed energy for work, 1 gram of carbohydrates provides 4 calories. The body breaks down carbohydrates into glucose, which is the primary source of energy for the brains and muscles. It is one of the three macro-nutrients which the body needs in larger amount(it’s partners are protein which provides 4 calories per gram and fat which provide 9 calories per gram). A weight loss diet that cuts back on sugars and starches or carbs will be effective for fat weight reduction. This can be achieved with a low carbohydrate eating plan or by reducing refined carbohydrates and replacing them with whole grains.

Eating whole grains helps in keeping your hunger level down and reduces your calorie intake.
A low carbohydrate eating plan helps in burning stored fat for energy instead of carbohydrates. Replacing refined carbohydrates with a more complex carbohydrate like whole grains with combined calorie deficit, this contain high fiber that digest slowly and helps to keep you full for a long time, reduces appetite and leads to weight loss.

Sources Of Carbohydrates Includes
Carbohydrates comes in various forms of sugars, fibers and starch, sources of carbohydrates are fruits, starchy vegetables(yam, peas, cassava, potatoes, coco-yam, beans), breads, cereals, grains, milk and yogurt.
Eating whole grains helps in keeping your hunger level down and reduces your calorie intake.
A low carbohydrate eating plan helps in burning stored fat for energy instead of carbohydrates. Replacing refined carbohydrates with a more complex carbohydrate like whole grains with combined calorie deficit, this contain high fiber that digest slowly and helps to keep you full for a long time, reduces appetite and leads to weight loss.

Sources Of Carbohydrates Includes;
Carbohydrates comes in various forms of sugars, fibers and starch, sources of carbohydrates are fruits, starchy vegetables(yam, peas, cassava, potatoes, coco-yam, beans), breads, cereals, grains, milk and yogurt.

Consumption Of Carbohydrates
The recommended daily carbohydrate consumption is 300grams daily when on a 2000 calorie diet according to the FDA(Food And Drug Administration).
But, for weight loss if you are able to reduce this number to around 50-150grams daily, i bet you your weight loss will be rapid.

Conclusion

You need to try a weight loss diet high in protein, contain fruits and vegetables plus soluble fiber and low on sugar, fat and carbohydrates. Your doctor, nutritionist or dietician will help you on this.

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