The hectic lifestyles these days have led to poor work life balance. Most time is spent at school, work or at home running chores leaving little or no time to ourselves. The work environment also involves a lot of sitting with minimal movement as well as use of the car for running errands. The limited time factor forces people to grab fast foods that are unhealthy due to high cholesterol and highly saturated fats as well as preparing quick oven meals are highly refined and also contain hydrogenated fats. These factors compounded with potato couching, excessive consumption of alcoholic beverages, smoking and lack of physical exercises have led to an unhealthy society.
The unhealthy society is evident by the increase in cases of being overweight and obesity, high blood pressure, blood sugar problems, cardiovascular problems etc. The rate at which these lifestyle diseases are increasing is worrying and alarming. To maintain a healthy body requires moderation between nutrition and physical exercises in order to burn up the calories that the body has consumed.
Low calorie diets are very crucial to achieving good health. Before commencement on intake of low calorie foods or a workout program, it is crucial to seek medical and dietary advice from a doctor. The general practitioner will carry out a detailed analysis to find out more about the blood pressure, cholesterol, body mass index or any underlying health condition that might be affected by low calorie foods.
Low calorie diets are foods that contain the minimal recommended food nutrients that are essential for proper growth and development of the body. These nutrients include proteins, minerals, vitamins, fatty acids and very minimal carbohydrates or starch. Due to varying biological metabolism, there is no standard diet thus the impact will vary from person to person. Some good low calorie diets include the following foods:
One cup of oatmeal, half cup of fat free milk, one teaspoon of honey.
A cup of plain coffee, tea or a glass of low fat milk.
Whole grain oatmeal sweetened with honey
A cup of cornmeal with one teaspoon of honey.
100% natural juice squeezed from pineapple, passion, oranges, mangoes, lemons etc.
Whole grain brown bread.
Baked or roasted sweet potatoes.
Poached fish, steamed Irish potatoes, blanched vegetables dressed in vinegar and a glass of fresh juice.
Steamed chicken breast, green beans, carrots and vegetable salad served with a glass of water or white wine. Two slices of whole meal bread, turkey breast, tomatoes, lettuce and a glass of water.
Baked or grilled lean beef, roasted potatoes served with salad dressed with sour cream or vinegar.
Baked or steamed fish, fine beans, asparagus, baby carrots, cucumbers and potatoes.
Grilled Pork chops, roasted sweet potatoes, one cup of steamed green beans or asparagus serviced with a glass of white wine or water. Ham sandwich served with fresh natural juice. Steamed mutton, poached potatoes, blanched French beans, vegetable salad with a healthy drink.
An apple, a cup of blueberries, carrots, a slice of pineapple, an orange, lemonade and plenty of water.