Fixed Deposits! These deposits don’t give you a good ROI!
Most of us put in too many calories that have no nutritional value (empty calories) and because our lifestyle does not give us the opportunity to burn these calories, they stay in fixed deposits around our waist (central adiposity). If you have fat around the waist area, the dangerous news is that there is already fat build up around your vital organs (visceral fat) – and this fat prevents them from functioning effectively. This is the source of most of our lifestyle diseases – our food choices and the number of calories we put in. Fixed deposits with negative ROIs!
Research strongly supports the health benefits of eating a healthy diet and maintaining a healthy body weight. What does a healthy diet look like?
1. Eat a variety of nutrient-dense foods within and across the food groups, especially whole grains, fruits, vegetables, low-fat or fat-free milk or milk products, and lean meats and other protein sources.
2. Limit the intake of saturated and trans fats, cholesterol, added sugars, sodium (salt), and alcohol.
3. Limit caloric intake to meet caloric needs. This is a blind spot for most of us! We put in way too much than we expend. We eat not because our body needs it, but often because of stress and social pressure. Plus so much of what we put in are EMPTY CALORIES – foods and drinks that have no nutritional value but only add calories that give a short term fix.
This is no longer limited to stressed adults at work! Look at the amount of sodas, packaged fruit juice, junk foods, packaged fried snacks, biscuits, sweets… that your children and adolescents are putting in. All empty calories.
A healthy diet (even in our children who are now eating mostly junk food and drink) helps reduce overweight and obesity, iron-deficiency anemia, heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, constipation, and even cancer.
One of the best ways to control what you eat is to start learning about the nutritional value of what you put in, starting with being sensitive about how many calories your body actually needs. This knowledge will help you make healthier choices.
Extract adapted from: http://healthypeople.gov/2020/topicsobjectives2020/overview.aspx?topicid=29