Friday, February 24, 2012

Thursday- Physical DeClutter

Choosing the Best Foods for Weight Loss Success

How to choose the right foods and set yourself up for weight-loss success following the Biggest Loser plan

Biggest Loser Diet Plan
The Biggest Loser Diet is a calorie-controlled, carbohydrate-modified, fat-reduced, weight-loss diet geared to help you burn pound after pound of pure fat--and do so without deprivation or loss of energy.
What's more, The Biggest Loser Diet is high in lean protein. Protein has a hunger-controlling effect on the body--which is why higher-protein diets are so effective for weight loss and fat-burning.
While on The Biggest Loser Diet, you have the freedom to eat a wide variety of foods, as long as you stick to mostly whole, natural foods.
"Whole foods" are those that have not been modified from their natural state, or have been modified only a little bit, for example, through cooking. Foods that have been substantially modified are classified as processed foods. Blueberries are a whole food. Blueberry toaster pastries are not.

Why Are 'Whole Foods' Important?

The Biggest Loser Diet guides you to choose foods that are closer to their natural source, particularly fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, because your body processes and uses them much more efficiently to build health.
Whole foods are higher in fiber, which aids in weight loss, both because it is filling and because it helps reduce the number of calories that your body absorbs after a meal.
Further, whole foods are much less fattening than processed foods because they do not contain added sugar or other sweeteners. Nor do they contain added fats or oils.

Calories--They're Back!

So far, we haven't said too much about The Biggest Loser Diet and the "C" word: calories, which are basically the measurement of how much energy a food gives you after you eat it. That energy is used by your body to fuel physical activity, as well as all metabolic processes, from maintaining your heartbeat and growing hair to healing a broken bone and building lean muscle.
Only four components of food supply calories: protein and carbohydrates (4 calories per gram), alcohol (7 calories per gram), and fat (9 calories per gram). Vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, fiber, and water do not supply calories.
Diet-wise, no matter what you've heard, calories really do count, and they count big-time. If you don't eat fewer calories than you burn off, there will be no weight loss. Period. Game over. End of story.

How Many Calories Do You Need?

Your calorie count should never be static; in fact, it's a moving target (members of The Biggest Loser Club are given a daily calorie count based on their progress and weight loss goals). As you lose weight, you'll need to readjust your daily calories downward in order to keep losing at a good pace and break through plateaus, should your weight loss ever seem stalled. Your Biggest Loser online program will make this adjustment for you, and change your meal plans as necessary.
Make sure you keep something in mind: Everyone is different, and we all burn different amounts of calories at different rates. So if you and a partner, friend, or buddy follow The Biggest Loser Diet, one of you might lose weight at a different rate, faster or slower, than the other from week to week.

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