Did you know 20 % of people die from a poor diet? Harsh? Yes. True? Yes. Our society is at the largest obesity rates it has ever seen. Why? With food that is so readily available to us without any regard to food quality, convenience is over ruling healthy choices.
Many people have a diet low in quality protein, whole grains, fruits, and healthy fats but it's loaded with salts, unhealthy fats, fried foods and overly processed meals that increase your risk of early death. Fast food, highly-processed box stuff, and those microwave frozen burritos are great, but it is killing you from the inside out.
Poor diet is the second highest risk factor for an early grave next to smoking. Other high risks include high blood sugar that can lead to diabetes, high blood pressure, and a high BMI. All of these could be related to eating the wrong foods and not getting enough exercise throughout your lifetime. So my question to you is this: If we know this information, why are so many diets not at the highest quality level?
I know that you understand the basic concept of food quality. Which is why I do feel the Paleo movement is a good starting point for people. Living off the premise of eating foods that you can hunt, plant or harvest you can eat it. This means you can eat lean meats ( grass fed is the best), fruit, veggies, nuts and seeds. It's unprocessed and from the Earth. Get in the habit of making your own foods at home. Yes you can have your steak and potatoes but make them at home so you know what you are putting on it.
Shop the perimeter of the store. If you notice, the fresh meats, vegetables, and fruits all are located on the outside of the store. The box foods, frozen fast foods, and other foods that need to be eaten in extreme moderation are located in the center of the store. Think the cereals, candies, pop tarts ect. All of those foods have ingredient lists too long to even count or understand what is even in them.
How many calories you eat impacts your weight, the types of food you eat determine your health. Can you have balance? Absolutely, which is why I coach people on flexible dieting. Do you need to eat clean ALL the time? Nope but you also need to know what you are eating in order to get the macro that your body needs to maintain the body composition you are wanting. Food quality is important when you are thinking in terms of health. You do want to have foods that are high quality at 80% of all your meals. This means you have some room for the extra things you enjoy in MODERATION!
Oh and don't forget to start moving more. Exercising is important to build lean body mass and to keep your cardiovascular system in check. Resistance training also leads to a longer-lasting drop in blood pressure after exercise compared to aerobic exercise ( doing only cardio). If you want the best bang for your buck, combine both resistance training with cardio along with a healthy diet.
Living disease free should be at your highest concern over what fast food is for dinner. If you treat your body with respect it will give you a long lasting healthy life in return. We spend millions of dollars in the healthcare system to help treat preventable diseases.Now is the time to make the changes that can ultimately save your life in the future.