A question that continually arises is whether organic foods will assist in weight loss. Beliefs that weight loss is just based on utilizing more calories than one consumes are no longer the only focus. In our world of mass produced genetically modified food, our main objective should be to eat quality, nutrient-dense calories that the body will easily break down. A simple rule of thumb is: if you cannot pronounce the ingredients on a label, think twice about eating it. Chemicals, pesticides, and artificial sweeteners, already linked to causing cancer, are now also linked to also causing obesity. In a 2008 Purdue University study, researchers found the widespread use of no-calorie sweeteners may make it harder for people to control their intake and body weight.
Psychologists at Purdue University's Ingestive Behavior Research Center reported that, relative to rats fed yogurt sweetened with glucose (a simple sugar with 15 calories/teaspoon, the same as table sugar), rats fed yogurt sweetened with zero-calorie saccharin later consumed more calories, gained more weight, put on more body fat, and didn't make up for it by cutting back later, all at levels of statistical significance.
Weren't low calorie drinks and food made to help with weight loss? Yet they are being linked to having the opposite effect.
Here are a few ways to lose weight through healthy eating and fitness, while not depriving yourself:
Read the nutrition labels. When shopping, read the nutrition label and understand what the food you eat is composed of.
Shop the borders of the supermarket. Produce, lean meats and vegan products are usually found in the borders of the store. Make this the area of your focus from now on, so you will be more inclined to make healthy choices.
Choose Organic when possible. Look into buying a local crop or even growing your own vegetables and fruits. If you choose to buy from your local supermarket, aim to buy locally-grown produce so you can save energy of transportation and support local crops.
Integrate daily exercise. To lose weight and better your heart and health, aim for 4-5 days of exercise per week for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Exercise at an intensity based on your fitness level.
Remember knowledge is power and power is being at peace with the decisions you make each day. Your body will look and feel its best when you are making healthy choices and exercising. Research the benefits of eating organic. If you decide to venture on this new journey, do so with knowledge and confidence that you are making the right choices for a lifestyle of health and happiness. Here’s to a healthier and happier you!
Tara Zimliki is a Certified Personal Trainer, Health Coach, and founder of Tara’s Bootcamp, the Premiere Bootcamp of New Jersey. She has completed 19 marathons, hundreds of 5ks and has trained with top athletes at the University of South Carolina where she was awarded a full cross country scholarship. Tara also has a degree from Rutgers University and specializes in fat loss and nutrition. In 2005, Tara ran the NYC Marathon while 8 months pregnant with her 2nd daughter, Ella. In 2008, Tara placed in the top 500 women for the NYC Marathon. And in 2011, Tara ran the NYC Marathon 6 months pregnant with her 3rd baby, Brent. Tara has been featured on many television segments including Fox, WPIX, NJ 12 and in Prevention’s 2011 book, The List Maker’s Get Healthy Guide. Tara’s practices what she preaches in all aspects of fitness and health and for this reason she is a trusted trainer that produces results. For more information on Tara visit www.tarasbootcamp.com and check out her motivational sister site www.funfitmama.com