The truth? there's no secret.
I've been getting a LOT of queries with regards to my 'transformation', so I thought to put up some info here to share with friends and families.
Just sharing my experiences.. IF I CAN DO IT.. YOU CAN DO TOO!!
disclaimer - whatever i say here is just my own personal views. whatever you do, please check with your doctor first.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
The Food Pyramid
During our school days, we've been taught about The Food Pyramid, or even if you were to go to a dietition these days - they still talked about this old Food Pyramid (I know that because during my initial days of trying to lose weight, I did go to one of those dietation session - the lady dietation explain the details of this pyramid (posted on the wall), and why we need to take a lot of grains etc etc).
Here's the traditional Food Pyramid (published in early 80s) that we've learnt over the years.
Do you know because of this food pyramid - we're mis-informed, and since they (whoever that produce it) published it, the rate of obesity in the world increases?? - do a search on uncle google, and you'll find studies after studies proofing it.
The traditional food pyramid actually suggested that in a day, we need to take food based on the food groups. From the base of taking a lot of carbohydrates from grains in a form of breads, rice, pasta, etc to a narrower/higher in the pyramid of other food groups like veggies, chicken, meats, milk, eggs and take sparingly of oils, ice-creams, cakes.
I've learnt throughout my journey - if I were to stick with this recommendation, I won't lose the fat and lose the weight. The key to my diet, is to choose the types of carbohydrates, protein, and fats (no such thing as low-carb diet, low-fat diet, low-protein diet)...so Dr. Atkins is wrong?.. you bet.
Further to that, in my own diet, I tend to eliminate or avoid some food groups altogether. Like refined grains products, processed/packaged food, and sugar (as much as I can). On carbo, focus on complex carbohydrates only, that is high in phytonutrient index - that's the key of increasing your metabolism and control your insulin levels through-out the day. On fats - I eliminate as much as trans-fat as possible (this is another reason why I avoid processed/packaged food), and go sparingly on saturated fat. On protein - make it at every meal, in its most natural form as much as possible. and most of all - focus on getting a lot of fiber! (both soluble and insoluble types), and drink a lot of plain water!.
So there you go! - hope you've learn something new today.