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Does Eating Control Your Life?

There is no escaping the fact that food is essential to daily life. You need it to supply the required nutrients your body requires. You also need it to provide energy to sustain your body from one day to another. However, food can be one of your worst enemies, especially if you love to eat on a constant basis.

This article is dedicated to helping you fight your obsession with food or, at the very least, to educate you in areas that may grant you the freedom to select healthier food choices in the quantities you prefer.

Set immediate and long-term goals for yourself

If you’re overweight, you may plan to lose two pounds in the first month but may aim to lose ten pounds over three months. You would have an immediate goal to work towards – losing two pounds – while setting your long-term goal higher. This would accomplish a couple of things. It would grant you time and opportunity to develop a plan to lose your first two pounds – perhaps cutting out one unhealthy snack each day. Furthermore, after achieving your initial goal, it would increase your determination to stick with your plan to lose ten pounds.

Educate yourself!

You want to eat and can’t seem to resist the urge. You’ve done everything in your power and continue to lose. Don’t give up! Let’s try another tactic!

Learn about food. Learn what’s in food – what’s right for you and what isn’t. Sometimes the foods you think are no good for you are more beneficial than you realize; conversely, some foods you think are healthy don’t live up to their reputation.

Read ingredients listed on food packaging, as well as the nutrition labels. The ingredients in the greatest quantity are listed at the beginning and follow in descending order. When you see sugar, sugar, and more sugar or a high content of sodium or trans and saturated fats, attempt to limit your consumption of these products. Notice I did not say to ban them completely – unless, for health reasons, you must.

Furthermore, give yourself some credit! Have faith in yourself! Don’t deprive yourself of something you enjoy – to the point you feel miserable. Treat yourself to a scoop of ice cream with lots of strawberries on top of it or inside half a cantaloupe. Sit down and eat a package of grapes, three kiwis, three apples, or two bananas. Go for it!

Life is too short to spend most of your time worrying about the food you are ingesting. This doesn’t mean to fill yourself only with fast foods and junk; it means to give yourself a break when you need it, to enjoy moments with family members and friends without them taking pity on you or feeling guilty for enjoying the foods you think you shouldn’t enjoy.

Develop short-term and long-term plans!

If you take the time to develop a six month, twelve months, five years, and ten-year plan, you may discover that you benefit greatly from looking at the bigger picture. In addition, while making your plans which will help you succeed in life, you may realize that your focus has shifted away from food in comparison to how it used to be.

Eat only when you’re hungry and only until you feel full

For you, it may be preferable to eat smaller meals throughout the day. It increases your metabolism and fulfills your need to eat more regularly without over-indulging in food.

Munching on many healthy foods will satisfy hunger cravings and satisfy your urge to munch. However, keeping in mind that you are trying to make healthier food choices.

Distraction is key

When cravings for unhealthy foods continually strike, call upon a friend to talk to you to distract you from your cravings.

Try visiting a web site discussing poorer nations, and you may notice your desire to eat so much food may fade away.

You may also take the opportunity those cravings afford to take up a new habit such as drinking a glass of water, sucking on an ice cube, or taking a bite of food you hate. It won’t be something you look forward to, which may further eliminate your cravings knowing you will be doing something in its place that you don’t want to do.

The Best Desktop Nutrition Software At Your Fingertips

If you’ve ever been involved in a weight loss program, the one thing you probably hated was planning healthy meals, not knowing the exact nutritional value of whole food.

If you don’t know how many calories are in certain foods, then how are you going to plan a low-calorie diet?

A nutrition application or software will help you to manage that purpose.

The best nutrition software could be argued, but we found a program by a company called “Kelpiesoft” that details every nutrient possible that can be found on a food label. If you think this product is not the best thing since sliced bread, please post a comment and share your opinion, or if you’ve found another product that you feel is the best nutrition software, please leave a suggestion.

Have you ever wondered how many calories are in a hamburger or vanilla milkshake? The fat content isn’t marked on the packaging at a fast-food restaurant, which is a contrast from cigarette packaging with mandatory warning labels and graphic pictures of damaged lungs.

The saturated fat in a double cheeseburger is much higher than a whole wheat tuna sandwich, but what about the nutritional details? If you’re concerned about what you eat and want to count calories along with how much protein, carbohydrates, fat, fiber, and sodium in the food you eat, there’s a free software tool available that will give you all this information and more.

It’s called “Foodfile 1” that can be easily downloaded onto your desktop. It calculates all the nutritional value in every food imaginable from baby food to meats, fruits, and even snacks. Fast food is a hot topic since it’s contributed to a huge obesity problem that’s getting out of control.

A large order of fast food french fries, for example, has 539 calories & 28 grams of fat (mostly saturated) that literally sticks to arteries & organs. In our opinion, the best nutrition software should always include fast food since it’s here to stay and a hot topic. People want to know the nutritional values of their favorite fast food (that could change).

The Nutritional Information On A McDonalds Vanilla Triple Thick Shake

A Medium 21 fluid ounce cup has 733 calories, 16 grams of protein, 125 grams of carbohydrates (96 grams sugar!), and 20 grams fat (half that is saturated). This information is very useful if you’re considering a fat loss program. It would take a grueling day in the gym to work off this huge dose of fat and sugar.

Foodfile also has “food facts” like “high sugar content” or “low sodium content.” The values are also displayed on a pie chart, which is nicely color-coded. It also has a list of groups you can choose from like meats, bread & vegetables and filters between low fat, low calorie, and fat-free, for example.

If all you’re looking for is the “folic acid” content, you can sort that out before choosing the food type.