The Most Important Health and Weight Loss Focus: Calories or Nutrition?

When one calculates his calorie intake, carbs should be at the top of the list. Then, protein and fats should be a lot lower, like how we would eat in nature. Man has abundant food because of farming. It’s that man cooperates and when he works with others cooperatively, good things can happen. But, bad things can happen when he alters his food. Namely, when he refines and processes it.

Around the world, people who are heathy, trim, feel their best and live the longest eat more carbohydrate rich food. They don’t eat lots of protein and fat like we Americans do. They also don’t have health problems like we do, either. The prevailing evidence shows the more plant based whole food one eats, the better.

Go to the USDA MyPlate Plan and figure out your calorie intake and eating plan. It’s simple and they make it a no-brainer to do. There, you will also figure out your BMI. It’s worthwhile.

“There’s little evidence that any supplement can reverse the course of any chronic disease,” says Hopp. “Don’t take supplements with that expectation [1 newsinhealth.nih.gov/2013/08/should-you-take-dietary-supplements].”

I used USDA MyPlate Plan and it helped guide me to what I ate, although I didn’t eat suggested dairy, eggs nor any meat, limiting nuts and seeds, processed food and refined cooking oil. You can substitute different foods for others. Good for vegetarians like me.

For example, you can exchange meat for beans for protein. And, it will show you how much to eat daily. Go ahead, check it out. They make it easy.

For my plan, which was 2,000 calories per day, it suggested I eat…

  • 2 cups of fruit
  • 2 1/2 cups of vegetables
  • 6 ounces of grains = about 3 cups of rice for me, but I might eat a potato also
  • 5 1/2 ounces of protein = approx. 1 1/2 cups of beans
  • 3 cups of dairy = 3 cups of soy drink
  • What mainly keeps me healthy and my weight down is not eating out anymore, avoiding processed food and refined grain. Basically, I cook everything from scratch so I always know what’s in it…

“Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet” ~ Albert Einstein

And, when I eat two large green leafy salads a day, that more than exceeds my daily vegetable requirement. Fruit is easy, because I drink a green smoothie every day along with strawberries, cantaloupe and green grapes I snack on.

Although, in the beginning I used the USDA MyPlate Plan to get me started I have the basics of health and weight loss down enough so I don’t have to think about it much. I pretty much eat all I want of only plant based whole food. Everything then, takes care of itself.

Source- 1 URL newsinhealth.nih.gov/2013/08/should-you-take-dietary-supplements
Website Title National Institutes of Health
Article Title Should You Take Dietary Supplements?
Date Published July 13, 2017
Date Accessed December 06, 2018

Note- consult your doctor before you change your diet.

 

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