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As the world is shedding a great deal of light on health and wellness a growing number of people, particularly women are falling for fad diets. Many of these diets have been proven to work in the short-term but not sustainable, however most are willing to try due to dissatisfaction with their current body weight and situation.  The yo-yo dieting mentality has been well explained and discussed, I have even heard about this on the Oprah show.  The bottom line with yo-yo dieting is that the weight loss is achieved, sometimes quickly, but when the diet ends one will gain back the lost weight and more.  Any diet that is unsustainable falls into the yo-yo category.

 

The bases for many diets are very restrictive which leads to the ultimate failure.  This failure can imprint the mentality of the need to “do better” or “try harder.” This feeling in most can lead to feeling depressed and hopeless. As the thought of constant dieting is the up and down of each attempt, can this ebb and flow lead to problematic eating.  This sense of failure and the need to try harder can lead to disordered eating where the restrictions become more intense and more time is focused on food.

 

Yes being health conscious, learning about how to eat and how to combine foods to achieve optimal health is a positive approach. Though many fad diets do not teach about nutrition but rather restriction.  If more people understood the purpose of each food type or macronutrient and what they do for and against your body then those attempting to improve their health could make informed decisions about their food intake. Being informed and making good food choices are very different from a list of “do” and “don’t” foods without explanation.  In addition, to how these diets make you feel they also alter the way in which your metabolism functions. Restrictive eating causes your body to react and continue to function with the nutrients given which often times are incomplete, lead to malnutrition and ultimately leads to malfunctioning of metabolism. In the end this can also contribute to weight gain or plateauing due to malnutrition.

 

In future I will drive further into food choices, macronutrients and what they do for your body. In addition, I will begin to discuss micronutrients or vitamins and supplements and the role they play in our nutrition. Also, I will discuss what yo-yo dieting does to your body as well because it does not only affect how you think about dieting and your health/weight.  Making informed choices lead to better health, less restriction and sustainable lifestyles.

 

Stay tuned and have a great day full of informed choices and healthy lifestyle.

What Is In Your Vitamins?

Do your vitamins have added sugar?-2

Were you aware that those yummy gummies have added sugars.  Why do vitamins need sugar? Well actually they don’t. I encourage you to get familiar with label reading as this could help alleviate ingesting unnecessary ingredients.  Vitamins should have close to the recommended daily intake of minerals. Depending on your particular need, vitamins do have variations. For instance, the focus on women’s or men’s health as well as geared toward pregnancy or hair/nail growth.


However, to my surprise I was offered to try a particular brand of gummy vitamins.  My friend spoke highly about how good they taste and which helps her take them daily. Without hesitation I popped two in my mouth. Of course as I am chewing I start label reading. Let me warn you folks this is not the ideal way to label read, lol!! Read labels first as the first thing I noticed were the label glaring at me showing 2g of carbohydrates. Carbohydrates in my vitamins!! WTH I thought carbs were only in food and vitamins are not food. Wait, it gets better, I kept reading and the carbs were all sugar, yes 2g of sugar in my vitamin!! No wonder my friend thought they were so yummy, of course they are they have SUGAR in them..


I learned a valuable lesson that day. First of all, if it seems too good then likely it is. Second, read the label first. Lastly, as I continued to read the label I found that the vitamin fell extremely short of providing adequate vitamin consumption for the day. I mentioned that to her and she responded, “that is probably why I take a bunch every day.” Well now that 2g of sugar just skyrocketed in her best attempt to get the recommended daily allowance.  So imagine increasing the consumption in your mind to be the healthiest possible and the opposite is occurring. You are adding sugar.


Today’s takeaway note is READ LABELS before ingesting food, drinks or supplements. Word to the wise, you do not need sugar in your vitamins. This is not how it is supposed to work!!


Chime in and leave a comment about your vitamins and if you found sugars added.


Enjoy your day.