Health goals: A look at effective diet plans

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Health goals: A look at effective diet plans

Former physical educator Roger Wolfson has helped a lot of people achieve their health and fitness goals by teaching them what they need to know when it comes to wellness.  He believes that there are two things needed to become healthy and fit – proper nutrition and exercise, with the former being a lot more important in many ways.

Yes, a carefully-planned diet is THE cornerstone of a healthy and fit lifestyle.  No matter how much a person works out and trains, if they eat a lot of processed snacks and junk food, go binge-drinking more than once a week, and overall don’t follow most of the guidelines to proper nutrition, their health and fitness goals will almost always be out of reach.

For today’s blog, Roger Wolfson shares some of the best diets that he has seen over the decades.

Over the years, Roger has seen that fitness-conscious people have been consuming fewer carbohydrates.  Today, the standard for <b>low-carb diets</b> is 130 grams of carbs a day.  Some people, especially those who have been used to eating bread, rice, pasta, and other forms of carbs, may find even the mildest form of the low-carb diet challenging. 

However, many people have overcome the initial hurdle and have conditioned their minds to adhere to low-carb diets so much so that a number of them have adopted what is called the ketogenic diet.  This way of eating takes the garden variety low-carb diet and turns up the dial to 11, with an outrageously low daily carb intake of 20 grams or less.

Studies have shown that low-carb and ketogenic diets are great for people who are obese and overweight.  After all, carbohydrates, when not converted into energy, add to the body fat, Roger Wolfson explains.  And through ketogenic and low-carb diets, the body uses the stored-up fat to produce energy.  For people who go for low-carb diets, they turn to protein to sustain their bodies. It’s protein that adds more to one’s lean muscle.

But for those who don’t subscribe to low-carb diets, there’s the traditional well-balanced diet which may contain over 200 grams of carbs a day with the caveat being the need to also consume natural fiber from vegetable and fruits.  Of course, this goes without saying that a well-balanced diet also includes an ample amount of protein.  This kind of diet is ideal for people who are already at their ideal weight and simply want to maintain it.

Roger Wolfson also mentions vegetarian and vegan diets as healthy alternatives.  Vegetarians consume a healthy mix of vegetables, fruits, healthy fats, protein, and grains, while vegans eat only plant-based food.  The main difference is that vegans do away with any animal or animal-based food, while vegetarians may eat animal products such as dairy or milk.

While both vegan and vegetarian diets are healthy options as diets, Roger Wolfson recommends practitioners to look for an ample source of protein.

Roger Wolfson is a former physical educator who continues to guide people on their journey towards health and fitness.  Roger has shared all that he knows about health and wellness, fitness, and nutrition to help people reach their goals and live a healthier life.  Learn more about health and fitness, by checking out this site.