The reason most of us are concerned with diet is for weight loss. We count calories, ignoring the purpose of food consumption: nutrition. Genes in our cells determine the hereditary aspects of life, including susceptibility to disease.
Environmental factors, such as diet and lifestyle, modify genetic patterns. Nutrition and calorie counting are easily compatible.
Many foods have little or no nutritional value but lots of calories:
- Potato chips
- French fries
- White bread, rolls, toast
Some foods are nutritious but also contain lots of calories:
- Fried chicken or fish
- Tempura vegetables
And, finally, some foods are nutritious AND low in calories:
- Lean meats
- Whole grains
The trick is to choose from the third category most of the time, the second category occasionally, and the first category as seldom as possible.
Recognizing that pleasurable tastes are a thrilling sensual experience and that an occasional hamburger is human, just avoid the French fries and malt (except for those rare occasions when you truly deserve them!)
There is another property of food that is of primary concern, and that is roughage.
Roughage (otherwise known as bran, fiber, etc.) is a primary contributor to appetite suppression. We feel full and proper digestion.
The main sources of fiber are vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. And they are all in the optimum category.
This is getting easy.
If you eat fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean meats, your diet will be nutritious and low calorie.
It’s that easy: no secrets. Always to for the Fiber and Roughage.
Always go for the least-processed food: Fresh over frozen or canned, raw or lightly cooked veggies. It can’t be this simple. But it is!
This diet can be considered a Fiber or Roughage Balanced
If you always go for the roughage, you eat balanced, nutritious, low-calorie foods that make efficient peristaltic action possible (i.e., regular bowel movements and complete waste disposal).
Mix your vegetables by color. Light-colored lettuce (iceberg) has little nutritional value (although it is a low calorie). Try using spinach instead of lettuce in your salads.
All of my favorite restaurants have a salad bar or a good vegetable ( not a lettuce salad ) salad. A small iceberg-lettuce salad is not what I’m looking for in the way of food.
Trim the fat off the edges of the steak and pull the skin off the chicken, and you’ve got a reasonably low-calorie and very high-protein food.
There is a trend to use fewer meats, but some meat is necessary unless you are extremely careful with food choices and food combining. A little meat makes complete nutrition fairly easy.