iCardioFiT – Your Diet Behavior: It’s Easy to Be FaT!!

Most of you would agree with me on this statement.  It still surprises me that with all the awareness still coming out regarding health issues like obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, various forms of cancers and etc, people still choose to have an unhealthy “Diet Behavior”!

So what do I mean when I say “Diet Behavior” ? When people think of the word “diet“, they tend to think about all the fad diets out there now.  Diets such as:

Low-fat Diet

Blood Type Diet

Liquid Diet

These diets follow low carbohydrate intake, high protein consumption, no carbs, just fruit, only veggies, only water, etc.  This is not a normal way to eat!  These diets have good intentions in helping individuals lose weight quick however these diets never seem to last in the long term.  Why is that?  Whenever an individual takes a food group like Carbs out of their Diet, OF COURSE they are going to lose weight.  The question is what happens after 2-3 months when they start consuming carbs again?… They will gain most of the weight back if not more.
The one thing that needs to change is our “Diet Behavior“!  The Types of foods we eat, the Amount of food we eat, the Frequency in which we eat, and even the Times of day in which we eat.

We should all strive to consume all the food groups in a way that we can manage our weight and still be Heart Healthy! We should try to follow the dietary guidelines for caloric intake which is approximately 2000 calories.  We should try to consume at least 3-5 moderate size portions of snacks and foods throughout the day.  And most importantly, no one should be eating dinner past 7pm.

Why put gas in a car if you don’t plan on driving anywhere?  This is the same concept when you think about putting food our bodies.

Let’s do our best to stay fit!  iCardioFiT

Reggie Laroche

The Exercise Physiologist

  1. Great post. I think that most people forget that being over weight isn’t a normal state, just as some people never drink too much, some never eat too much. Great advice. If you are interested in weight loss please check out my blog, http://2months15lbs.wordpress.com/.

    • Cindy
    • December 28th, 2011

    Nice post and very sound advice, however, and you know with me there is always a “but” why is it that we don’t address poor eating habits, as well as poor physical activity habits, without discussing the addictive qualities of the poor cycles with the healthy ones?

    What I mean is that when eating healthy and working out consistently, I tend to crave the healthy foods and truly miss my workouts when I am unable to do them for whatever reasons. Then again when I eat unhealthy foods and totally avoid the physical activity, I then crave that lifestyle.

    Food and exercise need to be addressed as addictive as much as any other substance, such as tobacco, alcohol, etc.

    Just my opinion and only applies to my situation, though I am quite sure I am not alone in this.

    Thanks for giving us great and sound and healthy info!!!

    • Thank you Cindy for your post! I would like to start off by saying that you are correct. You are not the only person who may feel this way. The key word that you chose was “addiction”. Addiction is basically viewed as someone’s continued involvement with a substance or activity. That substance of activity could also have negative consequences associated with it. However there is a sense of relief, joy or pleasure that comes with any addiction.
      So this behavioral addiction is very common with exercise/diet as well as sedentary lifestyle/over-consumption.
      So I will leave you with this statement… Our thoughts are very powerful! Our thoughts become our words, our words become our actions, and our actions become our habits.
      So its very important to be aware of our thoughts to engage in a positive mindset that is conducive towards our healthy lifestyle!

        • Cindy
        • January 16th, 2012

        Thanks Reggie for responding to my concerns and I could not agree with you more about the positive thinking issue you have raised. I truly believe that all the positive steps we take lead to positive outcomes. That’s one of many reasons that I seek such positive people as yourself to listen to and to follow your advice. I can honestly say that there have been a multitude of positive changes in my own life following the positive thinking. Reggie you are a great sorce of inspiration not only for me but for many others too!! Thanks so much!!!!

      • You are most Welcome Cindy! And Thank You for your kind words! 🙂

  2. My bro is so smart:) Props Reg on the healthy tips for the new year!

    • Franchise
    • January 5th, 2012

    Could you describe what “moderate size portions” are?

    • Ok Franchise… Here are some example of Moderate size portions. For Carbohydrates = the size of your fist. For Protein = the size of your palm. And for Vegetables = the size of your open hand. These examples are fairly easy to remember and are very convenient without using measuring cups, tablespoons, teaspoons, etc.
      Just always remember that you want to have High Quality Lean Protein, Healthy Fats, Complex Carbohydrates, and variety of Fruits and Vegetables!! That way your meals are Healthy, well balanced and appropriately portioned!

      Stay iCardioFiT!

        • Franchise
        • January 26th, 2012

        Hmmm. Use my hand to measure portions… nice! thanks for clearing that up for me

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