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Healthy Eating - June 20th 2013, 12:16 PM

Okay, I have a problem where I get called fat occasionally. Thing is, I want to try losing it, because i'm not 100% happy with it. I want to start healthy eating. Thing is, the 5 a day.

Is the 5 a day:

5 portions of fruit/vegetables?
5 types of fruit/vegetables? (banana, apple, peas, carrot, cabbage)

I need to know this so I know what I need to eat. Thanks

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Re: Healthy Eating - June 20th 2013, 12:52 PM

it's 5 portions of different fruit/vegetables. This website has some good information http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/5ADAY/Pages/Whatcounts.aspx
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Re: Healthy Eating - June 23rd 2013, 03:04 AM

Fruits actually have a lot of sugar (carbohydrates) in them, and they should actually be eaten in moderation. Fructose (sugar in fruit) is the exact same as sucrose (table sugar) when it comes to your body.

I suggest you look into the paleo diet, or keto diet. Paleo is a low-carb type diet that is based on eating non-processed foods. Keto is low carb high fat and moderate protein.

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In today's society, we are constantly being told that we need all these carbs for energy and that we cannot live without them. We are also told that fat is very bad for us and will clog our arteries, which is far from the truth. When we eat food with sugar/carbs in it, we release insulin to help get the sugar to our cells for energy. However, any excess carbohydrates get stored as fat! So it's all these extra carbohydrates we eat that make us fat, and not fat itself.

Fat actually helps keep you fuller for longer than carbohydrates do, so in these kinds of diets, people just naturally don't eat as much, thus having a calorie deficit, helping with more weight loss.

In low-carb diets, you DO need some carbohydrates, but these usually come from dark green vegetables. The rest of the energy you need comes from the fat you eat. It should be noted that since your body has been utilizing carbohydrates all your life, you need some time to adjust to the new lifestyle of low card and high fat. This is usually called the "keto flu" because this transition makes you feel like you have the flu. Increasing your salt intake seems to help with this, and also making sure you drink enough water (8 cups! every day). Once this passes, you have much more energy and feel great! You actually start using your stored fat as energy, which is pretty great!

You have to understand though, that even though these are called diets, they are really lifestyle changes, because once you start eating a bunch of carbs again, you will pack the weight back on, unless you exercise regularly.
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Re: Healthy Eating - June 25th 2013, 07:43 AM

Hey Zara,

To answer your question, five a day refers to servings, not individual fruits/vegetables. Ella's resource is good for an idea of a serving size of each, and I'd even say that 5 is low. But I eat a lot of vegetables and fruit.

I'd recommend talking to your doctor before going on any of the diets that Lindsey recommended. Both of those are very healthy diets, but any lifestyle change that you make, especially if you plan to stick to it, should be discussed with your doctor. I, for one, am on a strictly vegetarian diet and I'm a healthy weight and feel energetic and healthy, so low-carb isn't the only way to go, and you should do what is best for your individual body. There are going to be all kinds of diet fads, from low-fat, gluten-free, vegetarian, etc, and not one in particular is perfect for everybody. I feel best when I'm eating a mostly vegan diet, but that's just me! Everybody is different. My mom enjoys eating a very low-carb, mostly meat diet, and that's fine as well.

Last, just because you've been called fat does not mean that you are actually fat and that it would be healthy for you to lose weight. I was bullied in middle school for being fat and I was actually at my lowest weight, and I'm not overweight now. People can just be mean, so keep that in mind, and do what is healthy, not what is trendy.

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