No doubt you value the importance of losing weight and maintaining a healthy body weight. In this day and age though, is it really possible to eat on the go and still get what our body needs?
Many people in their quest to lose weight and maintain a healthy body weight turn to the ever popular meal replacement. Meal replacements have been with us awhile now and that doesn’t look like changing anytime soon. Today’s supermarket shelves are loaded with drinks, powders, biscuits, shakes, bars and soups – all of these are meal replacement options.
But when it comes to meal replacements, are they really the way to go?
Well, you certainly can lose weight using meal replacements, but at the end of the day, they won’t teach you how to eat a healthy, balanced died. I mean, do you seriously want to spend the rest of your life (that is how long you want a healthy body weight, right?) substituting two or three meals a day with a meal replacement? And do you really want to spend the money that expensive meal replacements cost for the rest of your life?
At the end of the day, I encourage people to commit to a lifestyle change that involves a balanced, healthy diet and daily exercise. That’s all you need to achieve the healthy body weight you should be.
But even then, with your healthy balanced diet, are you still getting everything your body needs?
Today, many people take fish oil and multivitamins, in order to get what their body needs. I am a big believer in fish oil and multivitamins. I’ll explain by telling you what the benefits of each are.
Fish oil helps:
Prevent age-related eyesight decline;
Prevent impaired brain development and vision in children;
Prevent sudden cardiac-related death;
Prevent irregular heartbeat;
Prevent some forms of cancer;
Prevent pregnancy complications;
Prevent age-related enlarged prostate in males;
Prevent and treat Rheumatoid Arthritis, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Systemic Lupus and other inflammatory conditions;
Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease;
Reduce fatty food cravings;
Maintain healthy weight; and
Improve skin, hair and nails.
According to experts, we should take 6 grams of salmon oil per day with food. You would have to eat a lot of fish to get this dose each day, and to eat that much may result in consuming too much mercury. By taking a supplement of salmon oil, you know you are getting what you need each day.
As for multivitamins, according to experts, daily multivitamins will improve our general physical and mental health – and improve our wellbeing as well. Multivitamins basically prevent us suffering from any deficiencies when it comes to vitamins. In pregnant women, multivitamins can help decrease the risk of passing malnutrition on to her unborn child. And in most people, multivitamins will help reduce stress and energize us. They can also reduce the risk of cancers and cardiovascular disease.
So what is my take on all of this?
Well, I recommend you enjoy a healthy, balanced diet every day, and if you so choose, you can enhance your health and wellbeing by taking daily supplements of fish oil and a multivitamin. Avoid meal replacements, and put your energy into a healthy, balanced diet.
It is always a good idea to discuss nutritional matters with your doctor, so make an appointment today to discuss your nutritional needs at length – and get the tailored guidance you need.