Why the food pyramid is wrong..
Hypnotherapist Marisa Peer has helped hundreds of people with weight loss throughout her 30-year career and has recently emphasised reasons as to why the food pyramid is wrong. The current food pyramid, designed by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), outlines the optimal daily consumption of each food group, by emphasising the importance of fruit and veg, having wholemeal breads, cereals, potatoes or with every meal, some meat, poultry and dairy throughout the day, and very small amounts of fats, oils and high sugar food and drinks.
In Marisa’s opinion, reasons why the food pyramid wrong include placing too much emphasis on foods such as wholegrain breads and cereals, which are not naturally available on the earth. Marisa believes that since humans survived 2 million years without cereals and simple carbs, the key to a healthy diet is taking advantage of the food that is naturally available to us, thanks to mother nature. This includes foods such as avocados, meats, fruit, and seeds, not pasta and ‘Special K’.
Reasons why the USDA food pyramid is wrong include the lack of distinctions made between healthy and unhealthy foods within major food groups. For example, no distinction exists between simple carbs, starch-rich carbs and complex carbs, fatty meats (sausages and salami) and protein-rich red meat and omega-rich oily fish, or between monounsaturated fats (avocados and seeds) and saturated fats. Nor is there enough emphasis on protein and fruit.
Why the Food Pyramid Is Wrong – The Solutions
Marisa proposes reducing carbohydrates (bread, cereals, rice pasta) to 1-2 servings; and adjusting dairy products and essential fats to 1-3 servings; fruits 2-4 servings; meat, poultry, fish, eggs, 3-5 servings; and vegetables 5-10 servings.
The key to a healthy diet is simply eating enough natural foods, fruit, veg, meat and complex carbs and to try and eliminate unhealthy processed foods and sugary snacks. Abs really are made in the kitchen and the key to a lean body is 80% food, 20% gym. Don’t go on crazy weight loss regimes, just start by replacing that ‘Coca Cola’ for water, regularly exercising and controlling your portions, and you’ll find weight loss a whole lot easier!
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