The importance of home-cooked food, whether or not you are on a diet or a weight loss program, can never be overemphasized.
For one, home-cooked food is definitely more nutritious and healthy than outside food as it is not produced on a mass scale, and more importantly, it is prepared by your family members, which further goes on to ensure 100% hygiene and wholesomeness. Moreover, home-cooked food is fresh, unlike restaurant food, where there are chances that you may be served food that has been sitting in a warmer a good part of the day.
Therefore, it is easy to deduce that if you are weight training or if you are on a diet, then home-cooked food has no parallel â€“ it ensures you stay on a healthy diet.
Diet and Restaurant Food
Eating at a restaurant while you are on a diet can play havoc with your weight-training program, rip your diet plans to shreds and reverse your weight loss process. Here’s how:
1. Restaurants offer a whole lot of fatty accompaniments such as toppings, sauces, gravies and overly refined foods that can actually make you overweight instead of helping your diet cause.
2. By and large, the raw food in any restaurant may have been frozen and it is likely that some preservatives would be added to such food. Preservatives, and for that matter restaurant foods contain a lot of sodium and, as you know, excess sodium leads to water retention and, hence, weight gain.
3. Restaurants are around because they make tasty food. And tasty food needs quite a bit of fat (especially, saturated fat) to give it the taste. The bottom line is: Most restaurant foods are not in tune with your weight loss diet plan.
4. Since you pay good money to restaurants, you’ll be tempted to bite off more than you can chew and in the process, increase your intake of unnecessary calories that your body does not require.
If you’re binging on restaurant food while on a diet plan, you’re most likely reversing all the benefits you’ve gotten so far. So you’ll be better off eating home-cooked food.
Still, if there’s no escape from eating out while you’re on a weight loss program, here’s a list of foods you must avoid: sauces, gravy, red meat, fat from broiled meat, creamy desserts, meat in salads, creamy salad dressings, wontons, sweet and sour choices, anything that tastes sweet and oily. Period.
If you eat home-cooked food while on a diet, stick to your diet plan and exercise regularly, you will find that your weight loss program will work wonders for you