Eating Too Much Fat

An excess of body fat in both males and females of all ages is the result of a lack of exercise and that we have been led to believe our high fat diet is a modern style eating plan. Eating too much fat is not the only way to add weight to the human body, but it's one of the easiest and most often ways that we do gain the extra pounds.

Many people do not realize they are eating too much fat with their meals because we many times view the advertised product as a meal that is "light." Many and I mean many of these so called "light" meals are not light at all, but rather they are just not as heavy as what they once were. Just because we might say that a man's weight is lighter because he now only weighs two-hundred pounds instead of three-hundred pounds does not make his new two-hundred pounds an idea weight if he is five feet tall. So it is with food that is advertised "light." What they mean is that the product is lighter than what it once was when they tried to sell it to us before.

And remember when we eat out we will almost always find that we are eating too much fat and that applies to wherever we are eating other than what we might have put in our own cooked meals. And again "reduced fat" products will still have relatively high amounts of fat and therefore it should not give us the idea to eat larger amounts because of the "reduced fat" label. Another disaster for the human heart is the fast food breakfast with the fried sausage, buttered biscuit, and fried hash browns. Then we add the scrambled eggs on a buttered English muffin and we have a heart attack in a bag. Whatever happened to the bowl of cereal with skim milk and fresh fruit?

There have been studies that indicate we do not require the large amount of food intake that we so happily turn into a pass time. In fact, most of us underestimate our food intake, and those who are overweight often get that way by underestimating their food intake even more than those who are considered to be of normal weight. In fact, most of the time if a product is high in fat it's also high in calories, and sometimes even if it's lower in fat it can still be high in calories. And therefore we should look at the calories which is a good way to keep the pounds off in the first place. We don't need to become a human calculator, but we should get a baseline idea of what we are consuming everyday so we are not eating too much fat.

A survey of more than 1,000 people found that only 13 percent knew how many calories they eat a day. The best way to get an idea as to how many calories we are putting in our body is to record each morsel we take in for a day or two. Getting a grasp on exactly what we are eating can help us find out where the bulk of our calories come from. Then we can make simple substitutions that shave off calories without sacrificing taste or satisfaction. For example, trading a handful of pretzels for 3 cups of air-popped popcorn sprinkled with 1 tablespoon of grated parmesan cheese saves about 115 calories and has loads more flavor while tripling the portion size.

And remember the Nutrition Facts info on a package lists the calorie count in one serving. So we should not forget to compare that with the amount we actually eat or drink because many packages contain two or more servings. Your partners weight and not their sparkling eyes or sense of humor may have been what drew you to them was the result of a new research study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Couples tend to share similar body fat levels when they meet and are likely to stay that way over the years. Another research study showed that a partner may follow suit if the other improves their habits.

Many studies show that breakfast eaters are less likely to be overweight than those who skip their morning meal. And it might be a good idea to set aside 15 minutes to eat together before you head out the door. And just because one of you is a snacker doesn't mean you both have to be. Stop and consider whether you're actually hungry or just "eating with company" before digging in, and encourage your partner to do the same so that you are not eating too much fat.

It is written that man shall not live by bread alone. Part of the reason this was written is because the Word of God is food for our spiritual life, and it operates along the same principle as our physical body that needs bread to sustain growth. The nourishment from food is a substance that does not come from within ourselves, but from without, because like the natural realm, the spiritual realm also needs a point of contact outside of the individual. We cannot live on our own feelings, experiences, or upon the sweetest words that come from within, which may excite, warm, or interest us, but cannot support, feed, or sustain our true spiritual growth.

In the new covenant, we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ, who entered into heaven itself to appear in the holy of holies, the sacred chamber of the heart of God's glorious presence for us. Jesus Christ is the promised seed and faithful High Priest, who fulfilled all the law, and is set between God and us because he is connected to both sides, and thereby he is able to work with God and with us. My mind boggles over God's heart of love, His compassion, and the tenderness to have Jesus Christ, who is the greatest food of all time, the bread of life, to establish a true and vital spiritual relationship between God and us.

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