Living in a world saturated with successful methods that help people lose a lot of weight fast, it becomes difficult for the public to distinguish which programs will help them develop positive long-term habits and prevent “weight relapse” as I call it. As nutritional science develops, some organizations have designed products that help people meet to maintain their long-term health goals. Whether it is through increasing cravings for health foods, boosting metabolism, or suppressing appetite, the methods of applying healthier eating habits are endless. Nevertheless, it is critical to be aware of what enters your mouth and be careful of what you eat, as most nutritional companies are not regulated by the FDA thus there is limited quality control.
While I have always been active and involved in daily exercise, it was not until I began my nutritional journey during my first bodybuilding show when I started seeing results in my physique. I was given a meal plan by my coach that was simple and unfortunately bland. Once I began my meal plan, I recognized where I fell short in the past, too many carbohydrates and not enough protein. Once I traded in my carbohydrates for greens and lean proteins, I noticed a drastic change: I developed lean muscle while feeling happier and healthier.
Despite these positive changes, I quickly grew tired of viewing food simply as fuel and yearned for the flavorful food experience I once had.
In an ideal world, one could eat egg whites, oatmeal, spinach, and tilapia every day for the rest of their life, however, this is unappetizing and unrealistic. Although I was able to maintain that diet for 12 weeks, the desire to continue those food choices quickly faded after my bodybuilding show. Let’s face it, food is something that bonds families and people; it is comforting and helps us enjoy life. This is why developing novel high quality yet palatably diverse health food options are the future of our food industry.
With an increase of interest in cruelty-free products, the public is no longer against artificial and genetically modified foods. This shift in mental framework with regards to food has opened the door for endless health opportunities, but also risks. However, now more than ever, the public is aware of health-compromising ingredients due to social media and online reviews. Thus, successful foods in today’s market are healthy and free of health-compromising ingredients.
What does healthy mean exactly?
This definition has shifted drastically in the last decade. Healthy no longer means low calorie or low carbohydrate, as aspartame is a publicly feared no-calorie sweetener that has been deemed the most dangerous substance on the market. Healthy has shifted into meaning food that meets “macros”, a food that will fulfill my nutritional fat, protein, and carbohydrate needs while still tasting good. Thus, food manufacturers have a difficult job to meet; to create nutritionally whole food that tastes good and is free of health-compromising ingredients.
As creatures of habit, we should aim to trade unhealthy habits to ones that will promote better living. Making small changes like trading French fries for baked sweet potato fries or a java chip Frappuccino with a protein shake will collectively make worlds of difference. Nevertheless, knowing which healthy foods to pick is what separates the now from the future.
Many health-food companies are competing for clients and without quality control, it is difficult to know which are helpful and which are harmful. The only way to know which works in today’s day in age is through trusting social media. Seeing online results and reading online reviews is how consumers choose their health foods. Thus, the future will consist of consumers with endless health food options, yet easily accessible methods to determine which lack health-compromising ingredients.