Jackson chef offers tips on how to successfully ease into a healthier lifestyle

Different nutritional plans work differently for different people.

Jackson chef offers tips on how to successfully ease into a healthier lifestyle

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - New year, new you? Probably not, but that is typically always the the plan.

Living a healthier lifestyle, even losing weight, typically tops the list for resolutions.

We spoke with a professional chef, who is also a fitness trainer, to offer some tips to successfully making the transition to healthy eating...easier.

Chef Kenneth Everett is the head chef at Jackson’s newest downtown lounge, 4th Avenue Lounge.

The Le Cordon Bleu trained culinary artist also knows his way around a gym.

“I was also a fitness competitor back home in St. Louis, so we had a team, and I would do the meal prep for the team prior to us competing,” he said.

Everett said the key to understanding how any diet will work is to first understand what your body needs and how your body processes foods.

“In the nutritional side of things, or the diet side of things, we have what is called your macro or micro-nutrition, which is your carbs, proteins and fats,” he said. "You have to balance those out according to your body type.”

Different nutritional plans work differently for different people.

According to US News and World Report, the number one diet in 2019 is the Mediterranean diet.

It focuses on more fruits and vegetables and fish, and less red meat.

“I can see why it’s number one, because it’s easy access to those things," said Everett. "You don’t necessarily have to go out of your way to get those things. A lot of people do cut out the red meat and a lot of people don’t eat pork.”

If you’re looking to lose weight quickly, the Keto diet is a popular choice.

The diet works by cutting your carbs significantly, but increasing your fat. It forces your body to burn fat instead of the sugar or carbs, and can lead to significant weight loss.

But before you jump on any plan, Everett offers this warning: “Seek professional advice before you do anything, first and foremost, because it could be detrimental to you and hurt you in the long run.”

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