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Nutrition and Weight Management
good diet is not intended to make you feel starved or food deprived.
In fact, most diets that hit the market are simply fads that are not
very effective. We are here to help people learn healthy ways to
manage your weight and keep your eating habits under wraps without
taking the simple pleasures out of your life.
a diet plan that is healthy and beneficial doesn’t need to be a
complicated process nor should it be so complex that you need a
degree just to understand it. There are simple ways to learn how to
give your body the nutrients it requires, while still allowing
yourself the freedom to enjoy the food you like, and try new food in
goal shouldn’t be to look like a person in a magazine, but instead,
you should seek to have a good weight for your age and gender, and to
be healthy overall. Being active has to be part of that plan.
you can get started in refining your weight loss, you have to build a
strong base to assist you along the way. The pyramid of nutritional
food choices is not something that was intended for schoolchildren
only; it is a chart you should follow all your life to help you
choose the right amount of whole grains, vegetables and fruits to eat
on a daily basis.
of thinking about the foods you can’t eat, focus on the types of
food you should eat. A healthy diet is one that has limited saturated
fats and low amounts of cholesterol rich foods. As long as soda has
been around it has been a regular part of most consumers’ daily
fare, it’s time to move away from these high sugar, high carb
drinks that have a negative affect on our bodies. Drinking pure water
and other natural, fresh squeezed fruit juices are not only better
for your figure, but increase your vitamin intake in a flavorful way.
Enjoying time with family or friends often encourages people to drink
more alcoholic drinks than is necessary, curb your inhibitions and
choose natural wines over beer or hard liquor.
Smarter and Shopping Wiser
are so many options for food out there that it often hard to make
choices that are heart and body healthy. Understanding food labels is
yet another pitfall to healthy eating. There are a few simple rules
you can live by to help you and your family lead a healthy lifestyle.
most moms get off from work at the end of the day, they have to rush
home and prepare dinner. There is often little time, so a well
thought out meal isn’t an option. A typical mom who considers
herself to be a healthy cook may prepare a dinner like this for her
two children, husband and self:
box of flat spaghetti noodles
cups of healthy green beans
roll of frozen garlic bread
medium jar of spaghetti sauce
salad made of a half of head of lettuce, two tomatoes and a light
dessert of a couple scoops of frozen yogurt each person and a few
sounds like a good meal that doesn’t have extra fat or carbs.
Granted, this homemade meal is ten times better than grabbing a pizza
or eating at a fast food joint, but it is also enough food for a
family two times the size!
simple meal also has several nutritional traps that not only can make
you gain weight, but also increase the family’s risk of diseases
such as diabetes and cancer and heart disease.
help you better understand the dangers of these types of simple light
meals, keep reading.
majority of light salad dressing sold in the stores these days has a
heavy amount of salt and extra servings of sugar. Just because you
can’t taste it, doesn’t mean it isn’t there. It just means the
company who produced the salad dressing has perfected their recipe to
create the best taste.
better option for your salad topping would be a homemade dressing
that consists of real olive oil and real red wine vinegar. There are
calories in this type too, but the dressing is full of good calories
that come from healthy non saturated fats. The fats in olive oils are
actually mono fatty acids that are needed to help your body function
next trap is that you are giving your family food that is
overprocessed. The problem with processed food is that although it is
faster to prepare, it doesn’t give the body the same amount of
satisfaction that lesser processed or non processed food gives. The
end result is that your family will be full and happy right after the
meal, but feel hungry again an hour or two later. This additional
hunger leads to snacking and other poor food choices.
are never healthy, but that doesn’t mean you have to eliminate them
from your diet. Everything in moderation is the best way to stick to
a healthy lifestyle. When you offer a lot of cookie choices in the
package, it’s easy to eat more than you should without thinking
about the content of each piece. Instead, opt for figure friendly Fig
Newtons or give each person the exact serving of cookies to avoid
close attention to portion sizes. People have become used to large
portions of everything thanks to commercial companies pushing the
idea that bigger is better. It may take a little bit of time, but
measure out each person’s meal to assure they have one serving. The
average person who eats the meal mentioned above consumes four
servings, equal to about 1,600 calories per person; that’s almost
the whole intake recommended for the day, not one meal.
is not taking into account the fact that some of the ingredients in
the whole meal are better served differently for higher nutrition
content, or the amount of fats and salt contained with the garlic
bread and spaghetti sauce. This simply serves as an example, that the
average person who may be health minded really doesn’t know how to
serve a healthy dish to their family from the options available in
the market today.
knows that you should eat a large amount of fruit and vegetables to
increase your health, and that when you do eat out, you should choose
healthy food options and split your plate with another person to have
the appropriate serving size. Exercise can’t be stressed enough
and elevators and escalators should be avoided at all cost.
you look at the current health statistics in the United States, the
facts are clear that the majority of the countries inhabitants are
not aware of how to translate the warning into use in their daily
instances of diabetes in children have risen to such alarming numbers
that it has become commonplace for pediatricians to test all children
during their regular check ups. Two thirds of all American are
obese, and the lives that were saved by all of the anti smoking
campaigns are being claimed by heart disease caused from poor eating
habits. Experts have released so much contradictory information about
controlling these effects, that the average person is both confused
at best and disinterested at worst.
are a number of experts that say the consumption of red meat will
lead you to an early grave, while an equal expert will extol the
virtues of trim red meat in your diet. In some camps, the skin from
potatoes and other root vegetables are supposed to have great
benefits, while other camps tell you to skip them completely. Talk
about bacon and you will get hundreds of different theories all
backed by scientific evidence supporting each side.
of this shocking information helps to sell books to dieters and
magazines to the casual reader. After all, without sensationalism,
why would people be bothered? After all, it’s in the best interest
of many businesses to tell us that we are wrong about everything in
our life we thought was right.
that are approved by the FDA are intended to help consumers’ make
better food choices by requiring companies to clearly inform them
about the calories and other contents. Unfortunately, these labels
don’t give a very clear picture and the majority of people don’t
even bother to read them.
are serving size suggestions on every label that the law dictates
must be there, however, the average American doesn’t follow the
serving suggestion when placing food on the plate or when consuming
fat is a bad word these days, but there are other types of fat that
are just as damaging to the heart and unhealthy that are not brought
to the public’s attention. The government is in the process of
revamping the pyramid of food to reflect new information and new
human consumption requirements, but that change won’t come for
several more years. Even after the chart is updated, it will take at
least five years for most schools and lesser known institutions to
get it, let alone implements the adjustments.
public now has the feeling of what it’s like to be a bouncing ball,
noted Yale representative Dr. Katz states. The public population is
being pushed in one way only to be turned around once they get there.
There hasn’t been a huge outcry since any type of dietary
restriction is hard, if you are perplexed, it simply is another
excuse not to eat properly.
truth, there is a very simple formula that equates to what you should
eat to have optimal health results. This formula is well known by
most nutritionists. The formula is aloe supported by many scientific
tests to prove that the formula is accurate and healthy. In general,
you should pack your daily diet full of fresh vegetables and fruits.
Opt for nutrient rich whole grains and shun high processed cereal
products. You should eat red meat, after all it is an essential
protein, but not on a regular basis, once a week would suffice. If
you are full, there is no reason to force yourself to eat more, even
if your plate is half full, instead start with even smaller portions
to avoid food wastage.
issue for most people is that there is a basic assumption about what
is healthy and what isn’t. All vegetables are good for you, but
there are some that are even more beneficial than others. Fish is
better than red meat and has a lot of healthy fats and oils that your
body needs, but there are many fish that are not very healthy for
regular consumption. Eating right can be an art, instead of thinking
that you are eating well, do a little bit of research to assure that
you are eating the right foods, and preparing them in the most
to prepare your food properly will help you lose weight, look better,
live longer and stay more satisfied overall with your healthy
lifestyle. By paying attention to your eating habits, you can reduce
your overall risk for heart disease and diabetes by over 80%.
to leading doctors and nutritionists, a lifestyle that is rich in
vegetables and fruit as well as low in dairy and nuts has the ability
to reduce the overall blood pressure of a person to very healthy
levels. If you don’t have high blood pressure, then such a diet
will help you to avoid getting sick from complications of alternating
blood pressure. Bad cholesterol can also be controlled via a healthy
diet. There are plenty of medications to help control these
illnesses, but over time they have a negative affect on the body and
create a sort of chemical dependence. By eating right, you can avoid
costly medication and costly treatment for easily avoidable diseases.
Adding high amounts of natural fiber and lowering the amount of
refined food you eat also reducing the risk of contracting diabetes
back on unhealthy food doesn’t mean you have to live the rest of
your life eating bland meals or starving from tiny child sized
portions. Having an attitude that you have to give up everything can
make your lifestyle change much harder than it needs to be. In fact,
all you have to do is dedicate more time to shopping smarter and
preparing your meals better to change your fat filled foods into
meals that support a good immune system and help you live longer.
There are so many nutrition traps that are easy to fall into, arming
yourself with information is the best way to assure that you cook in
a way that is not only appetizing, but also health conscious.
don’t really need the amount of food that we consume every day.
Moderation is the key to a healthy diet. When we say moderation, that
doesn’t mean that what you think is less is ok, each person has a
variety of ideas about what they feel is moderate, but calories and
fat are finite. Using a firm measurement system will allow you to be
truly moderate while still eating the food you love. If you are
looking to drop a few extra pounds or simply maintain your current
weight, then chances are you will have to understand a few things
about calories in order to be successful.
paper, losing weight is very easy, if you eat a smaller number of
calories than you burn every day, you should lose pounds right?
that’s right in theory, it is much harder in practice. Your body
isn’t a computer, in fact, it is a very clever different type of
organic machine. It doesn’t care how you look on the outside, it
only cares that it has the right amount of proteins and sugars to
allow its systems to function in the proper manner. If you try to
drastically cut the amount of calories you eat all at once, you body
will assume that there is a lack of food available and lower your
metabolism accordingly, this is meant to save energy for the long
haul so that your brain, heart, liver and other organs can function
with a decreased amount of input.
course, that also means that you will lose weight much more slowly
and regain weight quickly if your calorie intake increases. Any good
diet that calls for a reduction in calories will also call for an
increase in activity, a solid workout plan that is fun and easy to
stick to is the best way to boost your weight loss without causing a
drop in metabolism.
Routines to Help You Drop Weight Easily
are many easy ways of weight loss you can do to help lose weight
without really even trying. These easy ways of losing weight are
mostly ideas of things you can just work into your daily routine and
do not require any fitness equipment, so there is no excuse for not
having time to exercise, or not having the workout equipment. Sitting
completely still is the worst thing you can possibly do when you want
to drop weight fast. Any kind of movement, even some type of
fidgeting, can burn a few calories. If you do several of the things
listed below throughout the day, you can burn quite a few extra
calories with very little extra effort, and without taking time out
of your regular schedule for exercise.
easy thing to incorporate into your day is to move around during
commercial breaks. If you watch an hour of television every night
(and be honest, many of us watch more than that), then you likely sit
through at least 20 minutes of commercials. Instead of just sitting
there watching the commercials, get up and move around. Simply
walking in place, or around the room, or doing some stretching
exercises, will get the blood pumping through your veins and burn a
simple (and fun!) way to burn some calories is to dance. Just turn on
your stereo and put on some sort of music that you enjoy and go
crazy. Music that makes you get up and move, such as music you danced
to as a teenager, can be an excellent motivator. When you are dancing
around and just being silly and having fun, you can burn calories
without even realizing it. If you have children, get them involved.
Kids are a great inspiration for silly dancing.
way to burn calories easily is to walk when you can. Instead of
looking for the nearest parking spot available, park further away so
you can walk more. Also, when you ride the subway or bus, get off a
stop or two earlier than your destination and walk the remainder of
the way. Instead of emailing a coworker in your office, walk over and
actually talk to them. Use the bathroom farthest away from your desk.
You may be thinking these things cannot possibly help me lose weight,
but every bit of extra exercise you fit in will make a difference.
great way to burn calories is to walk up stairs. Instead of taking
the elevator or escalator at work, the mall, etc., always take the
stairs. And if you already are taking the stairs, then try to take
them two at a time, or try jogging or even running up the stairs.
Make it your goal to always do the stairs instead of the elevator or
if you have a dog, make the most of walking it. If your dog starts
pulling at the leash, wanting to run - run with it! Also, switch up
your route so that you do not get bored. Anytime you can be outside
(with or without your dog) for exercise, you are less likely to lose
interest because the fresh air and ever changing scenery helps
relieve boredom. Have fun with these simple routines to help you drop
is organic better than regular processed or bulk foods?
the onset of widespread obesity in recent years, many people have
decided to opt for a healthier lifestyle. Eating only unprocessed
food and vegetables is not always as good as you think, they also
have negative risk. Like any other industry, the food industry is
also focused on their bottom line more that the health of the
choosing organic food, keep in mind it is not the perfect option and
it has its share of problems but is a very good start towards good
health and food quality. The industry can best be affected to change
their unhealthy policies by you choosing what not to put on your
few reasons it is best to opt organic while shopping is that there
are no chemical toxins in organic food. Your body runs on cells, in
order to function optimally, they must have the proper clean fuel. A
lot of pesticides and chemical used in mass produced food can cause
your cells to malfunction or even kill them altogether. These toxins
also cause weight gain. When your body is unable to filter them out,
it will store them in fat cell to keep them out of your circulation,
of course, the more toxins the more fat is created to lock them away.
food has higher nutrition content than that of commercially farmed
varieties. The more crops you grow in a short amount of time depletes
the natural soils saturation of vital nutrients. Organically grown
produce is sown in smaller quantities and in different variation to
assure the soul is able to replenish itself. This results in a better
crop with a richer content of vitamins. There natural organism in
soil that keep it healthy, and the chemicals used in commercial
farming not only kill them, but kill the soil and actually make the
farmland unusable overtime. This is one of the reason American
companies have started purchasing land overseas.
lot of food in the market today has been genetically altered to grow
faster, be disease resistant and even taste better. Soy is one of the
most modified although most fruits and vegetables are also altered.
You have no way to determine on the shelves if it has been altered
because there is no law to state that a company must disclose this
information. When you eat these things, you are introducing millions
of new DNA to your system, most of which has never been seen or
processed by the human race before, even most top scientists will not
touch that type of product as they have not been proved safe.
are only a few of many reasons to buy organic food. Yes it is a bit
more expensive right now, but you can’t put a dollar amount on your
health. The money you save on junk food can be better put towards
organic, and you will save in later years on doctor’s bills.
is an important part of controlling your weight, but it also has it
limitations. If you allow yourself to give it some thought, you can
understand the reasoning behind the statement. The availability of
food is one of the major causes of increased weight gain, back when
man used to have to hunt for food and fight over the scarce
quantities, weight gain wasn’t an issue. Forget about having to
exercise to get your food now, in a lot of places you don’t even
have to leave the house!
ready availability and the sheer amount available is a mixture that
assures you will eat more than you burn. Compared to the amount of
calories the average person used in the seventies, people today eat
on average 600 more than before. To simply burn away the extra
average a person would have to spend at least two and a half hours
walking every day. Avoiding extra calories is not the only way to
improve your health and lose weight; you also have to give an equal
amount of attention to exercise and activity levels.
has proven that detoxifying the body has many positive effects on an
individual’s health. Detoxification boosts energy, slows down the
aging process, reduces the symptoms of asthma and other bronchial
illnesses, improves the functioning of the digestive system, and even
reduces symptoms of diabetes patients. However, one of the best known
and most talked about advantages of detoxifying the body is losing
thorough body detoxification can remove waste that has built up in
our bodies from eating unhealthy foods, and from inefficient organ
function. When waste is built up in our blood, digestive tracts,
colon, and liver, our bodies cannot effectively digest the nutrients
from the foods we eat. When we do not get the nutrients we need, our
bodies tend to crave heavier foods in an attempt to receive the
nutrients. Eating unhealthy, heavier foods causes more waste to build
up. Waste build up causes weight gain, anxiety and depression, and
has been linked to several other health problems.
are many approaches to detoxing. There are products taken orally that
are designed to cleanse the colon, such as herbal dietary
supplements, fiber supplements, and drinks such as detoxifying
laxative tea. Alfalfa supplements work as a general body and organ
cleanser. Milk thistle is a liver cleanser.
alternative is to get a colonic irrigation, also known as a colon
cleanse or colon therapy. This is a process where water is injected
rectally into the colon. Colonic irrigation is said to remove built
up waste such as putrefied feces that line the intestinal walls and
can harbor parasites and cause weight gain and health problems.
People have been to lose up to 7-10 pounds in a colon cleansing
Researchers have found
that high levels of toxins in the body cause more fat to be produced.
Studies show that the body makes fat cells to act as a defense system
against impurities and toxins. Therefore, gaining weight can be a
symptom of built up toxins in the body. Detoxification removes the
toxins, which in turn compels the body to release those defensive
cells of extra fat, fueling and stimulating weight loss.
There are also certain
foods that are said to help detoxify the body. Cherries, raspberries
and strawberries contain an acid that helps fight toxins such as
alcoholic beverages. Citrus fruits and many berries contain vitamins
C and E, which are proven to detox the liver, helping the liver to
function fully. Prunes and fiber stimulate the expulsion of waste and
help to cleanse the colon. Apricots are rich in beta-carotene and
vitamin C, both of these help to repair lung tissue that has been
damaged by smoking. Cranberries and cranberry juice contain an
antioxidant called proanthocyanidin, which helps to cleanse the
kidneys. All these foods assist the organs - especially the kidneys
and liver - to work more completely in the removal of toxins from the
body. You may choose one of these concepts, or several of them
simultaneously for losing weight quickly through detox.
are not many who can truly say they understand the importance of
calorie control in their daily lives. Of course, the more food you
eat, the more calories you consume, and larger portions mean more
calories. On the same note, there are plenty of small food portions
that are packed with calories such as a popular mall item, the
“Cinnabon”. One cinnamon roll from this popular store has enough
calories to last a person two days. Whereas if you eat four apples in
one sitting, which is technically more food, you will only have
consumed 9% of the calories of the cinnamon roll.
we age, our body uses calories less effectively. If you are blessed
with a good metabolism and have been able to maintain a good figure,
you should still pay attention to the type and amount of food you
consume. Teenagers and children need a higher amount of calories
because their bodies are growing and adding new cells, when you pass
a certain age, your body naturally needs much less calories to
function since its not adding as many new cells. Eating the way you
did as a youth will only increase your waistline and decrease your
way to help increase the amount of calories your body burns it to
take classes that build muscle. Classes like bikram yoga, Pilates or
weight training are great options the help create new cells in your
body and burn calories. You will still have to pay close attention to
what you eat regardless of the training program you are in.
are a lot of foods that can help boost weight loss and improve your
overall health, ones that are rich in fiber and antioxidants are
great metabolism boosters.
Foods that Offer Antioxidants Benefits
Parkinson's disease, cancer, and Alzheimer's can all be battled by
using the benefits of antioxidants. Foods that are rich in
antioxidants help to cut the amount of free radicals in the body
and repair the damage caused by them. Finding food with the most
antioxidants benefits is as easy as opting for food that naturally
have bright colors. There is no type of food you should eat since
there are many types of antioxidants that target different cells. It
is always best to eat a wide range to gain the greatest possible
benefit. In addition to eating a range, how your body is able to
break them down for absorption also will decide the amount of success
you will have from their properties.
with the most antioxidants benefits
are four categories of food that offer the benefits of antioxidants,
of those four main groups, there are a few of that group that offer
high antioxidants benefits when prepared properly. Of the Vegetable
group, the hearts of artichokes, russet potatoes and beans are the
best options. Of the nut group, walnuts, hazelnuts and pecans are the
best choices. Fruit of course is the easiest source, and of them,
cranberries, black berries and blueberries have the highest
concentration of antioxidants. Not to be left out are spices,
oregano, ground cloves and cinnamon have very high amounts of
antioxidants. The benefits of antioxidants provided by these can be
obtained by eating them raw or using them as cooking ingredients in
your everyday meals.
to assure you get the most antioxidants benefits from your food
fruit is a great way to get a fair amount in your system, but you
should keep in mind that fruit also has natural sugar, if you
limit the amount of refined sugar you eat and substitute it for
fruit, not only will you increase your antioxidant intake, but you
will also cut your waist line.
you have diabetes, you should be careful about the amount of
sweet fruit you consume to avoid rising your insulin level to
dangerous levels. Another of the benefits of antioxidants is that you
can get more fresh vegetables in your diet. Green leafy vegetables
don’t only mean salads or other monotonous options, there are
plenty of fresh vegetables that can be added to daily meals as
sides or incorporated into your meat dishes. If you don’t have time
to cook, super green food products are great supplements that allow
you to get a similar result. Organic fruit and vegetables have
the highest amount of beneficial vitamins; however, you may need to
buy regular ones depending on the availability of organic
products in your area. Be sure to properly wash away pesticides from
non organic items prior to consumption.
Benefits of Food
Raw chocolate and goji berries are two
foods that have a lot of antioxidant benefits, raw chocolate can
be found in most stores, however, Goji berries are a little
more uncommon. While blueberries are the most commonly seen food
associated with antioxidants, the vegetables listed above have an
equal concentration and can be more easily added to your
existing menu. Red beans have been proven to contain more
antioxidants that every type of blueberry and double as a healthy
protein as well.
control plays a big part in your weight loss regime. The feeling of
deprivation is the main cause of diets failing. There are some easy
ways to trick yourself that you don’t suffer the feelings of
easiest way to make yourself feel that you are eating more even when
you are eating less, is by serving your food on smaller plates. Never
underestimate the power your eyes have on your stomach. Letting your
eyes see a small plate full of food sends a signal to your brain that
you have a full plate abundantly filled with food. Your brain doesn’t
register the size of the plate, only the amount of food on it.
you start to eat, always have a full glass of water. Appetizers are
another way to fill your stomach before your meal. Not fried
appetizers, but watery soup or a piece of fruit ten of fifteen
minutes before your eat to help partially fill your stomach. Fruit,
on top of adding to your daily nutrient requirement, has very few
calories and doubles as a good source of fiber. The more fiber that
you have in your diet, the longer your stomach will feel full. Avoid
juices and sodas because they have a lot of sugar calories, and don’t
actually help curb your appetite prior to your meal.
close attention to the portions when you eat, the portions provided
on the pyramid of food are vastly different than the ones that are on
food labels. If you are eating totally unprocessed food, there is no
labeling at all, and you should seek a food chart to understand the
proper serving size per person.
should be no limit to the types of vegetables and fruit you
personally eat and serve your family. You should however, be very
limited in other types of foods such as snacks and desserts. Studies
show that among all species, the wider the assortment of options
available, the more that one will consume. For example, if you offer
two or three types of biscuit for a person to eat, they usually will
try one of each instead of one.
the caloric content of food you eat on a regular basis is another key
to success in changing from a fat filled lifestyle, to a healthy one.
A few days practice is usually all you need to see the amount of
calories and food you currently eat, and how much you should be
eating. Following a calorie counting and food weighing regimen isn’t
something that has to last forever, once you are able to adapt your
appetite and habits to smaller portions, you will be able to tell
naturally the general amount of food you should eat at each sitting.
food isn’t the best thing to eat, but there is a lot of benefit to
be gained by using them to start your diet on smaller portions. The
calories for the whole meal are already calculated so you don’t
have to worry about estimates or overeating. There are a lot of
companies that offer dinners for every type of diet, whether it is
vegetarian, halal, or gluten free. The amount of calories you eat
every day of course depends on the amount of weight you are trying to
lose overall. But a good way to estimate the amount you should eat is
to multiply your current weight by thirteen and reduce it by 350
calories for weight loss.
good way to jumpstart your weight loss, is to go on a grapefruit
diet, not only will it allow you to easily reduce your portions, but
it will also detox your system and set you on the right path to a
grapefruit is a hybrid of citrus maxima (pomelo) and citrus sinensis
(sweet orange) which was first bred in Barbados. It has been famous
for its sour fruit that the early people call the “forbidden
fruit”. Originally, it was grown just to be an ornamental plant but
these dark green-leafed trees usually can grow up to 5 or 6 meters
(16-20 ft) high.
comes in different varieties but the most popular is the reddish pink
flesh inside. The fruit is a very good source of vitamin A, vital for
skin development and eyesight. It is also a rich source of Vitamin C
just like the parents of this hybrid fruit. It is full of other
nutrients like vitamin B, thiamin and potassium and is also very
helpful in dissolving inorganic calcium. The seeds have an
antioxidant property that is an effective anti-cancer agent.
these benefits that the grapefruit brings, it is just proper to have
a grapefruit diet. Aside from the jam-packed nutritional value that
you will get, it is also an effective quick weight loss diet. This
magical fruit triggers fat burning enzymes when paired with protein,
thus, causing fast weight loss. This 12-day diet plan has been around
for almost eight decades, and has been very popular especially among
celebrities because of the miraculously fast results. That’s why it
is also known now as “Hollywood’s Diet”. Most people who
already have tried the diet would confirm that there would be a
10-pound loss of weight after the 12-day plan. But if you are willing
to extend the 12-day diet, you must wait two more days before
starting another cycle.
just have to keep in mind that you have to avoid starchy vegetables
like peas, beans, corn, sweet potatoes and other vegetables like
white onions and celery. People love this meal plan because, as you
can see, there’s no starvation. Just drink plenty of water every
day and stick with the approved foods only.
as it may seem, your safety is still of the essence, so just like
other types of diet, you still need to consult your doctor before
starting it. It is extremely necessary to talk to a health expert
first because the Grapefruit Diet might interact or bring some
untoward reactions to your medications or other treatments. If you
already have a go signal from your doctor, by all means, start the
diet now for you to prove its effectiveness for yourself.
is an essential part of your body and your diet, it is true that you
don’t want too much fat in your diet, but you can’t eliminate all
of them. In fact, there are several types of fat you must have in
order to lose weight. Over the past 40 years, the majority of doctors
and researchers agreed that calorie reduction is the key to weight
loss. They also pushed that fat is where most calories come from.
certain amount of calories can be attributed to fat, but just like
there are both positive and negative types of cholesterol, there are
also positive and negative types of fat.
fat comes from several sources such as olive oils, certain fish, some
types of nuts and avocados among other foods. These good fats help
lower bad cholesterol and lower your chance of heart attack. The same
researchers thought that only saturated fat is bad, but in fact,
there is more than just one type of bad fat.
saturated fat is found in fatty red meat, ice cream, butter, whole
milk and other dairy products. These are the main sources of artery
clogging fats found in people with heart disease and high blood
pressure. Trans fats are also bad forms of fat that can be found in
food that are highly processed, fried food, and commercially baked
fat helps keep your heart safe and strong against bad fat, it is also
known to help reduce feelings of hunger. Many people who stick to
diets that are low in fat, but high in starch find themselves very
hungry not long after every meal. These same people would do much
better for their body and their diet if they were to eat a green
salad with good nuts, or a green salad with a salad dressing that has
full fat. This comment originated from Dr. Willett, he is a highly
educated doctor and also the chairmen of Harvard’s nutrition
department. Studies also show that people who choose to stick to a
moderate fat diet are able to lose more weight and control their
eating over the long run as opposed to people who opt for low fat or
no fat diet.
from the health benefits, fat is flavorful. If the food you are
eating doesn’t appeal to your taste buds, eventually you will stop
eating it and opt for something more appealing, even if it’s not
good for you. The popular magazine, Cooking Light understands this
and if you notice, the majority of their pages have some amount of
butter listed in the preparations.
editor states that the key is adding fat into your food in a smart
way as opposed to unhealthy ways. Always remember that good fats have
more calories, but those calories burn faster than bad fats. You
still have to limit your calories by eating less of other foods to
human has a different chemistry, those with certain blood types are
able to digest some foods easier than others. If you eat the food
that is best suited to your blood type, not only will you reduce the
number of reactions to the food you eat, you will also process that
food more efficiently and allow your body to better utilize the
nutrients within. This will lead to fewer incidences of illness and
infection. Of course, if you don’t often become sick, you will
naturally lead a happy and healthier life.
stomachs have widely varying amount of digestive juices or enzymes as
well as varying amounts of stomach acidity. This is another factor
when it comes to losing weight. These levels are said to be
controlled by your blood type so if you eat the foods assigned to
your type, it will give your body a chance to attain optimal
digestion, which will increase your metabolism and allow you to
easily lose weight.
few simple examples to lose weight by following food for your blood
type for those with B type blood opt for higher red meat content in
your diet. A larger amount of all types of dairy products are also
required, but you should also abstain from chicken and pork. For
those with O type blood opt for High amounts of fish, seafoods as
well as meat. This type should eat the minimum of dairy products, get
a larger amount of exercise and avoid orange and avocados. For those
with a type blood A should opt for the diet of a vegetarian. All
types of Fish should be consumed on a regular basis. Red meat should
be avoided at all cost. Light exercise should be utilized as well.
For those with AB type bloods opt for all types of fish, plenty red
meat, dairy, and vegetables.
Mediterranean diet is one that’s been around the block a few times,
these diets were almost half fat but were very heart healthy.
Experts warn people that what worked in the sixties for them would
not work for most people today. After all, back then, they ate at
least one pound of fruit, almost no red meat, and obtained vast
amounts of physical exercise in their farms fields. In the States,
very few people still work in the field, and red meat is a staple of
fats are another story, there is no way to avoid them completely,
after all they can be found even in whole milk. When children are
growing, especially during their early years, there is an increased
need for fat in their diet to help their brains grow and mature.
After the toddler years, the amount should be reduced greatly.
this talk about trans- fat brings us to the issue of potatoes. These
root vegetables are common in every home in all countries, not only
America. They have a bad name mainly due to how they are prepared.
Heck, if you deep fry a carrot and cover it in cheese, it‘s not
going to be very healthy anymore either.
are rich in potassium, the skin being the most nutrient rich part.
They are also great as a natural thickening base for all sorts of
healthy soups. Yes they have carbs, and yes, there are much better
vegetables out there, such as the ones that have color. But they are
still a good part of a healthy diet. One of the main reasons that
spuds have such a bad name is when nutritionist suggested people eat
more complex carbs, people chose French fries or pasta. What they
had in mind was more along the lines of beans, starchy fruit, and
whole grain. While spuds are complex and they do offer carbohydrates,
they are much easier to overindulge on than the other options.
makers were very happy to jump on the bandwagon and offer a
smattering of low fat choices for health conscious consumers. The
experts in their zeal to try to curb the increase weight of the
population, failed to explain the added dangers of overeating refined
and over processed food. People assumed that a low fat label meant
you could eat without worry, only to find out that not only is it
easier to gain weight from this type of food, but also that certain
members of the population have a strong reaction to these
matter how it enters the body, carbohydrates are eventually broken
down and converted to glucose. You body need glucose to fuel its
various functions, but there is a large part of the populace that has
problems with glucose regulation. This problem results in metabolic
conditions and increased size around the waist. Along with the
increased weight, the risk for diabetes increases as well as the
instance of high blood pressure.
is still no answer for why people have this reaction, other than a
genetic disposition that has no known corrector. Being inactive
worsens the symptoms so exercise and muscle building are recommended
for any one affected. A reduction or total avoidance of refined carbs
is also suggested to limit and reverse the effect on the body.
are extremely important to your body’s function and overall health.
Protein can be found from many different sources so your dietary
options are quite diverse. Understanding the amount you should eat of
each type of source is often the most complex part of forming a
America, the amount of red meat the population eats is alarming.
There is a lot of protein in red meat, but there is also an equal
amount of saturated fat. Fish is a great source of protein, but
eating too much can cause a high amount of mercury to accumulate in
your blood, posing a different sort of health risk. If your choice is
between another steak and another fish filet, the fish is still a
most popular diets on the market are those that are rich in proteins.
Despite the popularity, no one has conducted studies on the effects
of mass protein consumption over a long period of time. Many medical
professional warn that excessive protein consumption can lead to
permanent liver and kidney damage.
minimum you need to keep you muscles from eating themselves is around
75 grams of protein daily. There is little risk for protein
deficiency in the United States thanks to the wide abundance of
easily affordable food, plus the governmental food programs for the
ultra poor. There is talk in some circles of high amounts of protein
being linked to a higher risk of heat disease and cancer, but these
are still unproven theories. What has been proven so far is that
after a certain threshold, the amount of animal protein in your body
can start to suck calcium out of your bones. There should never be
more than a thirty percent intake of protein or you will be putting
yourself at risk for a host of other undesirable health problems.
people find that higher protein diets are easier to stick to, and
more weight can be lost on them due to the higher follow through
rate. In the short term, this is true since people will follow a
program they enjoy more faithfully than one that doesn’t offer
anything comfortable. The problem with these types of diets is that
they only focus on one part, and that’s weight loss. The diets
don’t have any provisions for improving overall health, bone
health, or even cardiovascular health.
isn’t necessary to have protein at every meal, or even every day.
When you do choose to eat meats, opt for lean cuts, fish or chicken
is a healthier option that will also go toward your overall health.
smart is very simple; limit your calories but eating a couple hundred
less than your personal daily requirement. Make sure that you are
active enough to burn more calories that you consume everyday. Make
sure that your food choices are something that you can stick with in
the long term, not just a few months, but for your entire life.
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