Tips To Help You Stay on Track

October 14th, 2008

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There are many things that you can do to help you stay on track while you are dieting. First thing you need to remember is to accept yourself and love yourself for who you are and stop beating yourself up over being overweight. This will go a long way in helping you get through your diet. If you are comfortable with who you are no matter what, those rough moments when you slip off the diet won’t be such a big deal.

One of the most important things that you can do is watch the amount of water you drink and make sure it is enough especially when you are exercising.

Reward yourself when you do well or meet a goal. This goes a long way towards keeping you motivated to continue. Write down your goals starting with little ones that you can accomplish quickly. Avoid the obvious like chocolate and alcohol. Snack on nuts when you do feel the need for a snack. Nuts are cholesterol free and full of nutrients that will help your heart. Eat negative calories, which mean foods that take more calories to digest than they are worth like Brussels sprouts, broccoli, carrots, celery, apples, kiwi’s celery and strawberries.

5 Diet Myths

October 9th, 2008

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There are so many popular diets out there today for people to try it can be a full time job just distinguishing between them. Along with tons of diets comes tons of diet myths.One of the most popular myth is that a no fat diet is good for you. You must have some fat in your diet for energy among other things. Also, it doesn’t matter what time of day you eat even if it is ten o’clock at night. What does matter is how much you actually consume in one day.

Think vegetarians can gain muscle? Think again. Vegetarians can get more than enough protein from other source such as cheese and beans. What’s more, you can actually cause your body harm in the future by consuming too much protein.

It is said that fattening foods make you fat faster. This is not true. Weight gain is a slow process and the couple extra pounds that you see on the scale after dinner are from fluids not weight gain.

A favorite myth for many is that you will automatically gain weight if you quit smoking. Well, it makes a great excuse to not quit smoking but really isn’t true. As a matter of fact, some people actually lose weight when they quit. If the cravings are handled with food, you will gain weight. If they are handled by chewing sugar free gum or on a straw or toothpick, you won’t.

Use Super Foods to Boost Your Diet

October 8th, 2008

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Weight loss is a critical issue in today’s society with obesity on the rise and people finally realizing what being overweight is doing to their bodies, their health and eventually their lifestyles.

When you are overweight, your body is obviously not in the best shape it can be in and therefore does not function the best that it can. Diseases caused by being overweight are becoming more prevalent and people are starting to take notice. They are also trying to figure out ways to do something about it. One way that they can help increase their weight loss is by eating lots, of what some people call, super foods.

These foods are basically foods that actually burn more calories digesting them, than the food had to begin with. So if you eat one of them and it has 50 calories and it takes 75 calories to burn those 50 calories, you have lost 25 calories by eating that food. Some of these super foods are green tea, soup, green salads, yogurt, beans, water and grapefruit. Incorporate some of these foods into a healthy, balanced diet and you should start to see an increase in weight loss.

Can Fat Be Your Friend?

October 7th, 2008

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Many people have difficulties understanding the concept of fat and whether it is good for you or not. Unfortunately, this is one of those things that does not have one clear, all-encompassing answer. It is the same as the situation with carbs, another highly confusing area of the diet.The problem seems to be that there is bad fat that is bad for you no matter what. It will make you fat and increase your chances of developing heart disease, high blood pressure and cancer.

On the other side of the table though, is that fat is something that your body needs to survive.

Some fats supply essential fatty acids such as linolenic acids which are needed for the metabolizing cholesterol, producing prostaglandin and fort the absorption of fat soluble vitamins such as A, D, E and arytenoids. Fat cells are stored in the body and provide insulation, store energy, and provide cushioning for organs. Many new reports are now saying that there was not really enough evidence in previous reports to make the general statements that were previously made such as that fats cause cancer.

Help The Economy, Go On A Diet!

October 1st, 2008

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It’s true!

Researchers are saying that if Americans cut their caloric intake and lost weight the energy crisis that is currently taking place, could be averted. That sounds too good to be true, but it’s not.

On average, a normal American eats between 50% and 100% more calories than recommended.

All of those calories have to be produced, shipped and stocked. By the time you pay the plants to produce them and the truckers to drive them to their destination and the people at the store to put them on the shelves it’s no wonder that things cost so much. If we used less food we’d have lower prices and we’d have more land for other things, instead of cultivating it all (which also costs money) to be used to grow more food.

Is Your Diet Nutritious Enough

September 18th, 2008

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British researchers have published, in the “Nutrition Journal,” the results of a study that they conducted to determine whether or not all the fad diets out there are actually nutritious enough for the people that are on them. Overall, the results show that the diets are well balanced.While the results did not show a significant difference between the diets themselves, when compared to people that were not dieting, there was a large difference in weight loss between the ones on a diet and the ones not.

While the diets do seem to reduce some important vitamins and minerals such as folate, magnesium, calcium, iron, potassium, riboflavin, niacin, and zinc some actually showed an increase in zinc and selenium. While this does make it seem as if there may be some nutrients lacking in these diets, this is easily addressed by taking a good multivitamin once a day for the duration of the diet or as a personal lifestyle change.

Check with your doctor for a good multivitamin suggestion. Also make sure you let the doctor know that you are dieting and which diet plan you are using.

Curb Your Sugar Cravings

September 15th, 2008

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The best way to curb your cravings for sugar – especially if you’re on a diet – is to eat more fruit.

Fruits are naturally sweet, and they help you to feel like you’ve gotten a treat and to feel full at the same time. You can also eat nuts, vegetables, and salads to help feel like you’ve filled up, but they might not help with your sugary craving.

If you just have to have something sweet, don’t eat by yourself.

People who eat alone tend to binge more. This is definitely true if they’re depressed and if they’re eating sweet and sugary things.

Having a piece of fruit will help to cut your sugary craving in half, and if you do have a dessert, you’ll eat less of it and feel better about sticking to your diet.

Want A Healthy Heart? Eat More Fish

September 8th, 2008

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Fish is fantastic for your heart!

It contains Omega-3 fatty acids, which have been scientifically proven to help protect your heart and arteries. They can keep your cholesterol lower and keep fatty deposits and plaques from building up. These kinds of problems can lead to strokes and heart attacks. You certainly want to avoid those.

Some kinds of fish are better than others.

You need to pay attention to which ones you’re getting so that you can enjoy the most benefit from them. In Japan, where people basically eat fish almost every day, the rate of heart disease is much lower than in the West, even though people in Japan smoke more cigarettes.

The lower risk for heart problems is believed to come from the Omega-3s that are so prevalent in the fish, and studies have shown that this correlation is strong and worth paying attention to.

Want To Live Longer?

September 3rd, 2008

You are what you eat.

If you’re looking to out live your kids, it might depend on what you eat. Sure, you know it’s not a good idea to gorge yourself on fast food and bakery treats, but there are other things you can do to help you live a longer (and healthier) life – especially if you smoke.

New research has indicated that a Mediterranean diet (one that’s high in fruits, nuts, grains, fish, vegetables, and bean and low in dairy, meat, and saturated fats) extends longevity and reduces the risk of heart disease and cancer.

Moderate amounts of alcohol are also encouraged. With this type of diet, both men and women have longer lives and they seem to be healthier well up into their later years, reducing their stress levels from being unhealthy and keeping their costs for medication and other things lower as well. It’s a benefit on all levels.

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Secret To Having Babies Later In Life Might Be Diet

September 1st, 2008

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If you’re a woman who’s getting a little bit older but you still want to have a baby, a change in your diet might be able to help you do just that.

According to a nutritionist, the right kind of diet can be like hitting the ‘snooze button’ of the biological clock and could help women conceive even into their fifties. Naturally, that doesn’t mean that every older woman would be able to get pregnant as easy as a she could when she was twenty, but it does provide new hope for women in their late thirties and into their forties who are healthy enough to have children but are still struggling to do so.

The diet changes are gradual, and they work to eliminate many of the toxins that are put into the body by artificial sweeteners, too much sugar, alcohol, and tobacco. Each month the diet is restricted a bit more, but women who are serious about conceiving will undoubtedly make that kind of sacrifice.