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According to a recent report, ANY DIET
that limits calorie intake to 1500 calories per day will result in
weight loss. However, this groundbreaking report emphasizes that only a
diet that is moderate in fat and high in complex carbohydrates will help
you keep weight off permanently. In addition, this moderate fat, high
carbohydrate diet -- which is what we serves up in our daily meal
plans--is the only proven way to produce long term health benefits such
as lowering cholesterol and blood pressure levels and reducing cancer
This basically tells you that you can
loose weight on any of the diets, if you keep the calories down. The
trick is how you maintain that weight loss and that, according to
experts, can be achieved through a daily diet with no more than 30% of
calories as fat and 20% of calories as protein.
The recent report rowns at unorthodox
but yet popular weight loss programs such as the high protein Atkins
diet and other similar dietary regimes. While high protein diets seem to
produce a significant weight loss in a quick amount of time such diets
produce a greater loss of body water than of fat. Other evidence against
these high protein diets include the fact that there are no controlled,
randomized studies which support the loss of body fat even over the long
haul. One other strike against them: there is no evidence that such
diets help to reduce blood cholesterol or improve blood sugar levels.
Carrying excess body weight is a
significant risk factor for heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and other
chronic health conditions. In addition to daily eating a moderate fat,
high complex carbohydrate diet, regular exercise and social support are
critical adjuncts in keeping weight off.
Think your way to weight loss!
Positive thinking is absolutely
essential when attempting to stay on a weight management plan. But, many
of us lack some of the positive focus that's necessary to reach our
target weight. Try to consider habits that will accent the positive
aspects of yourself and the "up" side of weight loss:
Write and say affirmations.
Affirmations can be any statement that reinforces a positive quality
about you. For example, "I'm beautiful just the way I am."
2. Surround yourself with supportive
people. Don't waste time with friends or people who try to talk you out
of your weight management efforts. Instead, spend time with friends who
share similar challenges and make some new acquaintances. Success is
more likely when you have support.
3. Take care of yourself. If you take
care of your health needs, you will feel better physically and
emotionally. Have a yearly physical and don't skip your dental and eye
exams. Enlist the help of your physician during your weight management
program. It won't hurt to have your blood pressure monitored throughout
4. Enjoy the weather. Spending time
outdoors can be truly uplifting and can help you stay motivated.
5. Monitor your goals. Don't worry if
you don't lose weight each week. Measure your progress by how you are
feeling and how your clothes fit -- not by the numbers on the scale!
6. Talk it out. Talk with a therapist
or someone who understands the challenges of weight management. Join a
support group or enlist the help of a spouse or family member.
7. Get away from it all. Take a short
day trip or mini-adventure each weekend. This will help you avoid the
dieting routine and will increase your activity level. Reward yourself
for each achieved goal by checking out a new town or city.
8. Be kind to yourself. Remember that
it will take time to reach your goals. Be realistic and understand that
it didn't take you one week to gain 20 pounds -- so, it will take more
than one week to lose this weight. Give yourself permission to
occasionally make mistakes!
Fighting family fat
1 in 3 adults, and 1 in 5 kids are
overweight. Despite widespread efforts to treat this epidemic, these
spreads continue to widen at an alarming rate. While there's no doubt
some of us are genetically destined to carry around a little extra
baggage, many of us tip the scales because we eat too much and move too
little. We eat on the go, "super size" our food portions, and spend too
much time in front of our televisions and computer screens. If you and
your family struggle with weight, don't despair. There are many healthy
steps you can take to win your fight against fat.
1. Eat at home more often. Can't
remember the last time you and your family sat down together for a meal?
Plan to prepare a great tasting and healthy dinner one night each week.
Involve your kids by letting them create the menu, shop for ingredients,
or make a dish themselves.
2. Prepare for snack attacks. If you
and your kids are always hungry for something after school or work, or
late at night, have healthy snack options on hand. Fresh fruit, baked
tortilla chips and salsa, graham crackers, frozen fruit bars, low fat
microwave popcorn, low fat cheese and crackers, and low fat ice cream
are good choices.
3. Plan indulgences. Going to a
birthday party, cocktail party or other special event does not have to
end your healthy eating efforts. To prevent overeating, have a snack
beforehand. Try to focus more on the company, not on the food. If you
overdo it, start fresh the next day or meal.
4. Get fit together. Take a walk, go on
a hike, or ride your bikes outside. In bad weather, reorganize a closet,
house clean, or play hide and seek. Spending less time on your couch and
more time on the move will give you energy and will give you quality
time with your family.
5. Think long-term. Weight management
is a life-long process, not a quick fix. If you focus on making small,
gradual and realistic changes in your food choices and activities,
you'll improve your odds for achieving and maintaining a healthier body
Eating on the go can be daunting if
you're watching your weight, especially when the pickings include high
calorie/high fat foods such as Danish pastries, croissants, muffins, and
donuts. If you keep just a few staple items in your pantry or
refrigerator at home or at the office, you can successfully put together
a healthy and satisfying breakfast. Below are several foods and
beverages grouped by category. To build a healthy, low calorie/low fat
and nutritious breakfast, choose 1 item from each category for a total
of 300-400 calories. If you want to double a serving of a specific food
or choose 2 items from a single category, choose items from only 3
categories (instead of 4). Breads/Starches
- 1/2 bagel, or 1 mini bagel- best
choices: whole wheat or multigrain
- 2 slices toast- best choices: whole
wheat, bran, oat or multigrain
- 1-1/2 cups high fiber, low fat, low
- 2 mini muffins or 1/2 large bran
- 1 medium banana
- 1/2 cup applesauce or 1 apple
- 1 cup fresh seasonal berries or
- 1 cup (8 ounces) orange juice
- 2 tablespoons of raisins or 3-4
pieces dried fruit
- 1 cup (8 ounces) skim or 1% milk
- 1 cup (8 ounces) low fat plain or
- 1 slice low fat cheese
- 1/4 cup low fat cottage or ricotta
- 1 slice low fat cheese
- 1 tablespoon peanut butter
- 6-10 nuts
- 1 tablespoon cream cheese (can mix
with 1 tablespoon jelly which contains little fat)
- 1 teaspoon butter or margarine
Too much sugar (especially the kind
added to many processed foods and beverages) can sabotage your family's
efforts to eat well and stay trim. Intake of added sugar is on the rise
and represents an estimated 12-20 percent of the calories we consume
each day. Candy, non-diet sodas, juices, cakes and cookies often come to
mind when we think of sugar. But other foods that we think of as
healthy, including yogurt and applesauce, are often laced with extra
While skipping sweets altogether is not
realistic, there are several ways you and your family can satisfy your
sweet teeth, spare your waistlines, and eat healthier:
1. Become a sugar sleuth. Read the
ingredient list on food packages and look for the sugar. Other names for
sugar include white sugar, brown sugar, raw sugar, corn syrup, corn
syrup solids, high fructose corn syrup, malt syrup, maple syrup, pancake
syrup, fructose sweetener, liquid fructose, honey, molasses, anhydrous
dextrose, and crystal dextrose. The higher up on the list, the more
sugar in the product.
2. Get the facts. While the Nutrition
Facts label on food packages lists sugar in grams, it doesn't say how
much is natural and how much is added. Nevertheless, use grams of sugar
to compare similar items such as cereal -- have your kids compare your
family favorites, and opt for those with less sugar more often.
3. Go natural. Many foods that
naturally contain sugar, including fruit and milk, are also rich in
vitamins, minerals and other key nutrients. On the other hand, many
products high in added sugar offer calories and not much else. To get
the most bangs for your nutritional buck, choose more foods and
beverages with natural sugar or less added sugar. For example, plain
skim milk is a better choice than chocolate skim milk, and fresh fruit
beats out canned fruit.
4. Stick to your sugar budget. Each
teaspoon of sugar has roughly 4 grams. Experts recommend no more than 10
percent of your daily calories from added sugar. For 1600 calories,
that's 6 tsp, or 24 grams a day. To satisfy a sugar craving without
caving in, choose fresh fruit in season, a sucking candy, or a small
lollipop. Save sugary snacks and non-diet sodas for special occasions.
Dieting? Don't skip breakfast!
Many people skip breakfast because they
aren't hungry in the morning or fear that eating breakfast will make
them hungry all day. Others cruise through the morning with either a
caffeine or sugar buzz, only to experience extreme fatigue mid-morning.
Studies show kids perform better in school with breakfast and the same
holds true for adults. By eating breakfast, you:
- Give your brain fuel to enhance
concentration and performance for problem solving and memory retention
- Jumpstart your metabolism from the
- Increase your overall energy level
- Decrease the incidence of overeating
later in the day
Breakfast can be quick, satisfying, and
tasty with a preparation time of 10 minutes or less. A general rule of
thumb is to eat one or two servings of complex carbohydrates such as
fruit with whole grain bread or cereal and then add protein such as egg,
egg white, low fat cheese, and peanut or soy butter. Protein will keep
you feeling full and satisfied for up to 4 hours. If you eat only
carbohydrate foods like fruit or toast you'll be hungry in 2 hours or
less and may need a snack by mid morning. Try these easy, quick
- Half or whole peanut butter
sandwich, banana or raisins and with skim milk
- Low-fat yogurt mixed with cereal and
- Low-fat cheese on toast and fruit
- High fiber cereal with fruit, skim
milk, and nuts
- Hot cereal and a small handful of
- 1 small bagel with low fat cream
cheese and fruit
- An egg or egg substitute with whole
- Whole grain toaster waffles with
peanut butter, and a glass of skim milk.
If you rush out the door headed for
work, keep cereal bars, dry cereal, bagels and peanut butter in your
desk so you can munch before you get too hungry. Fast food breakfasts
are not the best choice but in a pinch, choose a plain biscuit, pancakes
or cereal. Even non-traditional breakfasts such as leftovers of beans
and rice or meat and salad from the night before can be an easy, quick
choice. Limit caffeine to 2 cups and stay hydrated with at least 2 cups
of water during the morning hours. If you have trouble eating in the
morning, try eating something solid within 2 hours after waking. By
starting your day with the proper type and amount of fuel, you will add
hours to your energy level and burn calories steadily all morning long.
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