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Do diets work?

31 Jan

The jury will always be out on this. It is probably one of the most lucrative industries in the world – the diet industry – which is fuelled by women’s insecurities about body image and self-esteem based on the lies and untruths that the media and industry continue to feed them. On the one hand they say lose weight and in the same ad there will be advertisements on all kinds of unhealthy foods to buy. This is crazy making. Thanks to Alternet Magazine which is one of the most progressives source of good information, in the world,  the myths perpetrated by the diet industry have been busted.  Before you go on another diet, please read this information and think about how you want to live your life – click on the link below: (excerpt from article)

Beyond the psychology of dieting and our largely inherited physiology, we’re still driven by the evolutionary pressures that drove our ancient hominid ancestors — hunters and gatherers, who had to make the most of every bite to survive. Sometimes their food was plentiful, but during times of scarcity, their bodies adapted by lowering their metabolism to conserve every calorie consumed. Following a period of scarcity, their bodies became even more efficient at storing fat in preparation for the next famine. These fat-layered bodies, better able to adapt to scarcity, were likelier to reproduce. As a species, therefore, we’ve inherited a predisposition to hold onto fat after each period of scarcity. Today, our bodies can’t distinguish between hunger caused by famine and hunger caused by a self-imposed diet — and they react to the latter as if it were the former. The “failure” of diets is actually a “success” in terms of species survival!

When dieting for weight loss, our bodies respond to the perceived famine by feeding off fat and muscle. Muscle is the metabolically active part of our body: the more muscle we have, the more calories we can burn. Since every weight-loss attempt includes the loss of both fat and muscle (but what’s regained is only fat), dieters burn even fewer calories, which makes it easier to gain weight and results in a higher fat-to-muscle ratio. Repeated dieting attempts may significantly increase the percentage of body fat over time. In fact, in 2007, Traci Mann and her colleagues at UCLA conducted a comprehensive and rigorous metanalysis of 31 long-term studies of obesity treatment for Medicare patients. They found that despite losing 5 to 10 percent of their starting weight in the first six months, the vast majority of dieters had regained all the weight — and within four or five years, one-third to two-thirds of subjects had regained more weight than they’d lost.

http://www.alternet.org/module/printversion/149702

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Is your low-fat diet getting in the way?

29 Aug

When dieting something you have to remember is that everything has a caloric number.  Some people think that when something is fat free that is a license for them to eat as much as they like. This is where you sabotage your diet.  Most people tend to overeat when they are eating something that say’s fat free and that counteract the purpose of eating fat free. Fat free is not always the answer. It may better to eat a regular meal and feel satiated than eat far free that leaves you wanting to eat more. That defeats the purpose of dieting.

The key to losing weight is to reduce your caloric intake and up your physical activity. The experts say those physical activity need not be going to the gym and engage in high intensity workouts. It could be doing work around the house. You can scrub the floor manually instead of using a machine, mow the lawn, cut the hedges, and walk up and down the stairs in your home a few times a day. Little things add up to big losses.

Unless you are suffering from high cholesterol, high blood pressure or heart conditions, eating regular fat can be helpful in maintaining your optimum weight.  When you eat regular fat you feel full and may not be tempted to dip your hand in the cookie jar for that second.

Another good thing for you to do is to read the labels carefully see if the lower or reduced fat foods are that much lower in calories.  Do the math you might be surprised.

 Tip: Burn 150 calories easily this wayGardening  30 minuteswashing windows or floors 50 minutesWalking w miles in 30 minutesRaking leaves 30 minutesFast dancing 30 minutes

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