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Dieting And Exercise For Quick Weight Loss

Many quick weight loss plans pay a lot of attention to food and cooking and it’s true that your food choices are of utmost importance. However, a large percentage of dieters make the mistake of ignoring the exercise side of the deal, telling themselves that their weight loss problems can be sorted simply by dieting. That is so far from reality! Exercise is extremely important whatever diet plan you are subscribed to, and not just for quick weight loss.. Exercise is important to all of us for our overall health and well-being.

Exercise should be part of your daily routine. It has numerous major benefits, even at limited levels. Not only does it burn fat but it also boosts your metabolism and increases circulation. Regular daily exercise will help your body to eliminate toxins through sweat glands and lymph systems, and is especially important to the low-carb weight loss programs because it regulates blood sugar levels.

Physical exercise is essential for all weight loss diet success. Without exercise, your body will not be configured to process carbohydrates successfully. Research demonstrates that sedentary individuals have extreme insulin reactions to even moderate amounts of carbohydrates. This shows that exercise doesn’t just help you lose weight, it will help you keep it off too. Exercise teaches your body how to process the carbohydrates in your diet. When you exercise regularly, you’ll find you are able to eat more carbohydrates over time because your body will use them efficiently.

There are two basic types of exercise formats. These are aerobic exercise and anaerobic exercise. The best weight loss regimen will typically combine these two forms each week. So let’s look at how these two styles of exercise differ.

Aerobic exercise’s main aim is to increase your heart rate. This will cause your body to take in more oxygen and it gives all of your cells a fresh supply. If you’ve not exercised regularly in a long while, many of those cells will have been deprived of oxygen. Aerobics will regenerate them and in turn, will make you feel better during those times when you aren’t exercising.

If it’s been a while since you last exercised, it may take some time for your body to get used to your new aerobic workouts. Be sure to start slowly to give yourself time to adjust to these new aerobic movements. You must learn how to stretch and warm up correctly in order to avoid any muscle strain. Some good aerobic activities include walking, golf, tennis and dancing. These activities will not cause too much strain on your body, but they will get your heart pumping. Start slowly and set yourself goals. For instance, if you want to be involved in a walking program, begin by walking four blocks. Then increase your training to six blocks, then eight. Your body will respond well to any exercise.. after all your body was designed to move!

Anaerobic exercise includes any activity that is not technically aerobic. The exercises in the anaerobic category are typically designed to build muscle mass. Weightlifting and strength training are good examples of anaerobic exercises. Working out with weights at the gym can be an important part of any weight loss program. As you lose fat, you’ll want to replace it with muscle if you want to stay lean. Don’t imagine that working out with weights are only for those wanting to become a bodybuilder. Weight bearing exercises like isometrics and resistance training will improve your bone density, your posture and your overall fat burning potential.

If you do not have an exercise program as part of your weight loss efforts, you are setting yourself up for failure. Make a commitment to incorporating exercise into your weight loss regimen and you’ll see results almost immediately. If in doubt about any aspect of your exercise workouts, you may want to get some advice from your primary care doctor or a professional aerobics instructor.

Trevor Taylor

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Forget Dieting


Start by forgetting everything you have heard about dieting and weight loss plans.

Because the key to losing weight is changing the way, YOU THINK about dieting!

1. Forget about quick-fix diets or overnight solutions-

Because, trust me, such magical diets don’t exist. Our plans can definitely guide you to lose weight fast and achieve your dream weight and a perfect slim figure, but it won’t happen overnight.

The rate of losing weight depends on your present weight, medical history, lifestyle and physical activity level. However, a weight loss of half to one kilo per week or an average loss of 3-5 kgs in a month has been considered as a healthy rate of weight loss.

2. Forget about being scared of food and worrying about being overweight-

Because the best way to lose weight is to make friends with food and understanding Which Foods do What to your Body!

My advise to all weight loss seekers, restrict your intake of processed and refined foods such as white breads, pizzas, refined sugar, fried items, ice creams, etc and add on whole grains, skimmed milk, nuts(almonds),sprouts, fish, egg whites ,vegetable juices in your daily regime.

3. Forget about eating miniature helpings –

Because, the process of losing weight has nothing to do with your eating miniature sized helpings. The best way to lose weight is to eat small and frequent meals during the day, instead of three big meals. Remember, the quality of food eaten is of much more importance than the quantity eaten. The source of calories eaten is of much more importance than the number of calories taken.

4. Forget about restricting your diets without a professional help-

Because, improper dietary modifications adopted would not only hinder the process of your weight loss, but also lead to nutritional deficiencies and disorders. The best diet would be the one, which nourishes your body, takes care of your cravings, and improves your self-esteem and energy levels, whilst providing weight loss.

5. Forget about indulging in so-called special ‘diet’ powders or supplements

Because, it’s highly unlike that a powder or supplement can substitute your meals or curb your cravings. Imagine, substituting your regular meals of dal, rice, rotis, vegetables and fruits with special drinks and powders…… how long, can you do so and can you get all the required nutrients through them? Aim at including complex carbohydrates (whole wheat, jowar, bajra, nachni), lean proteins (fish, chicken and egg whites) and fruits and vegetable in your daily routine along with a regular exercise regime for a healthy weight loss.

6. Forget about spending three hours in your gym and over exercising.

Because losing weight is not directly proportional to number of hours spent in the gym!! Yes, exercise is essential for losing weight but a brisk walk of 30-40 minutes is also good enough.

FINALLY, forget about your past dieting failures

In order to learn to eat right and exercise regularly, you may also have to learn to handle the problems life throws at you without turning away from healthy eating and exercise. Be particularly careful about everything-or-nothing thinking. A common tendency when you have failed to stay on a diet, is to abandon it altogether. It’s better to accept that to err is human. Try to learn from your mistakes and do better in the future.

Remember, you would never be able to succeed in your endeavor to shed excess weight, if you equate dieting with deprivation, with suffering and with unfulfilled cravings.

Just sit down for a moment and visualize your self 10 kilos lighter, without any digestive problems and without any worry about any risk to lifestyle disorders like diabetes, heart problems and liver malfunction. How do you feel?

Don’t you feel fantastic?

So, stop worrying about giving up all the nice things to eat, and start looking forward to a life full of health, energy and vigor.

Cheers to a slim and healthy you!!

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Protein and Dieting

As previously promised today will mark the start of a series on nutrition and dieting. My goal is to help you understand how your body uses different nutrients and how you can maximize fat loss by eating properly and exercising.

Truth of the matter is any diet will work for a period of time. The glut of information and misinformation we are constantly exposed to makes it even harder to know how to properly go about losing weight and keep it off. Instead of denying yourself the foods you desire, you must learn to eat in moderation and allow yourself “cheat days”. Your health is a lifelong process, and your diet must reflect that. Most diets are arduously torturous and you revert back to old eating habits once you have lost the desired weight. I will show you how to avoid all that. First though we must understand the body and what we put in it, so lets begin.

Your body has evolved over many, many years into the efficient and amazing machine that we take for granted today. There was no bottled water, potato chips, soda or processed foods when man first appeared. Man started eating twigs, berries and what ever was available at the time. As we became hunters, meat was introduced into our diet. All the while our bodies managed to keep us active, vital human beings. It did that because the body does one thing well: it survives.

You must understand that your body does not want to diet. It seeks a state of homeostasis, which is a perfect balance, not too much, not too little. It doesn’t care if you carry a little bit of extra weight or fat. As a matter of fact it wants that fat and weight so it can have some fuel in reserve. Your body fights dieting like it fights infections, colds, cuts, etc. It treats it as a hostile act and tries to stamp it out. You must learn to beat the body at its own game and win.

The only things your body needs to survive are air, water and food. It doesn’t care what food tastes like or where it comes from. Its sole purpose is survival. We humans create an emotional attachment to food. Your body can care less if Wolfgang Puck prepared the meal you are about to eat. Unfortunately food brings out intense feelings in human beings. Who amongst us doesn’t have a favorite food, a comfort food? What were we taught as children? You cannot leave the table unless you finish everything on your plate. Combine that with all the ads for food, availability of junk food and our dwindling time, and its no wonder 1 out of every 3 Americans is obese.

In order to facilitate fat loss you must think your body as a fine automobile and food as the fuel that powers it. I have used this metaphor in the past but it is spot on. If you own a Ferrari or a Bentley you use the finest gas and oil available. Yet we put toxic foods in our bodies daily. As goes the car so goes your body. Even at rest it needs fuel. It needs energy in order to breathe, to pump blood, even to read this article. This is why you need to give the body the right nutrients in the right amounts, at the right time. When you starve your body it doesn’t perform as it is should. If you starve a car of fuel what happens? It stops running. Well your body is not much different. When you starve it of calories it slows down considerably. When you do finally eat it will store most of the nutrients for later, because it knows it will be deprived of fuel. That’s why starvation diets are a horrible idea and never truly work.

Every 72 hours your body evaluates its caloric needs. It calculates how much energy it expended and how much fuel was taken in and adjusts accordingly. A shortage is perceived as a threat to survival. This is why weight loss on a starvation diet will cease almost immediately. This is also why a diet always hits a plateau. Your body adapts to the deprivation by adjusting expenditure. It has outwitted its opponent and survived yet again.

Protein is the only macronutrient that will support lean mass in the body. Lean mass is muscle tissue, and bone. Protein is responsible for repair, growth, repair and maintenance of all body tissue, so you can see why I think it’s the most important macronutrient. Working out, running, or even just standing in line cause wear and tear on your body. Lifting weights build muscle tissue, but what occurs first is the breakdown of said tissue. Microscopic tears in the muscle occur and must be repaired by the body. If you wonder why you are sore after a workout it is because of the breakdown of muscle tissue. Protein repairs those tears and you become stronger the next time out. “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” is something you have heard countless times. Protein is also needed for the formation of hormones, enzymes, and antibodies. It is the main source of building material for muscle, blood, skin, hair, nails and internal organs. As a bonus protein heats up your metabolism by consuming more calories when ingested than other macronutrients such as carbohydrates, and fats. This is what is known as the thermic effect of food. Food needs to be broken down in order to be absorbed and this takes energy. Protein requires more energy expenditure than fat or carbohydrates in order to be utilized by the body.

Ok so now that I have shown you how important protein is, how much do you need and when? I favor a high protein diet but my needs are much different than the average person. A good rule of thumb for everyone is 1 g per pound of lean mass(1) you weigh. Active people should consume 1.5 to 2 g per pound of lean mass. You need to consume protein with every meal as it cannot be stored and what is not immediately used is processed by the kidneys and excreted (25-40 g per meal is adequate). If you don’t the body will turn to lean muscle for fuel and not fat as many think. Fat is the last thing your body wants to use as it provides insurance for survival. I will address that in another newsletter.

Protein is rated by its biological value; a measure, which shows how well a food, is utilized. The best protein is the egg (natures perfect food) which has a biovalue of 100, closely followed by beef, poultry, and fish. Milk is in the 80th percentile while soy is somewhere in the 60th percentile. I have said this time and time again but soy is a very poor source of protein. Keep your proteins lean by buying lean meats, chicken, and fish. When in a need, a Ready to Drink Protein shake can supplement your intake by providing a low calorie high quality protein source with very little fat. After all if you are trying to lose weight caloric intake should be adjusted, but not depended on as the only means to create caloric deficit.

Protein intake throughout the day keeps your metabolism elevated thereby burning more calories at rest. It also helps to balance blood sugar levels so nutrients are optimally used.

Eating small meals throughout the day helps to keep nitrogen levels balanced. Nitrogen is what keeps your muscle hard and firm. When you are in a negative nitrogen state your body and its muscles feel soft and “squishy”. When muscle is not healthy the body will use it as energy, which is the last thing you need. I advocate 4-5 small meals throughout the day to achieve positive nitrogen balance, regulate blood sugar, and keep you from feeling starved. Make protein your ally in fighting fat.

Next newsletter: “Carbs: Friend or Foe?”

(1) Lean mass is calculated by figuring out your body fat percentage( body fat scales or calipers work well) then subtracting that weight from your total weight. Example if you weigh 200 lbs and your body fat % is 30%, your body fat weight is 60lbs. You then subtract 60 lbs from 200 and your lean mass is 140 lbs.

Perry Mosdromos
CPT, BS Kinesiology, SCIRION Certified, NFPT Nutritional Cert, AFFA

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Dieting Basics

If you are setting out to diet, there is a fairly good chance that your diet will fail. That is the first basic rule of dieting. You need to find out why your diet failed and fix it. That is the second basic rule. Follow some basic rules of dieting and you will succeed.

Make sure your diet is safe. If you are losing a large amount of weight, you should consult your physician. He may have guidelines that he wants you to follow and he may want to monitor your progress.

If you are taking a diet supplement or a special diet program (such as Adkins) make sure that it is safe. Just because a product can claim that it is natural does not mean that it is safe. Ephedra, which was removed from the market in 2004, was made from natural ingredients.

Cut portions, not meals. If you think you can skip a meal and sustain a diet, you are setting yourself up for a big disappointment. You should change your intake of calories at each meal.

You should substitute healthy food for junk food. Surely there are some fruits that you enjoy. Replace that cookie at lunch with and apple or an orange. Have a banana with breakfast instead of a pastry. Prepare a fruit salad for dessert. Make sure you get plenty of whole grains. And moderate your intake of alcohol. If you are at a social event, alternate between alcoholic drinks and diet drinks or water.

Read labels. Know the calories of everything you eat. Just because something seems healthy does not mean that you are should not moderate your intake. A classic example is juices. Yes, they are healthier than sodas, but they also can contain a lot of calories and such undesirable ingredients as fructose corn syrup.

Work toward a permanent goal. Even if you are losing weight for a special event, you should maintain the good habits that helped you lose the weight to begin with. Do not fall back on bad habits. Once you switch to healthy meals, there is no reason to return to junk. Include at least some basic exercise in your diet regimen.

These are the basics of any diet plan. Now put together a plan and start losing weight today.

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Dieting Success

Dieting is often looked upon as a future failure, or looked at from a negative mindset. Those of us who have dieted in the past with poor results will usually feel that failure will come with the next attempt. Dieting success is hard to achieve with this mindset.


You can set yourself up for failure when you think you might fail and have that thought in the back of your mind. If you have tried diets that have not worked for you, remember to keep the thought of failure at bay for the next diet.


Look for all the possible reasons you may have failed in the past and write them down to avoid repeating them. It is your reponsiblity for what you put into your mouth. Only you can tell when you are eating our of emotion, rather than necessity.


You must get out of your chair to find the right motivation to lose weight for you. So stand tall and accept that you must take responsibility for the condition you are in today. Each and every one of us is responsible for their own success and failure, which means dieting success and failure..


Sometimes there are medical exceptions but this aside, if you are constantly trying and wondering how to lose waist fat, you need to come to the conclusion that it is not the diets that are failing you.


When others notice your successful weight loss, it gives you a great sense of achievement. It can take time for some people to notice but don’t give up. Make sure you have enough time to drop weight before you decide you have failed again, and you might be surprised.


You must hold yourself to your weight loss goals to ensure you suceed. Ignoring your weight loss plans will get you nowhere. If you are finding if hard to stick to your goals, have a friend help keep you accountable. Your friend can benefit from this too if they are interested in losing weight by having the challenge of keeping up with you. Having a friend involved with your weight loss plans also helps you go longer and further.


To have any kind of long-term result, you will have to choose a diet program, achievable weight loss goals and stick to them. If you are one to have failed in the past, then it may be time to be honest with yourself and accept that only you can make this happen.

Emily Dawson is an avid health promoter and article writer. Emily writes articles primarily on motivation to lose weight, effective weight loss programs and weight loss issues.

Weight Loss Doc: Strenuous Exercise Not Needed For Dieting Success

Rock Hill, South Carolina (PRWEB) February 24, 2015

One of the biggest myths of weight loss, according to Dr. Myo Nwe of the Ace Medical Weight Loss Center in South Carolina, is that exercise is always a necessary component to shedding pounds. While still supporting exercise as a healthy means of maintaining an appropriate weight, she says another type of internal exercise can be just as crucial.

“Not everyone can hit the gym every morning,” Dr. Nwe, author of the new weight loss book “Fat Me Not”, explains. “Some people don’t have the time, others aren’t physically able to do as much as they’d like. That’s where our guts come in.”

Dr. Nwe is specifically referring to the human stomach, and the workout she says goes on there when we properly maintain a healthy diet.

“If you eat the right portions, at right time, using real food, this will also provide a serious workout,” Dr. Nwe continues. “It will improve your metabolism, and send the right signals to the brain to process food more efficiently.”

In her book “Fat Me Not”, Dr Nwe breaks down many of the long-held myths associated with weight management, including the assumption that rigorous exercise is always required to drop significant weight.

“Exercise is great, and is something everyone should do whenever they’re able,” she writes, “but those who can’t make it happen shouldn’t feel discouraged about meeting their weight management goals. There are ways to compensate by getting your body to work with you.”

The book spells out how different signals are sent to the brain based on what we eat, when we eat and how much we ingest. By tripping the right signals at the right time of day, Dr. Nwe says we can make the stomach do much of the work for us.”

Here are three tips from the book how to improve internal gut work out, hence improving the metabolism.

1. Choose real food for example: a piece of meat vs protein shakes

2. Eat frequently in a day, like 4-5 times a day

3. Drink 8 glasses of water daily

“The brain and the stomach are more connected than most people realize.” says Dr. Nwe. “By using our knowledge of how these complex organs work, we can maximize the potential for weight loss.”

Dr. Nwe is an internal medicine specialist who, along with Dr. Sandeep Grewal, opened the Ace Medical Weight Loss Center in Rock Hill, South Carolina to help patients benefit from the latest scientific findings in their efforts to control weight loss.

“Year in and year out, we learn so much more about how the body process nutrition and the role the brain plays in the process,” she says. “The book focuses on giving readers a solid overview of the new scientific discoveries to help bring weight management into the new millennium.

“Fat Me Not” is available at

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Digesting The Often Unpalatable History Of Dieting

When it comes to selling diets, it’s always “new”, always “revolutionary” and it is always “the diet to end all diets.”

But let’s take a close look at the history of dieting because, as that great American man of letters George Santayana said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it” – and those words are as true of eating behavior and obesity as they are of any other area of human history.

There is pretty much general agreement on the physiological creation of obesity. How many millions of people have starved to death down human history, no-one knows. But evolution grew to favor those who were adept at converting easy food pickings into fat stores for survival during the lean times.

And throughout much of history until only quite recent times, for the vast majority of people the major issue with food has always been getting enough of it, not unwanted fatness. Until about 200 years ago, most guidelines on diet were mainly to do with custom and culture, particularly issues of religious observance.

Prior to this time, various early Greek and later European sages, when commenting on the moral benefits of relative moderation and temperance, also noticed some of the apparent health benefits but health was rarely the major focus of their discourses.

It is said that William, the Norman Conqueror of Britain, was spurred by his failing riding abilities to attempt to lose weight. He tried drinking extra wine as a substitute for food, foreshadowing some modern dieters’ habits of attempting to suppress appetite with alcohol or cigarettes.

It was in the late 1700’s that social commentators first started noticing a rising level of obesity in Europe and the US, this being the time of new wealth creation and the fast rise of new middle classes keen to acquire and flaunt their money. Until then obesity was a rarity, a curiosity, or generally a sign of affluence, reserved for the mighty of status and mighty in bulk of the state, church, or commerce.

Some historians pinpoint the emergence of modern-style dieting to the 1829 vegetarian and wholegrain advice of New Jersey preacher Rev. Sylvester Graham. However, Graham’s advice was heavily framed in Presbyterian moralism about lustings of the flesh and it is perhaps to a slightly later figure that we better look as the Father of Modern Dieting.

William Banting was a London undertaker in late middle-age who despaired of being able ever again to bend to tie his shoe laces or even walk forwards down a flight of stairs. He then adopted a high-protein and high-fat diet, supplemented with some vegetables, as recommended to him by his doctor – and lost several stones over a period of a year or so. So enthused was Banting that he published the world’s first dieting blockbuster, his Letter on Corpulence. Banting was not so much concerned about any perceived major health risks of his obesity, more the sheer discomfort of immobility and the many minor associated ailments.

Like so many dieting books that have followed, the Letter of 1862 was flabby, overwritten, repetitive, smug and desperately deficient in any detailed scientific explanation……Banting is indeed the Founding Father of a dubious publishing tradition!

However, to be fair, Banting lost a considerable amount of weight – and kept it off (and he didn’t publicize for monetary gain). Yet his achievement is the starting point of a heated debate that has been central to the Dieting Industry’s evolution ever since.

Banting put his success down to abstaining from “starch and saccharine matter”. This has been seized upon by legions of low-carb diet advocates every since as seminal proof that high-protein, high fat-and low-carbohydrate dieting is the Holy Grail of weight-loss.

There is, though, a glaring problem in this contention. Whilst Banting quantifies in some detail his diet consumption, he simply generalizes about what went on beforehand. We hear of beer and pies and pastries and bread – and we can only speculate as to the quantities.

Was his weight-loss simply due to eating less overall food, or was there a magic in his particular food method? From his evidence we cannot know. And ever since this argument has raged between advocates of one diet or another diet – is there a particular effect of limited carbohydrates in raising metabolism, accelerating weight-loss and facilitating weight-control?

But does it even matter? What if all this debate about whether certain foods have certain effects is simply a sideshow which maintains an unhealthy focus on food and eating? Could it be that there are higher food and dieting truths which should take precedence? – Namely that the vast majority of people know only too well the fundamentals of healthy eating, recognizing instinctively what they need and what is merely consumerism, or just plain gross.

Also, perhaps it is far more the emotional and cultural factors which keep excess weight in place than the precise mechanics of exact foods, with the simple truth being that an excess of intake will result in an ongoing excess of stored fat. And, to take it forward one more step, there are apparently more and more people realizing that a dieting-lifestyle obsession can in fact be a contributor to obesity.

Whatever, the diet bandwagon was rolling and German doctor Felix Niemeyer very soon subtly altered Banting’s advice by adding in a low-fat prescription, thus sending the two strands of protein-and-fat-in-the-diet and restricted-fat-in-the-diet on their divergent paths.

By the late 19th Century, dawning health concerns over excessive overweight were being matched by high-Victorian moral prudishness. It was no longer cool to be rich and flaunt it with a paunch. It is no coincidence that the first recorded characterizations of Anorexia were drawn at this time amongst the daughters of the rich.

Around 1900, when insurance companies proclaimed a relationship between obesity and morbidity, fat and health became generally linked in the popular consciousness.

In the early part of the 20th Century, the growth of bigger government – a more all-pervasive state – led to great advances in public health in both the US and the UK. Along with many epochal advances in social welfare there came a series of general and aspirational announcements on what the “ideal diet” should be. As ever down to the present day, the public generally paid not a blind bit of notice to such exhortations, unsupported as they were by the excitement of any hard sell from the Diet Industry.

And hard sell there certainly was. The first quarter of the new century saw everything from thyroid extracts from dead animals, to relatively harmless (and useless) herbal extracts, through to the newly developed amphetamine drugs being promoted as obesity wonder cures.

Two key factors fueled the fast growing Diet Industry. The first was a relative abundance of food in the West; today we live in an era of global nutritional imbalance – there are roughly the same number of people who are overfed as are underfed.

The second was the glamor of Hollywood, with its perfect stars of perfect physique. To an increasing number of observers, dieting has always remained more of a slave to fashion, despite its lip-service to health issues.

Flying the flag for moderation in the 1920’s, bringing the old-style abstinence-is-close-to-godliness messages forward into a new era, was US doctor Lulu Hunt Peters. She added the new science of calorie counting to traditional self-denial, advocated lifelong restricted calories via an obsessively closely-controlled regime. For Peters it was not just overindulgence which was the sin; physical evidence of overweight was abhorrent.

In these ways best-seller Peters could be seen as being the Founding Mother of what modern weight control charity The Weight Foundation calls Lifer Dieting, referring to those who are permanently dieting and cannot envisage without catastrophizing a single day off their strict routine.

Taking stock, we are now have background on the formation of four of the major strands of the modern Dieting Industry: high-fiber/whole-food, high-protein with high fat, low-fat and, fourthly, rigid overall calorie control.

Another major tradition had already become a widespread dieting phenomenon by the time of Peters’ pious exaltations to abstinence.

William Hay came up with the idea that certain food groups of his designation should only be eaten in strictly defined pairings. Food combination diets also still recur frequently in fresh guises because it is exceptionally easy to come up with new combinations to recommend.

The second half of the 20th Century saw it all trotted again in endless variations – the high fiber F-Plan, the carnivore’s delight of first Stillman and then Atkins, low fat in numerous guises, new combinations with the Beverley Hills and simple deprivation endlessly repacked, usually with “celebrity” endorsement (and often with an increased emphasis on low carbs, or somehow differentiated carbs).

So, are we scraping the barrel by now for new diets? Well, the big bandwagon rolling on in to the 21st Century has been carbs with a new twist. Picking up on the Glycemic Index, developed to assist diabetics with the timed glucose-level effects of various foods, this concept has been dragged into the realm of dieting advice. But is it just a case of new words, old ideas – aren’t we back with Banting’s “starch and saccharine matter”?

In fact, we could go back a good deal further. The world’s oldest surviving medical document, the Ebers Papyrus from 1550 B.C. Egypt, contains a recipe for an anti-diabetic diet of wheatgerm and okra.

It’s got a long history, this dieting business. There are grains of truth here and there but it’s not a particularly proud history when it comes to lasting weight control.

Certain diets will make people lose weight. Consistently consuming less energy than you expend will definitely result in weight loss. Diets just happen to be notoriously hopeless at achieving the one thing that really matters – moving away from a poor or obsessive relationship with food, to a good and relaxed relationship. Mind-shifts do not happen in the stomach.

The Weight Foundation secretary Malcolm Evans is the author of this article. The Hardcore Dieting Index self-test on dieting behavior is featured on The Weight Foundation website: [].

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Dieting With The Ice Cream Diet

The Ice Cream Diet certainly has managed to stir up a lot of talk, lately. The creator mentioned, in Prevention magazine, that you’ll experience the weight loss you need and be able to chow down on ice cream each day. So maybe you want to know if this is fact or fiction, hype or the real deal – keep reading.

All right, then right off the bat we’ll report that the Ice Cream Diet actually does want you to eat properly which consists of quality vegetables, fibers, and fresh fruits. People get a kick out of the title of this diet, but the crux of it is to eat low calorie foods that are healthy. You’ll receive solid meal ideas, and that will also cover what you can order when you eat out. It’s interesting that some are surprised, and maybe dismayed, that the ‘safe’ limits for ice cream consumption are on the sparse side, and why is that not surprising? They don’t want you to lose interest in the diet, or to fail, so they engineer a safe amount of calories you can consume from eating the ice cream. The end result is your ability to experience weight loss while being able to enjoy some good stuff each day.

Daily intake of calcium is important for optimum weight, plus it contributes to overall good health – just a little note about ice cream. The calcium will only help, and what’s more it has been shown that losing weight is aiding by adequate levels of calcium.

People who severely restrict calories in their diet and don’t consume dairy products may not be getting enough calcium. The book that explains this diet also makes a good case for getting your calcium from real foods and not just calcium supplements. The Ice Cream Diet helps you to lose weight while enjoying a treat, and you’ll also benefit from giving your body enough calcium that it needs.

It seems one natural reaction to remaining on a diet, including the Ice Cream Diet, for too long a period of time is that you actually get really bored. Even though you eat ice cream each day, which may get boring, you’re on a strict number of calories per day. It’s just that people need variety, generally speaking, with their foods and the low cal selection can feel limiting. So that is something to remember, but there’s nothing wrong with doing the Ice Cream Diet, and then switch to a diet that has different menu choices. Whether or not you are able to stick to the Ice Cream Diet will depend on your own eating preferences, as well as how much you like ice cream! Just like all things, and all diets, there are pros and possible cons to the Ice Cream Diet. Very many people have managed to attain their weight loss goals following this diet plan. Regardless if you follow the Ice Cream Diet plan or some other diet, it’s suggested that you allow it time, maybe several months, to see what it can do for you.

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