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Zone

Eating in the Zone—A Revolutionary Diet Choice

One of the most revolutionary diet ideas to come along is something called the Zone, which was originated by Barry Sears, Ph.D.  The Zone is based on the idea that we should return to the diets of ancient peoples—diets that stress fruits, vegetables, and meat.  The diet does not deny people carbohydrates but simply limits their use.  Dieters are encouraged to sharply curtail their intake of pasta and potatoes.  The Zone works according to a formula of 40/30/30, meaning 40 percent carbohydrates, 30 percent fat, and 30 percent protein.   

There is a physiological basis to the Zone.  Dr. Sears developed the diet in an effort to limit the amount of insulin in the body.  This is because a large amount of insulin can lead to a build-up of fat, causing obesity and other medical problems.   People on the diet are encouraged to obtain their carbohydrates from fruits and vegetables and their fat from olive oil and other monounsaturated fats.

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The Biggest Advantage

The biggest advantage of the Zone diet is that it can lead to significant weight loss.  It is also healthier than some diets since it eliminates non-nutritious carbohydrates and emphasizes fruits and vegetables.   The diet encourages people to eat often—at least every five hours.  It is also a low-calorie diet; the typical female dieter will consume only about 1300 calories at most following the Zone.  Another positive aspect of the Zone is that it discourages the consumption of junk food, which may be the basis of much weight gain.

Some dieticians heartily endorse the Zone, while others dismiss it as being too difficult to follow.  The diet can also be costly, because of its heavy reliance on protein products.   In addition, some critics see the Zone as being too complex, forcing dieters to spend too much time trying to do various calculations.

But perhaps the biggest disadvantage of the Zone is its high protein content.  Such a diet has been linked to heart disease and is actually condemned by the American Heart Association.  In addition, the Heart Association questions whether the Zone is actually effective in enabling an individual to lose weight over the long term.  

It has been said that the Zone diet is the polar opposite of a vegetarian diet.  This is curious, considering that vegetarians are generally healthy and are less likely to suffer from heart disease.  The fact that vegetarians tend to be slim also seems to poke a hole through Dr. Sears’ theory that starchy vegetables can lead to weight gain.

People tend to gravitate to the Zone because it offers them the opportunity to indulge in foods that would be restricted to other diets.  Also, the diet can be more filling than other weight loss plans.  The problem, however, is that a number of the claims made about the Zone are unproven.  As a result, despite Dr. Sears’ research, the diet has been dismissed as a fad in some quarters.

Dr. Sears contends that people are overweight because of insulin resistance; however, it is difficult to verify his claims.  It would appear that people are fat for all sorts of reasons—because of family history of obesity, eating patterns, emotional eating, and lack of nutritional knowledge.  As a result, it might be said that Dr. Sears’ diet is based upon a false assumption.

The Zone benefits from a number of celebrity endorsements.  Actresses in Hollywood credit the Zone with helping them to lose weight.  On average, a dieter can expect to lose five pounds during the initial two weeks and one pound a week after that introductory period.

Still, some critics charge that the Zone takes the fun out of eating.  Whether this is true or not depends upon the opinion of the individual dieter.  However, one thing is clear:  the Zone is a diet phenomenon.  Love it or hate it, it’s one of the hottest diet trends on the market today.  And it appears that, despite some negative publicity, the Zone is here to stay.  As always, you should check with your physician before starting any weight loss regimen.  He or she will closely monitor your progress and can determine whether you are suffering any ill effects as a result of your diet. 

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This information is not presented by a medical practitioner and is for educational and informational purposes only. The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read.
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Why Your Diet May Not Be Working

Why Your Diet May Not Be Working

Jennifer, a middle-aged single mother with one six-year-old daughter, has been skipping sweets for a few weeks now.  She’s also become a stickler for portion control.  She feels as if she’s eating less than ever, and she’s been diligently exercising for an hour at a time at least four days a week.  Yet, she hasn’t lost a single pound.  The question is, “Why?”

This is a dilemma that affects dieters the world over.  They think they are taking the steps necessary to lose weight, but nothing seems to be happening.  In essence, they are trapped in a dieting rut and they don’t know how to free themselves.  As a result, they become frustrated and depressed and may then engage in binge eating.

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One of the problems with diets is that they are often standardized.  As a result, they don’t take into consideration your individual physiology and metabolism.  They provide a cookie-cutter approach to weight loss an approach that may not work in your individual case.  As a result, an increasing number of people are turning to dieticians to formulate a personal weight loss strategy for them.  This process has been made easier through the Internet, where you can correspond with a dietician any time of the day or night via e-mail.  The dietician can also act as your personal coach, helping you through your dieting dilemmas.

Lack Of Support

Another reason that you may be failing at your diet is because of a lack of support.  You may have family members who can eat whatever they want and seemingly not gain a pound.  As a result, they may fill your refrigerator with junk food, leading you into temptation.  Also, you may feel as if you have no one to turn to in order to discuss your weight problems.  In order to solve this problem, many individuals look to psychotherapists to help them with their food-related issues.  This can be particularly important if an individual has turned to purge in an effort to combat their weight problems.  Bulimia is a serious disease that must be treated in order to ensure the good health of the patient.  Thankfully, there are a number of treatment programs throughout the U.S. specifically focusing on bulimia.

Yet another reason for diet failure is hidden calories.  You may literally be consuming calories and not even realize it.  For instance, the frappucinos that are so popular today are loaded with calories—as many as 600 in a single serving!  You may also be indulging in sugary sodas—another source of extra calories.  By taking a few simple steps, such as eliminating the exotic coffee drinks from your diet and substituting skim milk for whole milk, you may be able to eliminate the hidden calories that are denying you dieting success.

Lack of consistency can also be a diet killer.  You might go on a diet for a while, then quit before you’ve made any measurable progress.  It’s only natural to want to see quick results.  The problem is that healthy weight loss involves losing only a couple of pounds a week.  That means you’ll have to stay on your diet for months before you see appreciable weight loss.  Discouraging?  It can be, but if you keep a positive attitude you can achieve your ideal weight.

You may also be more successful in your dieting if you consider it to be a lifestyle change.  Therefore, your diet becomes a meal plan for life.  This means that you must change the way you look at food.  It is designed to be fuel for your body, and nothing more.  As a result, you should not turn to food to make you feel better or to provide you with a sense of comfort.  A lifestyle change implies a commitment; it means that you are prepared to follow the plan for the long haul.  If you feel as if you cannot be on your diet for any appreciable length of time, perhaps it’s time to consider a different diet.   Your aim ultimately should be not simply to lose weight, but to become healthier.  A fad diet will not allow you to reach that milestone.   Therefore, you must choose your diet carefully.

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This information is not presented by a medical practitioner and is for educational and informational purposes only. The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read.
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When

Dieting:  It May be All in the Timing

You begin your typical day with a croissant and a coffee.  By mid-morning, you’re a bit overwhelmed with work and so you eat some potato chips.  At lunch, you’re starving again so you eat a few slices of pizza and more potato chips.  By mid-afternoon, you’re bored again, so you decide to sneak in a candy bar.  Dinner means a multi-course meal of steak, potatoes with sour cream, some pasta, and strawberry ice cream.  Right before bed, you decide to sneak in another candy bar. 

Of course, there are obvious problems with this kind of diet.  But, aside from the questionable nutritional value of the food, there’s also the problem of the timing of the meals and snacks.  When dieting, it’s not only a question of what you eat.  When you eat also matters.  But, if you’ve been conditioned to have three square meals a day and as many snacks as you want, how can you go about changing your behavior?

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To begin with, you should only eat when you’re actually hungry.  This means you should not eat out of boredom, sadness, fear, or for any other emotional reasons.  Food exists as fuel to help rev up your body for the challenges you face each day.  You should not look upon food as a means of comfort or a path to love. 

Snacking

At times, you may notice that you reach for a snack because you just want a break from your routine.  Maybe your work is getting to you, or your children are trying your patience.  You have to recognize the fact that eating for emotional reasons is a learned behavior; so, in order to reverse course, you simply have to unlearn the behavior.  It may take some time, but eventually, you’ll find that you are able to limit your eating to those times when your hunger pains start. 

But you should also know that just because a person eats often, that does not necessarily mean that he or she is overeating.  A number of reputable diet plans recommend eating five or six small meals a day in order to keep your metabolism humming and ward off hunger.  However, these meals should be carefully planned in advance.  Otherwise, you could find yourself packing on the pounds because of your frequent snacks.  For instance, you might plan to eat bran cereal for your first meal of the day, a bowl of strawberries for your second, some light turkey on whole wheat bread and some apricots for your third, a cup of yogurt for your fourth, some low-fat cheese and crackers for your fifth, and lean roast beef, green beans, and jello for your sixth meal of the day. 

When should you eat your small meals?  They should be scattered throughout the day—no more than four hours apart.  In this way, you can keep your metabolism up, enabling you to burn calories consistently throughout the morning and afternoon.  Generally speaking, however, you should only eat when you’re actually experiencing hunger.

A survey conducted in 1999 found that 60 percent of Americans skip breakfast.  However, you should be aware of the fact that eating breakfast can be a key to losing weight.  If you don’t skip breakfast, you’ll find that you’ll burn calories faster, leading to weight loss.

Try to avoid eating late-night snacks.  This is because your body will probably store the calories rather than burn them off.  Again, your snacking may not be the result of actual hunger but simply because you have nothing better to do at that time of the night.  Simply changing your nightly routine may help you to keep away from food at midnight hour. 

No doubt, it can be quite difficult to change your eating routine.  You may have eaten three large meals all your life, and you find it difficult to stop.  However, just a few subtle changes will help to transform both your day—and your appetite.  If you find yourself reverting to your old routine, forgive yourself, and start again.  If you are kind to yourself, it’s more likely that you will eventually be able to find a diet plan you can live with—one that will not only help you lose weight but keep you satisfied as well.

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This information is not presented by a medical practitioner and is for educational and informational purposes only. The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read.
Since natural and/or dietary supplements are not FDA-approved they must be accompanied by a two-part disclaimer on the product label: that the statement has not been evaluated by FDA and that the product is not intended to “diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.”

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Weight Watchers

The Weight Watchers Approach:  It’s All in the Points

Michael C., a CEO who lives in the northeast, has lost 50 pounds since he joined Weight Watchers a few months ago.  He credits the program with helping him to achieve his ideal weight.  He also feels more energetic and healthier as a result of his experience with Weight Watchers.  Thanks to Weight Watchers, he is no longer self-conscious when it comes to taking family photographs.  In addition, he has received numerous compliments from his family and friends as a result of his weight loss.

Weight Watchers has been part of the American vocabulary for decades.  The organization has become synonymous with weight loss.  All across America, people are planning their daily menus according to Weight Watchers’ innovative point system, which assigns a certain number of points to different foods based on calories, fiber, fat, and serving size.  For instance, a Quarter Pounder with cheese from McDonald’s is 13 points; corn on the cob is 3.  Each day, dieters attempt to stay within their maximum point range in order to lose weight.

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Weight Watchers Program

There are a number of advantages to the Weight Watchers program.  For instance, its point system is easy to follow much easier than counting calories.  Also, the program represents a holistic approach that includes not only sound nutrition but also a sensible exercise program.  In addition, dieters get a chance to meet with other dieters, who can form a network of support.  On the Weight Watchers plan, few people complain of feeling tired or hungry.  A number of nutritionists heartily endorse the Weight Watchers program because of its balanced approach.   Interestingly enough, no food is banned under the Weight Watchers program; however, if you want to indulge in a piece of banana cream pie, you might not have many points left for the rest of your day.   Yet another advantage to the Weight Watchers program is that you can buy Weight Watchers food at your local supermarket.   This aspect makes the program especially convenient.

Certainly, some people, such as Michael C. and the Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson, have lost an appreciable amount of weight using the Weight Watchers program.   However, the vast majority of people only lose about six pounds hardly enough for an individual who is considered to be obese.  It’s a fact that you won’t see advertised in Weight Watchers literature.  In fact, only 5 percent of dieters are able to maintain their weight loss over five years using the Weight Watchers system.     

Other individuals find the Weight Watchers program too expensive to use.  In addition to the registration fee, there is an additional weekly fee you must pay.  Also, some individuals find little comfort in the weekly meetings they feel that the other dieters often seem to be more competitive than supportive.  The point system can also cause dieters to become preoccupied with food, hurting their relationships with other people.   Once you leave the Weight Watchers program, you might find it extremely difficult to maintain your weight loss.  Also, if you don’t succeed in losing weight in the first few weeks, you may become frustrated and quit the program altogether.

Interestingly enough, Weight Watchers has won an endorsement from an unexpected source—the restaurant chain known as Applebee’s.  Applebee’s now offers Weight Watchers entrees on its menus.  These dishes include a tortilla chicken melt (10 points), onion soup au gratin (three points), and chocolate raspberry layer cake (four points), among other entrees.

Another advantage to the Weight Watchers program is that you can find the point values of a number of fast foods online.  This means that you are not choosing your food in the dark—you have some idea of what these foods can do to your waistline.  Any weight loss program that improves your knowledge of nutrition should be considered beneficial.

Choosing a weight loss program is an extremely personal decision, one that should not be taken lightly.  You will have to weigh the benefits and drawbacks of the Weight Watchers program in order to decide whether it’s the right plan for you.  However, if you do select Weight Watchers, be sure to remain committed to it for at least six months in an effort to maximize your weight loss.

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This information is not presented by a medical practitioner and is for educational and informational purposes only. The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read.
Since natural and/or dietary supplements are not FDA-approved they must be accompanied by a two-part disclaimer on the product label: that the statement has not been evaluated by FDA and that the product is not intended to “diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.”

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Water

Water:  The Hidden Diet Ingredient

Water is vital for our survival.  But it can also be critical in helping you lose weight.  When beginning a weight loss program, many people fail to incorporate enough water into their diet, causing them to lose the benefits that water can provide.  As a result, they don’t lose as much weight as they should.

It has been said that water is a natural way to counteract hunger pains.  When you drink water, you tend to “feel full” quite quickly.  It also flushes out your system, allowing your body to rid itself of harmful toxins.  Water can also boost your energy level and improve your metabolism, allowing you to consume calories more quickly.

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Research indicates that hunger and thirst may be inextricably linked.  That means that at times, you may think that you’re hungry, while actually, you’re thirsty.  Drinking water during those periods can help you to feel satiated without expanding your waistline.    As a result, by consuming water, you may feel less of a need to eat.

Eight Times A Day

You might be wondering, however, how much water is enough.  Generally speaking, you should be drinking eight-ounce glasses of water eight times a day.  However, if you are heavier, you might actually require more water than that.  It has been proven that obese people need more water than thin people.  You should probably check with your healthcare provider to determine how much water is right for you.  You should also be sure to drink water when you are exercising in order to replace fluids that you lose through perspiration.

Of course, you may not enjoy the taste of water, particularly tap water.  As a result, you might consider drinking water flavored with lemon, eating soup, or consuming fruits high in water content.   Water can combat high blood pressure and can decrease your cholesterol levels.  It can also be a remedy against water retention, kidney trouble, skin problems, and migraines.  It may even help to prevent cancer.

Water can also enhance your muscle tone, helping you to achieve a more clearly defined physique.  Therefore, it is particularly important that you drink a great deal of water if you enter into a strength training program.  You cannot expect your muscles to work properly if you do not hydrate them with water.

The temperature of your water can also make a significant difference.  It is believed that water that is cold is digested faster than water that is of a higher temperature.  In fact, water that is relatively cold in temperature can actually serve as a calorie burner.

You may be surprised to learn that your body is comprised of nearly 70 percent water.  Therefore, water is crucial for the proper functioning of your metabolism.  Water can also help to regulate your body temperature, enabling your body to work more effectively.

Certain symptoms will emerge if you’re not consuming enough water.  For instance, you may find it difficult to concentrate.  You may also have a constant feeling of being tired.  You may be constipated or experience dry skin.  At times, you may also feel constipated and you may notice that you’re not passing as much urine as you should.

Of course, if you are not getting enough water in your diet, the remedy is simple just turn on the tap and let it flow.  However, realistically, it can be difficult to get into the water habit.  Therefore, you might have to trick your body into drinking water.  How do you do this?  To begin with, you should consider drinking a glass of water as soon as you get up in the morning.  This will ensure that you are getting your day off to a healthy start.  Have a drink in mid-morning and another right before lunch.  If you drink a cup with lunch, you will have already had half of your daily water requirements.  Have a drink in the mid-afternoon, another at dinner, one after dinner, and one right before bed.  In this way, you will likely be getting all the water your body needs.  Try this experiment for a few weeks, and you may be amazed at the difference you see in your health and appearance.

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This information is not presented by a medical practitioner and is for educational and informational purposes only. The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read.
Since natural and/or dietary supplements are not FDA-approved they must be accompanied by a two-part disclaimer on the product label: that the statement has not been evaluated by FDA and that the product is not intended to “diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.”

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Walking

Getting in Step with Weight Loss

As children, one of the first exercises we learned how to do was walking. While it may seem like an elementary form of exercise, walking can do wonders for the heart, the circulatory system, and our legs. Walking can also be instrumental in helping individuals to lose weight.

Medical experts say the important thing to keep in mind when starting a walking program is distance rather than time. In essence, it doesn’t matter how long it takes you to complete a mile the important thing is to do it. If you hope to burn off two pounds a week, you will need to walk enough to burn about 3500 calories. If you weigh 160 pounds and you are walking at a rate of two miles per hour, you can burn as many as 105 calories.

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A helpful technique when beginning a walking program is to build up your leg muscles so that you are able to burn additional calories. If you can, try to race-walk. Your goal should be to finish a mile in 13 minutes. Another technique you can use is by adding weights to your walking routine. For instance, you can pack eight-pound weights into a backpack and wear them as you walk.

Six Hours A Week

Ultimately, you might want to work up to the point where you are walking at least six hours a week. In addition to helping you to shed pounds, this will enable you to combat such diseases as diabetes and cancer. You should feel healthier and perhaps happier as a result of your walking.

At this point, you might be wondering whether to do your walking outdoors or on a treadmill at a gym. The choice is really up to you. It depends largely on what makes you more comfortable. Some people enjoy being out of doors they like looking at the trees and the flowers as they move along. Others find that the traffic and animals found outdoors can be too distracting. Also, many people find it difficult to walk in the rain or snow. Some individuals like the discipline offered by a treadmill, while others find it boring and confining. One advantage to a treadmill is that it allows you to keep track of the number of miles you logged, as well as your speed. That can be valuable information when you’re attempting to chart your progress.

Of course, it’s best if you couple walking with a sound diet plan. You should attempt to consume at least five servings a day of fruits and vegetables. Limit your intake of high-fat foods and sweets. Sensible eating will also enable you to maintain your weight over the long term.

When you set out to walk, make sure that you begin with some stretching exercises. These can help prepare your muscles for your workout. In addition, begin your walk with a five or ten-minute warm-up period. The rest of your walk should be brisk you should be walking at a pace similar to what you would use if you were late getting to work. You should continue this pace for approximately 30 minutes, then begin a cool-down period where you walk at a more moderate pace. Following this regimen should ensure that you get the most out of your walking.

One of the best aspects of walking is that it is an activity that nearly any able-bodied person can do. It does not require special equipment or special training. It is important, however, that you remain committed to walking. Doing it for just one or two days a week is probably not enough to make an appreciable difference in your weight. Rather, you should aim to do a brisk walk at least six days a week. Once you get into the habit of walking, you should find it relatively easy to continue. It’s something that can quickly become part of your morning routine. In fact, some experts recommend that you do your walking in the morning to ensure that your metabolism is elevated throughout your day. Walking late at night will not have the same effect; it will do little to raise your daily metabolism.

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This information is not presented by a medical practitioner and is for educational and informational purposes only. The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read.
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Vegetarian

The Vegetarian Diet:  A Weight Loss Solution?

If you’ve been to any large banquets recently, you may have noticed people passing up the prime rib and baked chicken in order to feast on a vegetarian meal.  Vegetarianism seems to be gaining in popularity each year, spurred on by health concerns, weight difficulties, and celebrity endorsements.  You may find that a vegetarian diet is key to weight loss in your particular case. 

First of all, it is important to define the vegetarian diet.  You may be surprised to learn that there are actually a variety of vegetarian diets in use today.  In some cases, vegetarians eat only fruits, vegetables, beans, and nuts.  In other cases, they may also eat cheese and drink milk, while in still other cases, they may eat eggs.

One of the advantages of the vegetarian diet is that it tends to be low in fat and cholesterol.  As a result, a vegetarian diet can help you avoid heart problems and even cancer.  However, you may also find that you are missing some important vitamins and minerals on a strictly vegetarian diet. 

Successful Vegetarian Diet Plan

It has been said that the key to a successful vegetarian diet is planning.  You must decide what you will be eating for every meal in order to ensure that you receive the proper nutrients.  Otherwise, you may end up starving your body of the nutrients you need in order to be healthy. 

A major benefit of the vegetarian diet is that it tends to involve a healthy serving of fruits and vegetables, along with whole grains.  However, getting enough protein can be a challenge.  Therefore, you might consider adding soy to your diet, which is high in protein content.   Another important consideration is iron.  You’ll need to make sure that you eat spinach and beans in order to guarantee that you receive enough iron since you will not be consuming customary sources of iron such as liver and roast beef.  

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You may need to supplement your diet with vitamins in order to ensure that you receive the appropriate amount of B-12, Vitamin D, calcium, and zinc.  Otherwise, you’ll have to load up on cereals, soy milk, spinach, and broccoli.  Also, eating a vegetarian diet does not mean you have a license to eat as many sugary foods as you want.  You’ll still have to restrict high-calorie foods. 

Variety has been called the spice of life and it is also the key to an effective vegetarian diet.  You’ll need to eat an array of fruits and vegetables.  Also, if you do use dairy, be sure that you choose non-fat or low-fat milk and cheese.  Since eggs are rich in cholesterol, you should eat them only in moderation.

Studies have shown that vegetarians tend to consume fewer calories each day than meat-eaters.  Also, the body mass index—a tool used to measure obesity—is generally lower for vegetarians than for the population at large.  However, as a vegetarian, you will still need to pay attention to portion control and calorie counts.  Therefore, while vegetarianism may not be a panacea for weight loss, it can certainly help in the battle against the bulge.

However, it should be noted here that some people mistakenly look upon vegetarianism as a quick fix.  They figure that if they give up meat for a couple of weeks, they’ll lose weight.  Then, after their trial period is over, they go back to their old eating habits.  This is a bad pattern because it encourages yo-yo dieting.  If you decide to go on a vegetarian diet, it is very important that you stick with it. Otherwise, you may be greatly disappointed in your weight loss progress.

Vegetarianism is not for everyone.  However, if you enjoy fruits and vegetables, are non-committal about meat, and are good at planning meals, you may want to go vegan.  But if you do not fall into that category, another diet plan may be preferable.  Which diet program you ultimately choose may depend greatly upon your personal preferences and what kind of diet regimen you are prepared to follow over the long run.  The key to any successful diet is commitment; you must be determined to succeed.

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This information is not presented by a medical practitioner and is for educational and informational purposes only. The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read.
Since natural and/or dietary supplements are not FDA-approved they must be accompanied by a two-part disclaimer on the product label: that the statement has not been evaluated by FDA and that the product is not intended to “diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.”

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Ultimate

The Ultimate Weight Loss Solution

If you are a fan of TV talk show host Oprah Winfrey, you probably knew about Dr. Phil McGraw some time ago.  The advice guru is a favorite of Oprah’s because of his uncanny ability to “tell it like it is.”  Dr. Phil has used the same no-nonsense approach on his own television program and has also introduced millions to a new perspective on dieting with his ultimate weight loss solution.

Dr. Phil’s approach may not be revolutionary, but it is instructive.  He preaches the gospel of healthy choices.  This means understanding the emotions that cause you to overeat in the first place.  He also offers tests to help you assess your own eating patterns.  Once you understand how your mind works, you can begin the daunting task of changing your environment.

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Dr. Phil argues that, while you may not be able to control circumstances, you can control your reaction to the difficulties that come your way.  This means taking ownership of your responses and leaving little to chance.  Such a stance can be quite empowering and can give you the confidence you need to succeed at weight loss.

Quit Complaining

Another aspect of Dr. Phil’s plan is to resolve to quit complaining.  You need to realize that your situation will never get better if you simply complain about it.  Rather, you need to take decisive action.  You also have to realize that you can have an impact on your own weight and that your weight problems are not the other guy’s fault.

Your primary task is to rid your own personal world of the temptations that cause you to binge.  After that, you need to devote your attention to nutritional concerns.  Dr. Phil also believes in establishing a healthy system of exercise that can help you lose weight over the long term. 

Dr. Phil also believes that it is important for you to establish a support network that will enable you to reach your weight loss goals.  The importance of support cannot be overemphasized.  It is difficult to accomplish anything in life without someone in your corner, cheering you on.   The same is certainly true when it comes to weight reduction.  You’ll want a partner, someone you can turn to when the desire to overeat becomes overwhelming.  

An interesting part of Dr. Phil’s plan is the self-assessment.  During his practice, Dr. Phil has found that some individuals sabotage their own diet success.  They may actually feel uncomfortable about losing weight; therefore, they lose weight only to gain it back again.  They may not be comfortable with the compliments they get from the opposite sex when they lose weight, so they hold onto their weight as a buffer against the outside world.  As a result, Dr. Phil recommends that individuals slow down and take stock of themselves before going onto a weight loss program.  During this slow-down period, they may identify those behaviors that keep them from having weight loss success.

Dr. Phil also recommends conducting a reality check from time to time.  Challenge your own beliefs and pre-conceived ideas.  See if they stand up to scrutiny.  If not, it may be time to change your perspective about life in general and about weight loss in particular.  Dr. Phil also suggests that you seek closure for the emotional issues in your life.  This might mean attacking your own anger or forgiving someone who has hurt you.  With this closure, you can ready yourself to handle the challenge of losing weight.

Supporters of Dr. Phil’s plan say that it is a common-sense approach to weight loss.  They applaud Dr. Phil for tackling the emotional issues surrounding weight gain.  However, critics contend that there is nothing new or all that interesting in Dr. Phil’s approach, that it covers ground that has been covered time and time again.   In the end, you’ll probably have to do your own research to determine if Dr. Phil’s approach will work for you, or if another method would be better.   The one positive aspect of Dr. Phil’s prescription is that it is unlikely to harm you, and could actually do you a world of good.

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This information is not presented by a medical practitioner and is for educational and informational purposes only. The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read.
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Exploring the World of Diets

Exploring the World of Diets

Diets are now as typical as a hot dog on a Fourth of July afternoon. However, it can be confusing for consumers to identify different types of diets. The National Institutes of Health have determined a variety of diet plans in existence in the market today. Understanding these various diet programs can be the first step to losing significant weight.

The fixed menu diet tells you exactly what you will consume over a period of time. This makes it easy for the dieter because he or she does not have to shop for their own food. The disadvantage to this type of diet is that the dieter fails to learn how to choose food for himself or herself. Also, the diet food you are provided with can be quite bland and boring. Also, you may find it difficult to follow the diet plan when you are traveling. A number of medical experts recommend ultimately replacing the fixed menu diet with another plan in order to keep yourself healthy.

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In an exchange diet, you get to choose your food from a number of different groups. In other words, from the starch group, you could select pasta, rice, or potatoes. As a result, the diet offers a good deal of variety and you shouldn’t have any difficulty following it while you are on vacation. Such a diet also enables you to learn how to make healthy choices for yourself.

Pre-Packaged Meal Diets

With pre-packaged meal diets, you have to buy food in pre-set portions. As a result, you are able to determine how much of a given food item you are allowed to have on a given day. Still, such a program tends to be expensive and makes food choices for you, so you don’t get the experience of selecting your own meals.

If you go on a formula diet, you will be drinking your breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a combination of the meals. These liquid formulas are often filled with proteins and carbohydrates and have little in the way of fat. The formula diet is convenient and can be economical. However, while individuals tend to lose weight over the short term, they may not be able to sustain the weight loss over the long run.

According to federal health officials, questionable diets are those that promote eating a certain combination of foods in order t lose pounds. While such diets are low-cal, they often lack valuable nutrients. In addition, they may be unworkable for long-term weight loss.

Inflexible diet, the dieter must decide what type of food he or she will eat and the size of portions. Such diets can be low-fat, low-cal, or both. However, one disadvantage of such a diet program is that an individual might manage to cut out fat but might also end up loading up on sugars.

A study conducted last year showed that individuals could lose weight through a low-fat, high-carbohydrate approach. The research indicated that the pounds could melt away, even if you didn’t exercise or reduce calories. However, the study was refused by Gary Foster of the University of Pennsylvania’s Weight and Eating Disorders Program, who claimed that consuming large quantities of carbs without cutting calories could lead to a “public health disaster.” But the author of the study maintained that, since fats and carbs might be metabolized differently, reducing calories does not allow for reducing one’s weight. The American Dietetic Association maintains that it is possible to lose weight using a number of different approaches.

Because of the variety of diets available and the confusion over which ones are truly effective, some physicians recommend consulting with a dietician in order to obtain a personalized weight loss plan. In this way, you can rely on expert advice for your meal planning. The plan can also be individualized to meet your unique nutritional needs.

Generally speaking, health experts say the best weight loss programs combine diet with exercise. In this way, you can ensure that your body is using food efficiently. You can build up your strength and muscle tone, becoming fitter. If you have serious questions about the best way to go about weight loss, it’s best if you talk to your family doctor.

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This information is not presented by a medical practitioner and is for educational and informational purposes only. The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read.
Since natural and/or dietary supplements are not FDA-approved they must be accompanied by a two-part disclaimer on the product label: that the statement has not been evaluated by FDA and that the product is not intended to “diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.”

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Thinking

Struggle With Weight

Your struggle with weight might have begun while you were a child, as you attempted to find out just how many cookies you could eat in one sitting.  Or it might have occurred shortly after you arrived on a college campus for the first time.  Those late nights of studying might have led to late-night binging sessions.  Or you might have gained weight after the birth of your first child, and have been unable to shed the weight ever since.  No matter what the cause, weight gain is a serious matter.  It can affect your energy level, your stamina, and your overall health.  Obesity has been linked to a number of diseases, including heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.

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Once you determine that you are overweight, you have to make a commitment to bring your weight under control.  This can be a daunting venture.  You have turned overeating into a habit and reversing that habit can be difficult.  In essence, you have taught yourself to “think like a fat person.”  In order to reverse this trend, you need to learn to think like a thin person.

What exactly does this mean?  To begin with, it means that you must throw away your preconceived ideas about food and eating.  Eating might have become a social event for you.  As a result, you’ll need to learn to be sociable without food.  This is similar to the struggle that alcoholics face when they must learn to socialize without beer or liquor.  Just because this is a hard lesson to learn doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try. 

Thinking Like a Thin Person

Thinking like a thin person also means that you need to develop new coping strategies.  You might be viewing food as your friend, the one you turn to when things are not going your way.  You may even be eating in secret because you’re ashamed of how much you’re eating.  You need to realize that your public persona needs to be the same as your private persona and your diet should match both.

A number of thin people exercise without even noticing it.  Activity has become a normal part of their day.  The same thing needs to be true of you.  You need to exercise as much as possible.  It should ultimately become second nature for you.  It should not be a chore it should be a fun part of your week.  Take an inventory of your preferences.  Whether you like tennis or bowling, badminton or running, choose the activity that best represents your style.  Then exercise diligently preferably six times a week.  This will speed up your metabolism so that you will burn fat more quickly.  Also, you need to overcome any fear you have of exercising.  As an overweight person, you might find exercise frustrating and you might fear what other people will think of you as they watch you exercise.  You need to realize that chances are no one cares about your exercise routine.  Don’t let fear get in the way of your progress.

Thinking thin also means controlling portion sizes.  This can be difficult, especially when eating out.  However, the key to effective weight loss often lies in limiting your food intake, and that begins with portion control.  You might try putting your dinner on a smaller plate in order to ensure that your portion sizes are not too large. 

You have to realize that thinking as a thin person does not happen overnight.  You have had years to develop your thought patterns and changing them can be a challenge.  The important thing to remember is to take one day at a time and keep in mind that your weight loss will not happen instantaneously.  It will take months of hard work to reach your ideal weight.  However, the good news is that once you get into the habit of thinking thin, it’s a trait you can carry with you for life.  The difference between a fat person and a thin person is not just a matter of the body, but of the mind as well.   Once you realize that, you will be well on your way to accomplishing your weight loss goals, both your immediate goals and your future goals.

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DISCLAIMER:

This information is not presented by a medical practitioner and is for educational and informational purposes only. The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read.
Since natural and/or dietary supplements are not FDA-approved they must be accompanied by a two-part disclaimer on the product label: that the statement has not been evaluated by FDA and that the product is not intended to “diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.”