Sep 29

Selecting a Diet Plan

You’ll find so many different diet plans being hyped these days that it may be tough to select the one that is right for you once you decide to lose weight. Some diets emphasize very low body fat while other plans focus on a very low diet plancalorie intake approach as the best way shed the pounds. Still other diet plan gurus are adamant that the only way to meet your weight loss ambitions is to lower your intake of all types of carbohydrates. For some, the best diet program may be a hybrid consisting of portions of several different eating plans. Which diet plans genuinely work and even more importantly; which diet plan meets your needs?

One of the most crucial factors you need to contemplate when considering any diet regime is whether you’ll be able to eat healthful and nutritionally while losing weight. Regrettably, numerous various diet programs that boast incredible results achieve this by keeping you from eating eating nutritionally. Usually known as fad diet programs, these programs direct you to consume meals that may do much more harm than good.

Numerous diet plans promise almost instantaneous final results, the problem is the maintenance phase and trying to keep those pounds off in the long run. Finally you realize that it is almost impossible to go back to your normal eating habits without gaining back all of the weight you worked so hard to lose. This is a crucial issue to take into consideration; because preferably you need to be looking for a diet that includes a wholesome weight reduction routine and and an upkeep system. So, realize that when you finish your diet there may be some lifestyle changes that you must make in order to maintain your weight.

Can you diet without exercising? It is possible, but if you are not going to exercise and lose weight it will require you to reduce the amount of calories you intake. Any weight loss program that claims you can lose pounds without some form of physical exercise is going to require that you do something to reduce the number of calories that you body stores.

So, when considering a body weight loss plan or diet regime, there a few questions you need to ask yourself the following questions:
1. Can I still eat healthy nutritional meals when following a particular diet program?
2. Is this a diet program I can stick with for a prolonged period?
3. Does this diet combine sensible eating with moderate exercise?

Once you find a body weight reduction program that satisfies the above questions, you’ve discovered the right diet plan for you. As with any diet regime, it is usually a good idea to check with your physician before beginning the plan.

Here are some additional sources of information about selecting a diet plan:
Dieting
BMI Calculator

Aug 02

The Yogurt Diet

The Yogurt Diet, as described in a book written by Ana Luque, is based on using yogurt to increase weight loss and restore body health. According to Luque, yogurt should be added to a menu of detoxifying foods that will cleanse the body and restore wellness. The diet is not dependent on the consumption of yogurt only, but instead on the consumption of other food with yogurt on the side.

Yogurt is a dairy product that is created by the bacteria fermentation of milk. . The exact origin of it is unknown but there are some that think it was first conceived in Turkey when a merchant brought milk in a bag made from sheep intestine as a supply along on his trip. Because of the heat of the day and the cold of desert temperatures at night, the milk changed to a solid clump. The taste was also changed to be sour but it was very refreshing.

Yogurt is made from a variety of milks; cow, buffalo, goat, and sheep.  Additionally, it can also be made from Soya, which is considered as a very healthy drink. Yogurt is an essential source of proteins, vitamins and minerals. These help to create a proper balance for your body. Yogurt is said to have numerous health benefits including reducing high blood pressure, promoting healthy intestines, prevent vaginal infections, and prevent osteoporosis.  There are many conditions in the intestines that can be treated and prevented by consuming plain yogurt daily. These conditions are constipation, diarrhea, colon cancer, bowel diseases and pylori infection. The healthy nutrients in plain yogurt enhance the body’s defense system which protects the body from such conditions. Plain or fruit yogurt that contains lactobacillus can help treat pylori infection. High content of calcium also proves to be excellent for our digestive system.

Here is a typical daily menu that is followed when using the yogurt diet:

Breakfast

* Half-cup of warm black or green tea without sugar
* Yogurt jellies with raspberries
* Half a cup of pomegranate juice diluted

Lunch

* Warm tea.
* A cold soup made from yogurt and cucumbers
* 100 grams of boiled meat with a salad of cucumbers, tomatoes and herbs
* Yogurt and half a glass of pomegranate juice diluted

Afternoon snack

* Tomatoes with yogurt. In the yogurt add the mustard, a little salt and a little beat up. Still mineral water

Dinner

* Warm tea
* Green beans and 200 grams of yogurt
* Diluted pomegranate juice

Yogurt Diet is incredibly wholesome and rich in calcium.  It is abundant in easily digestible protein, calcium, phosphorus and vitamins. The obvious benefit of yogurt diet is its availability and convenience.  So if you interested in a diet that both cleanses your colon and replenishing the gastrointestinal system, you might want to try the Yogurt Diet.

Here are some additional sources of information:

http://www.analuque.com

Health Journal

Diet and Lifestyle Tips from Yoplait

Here is a video of Ana Luque talking about the diet:

Jul 10

The Biggest Obstacles to Dieting

Everyone has their own problems sticking to a diet. When I asked what some of those obstacles were, here are some of the more common answers I got:

* Resisting foods that simply taste great in my mouth lol. i.e. chips…. (are a big guilty pleasure for me)

* I think I only overcome that when I really choose to though… I usually give in when I feel like I haven’t eaten them for ages, and that’s when I truly INDULGE (in every sense of the word).

* But overall, I think I’ve overcome it. A tip is to just stay clear of those foods altogether, and have the willpower to resist walking over and buying/taking the specific food out of the cupboard.

* My biggest obstacle was eating properly.

* Motivation!!! you really gotta be motivated, try friends to exercise with.

*My biggest obstacle is always sweets. I love them, especially chocolate. They way I get around it is by still allowing myself a little treat. I usually will try things that are sugar free or much smaller so I don’t consume too many calories. I have found if I try to take it away I end up going crazy and eating a bunch.

*Soda and snacks. I have now overcome the soda but the chocolate and the chips i still crave very much. I guess its Mind over matter if you want to gain control!! Food can be an addiction!! WILL POWER!!

*Staying the course even when there is no visible progress.

* And the fact that healthy and weight are always thrown together like one determines the other. I think that is my biggest challenge. Does weight determine health? Is this answer a fat girl passive aggressive answer or is there some truth to it.

* I don’t like to struggle in life and I don’t think being healthy is a hard thing. I do think struggling to be a “target weight’ set on some random chart should be the driving factor to keep people buying is immoral.

* Chocolate. I can’t have it in my house. Everything else I’m o.k. going without but chocolate is my obsession. As long as I don’t see it, I will not think about it.

I can really relate to a lot of these!

Here are some links to more information:

Men’s Health

Eurekalert

WebMD

Jul 05

Some of my Favorite Diet Foods

Here are some of my favorite low calorie foods that I try to incorporate in my meals while I am dieting.  This table shows the number of calories and grams of fat for a four-ounce serving:

Food Calories Fat
SOUP,BEEF BROTH,CUBED 3.4 0.1
SOUP,CHICK BROTH CUBED 5.7 0.1
PICKLE,CUCUMBER,SOUR 12.5 0.2
LETTUCE,ICEBERG,RAW 13.6 0.2
CELERY,RAW 18.1 0.2
MUSTARD SPINACH 18.1 0.2
LETTUCE,LOOSELEAF,RAW 20.4 0.3
PICKLES,CUCUMBER,DILL 20.4 0.2
TOMATOES,RED,RIPE,CANNED 21.5 0.1
TOMATOES,RED,RIPE,RAW 23.8 0.4
SPINACH,RAW 24.9 0.4
ASPARAGUS,RAW 26 0.2
PEPPERS,SWEET,GREEN,RAW 30.6 0.2
PEPPER,BANANA,RAW 30.6 0.5
BROCCOLI,RAW 31.7 0.4
GRAPEFRUIT,RAW,PINK&RED,FLORIDA 34 0.1
STRAWBERRIES,RAW 34 0.4
CHIVES,RAW 34 0.8
BEANS,SNAP,GREEN,RAW 35.1 0.1
TOMATOES,CRUSHED,CANNED 36.2 0.3
GRAPEFRUIT,RAW,WHITE 37.4 0.1
CARBONATED BEV,GINGER ALE 38.5 0
MELONS,CANTALOUPE,RAW 39.6 0.3
MELONS,HONEYDEW,RAW 39.6 0.1
CARROTS,BABY,RAW 43 0.6
PEAS,EDIBLE-PODDED,RAW 47.5 0.2
PEACHES,RAW 48.7 0.1
CARROTS,RAW 48.7 0.2
NECTARINES,RAW 55.5 0.5
PINEAPPLE,RAW 55.5 0.5
BLUEBERRIES,RAW 63.4 0.4
APPLES,RAW,WITH SKIN 66.8 0.4

Related Content:
http://www.mayoclinic.com
http://nutritiondata.self.com
http://www.fda.gov

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