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This post will take you through the questions and answers plus tips about your diet that will be helpful to your quest to attain
the desired weight that you require for a better and healthier lifestyle.
Frequently Asked Questions about Weight Loss and Diets
If you’re on a diet, or considering going on one, you’re in luck. We’ve put together ten of the most frequently asked questions about diets and weight loss and compiled them here. Enjoy!
1. How much should I weigh?
Your doctor can answer that question most accurately. More important than how much you weigh is your body/mass index, which measures
your height against your weight.
2. What's the best diet for losing weight?
Any diet that provides all the nutrition
that you need for health, and in addition, provides fewer calories than your body burns regularly.
3. How can I keep off the weight that I lose?
If you lose weight gradually and re-educate both yourself and your body about food, you'll have a good start. The secret to keeping weight off is to balance your energy needs with your food intake. Eat enough calories to supply your
body's energy needs, but not so many that your body stores the excess as fat.
4. What's the story with obesity and diabetes?
Obesity increases the risks of a number of chronic health conditions, and diabetes is one of them. People who are more than ten percent overweight increase their risk of developing type 2 diabetes substantially.
5. How do I decrease my intake of sugar?
Obviously, you can decrease your intake of sugar by cutting out sweets and refined snacks, but you should also watch out
for 'hidden' sugars. Check ingredients. High fructose corn syrup and sucrose are both simple sugars that add lots of calories and little nutrition.
6. How often should
I weigh myself?
Most diet experts recommend that you weigh yourself no more than once a week. Some go so far as to tell you to throw out the scale entirely! A more accurate measure of your loss is your clothing
size. If your clothing is feeling looser, you're doing great.
7. Do I really have to exercise?
You don't HAVE to, but
it will be a lot harder to lose weight if you don't. A half hour of moderate exercise daily is the minimum activity level for healthy weight loss. You can get it walking, running, cleaning your house - anything active burns calories.
8. What's a calorie?
A calorie is a measure of energy. Foods are rated with calories based on the amount of energy they provide to the body when consumed.
9. Can I lose weight without changing my diet?
Weight loss results when you burn more calories than you consume. If you only need
to lose a small amount of weight and your diet is generally healthy, you can lose weight by increasing your activity level to burn more calories. If your diet is poor, or if you're more than a few pounds overweight, you really need to learn a new, more healthy
way or eating, or you'll put the weight back on when you go back to 'normal' eating.
10. Should I eat fish on my diet?
Unless it's expressly forbidden by your diet, absolutely. Fish is high protein, low saturated fat, and high in omega 3 fatty acids. Some doctors recommend eating as much as 10 servings of fish per week.
Diet Food Doesn’t Have To Be Boring!
Not too long ago, my mother and I were talking about food and diets.
"Your grandmother used to
feed you pasta five nights a week," my mother insisted.
"She did not!" I exclaimed, stung. After all, I remembered my grandmother as a wonderfully varied cook who could make anything taste wonderful. She
served all sorts of meals, not just pasta! There was spaghetti, of course - she was Italian, after all. But she also made Ziti with vegetables. And Linguine. And tuna casserole with. ..elbow macaroni. By the time I'd finished naming off a typical week's
worth of menus, I had to concede my mother's point - but I made mine as well. "But... it didn't FEEL like we were eating pasta every night!"
There's a point to this story,
I promise, and here it comes:
One of the biggest reasons that people slip off their diets and eating plans is BOREDOM.
It's very easy
to look at the foods allowed on your diet and see it as restrictive and boring. Chicken four nights a week. Fish three times a week. Green leafy vegetables till they're coming out of your ears. Who wouldn't get bored?
The answer is - anyone with a good set of cookbooks and a healthy imagination. Perk up your cabinet with spices and fill your refrigerator with fresh fruits and vegetables, then look for novel ways to combine them.
Here are a handful of tips for non-boring, healthy, low-cal eating
1. Spice it up!
Spices are one of the quickest ways
out of the diet doldrums. Rosemary and fennel with chicken, mint rubbed into pork, pepper and lemon mint on fresh fish - the 'blander' the food, the higher the effect of the spices.
2. Dress it up.
Fruit vinaigrette dressings make wonderful marinades for meats and dressings for warm or cold vegetables. Try broccoli drizzled with raspberry
vinaigrette or cabbage spiced up with apple vinegar and pepper.
3. Herb-infused olive oils - tarragon, ginger, fennel and more.
brother the chef gave me a set of three oils for Christmas one year and it completely changed the way I’ll cook forever!
4. Low sodium soy sauce
A great way to flavour up just about anything.
The bitterness of dark leafy greens like spinach were practically
designed to be eaten with mandarin oranges, raspberries or chunks of pineapple.
Still need some help?
Here is a list of the
absolute best cookbooks on the market to help you fight those diet boredom blues!
The Mediterranean Diet Cookbook
features polenta, couscous and more!
Laurie’s Low-Carb Cookbook
This everyday chef shares recipes that are so easy to do!
Low Carb Meals In Minutes
Use this book and get six weeks’ worth of complete menus that include shopping lists.
Dr. Atkins New Diet Cookbook
This one’s from the creator of the Atkins Diet
South Beach Diet Cookbook
This book is packed with more than 200 recipes for delicious low-fat foods
Moosewood Restaurant Low Fat
If meat isn’t your thing, this cookbook shares recipes from one of the most famous vegetarian restaurants in America
Heart Association Low-Fat Low-Cholesterol Cookbook
Are you trying to lower your cholesterol or take care of your heart? This book has great tasting recipes that are good for you—and your heart!
American Heart Association Meals in Minutes
If you’re constantly eating fast foods because you simply don’t have the time to create great tasting healthy meals, check
out this book!
Joslin Diabetes Center's Vegetarian Diabetic Cookbook
Meatless and vegan recipes that are low fat, high fibre,
The Guilt-Free Gourmet
Famous cruise ship Chef Sam Miles put together this wonderful cookbook from his six years travelling
on ships as a cook.
So, now you’ve got some ideas and some resources—there should be no reason that you have to live with boring foods—even if you are on a diet!
they should be available thriugh your local bookstore, newsagent and possibly online.
The following could be of some help to you!