F.A.Qs, Diet Foods, Holiday Pounds & 100 Calories

F.A.Qs, Diet Foods, Holiday Pounds & 100 Calories

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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.

 My 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.  

 

5. Fruit

 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

This 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

 

The South Beach Diet Cookbook

This book is packed with more than 200 recipes for delicious low-fat foods

 

Moosewood Restaurant Low Fat Favorites

If meat isn’t your thing, this cookbook shares recipes from one of the most famous vegetarian restaurants in America

 

American 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, and delicious

 

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! 

And they should be available thriugh your local bookstore, newsagent and possibly online. 

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How To Avoid Those Holiday Pounds!

 

If you believe the old stories about much weight people put on during the holidays, you’re right—partially.  In a recent study conducted by The National Institute of Health, the researchers discovered that, in reality, most people tend to only put on just slightly under one pound.  But a person who is already overweight will average a whopping five pounds extra after the last horns have been blown.

 

But it’s not all good news for even those who put on the minimum because the study also shows that we all tend to keep the pounds put on.  In other words, over ten years, those not-so-much pounds, could lead someone to being overweight.

 

So, what can we do in order to keep those extra pounds off?  After all, our homes are usually filled with holiday pies, cakes and other goodies, and they can be pretty tempting—even for the most faithful of dieters!

 

Here’s a few tips to get you through the holidays.

 

Just A Nibble!

 

Have you ever noticed that when you start eating a rich dessert it tastes so good, but by the last bite, you’ve had enough?  One way to keep the pounds down is just to enjoy a few bites that delicious cheesecake or chocolate fudge brownie.  No one says that you have to completely deprive yourself of holiday treats—just limit how much you eat!

 

Enjoy the Company, Not The Brownies!

 

Many people think of holiday parties in terms of the foods that they’ll get to eat (or have to avoid) instead of the real reason for the celebration—the company and conversation.  If you keep yourself busy chatting with friends, you’ll be less likely to invade the snack table.

 

Go Full

 

You’ve likely heard the grocery store trick; don’t go shopping when you’re hungry because you’ll only end up buying more.  Well, the same can work for holiday parties!  Eat a lot of raw vegetables, and other healthy foods that will stick with you during the party and you’ll be less tempted to binge on the bad stuff.

 

Drink Water

 

If you were to add up the calories that you’ve probably consumed in sodas, fruit punches and alcoholic beverages at parties, you would likely be amazed.  You can gulp down hundreds of calories without even realizing it if you’re not careful!  Instead of one of these high-calorie drinks, make it a habit to drink water—which in itself will help flush out extra water weight.

 

Create An Eating Schedule

 

It wouldn’t be fun—or realistic—to try and get through an entire party without at least sampling some of the treats.  But instead of heading instantly to the food table and loading your plate—and then suffering the rest of the party because you want more—try spacing out your snacks for the entire time of the party.  Plan on taking a nibble of something about every thirty minutes.  Not only will it help you eat less, it will be a fun game that you can play with yourself!

 

Most importantly, remember that the holidays are meant for enjoyment. 

 

Don’t be too hard on yourself, and if you make a mistake, talk an extra long walk to work off those extra calories instead of beating yourself up over it!

 

 

What’s 100 Calories A Day?

 

According to the American Dietetic Association, the difference between weight loss and weight gain can be as little as 100 calories a day. Most Americans suffer from 'weight creep' - those nagging pounds that creep on over the years - at an average of about 2 pounds per year. That's 20 pounds in ten years. 40 pounds in 20. Can you afford to weigh 40 pounds more than you do now in twenty years?

 

The difference could be as simple as cutting out 100 calories a day from your daily diet - or adding 100 calories a day to your daily routine - or a combination of both. How hard is it to cut 100 calories a day out of your diet? Take a look.

 

 Are you a coffee lover? If you drink your coffee with whole milk, you can save 100 calories a day by drinking two cups with skim milk instead.

 

 Do you drink non-diet soft drinks? One 16 ounce Pepsi is 250 calories. Skip one Pepsi a day and you'll be cutting out two and a half times the suggested calorie reduction.

 

Substitute a plain donut for a jelly donut. You'll cut out 120 calories. Think you're doing better by choosing the lighter croissant? Think again. A croissant has as many calories as a jelly donut - 289.

 

If you eat out at Mickey D's or any restauruant, skip the dressing on your salad, or you might as well have a burger. One packet of French dressing has 160 calories.

 

If you go out with the guys, drink one less beer. Each 12 oz beer, even a light brand, averages 100 calories.

 

Want to burn it up instead of avoiding it?

 

 Here's how much time you need to spend at various activities to burn 100 calories.

 

 Swimming energetically for just 15 minutes will burn 100 calories.

 

 You can burn 100 calories for every hour that you do housework.

 

Only have ten minutes?

 

Jump rope. At 700 calories per hour, you can burn up 100 calories in just 10 minutes!

 

Knit for an hour and fifteen minutes. At 85 calories an hour, it's not a major calorie burner, but if you combine that with the potato chips you can't munch while you're knitting you could be saving some substantial calories.

 

Stay late at the office for an extra forty - unless of course, you're missing your workout at the gym. An hour of office work burns about 140 calories.

 

Hop on the trampoline for fifteen minutes. Moderate aerobics exercise burns 400 calories an hour. Put on some music and dance on the tramp through four songs and you'll be doing great.

 

Go for a 10 minute walk - but aim for a brisk pace. Power walking burns 600 calories an hour. You can burn 100 in ten minutes.

 

Play a round of golf at the club. Half an hour of golfing - without a golf cart - burns 120 calories.

 

The beauty of it all is that you can build any of the suggestions above into your daily routine, and create a healthy habit that will keep off extra pounds and take off those that you want to lose now.

 

 

 

The last section seems to be a bit light hearted but if you try them you will be amazed at how they will work for you.

 

Hope you enjoyed this post.

 

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Remember to check with your health practitioner as to

 

the practicality of any program you choose.

 

It cannot be detrimental to your health.

 

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The next post, Simple Tips, will include;

 

Some real life and common diet tips

 

A simple plan

 

Five Best Diet Foods.

 

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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 qualified health care provider 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 that the statement has not been evaluated by the FDA and that the product is not intended to “diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease”.

 

Kind regards
Laurie Mills

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