Weight management foods.
How to control weight permanently without constant dieting.
control has been one of the major health concerns of the
Western World for many years. Obesity in the UK is fast
approaching approaching the chart-topping statistics of
the USA and it's not just the adults that are getting bigger
- child weight management is an increasing worry.
is happening despite the concentration on high carbohydrate,
low fat, low protein diets which we are told are required
for weight management. In fact, the rate of increase is
accelerating, suggesting that this might not be the best
way to control weight at all.
- Carbohydrate, protein & fat
has heard of the concept of a "balanced diet" and
most of this probably try, in at least some ways to achieve
this. Unfortunately, there is no universal agreement on
what the balance should be, and it is probable that the
overemphasis on low-fat (a product of the cholesterol
myth) is, at least in part, responsible.
the USA and UK, dieticians propose diets that get most
of their energy from carbohydrates, although the proportions
vary. The realities are somewhat different. In the UK the
average diet gets about 44% of energy from fat, 15% from
protein and 41% from carbohydrate. In the USA, the figures
are 48% fat, and 26% each for protein and carbohydrates.
as if the diets of the two countries are very high-fat,
but when you consider that fat metabolism produces twice
as much energy per gram as either carbohydrate or protein,
fat content of the diet appears much lower.
the diets proposed by Government are not working.
What is needed is a simple, long-term solution, free
from vested interests and dogma.
difference between diet and dieting.
or the temporary change in what we eat in order to fulfil
a specific objective over a given timeframe, has been the
mainstay of weight control for so long that it is difficult
to believe it will not continue indefinitely. Apart from
the fact that many diets are unpalatable, restrictive,
unpleasant or downright dangerous, those who follow a prescribed
diet for a few days, weeks or months invariably return
to their old habits again afterwards - that is human nature. Diets
don't work in the long term!
to your previous diet means that you will return to your
previous shape / size weight - there is no getting
away from it. The only way to overcome this, therefore,
is to make a complete and permanent change to the things
that you eat. This, in turn, can only be achieved if
the food you are to eat is attractive, tasty, varied
and enjoyable as well as being nutritious.
this is not hard to achieve, but before we propose the
right way to achieve it, we must first consider what is
is that's wrong with the Western diet.
years, dieticians and their ilk have insisted that the
ideal diet is high in carbohydrates. Whilst, in general,
most fruits and vegetables are (when grown on soil
that has not been depleted of its minerals or chemically
poisoned) both tasty and nutritious, most people don't
think of these as carbohydrates and instead think of pasta,
bread, potatoes and rice - commonly known as "complex
have shown, these foods are high glycaemic
index (GI) foods, meaning that they readily convert
to blood sugar and stimulate the release of insulin, which both
stops fat metabolism and encourages fat storage.
this situation is made much worse in the absence of sufficient
chromium, which helps insulin
to encourage sugar uptake by the tissues, so reducing blood
sugar. Lack of chromium is known to be one of the risk
factors of developing diabetes.
- the body is stimulated to store fat not by eating
fat, but by eating high GI carbohydrates.
This is the principle contributor to obesity on both
the USA and Britain, not least because many people
rely these days on fast food and prepared meals, which
not only contain high
GI foods, but also sugar and trans
fats, which we will deal with next.
the best ways to counter this is to convert to a low
grain or no-grain diet.
kills - stick to butter!
to eating the wrong type of carbohydrates, many people
also eat not only too little fat, but the wrong kind of
derived from animals are not only completely natural, they
have been part of our diet for millennia. Many of the "unsaturated" fats
sold nowadays, however, have only been in existence for
a few decades and are not natural at all. Top of this list
are the trans-fats that are
produced when making hydrogenated
created by the very people who started the cholesterol
myth, have been directly linked to both heart
disease and cancer, which
cannot be shown for animal fats. In fact, when proper grass-fed
meat is consumed (grain-fed
meat has different nutritional values), we gain many
benefits other than just the protein and fat content, including
vitamins, minerals and trace elements.
most often missing from the diet are often the most important.
In a recent study, over 25% of all Americans tested had
so little omega-3 fatty acid in their blood that it was
undetectable, despite the fact that this essential
fatty acid is one of the main components of the brain
and nerves among many other cellular functions.
who eat a varied diet which is derived from low GI foods,
fresh (preferably organic) fruits and vegetables, seeds
and nuts, organically-reared meats and fish, natural fats
and adequate dietary fibre, such as the low
grain diet, will not only limit their susceptibility
to disease, but will also have a much more enjoyable and
from weight management foods to healthy eating
Rick Teoma, Fitness coach.
Helping busy men and women get fit in the privacy of their
Conquering weight loss using natural methods
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