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Eat this not that and make a difference to your bottom line


Sometimes we need to take a step back and just be sensible and pragmatic about how we approach our weight loss efforts. Time and again we notice how small changes in our lifestyles can account for big and sustainable changes on the scales. We all know we need to follow a balanced diet, preferably cooked at home using only natural products. Great in theory…but in practice life happens.

In the real world many of us are running around like crazy all day, and very often simply do not have the time or the energy to prepare home-cooked meals. It is also just then when everything goes pear shaped. We choose from limited options, but make the right choices. Or so we think… The truth is that unless you’ve made it yourself, you simply do not know what ingredients have been used in restaurant food, take out foods, or even supermarket products. No wonder so many people, claiming to eat well, just keep on gaining weight.

It is for this reason I absolutely love the series of books “Eat This Not That” written by David Zinchenko, editor-in-chief of Men’s Health magazine, and Matt Goulding, the food and nutrition editor of Men’s Health. These books contain a wealth of information that comes in extremely handy when faced with everyday choices. They cover just about any situation, from food choices at restaurants and fast food outlets to supermarket foods. They are also specifically tailored to different audiences, including families and kids, so you can choose that which is most applicable to your lifestyle.
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Stop drinking sugar-sweetened drinks and start losing weight

We will probably never know exactly what caused the current obesity epidemic in the developed world. It is in all probability the result of many different converging events and influences, rather than the result of a single issue. Some of the theories put forward in recent years to explain the sudden increase in obesity related problems since the 1970’s include the popularization of the low fat diet, the increasingly sedentary lifestyles of westerners, and also the fact that the consumption of calories in liquid form increased in parallel with the obesity epidemic.

A research study prompted by the latter theory, namely the increase in the intake of calories in liquid form, was recently published by researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The objective of this study was to determine exactly how changes in the consumption of liquid calories affect weight change among adults. The results of the study were conclusive. What you drink may be even more important than what you eat if you want to lose weight!

Obviously the researchers had to be very careful to reduce the effects of so many other variables on the weight of an adult to isolate the impact of the beverages. The study was conducted over a period of 18 months, and 810 adults participated. Measurements of dietary intake, weight and height were made at baseline, 6 months, and at 18 months. The measurement of the dietary intake of participants throughout the course of the trial was done by conducting unannounced 24 hour dietary recalls via the telephone.
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Book Review: The APO E Gene Diet by Pamela McDonald

By Simon Barrett
I am not really much of a diet fan, my weight has never been an issue, I have been a 148lbs dripping wet for the past 35 years. I eat whatever I want, when I want. But as Pamela McDonald explains diet is not merely a method for controlling weight, but has a significant influence on health and quality of life.The world is full of fad diets, most of which make me cringe. I am sure it cannot be so, but I seems to me that a popular one preaches the virtues of meats and fats, while certainly meat and fat are important aspects of nutrition, I can hardly imagine that living on fried bacon would be a good way to lose weight and promote good overall health. Likewise a steady diet of cabbage soup would likely become somewhat monotonous after a couple of days.

Pamela McDonald takes a different approach, there is no one size fits all diet, different people need different things. Although all humans are intrinsically composed of the same material, the building blocks, our genes, are subtlety different. In decoding our DNA researchers in recent years have found small inconsistencies in people’s DNA that make them more susceptible to specific health conditions.
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Oprah Winfrey’s weight gain confession 2009

Whether you’re a fan of Oprah Winfrey or not, you have to respect her for how far she’s come. From very humble beginnings she has grown to be one of the most influential people in the world today.  An Oprah show in 1996 on mad cow disease was followed by years of bitter legal wrangling between Oprah and a group of Texas cattlemen, after they sued her for “making false and disparaging statements about perishable food products”. The cattlemen claimed that one of her remarks: “It has just stopped me cold from eating another burger!”, resulted in a major drop in cattle prices – costing them more than $12 million. A jury eventually found Oprah not liable for damages. This little story very neatly demonstrates the power of Oprah Winfrey.

One of the reasons so many people from around the world holds Oprah so dearly is her honesty.  She opens her life and her struggles to her audience, which makes it almost impossible not to identify with Oprah for one reason or the other.  In the end, of course, we are all just human beings. Oprah’s ups and downs with weight gain are probably her most widely publicized and self confessed problem area, a battle many of us can identify with. Too many of our efforts followed exactly the same route: lose, gain back plus, lose again, gain back plus and so on. And every time it is just more difficult to get back on the bandwagon. Continue reading ‘Oprah Winfrey’s weight gain confession 2009′