Archive for August, 2010

The most affordable diet aid ever!
August 28, 2010

HealthDay News “Close the diet books and skip the pills. The latest weight-loss trick may be as simple as gulping a couple of glasses of water before you eat.”

Read the complete article here: “Could Drinking Water Before Meals Help You Lose Weight?”Bloomberg Businessweek

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Fad Diets vs Balanced Diets
August 24, 2010

Plain and simple, almost any diet will yield results! Surprised to hear me say that? Well, it is true. Just ask yourself, “DID MY DIET STOP WORKING OR DID I STOP MY DIET?” Your success hinges more on YOU than what diet you choose.

Having said that however, not all diets are created equal. In fact, at times they are miles apart. Some diets are more difficult to follow than others and differ in their effectiveness. One thing is for sure, fad diets are temporary and not practical for long-term. Some diets are so restrictive, it is only a matter of time before you fall back into your old habits.

What classifies as a fad diet? When does cutting back become too restrictive? Here are two previous blog posts that will help you answer those questions. “Balance” and “The perfect balance!

The ugly truth is that very few programs address the real problems at hand. We all love to get our ears tickled and buy into miracle weight loss scams. None of which address the real issues that got us into this mess: food addictions, lifestyle, sedentary habits, etc.

When you opt for the balanced diet, there is no drastic change to the foods you can or cannot eat, MINUS THE JUNK that is! You can still have most of the foods you are accustomed to, but in a healthier form.

Do yourself a favor; confront your issues head on! Stop searching for the next break through diet, and have the courage to make some major lifestyle changes! Will it be easy? Absolutely not! Will it work? Absolutely! Otherwise, it is only a matter of time before you find yourself staring at a fatter version of yourself in the mirror, with a slower metabolism to boot.

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Keep it simple stupid
August 10, 2010

Do not over complicate things! If it grows on a tree or comes out of the ground then eat it! You cannot go wrong with what God makes grow. In addition, do not forget about meat (thank goodness for animals)!

Just think of all the “garbage” you avoid by following that one simple rule. Generally the more man has mucked with it, the worse it is for you, so in turn the closer it is to its natural state the better it is for you.

Nothing, and I repeat nothing, will give you better results than balance and regularity. By this I mean, eat a balanced diet and GET OUT THERE AND REGULARLY BREAK A SWEAT!

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August 5, 2010

If you were to choose a diet that persuaded you to severely cut calorie intake, you would run the risk of loosing muscle mass. People are often encouraged by the quick results they see on the scale but unfortunately don’t know the negative effects of their plummeting numbers. If you restrict either calories, protein or carbs for too long, loss of muscle mass will result and inevitably will slow down your ability to lose the remaining fat. That is why so many people hit plateaus in their diets and put on more weight after. This stands to reason as they have less muscle mass than when they started their diet and therefore now have a slower metabolism.

So how do you lose fat, gain muscle, while at the same time eat enough protein while not consuming too many calories? A balancing act it can be! Your key to success is this: eat a balanced diet and incorporate weights or resistance training.

For a quick and easy way to determine your own portion size, just follow these three simple rules:

    1. Choose lean protein like chicken or turkey, approximately the size of your palm.

    2. Fill two-thirds of your plate with fresh fibrous vegetables as your carbohydrate portion. If you prefer a starchy food such as sweet potato, rice or beans, then only add a portion equivalent or slightly bigger than your protein portion.

    3. Use a half-palm measure of seeds or nuts as a fat source. Otherwise add one tablespoon of olive or flax oil over your salad or vegetables. Cut these portions in half if your protein choice is high in fat such as red meat or fish.

    Fat Wars

*These guidelines are based on a meal plan consisting of five meals a day.

If you do not like leaving things to chance and need to know exactly how much to eat, then reread my post entitled “The perfect balance!” and I will be glad to help you with your numbers.

I would recommend buying a food scale as it is the only sure way to know exactly what you are taking in. I am enjoying this model: Breville – Electronic Kitchen Scale.

All that being said, one can over complicate things which may lead to discouragement. This nicely leads us into the next subject…

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