Get Weight Loss Diets Catered to You!

Monday, June 13th, 2011

It is important to not only eat less, but eat healthy as well. Healthy meals for weight loss include green salads topped with fresh vegetables and light dressings, rice, lean meat, fruits and whole grains. When you eat a healthy diet you will also feel your craving for sugar and other harmful foods decreased because your body is already receiving the energy it needs through healthy foods.

There are additional tips about how you should eat as well that will help you lose and keep off weight. Breakfast is essential to jump start your metabolism and give you nutrients in the morning so you don’t binge later in the day. Making and serving smaller portions and making meals and snacks at home will help the pounds come off and stay off. Also, don’t forget to follow the “out of sight, out of mind” principle and be careful not to shop for food when you are emotional or hungry..

The weight loss you are looking for can only be achieved through health centered weight loss programs. Point tracking, preserved and frozen foods and meals in a can or on the go are the exact opposite of what a weight loss diet should include. Healthy pound shedding should always involve healthy methods and healthy foods instead of quick, canned meals and on the go bars.

A healthy weight loss diet, instead of including bars, drinks and point tracking, should be made up of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean meats. Emotional eating can also be a road block on your pathway to successful weight loss. Getting your emotional eating under control will help you fight off cravings, lose weight and maintain that weight lost. Other important parts of a weight loss diet include hydration, exercise, daily vitamins, and sleep.

Weight loss is a tricky process, don’t be upset if your body pushes back at first. Many weight loss diets out there do significant damage to your body, rather than allowing for weight loss. Pounds are important when losing weight, but health should be taken into account as well when trying a weight loss diet.

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The Most Ridiculous, Absurd and Over-Hyped Diets of 2010

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

The Most Ridiculous, Absurd and Over-Hyped Diets of 2010

By Brandi Koskie –

… No one wakes up one morning weighing 20, 50, 100 or even more pounds than they did when they went to bed. So using that same logic, no one is going to wake up the next day with that much weight missing.

There are a few diet programs that grew in popularity this year, and each of them, in their own way, wants you to believe that the weight is just going to melt off your body lickety-split. Sure, anyone who tries these weight loss techniques is going to see a smaller number on the scale. They’re also going to see that weight come back, they will not have learned any new healthy habits to help them keep off that weight, and they may even do more harm to their health than the minimal weight loss derived.

Without further ado, the most ridiculous, absurd and over-hyped diets of the year.

The hCG Diet

Basically: Daily injections of the female pregnancy hormone, with a prescription via a doctor, or more sketchy ordered off the internet, all while eating a 500-calorie diet.

You could do daily injections of imagination, a 500-calorie diet in and of itself is going to cause you to lose weight. And not the healthy way. Sure, a low-calorie diet is the most recommended way to lose weight, but you have to cut those calories in a healthy and sustainable way, while giving your body the calories it needs. Calories are energy and fuel, and our bodies need those to simply operate, and yes, to lose weight. “[500 calories] is not enough calories to support normal brain function,” says registered dietitian Rebecca Scritchfield in “HCG Diet: Look Elsewhere for Weight Loss.”

Expert’s Take: “We need energy, and calories provide our bodies with energy to survive and thrive. If you don’t give your body enough calories, especially from carbohydrate-rich foods (that supply the brain with much needed glucose), it will retaliate by breaking down lean muscle mass to produce glucose to fuel the brain, red blood cells and entire central nervous system,” says Elisa Zied, MS, RD, author of Nutrition At Your Fingertips and founder and president of Zied Health Communications, LLC. She continues that “If you don’t fuel up by taking in an ideal number of calories each day–for most that’s around 2,000 calories a day (though that number can vary based on age, gender, and activity level)–it’ll slow down to utilize the few calories you’re giving yourself; this slows metabolism, and your body will not be able to function properly at all–you’ll have little energy and that’ll be the least of your problems! This diet is the ultimate crash diet–just like you wouldn’t crash your car on purpose, why would you crash diet with this type of thing/diet?”

Adds Mary Hartley, RD, MPH, and director of nutrition at Calorie Count, “Reputable studies refute the effectiveness of the hCG Diet and respected medical organizations warn against it. Still, it is freely promoted all across the Internet, and so buyer beware!”

The Baby Food Diet

Basically: Replace your adult-sized meals with little jars of baby puree.

Another terribly low-calorie, low-nutrition approach to weight loss that’s sadly catching on. Baby food is for babies. Why? Because it has exactly what those little 20-pound bodies need. It does not have what full-grown 150-pound-plus bodies need. Most of those jars have less than 100 calories, a far cry from the 300-500 calories per meal for an adult. If you like vegetables, brown rice and chicken, just eat portions that are appropriate for your age group and provide the calories, fiber and protein that your body needs, not to mention the flavors, textures and aromas that your brain is craving.

Expert’s Take: “It’s so much better to eat whole fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean meats – they’re more filling and satisfying. After a few days of eating only baby food, I’m certain you’ll be craving real food again,” says Joy Bauer, TODAY Show nutritionist and bestselling author. ”Not to mention, this is super pricey if you’re buying large quantities of baby food jars.”

The Tapeworm Diet

Basically: You swallow a parasitic tapeworm, which you can find in under-cooked meat or infected animal feces, and wait for it to begin breaking down your digestive system, so that you don’t want to eat, and when your health starts to deteriorate you hopefully seek medical intervention before it kills you.

This one literally makes us smack our foreheads in disbelief that anyone would even try this stunt. We’re fearful to even daydream about what this could do to our bodies, or yours. It’s horrifying that anyone out there would even promote it.

Expert’s Take: “This is just plain crazy! Tapeworms are dangerous parasites that can cause serious health problems…they’re definitely not a way to shed pounds. AND it’s illegal to buy and sell tapeworms in the US!,” says Bauer.

The Twinkie Diet

Basically: Live off of grocery store snack cakes, supplement with a few canned veggies, and disregard everything you know about nutrition to burn 27 pounds.

When we heard about this Kansas State University nutrition professor’s stunt diet, we just crossed our fingers that the masses wouldn’t flock to this sugar-coated gimmick. This professor wanted to prove that the number of calories you consume matter more than the actual nutritional composition of the food. He ate 1,800 calories a day, which will certainly help anyone lose weight. However, he’s not going to keep off that weight when he resumes a normal diet, and he wasn’t giving his body near the fiber, vitamins and other nutrients it needs to operate.

Expert’s Take: “Twinkies are loaded with sugar, bad fat, and junky white flour—they wreak havoc on your blood sugars and increase inflammation throughout your body,” says Bauer. “You might lose weight (take in less calories than you burn, and you lose weight no matter what you eat—Twinkies or broccoli), but you’ll be doing a big disservice to your body and your health. Plus, it’s just not a sustainable diet!”

Effective and Natural Weight Loss Programs

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

New fads are always coming out as a way to lose weight; various weight loss programs, fad diets, fad exercises, and supposed “miracle pills”. A popular craze is the “no fat” craze. This is ineffective because our bodies need good fat for essential functions. When the body isn’t working as it should, it holds onto fat as a health precaution. There are also many weight loss systems out there that brand their own “healthy” snacks. These foods may be low in calories, but are packed full of preservatives, artificial ingredients, and other chemicals that are toxic to the human body. The truth is, weight loss coupled with optimum health will not be found in a myriad of pre-packaged snacks or meals, but in the raw and whole foods the good earth provides. Don’t choose an unhealthy program in hopes of losing weight fast, healthy weight loss takes work. It does take work to safely and effectively lose weight; a decision only you can make.