Monday, 22 October 2007

Facts On Weight Loss

The experts tell us that it is simple to diet - there is no ideal diet on the market except the one that tells us to move our bodies more and to consume fewer calories in order to get rid of excess weight

Why do we want to lose weight ? It has a lot to do with our self esteem and our self-image. We may want to get rid of body fat because we feel uncomfortable and lack confidence. Why is it not just a simple equation ? In a way it is very simple - we have to move more and eat less. But the simplicity ends there because we all process and metabolize food at different rates. We will be heartened by the good news in that we are less likely to have heart attack or a stroke if we are successful in losing weight and are able to get in shape.
The first basic rule of weight loss is that you have to eat less than you burn up through movement and exercise. Now it does not matter where the calories come from ( i.e. carbohydrates, proteins or fats). How can you do that ? Here are some tips :- Eat lots of fruit and vegetables, lean meats and whole grains. You can also make some smart choices when it comes to salad dressings and cheeses just by simply choosing the low-fat option. Breakfast is a great place to start - here you can choose low-fat milk and yogurt,eggs and lean meat such as diced chicken.

A group of researchers at the University of Colorado recently published some good news. They have been tracking successful weight losers , i.e. those who managed to lose at least 60 pounds and were successful in keeping it off for five years! Another group of researchers with the National Weight Control Registry found that the success stories were those people who managed to keep their daily intake of calories to around the 1,400 level. More good news is that in many major US cities (New York included), restaurants are obliged to publish the calorie information on their menus.

And what, you may ask is the ideal diet ? Is there such a thing? That may well be a matter of opinion but for me, personally, there is one that excels all the others and that is the Mediterranean Diet. As I have been living in Italy and on a Mediterranean type diet for over thirty years, I should know something about it ! Look at the photo of pasta with wild mushrooms and green peppers! Click here for more recipes:-

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