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Saturday, December 24, 2005

Keep It Low Cal!!!


It's the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.
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5 Comments:

  • At 3:43 AM, Blogger The Ana Belles said…

    Considered the dinosaur of weight loss strategies, low calorie diets were once hailed as the cure-all for expanding waistlines. These diets fell out of fashion decades ago when specific dietary components, such as dietary fats and carbohydrates, were pegged as the obesity villain. If you think that low calorie diets have become extinct, this is one Paleolithic eating style that is making a comeback.

     
  • At 3:44 AM, Blogger The Ana Belles said…

    Since all of the foods that you eat and drink, other than water and diet beverages, contain calories, a low calorie diet, in the simplest terms, is one that restricts calories in order for you to lose weight.

    Managing your weight is based on three simple equations:


    1. Calories in = Calories needed: When the calories you consume are equal to the calories that your body needs daily, your weight will stay the same. For example, most women, depending upon their age and activity level, consume from 1,600 to approximately 2,200 calories daily. When they consume this amount of calories daily, they are able to maintain their body weight. Men typically need from 2,200 to 2,800 calories or more daily, depending upon their activity levels, to keep their weight stable.

    2. Calories in > Calories needed: When you consistently consume more calories than you need over an extended period of time, your weight will begin to increase as your body will store these excess calories as fat. Unfortunately, many of your neighbors are finding themselves a product of this unbalanced equation, as over 60 percent of Americans are currently overweight or obese. In other words, Americans are chowing down more calories than they need on a regular basis, and their bathroom scales are constantly reminding them of their overindulgence.

    3. (This is what we want!!!)Calories in < Calories needed: If you routinely consume fewer calories than you need, you will begin shedding your excess weight. Since a pound of fat is the equivalent to approximately 3,500 calories, a deficit of this amount of calories, over a period of time, will produce a loss of a pound of weight. For example, if a person who needs 2,200 calories daily to maintain her weight begins to consume 1,950 calories, or 250 calories less daily, she would pleasantly find that there would be one pound less of her by the end of a two week period (250 calories X 14 days = 3,500 calories).

     
  • At 9:00 AM, Blogger The Ana Belles said…

    Weight Loss:
    Very Low-Calorie Diets

    Traditional weight loss methods include low-calorie diets that allow between 800 to 1,500 calories a day and encourage regular exercise. However, an alternative method that moderately to severely obese people may consider for significant, short-term weight loss is the very low-calorie diet (VLCD).

    Many VLCDs are commercially prepared formulas of 800 calories or less that replace all usual food intake. Others, such as the well-known grapefruit diet (also called the Hollywood Diet), rely on eating a lot of the same low-calorie food or foods. VLCDs are not the same as over-the-counter meal replacements, which are substituted for one or two meals a day.

    How Effective Are VLCDs?

    A VLCD may allow a severely to moderately obese person to lose about 3 to 5 pounds per week, for an average total weight loss of 44 pounds over 12 weeks. Such a weight loss can improve obesity-related medical conditions, including diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. However, VLCDs are no more effective than more modest dietary restrictions in the long-term maintenance of reduced weight. Combining a VLCD with behavioral therapy and exercise may increase weight loss and help keep it off for the long-term. Behavioral therapy helps you to recognize what causes you to overeat so that you can consciously change those behaviors.

    Are VLCDs Safe?

    VLCDs are generally safe when used under proper medical supervision in people with a body mass index (BMI) greater than 30. Use of VLCDs in people with a BMI of 27 to 30 should be reserved for those who have medical complications resulting from their obesity.

    VLCDs are not suitable for everyone. Doctors generally recommend them on a case-by-case basis and your doctor will decide whether or not such a diet is appropriate for you. VLCDs are not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women, and are not appropriate for children or adolescents except in specialized treatment programs. Due to the need for other medications for preexisting conditions, as well as the possibility of side effects, these types of diets may not be suitable for people over 50, either.

    What Are the Side Effects to VLCDs?

    Many people on a VLCD for 4-16 weeks report minor side effects such as fatigue, constipation, nausea and diarrhea, but these conditions usually improve within a few weeks and rarely prevent people from completing the program.

    The most common serious side effect seen with VLCDs is gallstone formation. Gallstones, which frequently develop in obese people (especially women), are even more common during rapid weight loss. The reason for this may be that rapid weight loss appears to decrease the gallbladder's ability to contract bile. But, it is unclear whether VLCDs directly cause gallstones or whether the amount of weight loss is responsible for the formation of gallstones.

    What Are the Other Drawbacks?

    To be healthy, we need a balance of foods from different food groups. It's quite difficult to get good nutrition in as few as 800 calories (a dietitian would have trouble doing this), especially if one eats the same foods day after day.

    Also, once you go off the diet, you will likely regain your weight unless you change your lifestyle and commit to healthy eating, regular physical activity and an improved outlook about food. By sticking to a long-term commitment, you can prevent your weight from drifting back up the scale.

    *Charlotte Grayson, MD, WebMD, August 2004.

     
  • At 5:05 AM, Blogger The Ana Belles said…

    Appetite Control That Really Works:

    When it comes to losing weight, there are some things you could live without; an insatiable appetite is one of them. Appetite can feel like such an untamable beast, and a bossy one at that. When it demands to be fed, you feed it - often regardless of your weight control goals.

    So what’s the alternative to caving in? We recommend four tactics for true appetite control. Read on to learn more!

    1. Simple appetite control:
    Appetite provides an important indicator of your body’s need for refueling; when you are low on energy, your stomach lets you know. Your appetiteis not a problem; it’s how you respond to it that can be.

    "Effective appetite control strategies should help curb your appetite without negative side effects and should also assist you in changing the eating habits that cause weight gain" says Pat Fiducia MFT, a weight loss expert at CalorieKing.com.

    "The single most important thing for appetite control is learning to distinguish between true hunger and emotional hunger" stresses Pat. "Once you can do that you need to develop a good understanding of the situations that rev up your appetite and plan strategies to deal with those situations." Pat also advises avoiding foods that fuel appetite and instead consuming those that decrease it. "Simple mind/body strategies can also help you to control appetite" she adds.

    2. It's okay to be hungry:
    "People can get pretty mad at me when I say this!" says Pat, "however, it's an absolutely crucial lesson to learn if you want to control your appetite effectively."

    She explains that many people don't know how to differentiate between true hunger and emotional hunger, i.e. unconscious prompting of trigger foods, trigger situations, and trigger feelings. "Emotional hunger" is the hunger you shouldn't give into. You can feel emotional hunger without responding to it. True hunger only really occurs when you have not eaten for hours or have not had enough calories or fat to satisfy physiological needs.

    "When you think you are hungry give yourself a moment to check that what you are feeling is truly hunger, before the impulse to eat takes over," advises Fiducia.

    "It's also okay to feel less than full or to feel a little hungry even after you've eaten" she adds. "In fact, most people who have lost weight and kept it off have learned to be comfortable with this feeling."

    3. Situations that will rev up your appetite:

    If you know certain situations rev up your appetite and trigger uncontrolled eating, then you need to know how to avoid or cope with those situations. Which situations rev up your appetite? What can you do to avoid or cope with them effectively? Here are two common ones:

    -The bountiful buffet. Most people's appetites go into overdrive when eating at a buffet. Why is this? Research demonstrates that people eat up to 60 percent more when there is variety, even if the variation is something as simple as a different shape of pasta. The fact is, your appetite is easily bored with one food, and the more you eat of a single food, the less you will crave it – even if it’s chocolate cake. At a buffet, however, there is plenty of variety to keep your appetite interested, even if you are full.

    "Next time you go to a buffet remember to take your motivation with you" says Fiducia. "The most powerful aid for controlling overeating is the conviction that losing weight is more important than eating as much as you want. Commit to eating no more than three selections, and take your time eating, allowing the food to digest slowly."

    -The merry crowd. Research also suggests that you eat more when having a meal with six or more people than you do with a smaller sized group. There are many reasons for this. For example, the distraction of conversation can prevent you from listening to your appetite. Sometimes it’s your unconscious working – possibly reminiscing about family dinners or holidays together, when you perhaps ate more than you should have. Learning "crowd control" for your appetite is an excellent strategy for changing eating habits.

    If the "Merry Crowd" situation is an appetite stimulator for you, you need to pay close attention to your hunger cues when eating with friends, advises Fiducia. Take a moment out of the conversation to decide whether you are really hungry or if your unconscious is just playing tricks on you. Don't go into the “Merry Crowd” situation hungry or thirsty. Eat some lowfat protein and drink a glass of water within one hour of when you plan to eat. "And of course, remember to enjoy the company and the conversation" adds Pat. "Eating with other people is about so much more than the food!"

    4.Appetite curbing foods...brussell sprouts anyone?

    Some foods stimulate appetite while some satisfy it. To effectively control your appetite you need learn to tell the difference.

    Low-fiber and calorie-dense foods, such as candy and cookies, generally increase appetite. On the other hand, high-fiber, bulky foods curb appetite. So when you get a hunger pang, don’t reach for the cookie jar, instead grab a brussel sprout! Well... if not a brussel sprout, perhaps another, tastier, high-fiber, low-calorie food to get you through the initial pang. Particularly good are foods such as legumes, high-fiber cereals, pumpernickel bread, oat bran, cabbage and most vegetables.

    "Another great way to curb appetite is with lowfat protein. I call it 'putting on the protein brakes'" says Pat. "You fill up fast on protein because the amino acids in protein prompt a signal that tells the brain you're getting enough. Protein also stays in your stomach longer than carbohydrate or fat." At meal times fill up on low-fat white meat or soy products, instead of a huge plate of pasta or bread.

    5.Mind/body strategies for taming appetite:

    As well as being familiar with how certain situations and foods increase appetite, you can also use some general strategies to control appetite.

    -Don't get hungry. If you don't eat enough, of course your appetite will scream at you; so nip it before it nips you. When you get too hungry, you lose your ability to make good choices and instead eat whatever you feel like – usually sugary, high-fat, high-calorie convenience foods. Eat regular meals and two planned snacks a day to avoid this happening.

    -Out of sight, out of mind. Don't fool for the idea that if you're forced to exercise a little more willpower you can withstand any temptation. If you think you can use willpower consistently to say "no" to junk food around the house, you're wrong. A better approach to keep the sights and smells of junk food from provoking your appetite is to get it out of the house; out of sight, out of mind.

    -Drink plenty of water. Sometimes what you recognize as hunger is actually thirst. If you feel hungry, try drinking good old H2O. If plain water bores you, consider natural sparkling mineral water with a twist of lemon or lime.


    -Get enough ZZZZZs. Too little sleep affects hunger and appetite hormones adversely. Take notice of how your appetite and sleep patterns are connected and do what you can to get enough rest.

    -Breathe. If you feel like you absolutely Must Eat Now! take some deep breaths and tell yourself that you can eat, but in ten minutes. If you are not truly hungry, the feeling will pass after ten minutes and you will have saved on calories. Or if it doesn't pass, nothing is lost and you won't be any hungrier than you were before.

    -Picture yourself thin. When your appetite screams out "Feed me!" take a minute to picture yourself as you would like to be. Give yourself time to stop, see yourself thinner and healthier, and then decide whether you are still hungry.
    "At the end of the day appetite control is all about making the right decision at the right time" concludes Pat. "If you don't learn to control your appetite, losing weight will always be an uphill battle. Learn to control it instead of letting it control you."

     
  • At 5:52 PM, Blogger The Ana Belles said…

    Taking Calorie Counting Up A Notch

    (CBS) Looking to live a long, healthy life? As CBS News correspondent Mika Brzezinski reports, for people like Joseph Cordell, that means counting every single calorie (video).

    Forty-seven year-old Joseph Cordell is not only counting his calories, but counting on every single one.

    "This is all about getting the most bang for your buck nutritionally, trying to squeeze the most nutrition out of the fewest calories," Cordell says.

    In Cordell's case, that means he eats about 30 percent fewer calories than most people.

    "Green peppers," he remarks. "Wonderful."

    And he restricts his choices to food with the very highest nutritional value. It's called "calorie restriction optimal nutrition," or C.R. for short.

    "The whole idea of calorie restriction is recognizing that calories are basically bad for you," Cordell says.

    So, what does he eat? Well, twice a day, he eats a big bowl of "blueberries, nuts, and apple peels," he tells me.

    That's right, just the peel. The peel is where the most nutrition is stored.

    For lunch, Cordell eats a huge salad made up of the right kinds of food.

    He has it down to a science. "I bet the calories on my plate, which is significantly larger than yours, are certainly no more than 300, maybe less," he says.

    His largest meal is dinner with his family. Tonight, that means another salad, broccoli, asparagus and salmon.

    Known as the "120 Year Diet," followers believe they'll live a lot longer by eating a lot less.

    "Definitely his life expectancy is higher than an average American," Dr. Luigi Fontana says.

    Doctors like Fontana are conducting long-term studies of C.R. They're convinced it protects against major diseases.

    Dr. John Holloszy, principal investigator, agrees. "There's no chance of them getting type 2 diabetes, they have very low blood pressure, and the risk of them developing cancer is markedly decreased," Dr. Holloszy says.

    And exercise? Not an option. C.R. dieters simply don't have the calories for it.

    "The calorie restriction protects them from the same diseases that exercise protects against, and more potently actually than exercise," Dr. Holloszy says.

    His doctors say Cordell's has the blood pressure of a child, the cholesterol of a teenager, and his risk of heart disease is close to zero. Average middle-aged men have 23 to 25 percent body fat; Cordell's is 7 percent.

    "If there wasn't a substantial benefit to C.R., no one would do it," he says.

    For Cordell, the potential payoff is worth eating this way, something many of us might have a hard time with.

    Cordell understands. "Americans, many Americans, are not good at deferred gratification," he says.

    What are Americans good at?

    "Gratification," Cordell says.

    It's not about a short term new year's resolution; it's about a complete diet overhaul that Cordell will stay on for what he believes will be a longer, healthier life.

     

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