Low-Fat Diet No Longer Healthy

low-fat diet
Low-Fat Diet
We are forever being told that this diet is better than the others due to a number of reasons, but often these reasons are without any kind of detailed information to back up those claims. However, that is not the case here because by compiling these 7 facts why a low carb diet is better than a low fat diet the aim is to prove this claim beyond any reasonable doubt. That being said, here are those seven amazing facts.

1. It restricts the amount of calories that you consume.
Yep, a low carb diet is going to automatically manage to reduce the amount of calories that you are consuming on a daily basis and obviously that is going to have a major impact on your ability to shed those pounds. However, the amazing thing is that when you are on a low carb diet you are free to basically eat as much as you want, within reason of course, whereas those on the low fat diet have it drilled into them that they need to count those calories right from the outset. The coolest thing is that they often end up consuming the same calories, but you have less restrictions on the low carb diet.

2. It has been proven that it leads to more weight loss.
This point is of course the key to all diets, but when it has been scientifically proven that this is the approach that results in the greatest weight loss, then surely you can see how it is better than a low fat diet? In some people they can actually lose twice the amount of weight, which is astonishing, but even better is that those on the low carb diet have a tendency to lose weight more in the abdominal area and this is better overall for our health. This can lead to a reduction in our chances of having heart disease or diabetes later on in life and this just does not happen with a low fat diet.
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7 Habits That Cause Belly Fat

Belly fat
So, you’ve got yourself an absolutely gorgeous bikini to wear for a pool party two weeks from now. However, there’s a little bit of a problem – there’s no way of hiding your bulging belly fat in that skimpy swimsuit. Not sure how to trim down in order to do some justice to that awesome bikini waiting in your closet? Check out these seven habits that can cause belly fat – and be sure to do the opposite, so you can shape up and lose those unsightly bulges as fast as possible!

1. Drinking Carbonated Drinks Regularly

Can’t last a day without gulping down a can or two of soda? If this is you, then you’re certainly not being kind to your body. According to researchers, consuming one or two cans of soda daily causes your waistline to increase at least five times faster than those who barely drink soda in the course of a week. The concept behind this is that the high amount of sugar used in sodas trigger your craving for food, so you end up eating more than you should during mealtimes. Diet sodas aren’t any better than regular varieties since these contain artificial sweeteners, which can increase your appetite as much as sugar does. So if you have that serious craving for a satisfying drink, opt for healthy smoothies, fresh fruit juices, or a glass of water with lemon zest and mint leaves. You’re doing your body and overall health a favor by choosing a more nutritious drink that’s also low in sugar content. Since soda only causes you to add pounds without quenching your thirst, why bother drinking it, right?

2. Using a Larger Plate Each Time You Eat

Whether it’s a buffet dinner or just a regular meal at home, pay attention to the size of plate you use at mealtime. In a survey conducted among obese individuals, it was discovered that these people prefer larger plates over smaller or medium-sized ones. With a large plate size, they have more space for their food. So, how does this habit cause belly fat? Simple. When you have a larger space to pile up your food, you tend to consume more than your body needs, and that leads to more fat stored in your body. To avoid this nasty chain reaction, make it a point to use smaller plates and resist the urge to eat or go back for seconds when you’ve already had enough.

3. Dining Late at Night

While it’s true that your body naturally burns some flab as you sleep, it might not be able to efficiently do so when you go to bed on a full stomach. Aside from causing belly fat, eating late and reclining on a full stomach increases your risk of developing acid reflux and indigestion, since gravity is no longer able to pull everything in your tummy straight down. To prevent these conditions, consider eating smaller meals at night and don’t lie down for at least three hours after dinner. If possible, just snack on fruits in case you feel a bit hungry at night instead of raiding the fridge for sweet desserts to satisfy your craving.
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The Case for Big Changes to Lose Weight

Chilhood obesity in America
So often we're told to make "small changes," but when would there ever be the need to really go cold turkey? Some people do (they toss out all the junk food or quit smoking) and have success. Think someone could talk about when exactly this can be a good thing?
For many people, their mindset when consuming certain foods can be addictive in nature. They try and try again to lose “those stubborn 30 pounds,” however they don’t change their trigger foods. Then in times of stress, they return to enjoy the sweet and gooey brownies, but without their normal mental armor reminding them to enjoy brownies “in moderation.”

How does one cope: should they throw out the idea of ever eating a brownie again, or know it’s a lifetime battle?
Currently, 70 percent of the population is overweight and/or obese. When going cold turkey with trigger foods, we need to have back-up plans in place. We need to understand the reasons behind nutrition and learn the addictive powers of junk food. According to the Food and Drug Administration, junk food actually leads to neuro-chemical addiction. Sugar is as addictive as cocaine. It’s science! In order to help overcome food addictions we need to further educate ourselves on the importance of eating a balanced, high fiber diet that helps shift cravings.

Learn how your own body responds to trigger foods to change your mindset and response. If stressed, have a back up plan.

1. Immediately lace up and go for a run/walk. Make a healthy swap and shift your attention—activity instead of stress eating through a pint of Ben & Jerry’s.

2. Throw away the leftover bites and know tomorrow is a new day. Pat your back that you didn’t call Betty Crocker over.

3. Call, not text, but call a friend to talk. Set up exercise dates for the week ahead. Mapping out fitness dates in advance helps after any stressful eating period.

4. Make sure to get seven to eight hours of sleep. Eat a protein-rich breakfast, and eliminate added sugars to help your mind be sharp to make healthy choices too.

5. Take five big breaths, remind yourself each day is new, and you are a good person. A bit cliché, but food doesn’t own who you are and how you live. You do! Buckle up buttercup and believe you can live healthy, active and happy.

More often than not, the all or nothing mentality sets people up for failure. It is due to the feeling of guilt and shame when the trigger food is consumed. People need to live, learn how to work with food in all settings, and retrain their mindset with trigger foods. To help ease food guilt, partake in conscious eating or mindful eating. Slowing down to listen to one’s body signals for fullness, fatigue and energy.

According to Jean Kristeller, Ph.D., cofounder of The Center for Mindful Eating, we need to learn along with our body about “taste satiety.” It varies with different foods, but some people lose their awareness of how foods even taste to please their taste buds, and that triggers overconsumption. Slow down to taste each bite, taking five big breaths between.
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Dr. Oz's 10 Most Controversial Weight Loss Supplements

Weight loss supplements
Yesterday Dr. Mehmet Oz basically admitted before a Senate subcommittee hearing that many of the claims he makes about weight loss supplements are not based in fact.
“I can’t figure this out, Dr. Oz – I don’t get why you need to say this stuff when you know it’s not true,” complained Senator Claire McCaskill in a hearing before the Senate subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety and Insurance. “When you have this amazing megaphone, why would you cheapen your show?”

Replied Oz: “I actually do personally believe in the items I talk about on the show. I passionately study them. I recognize that oftentimes they don’t have the scientific muster to present as fact. Nevertheless, I would give my audience the same advice I give my family, and I have given my family these products.”

The weight loss products Dr. Oz is talking about are, of course, the many supplements that have achieved mega-success after a mention on his show, a phenomenon now known as “the Oz effect.”
And while he admits they’re “controversial,” he also argues that they’re a necessary “crutch” for the two thirds of American adults now classified as obese.

“If the only message I gave was to eat less and move more, which is the most important thing people need to do, we wouldn’t be very effectively be tackling this challenge, because viewers know these steps and they still struggle,” he said. “So we search for tools and crutches for short-term support so people can jump-start their programs.”

Further defending the role of his show, he adds: “I would rather have a conversation about these materials on my stage than in back alleys.”
So what are the weight loss supplements getting Dr. Oz into hot water? A quick rundown:

1. Forskolin: In the hearings, McCaskill brings up Forskulin, reminding Oz that he called it “lightning in a bottle” and “a miracle flower” in an episode of his show this past January.
What it really is: A chemical found in the roots of the plant Plectranthus Barbatus that’s been used in traditional medicine to treat high blood pressure and heart disorders.

2. FBCx: Oz counters McCaskill with a defense of FBCx, “which is basically a fiber and we know that fiber when taken correctly is a very effective weight loss tool.”
What it really is: A type of fiber called alpha-cyclodextrin that’s been used to lower cholesterol and bind triglycerides. The term FBCx is an abbreviation for “Fat Binding Complexer” and is basically just a branding term.

3. Raspberry Ketones: Dr. Oz has called it: “A number one miracle in a bottle to burn your fat.”
What it really is: A compound derived from red raspberries that may help regulate adiponectin, a protein that affects metabolism.

4. Yakon Syrup: Dr. Oz has termed  it “a metabolism game-changer.” What it really is: A syrup extracted from the root of the South American plant Smallanthus sonchifolius that can be used as a lower calorie alternative to sugar.

5. Saffron Extract: Dr. Oz touts this “miracle appetite suppressant” for its ability to banish cravings.
What it really is: A spice culled from the plant Saffron crocus, used in Asian and Middle Eastern cooking.

And 5 More: Other weight loss “miracles” touted by Dr. Oz include Sea Buckthorn, Capsiberry, Garcinia Cambogia, African Mango Seed, and Green Coffee Bean extract. In fact, it’s Green Coffee Bean extract that got Dr. Oz into trouble in the first place.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced last month that it was charging one company, Florida-based Pure Green Coffee, with false and deceptive advertising after they sold half a million bottles of green coffee bean extract (at $50 a pop) following a Dr. Oz episode discussing the supplement.

Do any of these weight loss supplements actually work?
We simply don’t know, because there aren’t reliable studies showing that they do. In some cases, extrapolating from other uses in either modern or traditional medicine, it seems possible that they could have weight loss benefits. (Here are 7 weight loss supplements that have at least some scientific data to back up their efficacy.)

But given the lack of studies, they also could have side effects or even pose serious risks at the concentrations necessary to cause significant weight loss.
And then there’s the problem of cost. “It’s a major problem when people are spending more and more money and they’re gaining more and more weight,” said Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota.

After chastizing Oz, McCaskill asked for his support in a movement for stronger consumer protection. “l know you care about America’s health,” she said. “You are being made an example of today because of the power you have in this space. We didn’t call this hearing to beat up on you but we did call this hearing to talk about a  real crisis in consumer protection.”

Oz’s response: “I want to be part of the solution, not the problem.” Let’s see what that means in practice. What do you think of these products  – fraud or fad worth trying?
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