Four Common Mistakes that Overweight People Make

Written by Jill Fleming, MS, RD

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3.Havingrepparttar “all-or-nothing” way of thinking. Following a diet/binge or feast/famine cycle will cause your body to become more efficient at storing calories and fat. Diets do not work. If you want to lose weight, stop dieting and start listing to what your body is telling you.

4.Combining sugar with fat. The sugar-fat combination isrepparttar 140094 best formula for weight gain. The sugar causes a release of insulin, to lower your blood sugar and practically opensrepparttar 140095 door to your fat cells. By combining fat with sugar in a certain food (i.e. a donut), it will be very easy for your body to store it as fat. I do recommend that you allow yourself treats during your weight loss process, but keeprepparttar 140096 sugar away fromrepparttar 140097 fat. If your treat is a slice of cheesecake, alterrepparttar 140098 recipe to make it low fat since it does contain a lot of sugar. If you are eating tortilla chips as a treat, do not drink lemonade with them.

Jill Fleming, MS, RD is a Registered Dietitian & the author of the book Thin People Don’t Clean Their Plates. This book reveals the THIN CHOICES success strategies that promote both impressive and permanent weight loss results. With Jill’s natural ability to motivate others, she can teach anyone to apply these same strategies to their own busy life. Jill says, “Life is too short to live in a body that you don’t enjoy.”

How to Lose Weight: Food for Thought

Written by Gary Cordingley

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The same holds true when it comes to eating. If we wanted to budget our calories, how inrepparttar world could we make good choices if we didn't knowrepparttar 140043 calorie count ofrepparttar 140044 foods we eat? We just couldn't do a good job. Our calorie intake per day would probably exceed our break-even point for maintaining body weight, and we would gain.

So, in order to make sensible choices, it's crucial to knowrepparttar 140045 approximate number of calories inrepparttar 140046 foods we eat. An easy way to do that is to buy a paperback book inrepparttar 140047 check-out line of your grocery store that listsrepparttar 140048 calorie content of usual portions of commonly consumed food and beverages. (Or look them up online.) We don't necessarily need to checkrepparttar 140049 list each time we sit down to eat, but knowing typical figures for our favorite foods will enable us to know if we're keeping or exceeding our daily calorie budget.

This is not as awful as it sounds. In fact, there can be pleasant surprises. Suppose I typically getrepparttar 140050 munchies inrepparttar 140051 evening, and I roamrepparttar 140052 house in search of goodies to snack upon. Here is where knowledge of calorie contents can pay off. If I satisfy my munchies by eating cookies, French fries, potato chips or candies, then I'll blow my daily food-budget in just one sitting. But what if I substitute pretzels or unbuttered popcorn? They might be just as satisfying, yet contain fewer calories. So these alternative choices might spare my daily calorie budget at no loss of satisfaction.

As a physician I often encourage my patients to lose weight. Being overweight can increase blood pressure and cholesterol which, in turn, increaserepparttar 140053 likelihoods of heart attacks and strokes. Heart attacks and strokes arerepparttar 140054 number one and number three causes of death inrepparttar 140055 U.S., respectively, and strokes arerepparttar 140056 number one cause of disability. So we're talking about real conditions that afflict real people. Moreover, our overweight bodies put more stress and strain on our spines and our knees, making them wear out earlier, hurt more, and interfere with quality of life.

Some patients with whom I have this conversation look at me like I'm crazy. They're eating barely enough food to keep a small bird warm, they say. The problem—orrepparttar 140057 solution—couldn't possibly lie withrepparttar 140058 food they eat.

The incentives are clear. The choices are ours to make. We shouldn't blame our metabolism. And we shouldn't delude ourselves that we consume barely enough to keep ourselves alive, and yet still, unaccountably, gain weight. We need to take our health into our own hands and start making choices that increaserepparttar 140059 quality and quantity of our remaining years.

(C) 2005 by Gary Cordingley

Gary Cordingley, MD, PhD, is a clinical neurologist, teacher and researcher. For more health-related articles see his website at:

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