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 problemóorrepparttar 140057 solutionócouldn'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:

Another Diet That Won't Work

Written by Steve Gillman

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Address your specific needs. Maybe your weight problem is something that requires psycological help. Maybe you just need a slightly easier to follow diet, and you'll finally lose that weight. Maybe exercise isrepparttar way for you.

You know people that eat all they want and don't gain weight. It's so obvious that we are each physically and mentally unique, and so often ignored when it comes to diets. Findrepparttar 139899 unique combination of factors that work for you, and your existing "willpower" will be more than enough.

Steve Gillman writes on many self-improvement topics. You can get more weight loss tips, and subscribe to a free weight loss newsletter at:

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