Is the new “high-protein low-saturated fat” diet the answer to weight loss?

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But wait, before you put on your running shoes and begin another diet plan, you might want to hear some very interesting news. There are certain cultures aroundrepparttar world whose diets contain just as much fat and carbohydrate (if not more) as inrepparttar 147049 American diet. Yet they are slimmer, and have much fewer occurrences of heart disease and cancer than their American counterparts.

Recent studies have shown that people in certain Mediterranean regions and in France manage to stay healthier and are less obese than those in other western countries. Let’s look atrepparttar 147050 French first.

In a study by Adam Drewnowski ofrepparttar 147051 University of Michigan, scientists examinedrepparttar 147052 eating habits of 1,637 men and 1,576 women in America and compared them to those of 5,000 French adults. They studied their overall diets based on diversity (foods from 5 major food groups), variety (total number of foods consumed daily) and moderation (according to USDA dietary guidelines). (2)

The results were quite surprising. They found thatrepparttar 147053 French ate more foods that were higher in fat, saturated fat and cholesterol than their American counterparts. The study also showed thatrepparttar 147054 French diet complied with very few ofrepparttar 147055 USDA dietary recommendations for eating healthy. In addition,repparttar 147056 findings showed that 99% of French women’s diets had saturated fat contents in excess of 10% of total daily calories. What’s shocking is that, on average,repparttar 147057 French are thinner and have fewer occurrences of heart disease than Americans.

The possible harmful effects ofrepparttar 147058 high fat content inrepparttar 147059 French diet, however, were offset by diet diversity and variety. Drewnowski pointed out that “the low fat approach is very good but not if it comes atrepparttar 147060 expense of dietary variety.”

The USDA recommends that diets should consist of a variety of foods. According torepparttar 147061 American part ofrepparttar 147062 study, just one in ten men and one in sixteen women consumed food from all five food groups (Meat, dairy products, fruits, vegetables and grains). The other thing is thatrepparttar 147063 French have more active lifestyles than Americans do. Americans typically drive more, walk less and participate in more sedentary type of leisure activities.

Similarly, a Mediterranean diet study also showed thatrepparttar 147064 diet was high in fat, more diverse and had greater variety thanrepparttar 147065 American diet. According to research, certain Mediterranean people, particularly fromrepparttar 147066 Greek island of Crete, had fewer cases of heart disease and were thinner than Americans.

The difference in this study, however, was a crucial finding that suggested food variety and diversity created a certain dietary ratio. This was a ratio between 2 types of fatty acids present inrepparttar 147067 Mediterranean diet. These fatty acids are found in plant sources and fall into 2 groups: The omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids. You have probably heard ofrepparttar 147068 multiple health benefits of these essential fatty acids many times before. They are called essential fatty acids (EFAs) becauserepparttar 147069 body cannot produce them – they can only be obtained from food sources.

Although omega-6 fatty acids are essential torepparttar 147070 diet,repparttar 147071 omega-3 group has more significant therapeutic properties. Omega-3s contain powerful antioxidants that are known to fight against heart disease, lower blood pressure, strengthenrepparttar 147072 immune system, improve mood disorders to name a few.

The other benefit of omega-3s according to research is that they also have an amazing ability to control body fat. Omega-3s controlrepparttar 147073 quantity of adipose (fat) tissue by regulatingrepparttar 147074 amount of fat that goes into fat cells andrepparttar 147075 amount that is burned up for energy. (3, 4) Omega-3s have also been shown to increase fat oxidation inrepparttar 147076 body -repparttar 147077 process by which fat is broken down and used as fuel for energy. (4) This further promotes a reduction in body weight that consists of fat mass.

According to scientistsrepparttar 147078 key factor in diet composition is thatrepparttar 147079 French diet and more sorepparttar 147080 Mediterranean diet consist of higher intakes of foods containing omega-3s thanrepparttar 147081 American diet. In other words their diets contain a better (lower) omega-6 to omega-3 ratio thanrepparttar 147082 American diet. And that’srepparttar 147083 key. One ofrepparttar 147084 main reasons Americans have lower intakes of omega-3s is because of their high intake of processed food. Food processing is largely responsible for removing a lot ofrepparttar 147085 omega-3 content from food.

Onrepparttar 147086 other handrepparttar 147087 French and Mediterranean diets are more abundant in whole foods, fresh fruits and vegetables. And so their intake of omega-3s is considerably higher. In addition,repparttar 147088 people of Crete eat 10 times more fish (rich source of omega-3s) than Americans do. Other important sources of omega-3s inrepparttar 147089 Mediterranean diet were: fish, purslane (wild plant high in omega-3 content), walnuts, figs and various other unrefined carbohydrates. Byrepparttar 147090 way,repparttar 147091 most abundant source of omega-3s is found right here in North America, and that’s flax seed oil.

As we can see, two different cultures manage to stay healthier and slimmer than North Americans while eating foods that contain high fat, carbohydrate and protein contents. The key differences are that their diets contain more unrefined foods; they consist of foods from all food groups and have more variety. As a result they have higher intakes of omega-3s (lower omega-6: omega-3 ratio) than other Western cultures. In addition, both these groups of people are more physically active than Americans.

Now, you can put on those sneakers and walk (or jog) torepparttar 147092 supermarket for a new supply of fresh wholesome food.


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The Lies You May Have Been Told About Ephedra, the Miracle Weight Loss Herb, and How They May End Up Improving Your Life!

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Ephedrine, which isrepparttar active chemical inrepparttar 146981 Ephedra shrub, has many different medicinal uses. It can be found in many over-the-counter medications such as Sudafed, Contac, Primatene, and Bronkaid. So from these examples we see many benefits from Ephedra and how common it actually is. It has been used for asthmatic problems, bronchial problems, and most importantly, weight loss. It has been shown that Ephedra is a powerful blood purifier, being a popular folk remedy for such conditions as arthritis, rheumatism, bursitis and other painful muscle and joint problems. Since Ephedra is a vasoconstrictor, it has been used to stop internal bleeding. These benefits are just a small sample ofrepparttar 146982 many Ephedra has. It was soon found that one ofrepparttar 146983 main benefits to users wasrepparttar 146984 loss of weight, whenrepparttar 146985 product was taken properly, which is very important for your health.

So how can Ephedra help you lose weight and feel great aboutrepparttar 146986 way you look? Keep reading and I will explain this right now. Atrepparttar 146987 moment, because ofrepparttar 146988 recent lift onrepparttar 146989 ban of Ephedra, there is only one company that is able to legally sell Ephedra based products. This company has boughtrepparttar 146990 rights to market an Ephedra based product that aids in weight loss. The product they market is known as Betafuel and has many benefits, butrepparttar 146991 main goal of Betafuel is to help its users to lose weight quickly and easily. If you are interested in this product, and would like to find out more information concerning Betafuel, it can be found here at

Being overweight is notrepparttar 146992 end ofrepparttar 146993 world and there are many things you can do to loserepparttar 146994 weight. Many of those “remedies,” such as dieting and exercise, don’t work for many people, as you may already know. Now, because losing weight is something everyone is trying to do these days, many become frustrated and depressed when these “remedies” don’t work, but don’t give up. There is never a better time than now to start losingrepparttar 146995 weight you’ve always wanted. And Ephedra has been proven time and time again, asrepparttar 146996 ancient Chinese figured out, to drastically improverepparttar 146997 lives of those who have used it properly. Betafuel isrepparttar 146998 only Ephedra based product available at this time with huge benefits of losing weight, as well as other life changing benefits. Once again, it can be found at So, take charge of your life and start feeling great aboutrepparttar 146999 way you look by losing allrepparttar 147000 weight you’ve ever wanted. May this berepparttar 147001 change in your life you will never forget, and always be thankful for. Thanks for reading.

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