Weight Loss Plateaus -- 7 Easy Steps to Overcome It

Written by Tracy Lee

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3. Start off onrepparttar right foot: You got to eat something for breakfast every day. Not only will you startrepparttar 147167 day with your stomach feeling satisfied, eating breakfast actually kick starts your metabolism so that you'll burn more calories throughoutrepparttar 147168 day.

4. Eat more often: Instead of eating 3 big regular meals each day, opt to have 5 smaller meals. After you eat, your body releasesrepparttar 147169 hormone insulin, which causes your body to store fat. The largerrepparttar 147170 meal,repparttar 147171 more insulin your body releases. But smaller, more frequent meals keep insulin levels lower and more stable. The less insulin you have in your blood,repparttar 147172 more fat you burn, andrepparttar 147173 less you store.

5. Try water first: If you're feeling "hungry," try drinking a glass of water first before you go grab something to much on. Sometimes we confuse thirst for hunger, and end up eating more food unnecessarily. Ifrepparttar 147174 water doesn't make that hunger pang go away, you can always grab something to eat later. Andrepparttar 147175 bonus is thatrepparttar 147176 water would have helped you to feel fuller, so you don't have to eat as much!

6. Avoid snacks at night: After you've had your dinner, do not snack or eat supper. And never ever eat just before you go to bed. Take it from Oprah -- she says that one of her secrets to her successful weight loss is that she does not eat anything after 7:30pm... not even a grape.

7. Try a weekly one-day "cleanse": Choose 1 day inrepparttar 147177 week to cleanse your system by taking only vegetable juices. And please use fresh vegetable juices if you can, and avoidrepparttar 147178 canned stuff that are chock-full of sodium or added sugars!

Apply these 7 simple steps and you too will be able to overcome those plateaus easily.

Copyright 2005 Tracy Lee

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

Written by John Tiniakos

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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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