5 Tips To Losing Weight With Convenience Food

Written by Tony Newton

While it would be ideal to make all of our own snacks and meals from scratch everyday,repparttar plain and simple truth is that most of us simply don't have that kind of time. This is where we turn to convenience foods to meet our dietary and weight loss needs.

However,repparttar 137367 right convenience foods inrepparttar 137368 right amounts can easily be integrated into almost any diet.

TIP 1 - Shop Smart

Never shop on an empty stomach. This will only make it harder for you to make choices that are in your best interests. Always be prepared with a thorough shopping list and do not divert from it. If an aisle is full of tempting goodies but has nothing on your list, simply walk right by it, instead of down it.

TIP 2 - Read Labels

All convenience foods are notrepparttar 137369 same. Depending on your chosen diet, some will fit much better into your routine than others. This is why it's important to become an informed consumer and never place anything in your grocery basket unless you've readrepparttar 137370 label and determined it's in your best interests to buy it.

TIP 3 - Trim The Fat

Just because a macaroni and cheese frozen dinner is oozing extra cheese doesn't mean you have to eat it. A common sense approach to preparing and consuming convenience foods can go a long way to making them healthier. When you take a frozen meal out halfway to stir it, remove or blot away any excess oils and fats. Transfer to a real plate when finished, so you can discardrepparttar 137371 excess sauces.

Rating the Diets

Written by Brian D. Johnston


With so many different diets available, how are we to know what works and what is safe? The only way to be sure is to discoverrepparttar author's background andrepparttar 137366 research behindrepparttar 137367 diet's methodology. Every good diet should give a background aboutrepparttar 137368 author and his/her credentials and experience inrepparttar 137369 fields of nutrition and biochemistry. However, even a vast resume does not mean a credible and safe diet. But it does suggest, at least, thatrepparttar 137370 author has some knowledge of nutrition. Providing research behindrepparttar 137371 diet proves thatrepparttar 137372 diet is not somethingrepparttar 137373 author invented, so long asrepparttar 137374 research is not self-serving and altered to fit a hypothesis.

Some diets may not need a great deal of tests and studies behind them, simply because they are based on fundamentals. For example, many women's magazines have articles on dieting and weight loss, but they are common sense suggestions that most people concerned about weight should know already: "Eat smaller meals", "cut down on sugar and fat", etc., are typical philosophies. More structured diets should give some scientific reasons for its suggested success, preferably case studies and research performed on everyday test subjects, as well as athletes.

Since we have establishedrepparttar 137375 importance of eating a balanced diet in accordance to selecting healthy foods and obtaining RDA minimums, it is possible now to raterepparttar 137376 diets in accordance to those specific criteria. Begin with a score of 200 and subtract 10 points fromrepparttar 137377 total for each statement below in whichrepparttar 137378 diet concedes. An ideal diet should maintain a score of 200, but a score of 160 or greater is acceptable.

1. The diet does not includerepparttar 137379 food groups in adequate amounts. Some fad diets eliminate one or more ofrepparttar 137380 food groups. Do not deduct 10 points if a food group’s nutrients (e.g., carbs, proteins, fats, fiber, vitamins, and minerals) are adequately substituted with that of another food group.

2. The diet does not provide at least 45% of its calories from carbohydrate sources. In order to prevent ketosis, at least 150g of glucose/day is required. That’s 33-50% of total calorie intake on a 1200-calorie diet. Keep in mind that isrepparttar 137381 minimum. For highly active individuals, that amount should increase to 60% at times, i.e., immediately after exercise.

3. The carbohydrate content exceeds 20% concentrated sugars. At least 80% of carbohydrate sources should be complex, and preferably inrepparttar 137382 form of vegetables, seeds, and legumes.

4. The protein content exceeds 30%. A very high protein intake is unnecessary, it places additional strain onrepparttar 137383 urinary system, and it is a poor source of energy. Thirty percent is more than adequate, even for growing children and teenagers. The only group that requires higher protein intake are those who recently suffered a severe injury (e.g., leg amputation), infection, or surgery. However, these individuals will be underrepparttar 137384 care of a physician with a special high protein diet.

5. Protein content accounts for 15% or less of total calories. Although unnecessary in large amounts, protein still has many vital functions, including tissue repair andrepparttar 137385 formation of enzymes.

6. Fats exceed 30% of total intake. Besides increasingrepparttar 137386 risk of cardiovascular disease, high fat diets have not been demonstrated to decrease weight better than other methods of ‘proper’ eating.

7. Total fat consumption is less than 15% of total calories. Fat in moderate amounts is essential for a healthy diet, and such a diet provides taste to many foods. Fat intake below 15% for long periods, for most individuals, is unrealistic. Fat intake that is too low can also be detrimental to children and teenagers who require ample kcalories for continued growth.

8. Total fat consumption is less than 25% essential fatty acids, and saturated fat is more than 30% of total fat consumption. Deduct 10 for each.

9. The diet does not suggest common foods, meaning foods you should be able to obtain at any grocery store or market.

10. The foods forrepparttar 137387 diet are expensive or monotonous. Some diets requirerepparttar 137388 purchase of ‘their’ foods or expensive ‘organic’ foods only obtained through health food stores. Some foods taste so bad they are difficult to tolerate repeatedly (e.g., seaweed). Deduct 10 for each.

11. The diet consists of an inflexible meal plan. The diet does not allow for substitutions or deviations, requiring a person to live under ‘house arrest’ withrepparttar 137389 same food selections every day.

12. The diet provides less than 1200 kcalories per day. Less than that andrepparttar 137390 body's basic functions may not be gettingrepparttar 137391 energy, vitamins and minerals needed to work properly, andrepparttar 137392 dieter almost is certain to feel hungry allrepparttar 137393 time. Diets below 1200 kcalories should be reserved for those underrepparttar 137394 supervision of a dietitian or licensed physician. 13. The diet requiresrepparttar 137395 use of supplements. Ifrepparttar 137396 diet provides adequate energy and it is well balanced, supplements are unnecessary. ‘Fat accelerators,’ such as ephedrine, may increaserepparttar 137397 rate of weight loss, butrepparttar 137398 diet should be able to stand on its own merit. Some diet clinics promote a vast array of herbal preparations and fat accelerators, and this is where these clinics make their money – not in their knowledge and ability as nutritionists.

14. The diet does not recommend a realistic weight goal. Diets should not be promotingrepparttar 137399 body of a Greek god or a supermodel. They should not be suggesting that a person lose 100 pounds (even if 100 pounds overweight). Nor should diets recommend weight loss below an ideal weight.

15. The diet recommends or promotes more than 1-2 lbs/week weight loss. Do not expect to lose more than 1-2 pounds of fat a week – it is physically impossible unless chronically obese, at which point 3 pounds may be possible. If more than two pounds is lost per week,repparttar 137400 body change is due to a loss of water and/or muscle tissue. Gimmicks that promise 10 pounds in 2 weeks are either simply not true or else something other than fat is being lost. Also keep in mind thatrepparttar 137401 more fat a person wishes to lose, andrepparttar 137402 less a person has,repparttar 137403 more difficult and slower it will be to lose additional fat.

16. The diet does not include an evaluation of food habits. Dieting should be a slow process by which a person changes normal eating habits. It should not include looking for quick fixes and quick plans promising short cuts and extreme changes – a person would never stay with these programs and such diets do not work long-term. The number of kcalories eaten, andrepparttar 137404 food selections and their amounts, should be reevaluated on a regular basis… perhaps once every 1-2 months to determinerepparttar 137405 program’s effectiveness.

17. Regular exercise is not recommended as part ofrepparttar 137406 plan for proper weight loss. Weight loss occurs twice as fast with exercise, and without exercise there is a greater tendency to lose lean muscle tissue as well as fat. This is not ideal.


Low Carbohydrate Diets: Ketosis occurs, and this presentsrepparttar 137407 same problems as fasting. Once glycogen stores are spent (which happens quickly with athletes and those who exercise regularly), glucose must be made from protein sources, and there is greater wear onrepparttar 137408 kidneys as a result. Even on a high protein diet, some protein will be taken from body tissues in order to produce enough energy forrepparttar 137409 nervous system and regular activity. The onset of ketosis is an indication that this process has begun and it is not a positive aspect, regardless of what pro-high-fat authorities indicate.

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