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Monday, 28 September 2015 09:12

The Top 10 Diet Tips!

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There are numerous tips and tools that can help you lose and keep your weight off. Here are the top 10!

 "The National Weight Control Registry (NWCR), established in 1994 by Rena Wing, Ph.D. from Brown Medical School, and James O. Hill, Ph.D. from the University of Colorado, is the largest prospective investigation of long-term successful weight loss maintenance population." They have proven strategies that work for weight loss and ones that I've personally been preaching for decades. The top three are core to weight management:

1. Eat breakfast every morning. Of those involved in the NWCR, 78% of them eat breakfast every day.

2. 75% weigh themselves at least once a week. Even though this may be more of a maintenance tip, it's  just as appropriate for losing weight too. Getting on the scale every single day is really not needed and can only discourage you with a fluctuating weight due to various reasons, ultimately leading to discouragement and even giving up.

3. 90% of the NWCR loss population exercises. At CMWM we suggest only a minimum of 30 minutes a day and no more than 60 minutes a day of moderate activity for best weight loss results. Over-exercising with highly vigorous exercise on our plan can actually hinder your weight loss due to the low calorie level. Those on medically supervised diet plans have different exercise requirements.

Other good tips include:

4. Eat small healthy snacks during the day, every 3-4 hours, to keep hunger at bay, stabilize blood sugar, keep metabolism going strong, and keep from getting ‘cravings.’ It’s hard to mange hunger if you are overly-hungry. Once blood sugar is disrupted, so is your hunger level, it becomes unmanageable.

5. Eat a small amount of lean protein with every meal and snack. Protein actually fills you up better and is a food which actually burns more calories to help you lose and manage weight more efficiently.

6. Plan ahead for everything: this means planning for, and shopping for your week's or day's menu plan. Pack a cooler with portable food for busier days if needed. Check the night before to make sure your plan is intact. Always keep a water bottle with you. Don't forget to look ahead at your challenging events and examine how can you be successful despite any challenges.  

7. Organize your kitchen for success. Always have both fresh and frozen fruit and vegetables, lettuce greens, pre-cooked (if needed) grilled chicken/lean protein, egg whites/eggs, bottled or filtered water - to keep you on track. Keep the unhealthy foods out of the kitchen or it's just plain self-sabotage to your weight management efforts.

8. Consume real whole foods and avoid most processed ones. In other words if it doesn't come directly from a plant or from an animal it's usually processed and may not be worth eating nutritionally, right along with slowing your progress down. Your body loses weight much more efficiently with real food!

9. Bring your own meals to work, brown-bag it. According to a 2012 study in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics,  "Dieters who eat out for lunch even once a week lose 5 fewer pounds on average." When you bring your own food you have a lot more control over what you consume. Restaurant foods are notorious for their "hidden fats," carbs and chemicals…and probably other bad things you can't see.

10. Learn positive stress management skills and/or get the help you need to avoid emotional and stress eating. No diet in the world "fixes" any kind of emotional eating. If you do not learn these skills, your dieting efforts will be in vain.

Readers what are your most helpful dieting tips?

Friday, 24 October 2014 10:37

FDA Approves New Treatment for Diabetes

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FDA last Friday approved a new form of anti- diabetes medicine insulin that can be taken as inhalation. The medicine (brand name Afrezza) is expected to help patients affected by diabetes control their blood sugar levels. It is claimed to be a fast-acting form of insulin. Given that insulin could only be given through injections, an easy form of the medicine was long awaited.

Rarely did any diseases affect the world on such a large scale as did obesity. Young generation has become especially more affected the world over as they indulged more in things like fast foods, sweetened beverages and other fattening stuff.

That physical activity helps reduce weight and maintain health is known to everybody. Doing exercise is generally considered to be a rather 'formal' that you achieve by running on a jogging track or to going to a gym for treadmill. Although exercising in a formal way is the most desirable way of doing it and it is best to include exercise as a priority item in your daily schedule, you can still manage to keep yourself active even when you are at work.

Throughout history, stigma of the disease has brought more sufferings to people than the disease itself. Devastating diseases like TB, leprosy, plague and in recent times HIV are the bitter examples.

Tuesday, 09 September 2014 15:13

Home Cooking is Healthy Cooking

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I think there is little controversy that eating at home is a much healthier choice than eating out.

Thursday, 28 August 2014 12:52

Biomarkers for Foods Identified in Blood

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Researchers recently were able to identify bio-markers in blood for different foods eaten. The technique enables us scientifically measure the amount of any particular food ingredient in the body and provides a useful tool to assess the compliance of an individual with a specific diet he/she has been prescribed for weight control or any other medical purpose.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014 21:24

Obesity Found Linked With Dementia

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The list of diseases associated with obesity is getting longer and longer. Since the recognition of obesity by renown health icons like WHO and American Health Association as one of the biggest health problem of 21st century, extensive research has been launched to find out its elaborate role in causation of different diseases that find their way through it. Thanks to research, every now and then, we come to know that obesity is at the root cause of many different diseases.

Obesity epidemic is a global health concern. A new study finds a link between obesity and 10 common cancers.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014 13:38

Drug-Induced Weight Gain

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Weight gain with over eating or eating fat-rich, high caloric diet is understandable. But some time you gain weight despite you are not over eating or eating bad; your medications may be the cause!

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