Carbs: The Good, the Bad, and the Healthy
Carbs are a part of nearly every dieter’s vocabulary. A number of diets are famous for fighting carb consumption. But you should know that not every carbohydrate is created alike. While it is true that you can lose weight by cutting carbs, carbs are also necessary for a good diet.
To begin with, we should define our terms. Carbs are derived from a number of different sources. They are present in bread, pasta, fruits, and vegetables. There are also a number of different types of carbs. For instance, carbs come in the form of sugars, starches, and fiber.
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Food Addiction: A Craving You Can’t Seem to Control
You may overdose on potato chips or tortilla chips once in a while, but would you consider yourself to be a food addict? The answer is important, because it could be the key to determining what course of action you need to take in order to lose weight. A number of medical experts say that food addiction is just as serious as nicotine or cocaine addiction—and can potentially be just as deadly.
When you suffer from food addiction, you have an overwhelming desire for a particular food. The desire is so strong, in fact, that if you are unable to consume that food, you suffer from withdrawal symptoms such as headaches, nausea, and depression. Food addicts crave the comfort that a particular food gives them. They also may engage in binge eating. Their cravings for food may be both physical and psychological.
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There are some families that are desert families and some that are not. Mine was definitely a desert family. Growing up, we enjoyed the most sumptuous and extravagant sweets with our dinners. Whether we were going out or staying in, we would have cake, ice cream, truffles, tarts, or some other delicious treat at the end of the meal. Even if we were eating something basic like meatloaf or grilled chicken, dinner was not thought of as complete until we had something to counter the otherwise healthy meal. I would not say that we were hugely obese people, but we were definitely overweight. After all, even if you are otherwise eating healthy food, all those sweets can add up after a while. And add up they did!
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Most people have a craving for chocolate on occasion. It’s thought of as something that happens to women, but men seem to have the same problem. The plain chocolate bars are popular, but people also seem to love the many different bars that add a variety of different ingredients like caramel, nuts, and all sorts of yummy things. Most think of chocolate as a sweet treat, and it is, but at the same time, new research is saying there are some health benefits to the treat as well.
The chocolate bars that are said to have the best health benefits are the ones made with dark chocolate. Some just naturally love dark chocolate, but it not the choice for some. It does have a different taste and is usually not quite as sweet as the milk chocolate candy bars. You don’t even need to eat an entire bar to get the benefits, and small bite a day is all they are reporting is needed. Who would have thought something as decadent as chocolate might actually be recommended by your doctor?
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In the morning, you may find that you are playing a continual game of “catch up.” You’re rushing to the shower, rushing through traffic, rushing to work. You may feel as if you don’t have time for breakfast, let alone a nutritious breakfast. You may find that you’re just not hungry at that time of day, or you believe that you need to lose weight, so you skip breakfast altogether. What you may not realize is that, by eliminating breakfast from your morning routine, you’re jeopardizing your health—and your waistline.
There are a number of good reasons to eat breakfast, particularly if you are a dieter. To begin with, the very act of eating breakfast can speed up your metabolism, which is critical to weight loss. Think about it. You may eat dinner around 6 p.m. If you wait until lunch to eat again, as many as 18 hours might have passed. Breakfast is therefore critical to your overall health and well-being.
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6 Ways of Controlling Your Food Habits
You might be aware of the fact that controlling your food habits is one surefire way to keep your weight in check. It is however, easier said than done! It is a known fact that people become overweight by overeating. Naturally then, they would become slimmer by undereating. But how do you control your eating habits? In this article I will discuss about six ways in which you can control your food intake.
1. Eat only when you are hungry: That is how it should be, but too many times people eat just for the joy of it. However, the very first step towards weight loss is to learn to eat only when your stomach growls and otherwise not! Which means that if you are eating your office lunch and are already full when someone offers you a burger, you should say ‘NO’ to it. If you are at a party and you think you have eaten enough and if one of your friends offers you “something more”, you should turn it down. When you are eating your dinner, you should stop eating as soon as you feel full!
2. If you are eating for comfort, taste every bite. Even with all the necessary precautions you take to control your food intake, you may still want to eat for pleasure. If you are eating for pleasure, you should taste and enjoy every bite of your food; this will satiate your food cravings with very little food intake!
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In the beginning, there was cereal. The cereal was rather plain, not very tasty. So, the ingenious cereal manufacturer added sugar. He came up with great ways of adding sugar to the cereal, so that all the kids loved the way the cereal tasted. This was a wonderful invention, and it worked for some twenty odd years. Then one day, someone thought to ask what all that sugar might do to the children consuming the cereal.
The cereal wagon train had to circle the wagons, and come up with a better plan. Thus was born the “vitamin fortified” label you see on the box of cereal now. Vitamins and minerals essential to the development of our healthy children were added to the cereal mix, and all the parents were happy.
As a fairy tale, the cereal industry is a little lacking in appeal, as a breakfast food; however, they’ve remained an expert. When cereal first came into being, almost 200 years ago, it did not have very much appeal. It tasted awful, and didn’t look much better. The purpose of the invention was for convenience and health. And those were the only purposes it served; taste and presentation were not figured into the equation.
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One of the hardest parts of maintaining a healthy weight loss program is going out to eat. Eating out represents one of the biggest challenges to the determined dieter. How is anyone supposed to lose weight with the world offering up daily temptations? What is a determined dieter to do—simply lock themselves in their house and never step out for fear of temptation? Clearly, this is not possible. At some point you will have to go out to dinner and face your greatest fear. Perhaps your greatest fear is the dessert cart, or just that greasy burger with basket full of crispy yet fatty French fries. Whatever your poison may be, here are some tips for how to eat safely outside the home and not gain an ounce. It is truly possible!
Give Yourself a Day Off from the Diet Grind
One of the easiest solutions to eating safely outside the home is to designate the occasional dining out day. Make a deal with yourself: you will not eat out more than say, once a week (or longer, if you can bear it!), but when you do go out, you are allowed to eat anything you want. This is an easy way to avoid feeling deprived (and thus more at risk of falling off the diet wagon). By following this dining out system, you can still commune with friends, family and co-workers without having to give up your diet or worry about spoiling your progress. Just remember that if you are going to go with the ‘eat out and enjoy it’ strategy, you have to make sure you are not going to eat out very often. Give your wallet, and your waist, a break, and stay in.
Control Your Own Portion When Dining Out
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