Friday, 3 December 2010

Dining when Dieting

There is nothing to argue about, dining out when you are on a diet is very stressful. This is especially true for people that love to eat and like food a lot. This may seem like torture, the right way to go about it is out there for you to eat normally. You do not need to splurge on some things even when you go out to a restaurant. There is no reason why you have to give up dining out all together. Remember that a diet is going to boost your health and to not ruin it and the way that you are feeling.

When you are going out to eat to the fancy restaurant’s the menu is going to get you all worked up. The foods on there that are so fattening, yet so delicious can tempt you. You need to relax and think about eating more your favorite salad or soup before turning to eat the main entrĂ©e. Sometimes you have to watch though what type of soup and salads you are eating. Some are rich in calories and can leave you feeling even hungrier than you were before. Try to take on things like a broth vegetable soup or some salad with lemon or the dressing on the side, this will help in the fact that you do not have to eat it all. More often than other, restaurants will give you more than just one serving size.

It is easy to have guilty pleasures with food when they are eating at a restaurant. Many of the restaurants will have options for those that are dieting but it can still be hard to pass up the tempting calories. You can make your meal healthier with a few things. One example is to order a side salad instead of the fries that most likely come with the meal. You can also order low or no cheese when it comes your burger.

The sauces for a lot of people are hard to resist. They are a large source of fat that you may not even notice. A good idea is to remember that the creamy sauces are worse for your diet. Meat and chicken sauces, light salad dressings and on the side cream sauces will keep your fat intake in a reasonable manner. Keep it all as low as you can get it and you will not have to use all of the sauce that is on your plate.

Having the quality control is very important. Restaurants will bring you a larger portion that what you need most of the time. You should eat less of the meal and dining out can become as safe as your home dinner experience. The best idea is to share your meals with your dining partner. You can also always take the rest of the meal home for the next day. This is like two meals in one. You do not have to wreck your diet with dining out. Keep it under control and you will find that some of the foods are going to be good for you and taste good too.

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Friday, 26 November 2010

Illnesses Caused by Diet

There are illnesses that you can get from dieting and they are called eating disorders. There are two main types and they are anorexia and bulimia. There are about 2 million people in the United States that are suffering right now from one of these eating disorders. These illnesses are going to be more likely in girls and women than in men however there are male patients that are battling eating disorders as well.

Anorexia is showing up more and more in teenagers. This is true more so for girls of middle to upper class families. Men and boys suffer from anorexia but not as often. Anorexia is when a person will not want to eat when they need to in order to survive. There are anorexia patients that avoid eating most of the foods that are out there but will also be more likely to follow activities like grueling physical exercises in order to make their weight come down. Usually their weight is already below normal. Gaining weight is the worst fear of a person with anorexia. The excessive weight loss that anorexics usually have will cause hormonal disturbances in women and girls and will seem to have a number of health problems that can occur.

The reason behind anorexia has not been found out yet. There are health experts that believe that biological, nutritional and psychological causes combined will lead to this disorder. There are social and environmental causes like puberty, a death in the family or any other stress related reason could lead to this. There is not one single treatment that will exist for anorexia at this moment. There are medications that are going to treat depression that is associated with anorexia. The psychological and family support is going to need to be there for the patient come of their eating disorder without fear.

Bulimia nervous is a common eating disorder where the patient is going to have a tempting urge to eat. They will have repeated episodes of binging in a very short amount of time. The patients of bulimia are going to be very afraid of obesity and this will lead them to do self-induced vomiting in order to get the food out of their body. Patients will also try laxatives, diuretics, strict fasting, and dieting of any kind. They will also want to do hard physical exercises for their body to prevent the weight gain. These are all going to be hard on the heart and kidney functions as well.

Anorexia and bulimia are far more often seen in girls rather than boys. However there are men that suffer from the disorders. There are around 7% of the young women seeking heath advice or treatment that suffer from bulimia. Like anorexia, the cause of this disorder is not known. There can be no one effective treatment for the disorder. Medication may be used to help treat depression and there is counseling that can help as well. Having the support of family is going to help the bulimic patient as well. Both anorexia and bulimia are dangerous and life threatening to anyone. If you are or know someone that is suffering from either one, this is not a good diet and you need to find help immediately.

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Friday, 15 October 2010

Family Dieting

It is hard to diet on your own this is true. You can turn to some things like exercise classes, support groups, and even a partner to diet with. Some like to go to special health clubs to get the help that they are looking for. You may be forgetting one thing, you have your family there with you to lean on and get great support from.

Families will come together to work through just about anything. They can work through tragedies and successes. You should involve your family in the dieting process as well. You should check with your doctor first and make sure that the particular diet is going to be safe and secure for all of your family members to participate in. You can get your kids, spouse and even your parents involved in this plan.

One of the best ways to get over temptation is to create a healthier environment. When you get the junk food out of your sight and out of the house, you will be able to feel better because you are not going to want to eat it as much. Getting your whole family involved will help your dieting and get everyone in shape and healthy in the house. At first, there may be some resistance to this idea, but you can all pull together and get this moving in the right direction that will benefit everyone and get you all closer.
Finding diet activities that everyone can participate in can be a challenge. However it will be worth the time and effort. Cook together as a family and give your children the special skill that they will need to make healthier choices for their diet. You can learn to cook healthier and find the good tasting and nutritious recipes that are going to be easy to make and fun as well.

You can also get the whole family involved in exercise. This is very important to do. Get outdoors and play some games. Choose your favorite sports and get down to business. This is fun for everyone and when the kids and the adults are having fun together as a family, everyone is growing together and getting healthier at the same time.

The last thing that you can do is learning nutrition together. There are different books that are helpful towards children and available to learn about the food pyramid and other health concerns. These books are a great place for adults to start the learning experience. You can encourage your children to ask the doctor or the school nurses any questions that they may have. You can incorporate eating healthy in your child’s science project too or any other school idea.

Family dieting can be fun and good for the health as well. Children that learn how healthy habits can help them from early on are less likely to make unhealthy choices in the future like smoking or drinking alcohol. Work together as a family and battle the bulge so that everyone can benefit from it.

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Friday, 10 September 2010

Diet and Exercise

Nutrition and physical activity is going to go along together for our bodies. Exercise is going to give us fitness along with four major things: flexibility, strength, muscle endurance, and cardiovascular health. Diet on it’s own is not going to be able to give you this. You need to have the physical part as well. One thing to remember is that a bad diet can affect the way that your fitness training goes even if you follow the best type of exercise plan that you can. You need to put a healthy diet and a lot of exercise together to stay as healthy as you can.

It is going to be achievable to answer the question of how long you need to exercise to keep as healthy as you can. The average is at least 20 minutes of exercise at least three times a week. This will help to strengthen the cardiovascular health. Another idea is that 3500 calories must be used in a week by doing any sort of physical activity. This will benefit you and your heart as well. It is a good idea to speak to your doctor first to find out what exercise plan is going to be best for you and your body.

The energy nutrients that are stored like glucose and fatty acids with a few amino acids are let out into the blood during exercise in order to provide energy for what you are doing. This means that the body will respond to exercise by adjusting its fuel amounts.

There is a way to use diet to control high blood pressure and now they are finding out that exercise has a role in keeping blood pressure from increasing. With the reduction of sodium into your body, weight loss and limited alcohol use, along with the increased amount of physical activity and a low fat diet, you can control hypertension. Foods that are used for the purpose of lowering blood pressure without using medication can include sweets and many beverages that have sugar in them, red meat and fats.

To build muscle in the body, proteins are used and this is true when the body is at rest after exercise or any type of physical activity. There is research that has shown that athletes will retain more protein and use more of it as fuel for the body. The American Dietetic Association has said that one gram per kilogram of bodyweight is recommended for people that do not exercise at all. For the athletes, the protein amounts are going to be higher. It should be considered that athletes also need more carbohydrates as well. If they do not take in enough crabs, their protein will be used all up for fuel and there will not be anything left for muscle building after exercise is done.

There is increasing evidence that weight bearing exercises like walking, dancing, running, sports and so much more. Are very good at getting good bone health. Swimming has been a great use for bone health. Eating disorders like bulimia and anorexia have been said to damage bone strength. Exercise alone cannot make your body healthy. You need to have the proper calcium and other vitamins and minerals required for bones must go with the adequate amount of exercise to provide the best bone health. Along with exercise, diet can help keep your body working good and in the right mode for the rest of your life.

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Thursday, 5 August 2010

Carb VS Diet

Carbohydrates have been put into the spotlight ever since diets like the Atkin’s Diet and the South Beach Diet have recommended cutting carbohydrates out of your meals as much as possible. However, before you make an drastic decisions about what foods to include and not include, it is crucial to learn about carbohydrates and what they do for your body.

In short, carbohydrates can be good or bad for your body. It is necessary to eat enough good carbohydrates, because that is how our body has enough energy for low-intensity activities during the day. Carbohydrates are famously found in breads and grains, but actually they are also found in a number of other foods as well, such as fruits and vegetables. When keeping an eye on your intake of carbohydrates it is important to distinguish the good from the bad.

All carbohydrates are basically sugars. Complex carbohydrates are the good carbohydrates for your body. These strings of sugar are very difficult to break down and trap over nutrients like vitamins and minerals in the sugar strings. As they slowly break down, the other nutrients are also released into your body, and you can provide with fuel for a number of hours.

Bad carbohydrates, on the other hand, are simple sugars. Because their structure is not complex, it is easy to break down and holds little nutrients for your body other than the sugars from which it is made. Your body breaks down these carbohydrates rather quickly and what it cannot use is converted to fat and stored in the body. Staying away from simple carbohydrates is what most diets recommend, since they have little nutritional value when compared to complex carbohydrates.

More importantly than how carbohydrates work in the body and the difference between good carbohydrates and bad carbohydrates is how you can actually eat these carbohydrates! First, eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. These foods include carbohydrates, but also a variety of other nutrients needed by your body. Another great tip is to cut the white bread and bread products out of your diet and replace then with whole wheat or 12-grain breads instead. Look at the packaging. Foods rich in fiber are probably a source of good carbohydrates.

Learning the difference between good and bad carbohydrates is very important if you wish to have a healthy diet. It is not good for your body to cut out carbohydrates completely—in fact, that is very difficult to do unless you only eat meat! Eating a healthy and balanced diet means including good carbohydrates into your meals.

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