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The Flat Belly Diet

Eat fat and lose weight. That's the promise of the Flat Belly Diet.

Now for the fine print: The kind of fat matters. The plan focuses on monounsaturated fats, which you get from olive oil, nuts, and other plant foods. Fat from animal products including dairy will add more fat to your body. The body needs good fats for the heart, brain functions, and your joints but animal fat is hard for the body to process so much of it ends up stored in your fat cells.

Authors Liz Vaccariello and Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD, claim that in 32 days, you can lose up to 15 pounds and drop belly fat by following their plan:

Eat 400 calories per meal, four times per day (daily total: 1,600).
Don’t go longer than 4 hours without eating.
Eat monounsaturated fats at every meal.
Does It Work?

Any weight loss plan can help you whittle your waist. But no diet is proven to specifically target that area, and monounsaturated fats don't have any special effect on belly fat.

It's likely that if you do lose 15 …
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Why We Regain Weight Loss

New research is shedding light on a question that has long confounded dieters and obesity researchers alike: Why do so many people regain weight after they’ve worked so hard to lose it?
The answer, according to a new study, is appetite. People who successfully lose weight get really hungry -- more than anyone had ever expected that they might. The body prompts us to eat about 100 calories more than usual for every 2 pounds or so of weight loss, researchers found.
“That’s the very first time that number has been quantified. We never knew how big that number was before the study,” says researcher Kevin Hall, PhD, who studies how the body responds to weight loss at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD.
It’s this surge in appetite, even more than the drop in metabolism people have after weight loss, that drives weight regain, he says.
The effect of appetite is three times stronger than the slowing metabolism. The two together virtually assure that lost pounds will creep back…

The Military Diet, A.K.A. The Grapefruit Diet

You might remember the Grapefruit Diet. It's not much different, they just put a new twist on it. Review the review but with a grain of salt. If you know what I mean.
The Promise The plan claims that you may lose up to 10 pounds in a week if you follow it. It’s a very strict, low-calorie diet with some foods that seem healthy and others that don’t. There are set foods to eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but that’s it. There are no snacks, and there’s no wiggle room about food choices based on your tastes. The diet itself only lasts for 3 days. After that, switch to a normal, healthy diet for at least 4 days. If you’d like to lose more weight, you can repeat the program as often as you’d like, as long as you take 4-day breaks every time after you do it. Never follow the diet longer than 3 days in a row. If you do a search on your browser, "military diet" you'll find they have food suggestions for  the 4-days you're off the diet.
What You Can Eat and What You C…

What Is A Healthy Weight?

Many Americans struggle to control their weight. The country’s obesity problem is well known: 1 in 3 of us is obese, and the rate is rising. But you still might wonder what a healthy weight is, and how to get there (and stay there) the right way.  Remember as you read what the experts say, cutting calories is not about eating less food, it's about eating food with fewer calories. When you eat high-calorie food and drinks you add body fat. Body Mass Index (BMI) It’s pretty easy to figure out the estimated healthy weight. You can use two simple tools. The first is called body mass index (BMI). To figure out your BMI, just use this math formula: Multiply your weight in pounds by 703 and divide it by your height (in inches) squared. So, for example, if you weigh 185 pounds and are 5-foot-5 (65 inches), then your BMI works out this way: 185 x 703 = 130,055
65 x 65 = 4,225
130,005 ÷ 4,225 = 30.78 (round up to 30.8)
Obesity in adults is defined as having a BMI of 30.0 or above. The other r…

Losing Fat is Not Just About Exercise?

If you are a dieter and have been fighting the battle of the bulge for a while now, you probably know that exercise isn't the only important part of losing fat. You have to eat the right foods.
Okay, I could make a list of all the foods you should be eating and you'll look at the list and think "I eat most of those things", and you probably do, but what's more important is what you "shouldn't be eating".

Eating healthy foods once a day or having a healthy meal once a day isn't enough. Everything we put in our month has to be for one purpose only. "To Give the body nutrition." The whole idea of eating healthy is to eat as much as you need but to eat only what will give your body nutrition. It's the nutrition from food that gives the body the energy to function properly. The body will always function on less but some functions will have to be put on the back-burner in the hopes of getting more energy later.

Why do thin people seem to…

Minimum Exercise For A Longer Life

Physical activity promotes health, and for years, several public health bodies –- including the American Heart Association, US Centers for Disease Control, and the World Health Organization –- have recommended getting 30 minutes of moderate exercise, 5 or more times per week. Surprisingly, though, only a couple of more recent major studies have examined how exercise relates to longevity, and how much you should do to lengthen your life.
The research: In 2007, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) looked at more than 250,000 men and women between the ages of 50 and 71, and confirmed that the standard exercise recommendations did improve subjects’ longevity. An average of 30 minutes of moderate activity, 5 times or more a week, gave participants a 27% lower risk of dying during the study period, while more vigorous exercise (20 minutes, 3 or more times a week), dropped the risk of death by 32%.

In other Words, even if you don't ex…

Most kids and adults are overweight?

So how many are we talking about? In the U.S., over 200 million people are carrying too much fat. Most American men are "overfat," and most American women are not far behind, a new study says.
Overfat refers to having excess body fat that can pose a threat to health. And the study authors from Australia and New Zealand said it's a separate term from measures of body mass -- in other words, even normal-weight people can be overfat. Too much fat will keep your body from working properly. Yes, it will work anyway, whether you have a high amount of fat or a small amount, but if you have too much fat the body has to use energy to maintain that extra fat and so your body can't use that energy for other body functions and so you can feel tired in the afternoon or without that extra energy you can't do your normal workout. 
The authors ask: Does your waist measure more than half your height? If so, you may be overfat. Excess body fat, especially abdominal fat, increases…