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Diet: Beauty from the inside out.

A good nutritious diet can make you look and feel better and is a good practice for anti-aging. According to The World Health Organization, we are experiencing a global
epidemic of fatness that has millions suffering from an "array (of associated) serious health disorders." It is not surprising that popular diets abound. These fad diets may help you loose weight quickly but they may also offer poor nutrition and create health risks.

The bottom line is that most fad diets don’t allow a balanced nutrition. Successful, permanent weight loss is about how many calories you consume and how many calories you expend. Permanent weight loss is a lifestyle commitment. The best approach to your daily diet is to eat a variety of healthy foods and to exercise regularly.

Here are a few of the popular fad diets.

Cabbage Soup Diet
The Cabbage Soup Diet is a low-fat, high-fiber diet, not recommended for children, that claims to take off 10 pounds in one week. This is not a long term diet but considered a kick start to a more moderate diet. You can eat as much as you want of the soup for 7 days. Drawbacks are that many people find the soup bland. Light-headedness and weakness and decreased concentration can result during the diet. Although the soup is low fat and full of nutritious vegetables, it starves the body of complex carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins, and minerals.

Cabbage Soup consists of:
• 6 large green onions
• 2 green peppers
• 1 or 2 cans of tomatoes (diced or whole)
• 3 Carrots
• 1 Container (10 oz. or so) Mushrooms
• 1 bunch of celery
• half a head of cabbage
• 1 package Lipton soup mix
• 1 or 2 cubes of bouillon (optional)
• 1 48oz can V8 juice (optional)
• 8 cups of water
• Season to taste with salt, pepper, parsley, curry, garlic powder, etc.

Place sauted onions and chopped vegetables in a covered pot on low heat for about 2 hours. Season to taste with salt and pepper.


Atkins Diet

This diet consists of low-carb, high protein, high-fat, non-starchy foods that are supposed to encourage your metabolism to burn fat for fuel. It allows high fat foods like cheese omelets, butter and bacon, but limits fresh vegetables and fruits. Concerns for nutrition with this diet are not getting enough calcium and affecting kidney function with high protein intake. Also increasing risk for heart disease and cancer because of too much saturated fat and too few fruits and vegetables.

South Beach Diet
This diet includes eating food with only "good" monounsaturated fats (like the fats found in canola oil and olive oil) and "good" carbs that stabilize blood sugar. This in turn controls your hunger pangs. This diet encourages fish and chicken intake. Consuming "good" fats can help to lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes but the high-protein can affect the kidney function and strip the body of calcium.

Cave man diet
The caveman diet is based on the concept of eating a high protein, low carb diet and expending a lot of physical activity like our Stone Age ancestors did. Cave men and women balanced their days of intense physical activity with relaxation. There was no agriculture 40 thousand years ago, so cave men and women relied on game meat, fish and seafood, berries, root vegetables (except potatoes which arrived much later) and nuts. They ate at least eight servings of fruits and vegetables daily and consumed minimally processed whole grains. Their diets were high in fiber and low in sugar. The majority of their fats came from plant sources like nuts, seeds, avocados, and olive oils. Their protein came from wild game such as venison or elk meat, as well as grass-fed beef, fish and legumes.
Grass fed meat and fish are high in the "good" fatty acids, Omega-3 and Omega –6, which has been shown to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

It is important to note that too much omega-6 in the diet can contribute to inflammatory responses associated with chronic diseases.

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Grapefruit Diet
The grapefruit diet is a fat free, low -cal diet and it includes grapefruit at each meal. It includes bacon and eggs, salads, vegetables and meat for lunch and dinner. It calls for keeping coffee to a minimum and drinking 64 oz. of water a day. No desserts, breads, milk, white vegetables or sweet potatoes.Having butter is OK but no eating between meals. You stay on the diet for 12 days, take 2 days off, then repeat. This fad diet offers a lot of vitamin C but that's about all. It lacks adaquate amounts of clacium, iron and vitamins needed in a healthy diet. This is one to avoid.

Always check with your doctor before taking
on a fad diet.


Fat Facts

Monounsaturated fats
(good fats)

Also called essential fatty acids, these fats are good for you. They include olives, olive oil, cashews, peanuts and avocados.

Polyunsaturated fats
(good fats)

These fats contain healthy fatty acids that include Omega 3 and Omega 6. They include fish, some vegetable oils and some nuts.

Saturated fats (bad fats)
These fats should be limited in your diet. They come mostly from animal fats and are linked to obesity and heart disease. They include foods such as meat, cheese and butter.

Trans fats (bad fats)
These fats should be avoided. They are found in shortenings and partially hydrogenated vegetable oils and typically used in prepared foods, crackers and baked goods.


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