Beauty from the inside out.
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
bottom line is that most fad diets dont 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.
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)
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
Place sauted onions and chopped vegetables in a covered pot on low
heat for about 2 hours. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
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.
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.
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 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.
check with your doctor before taking
on a fad diet.
Also called essential fatty acids, these fats are good for you.
They include olives, olive oil, cashews, peanuts and avocados.
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.