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  • midlifelove 11:04 am on December 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: choclate, dairy products, dieting, , low protein diet, , , weight loss myths,   

    Big Fat Lies About Weight Loss 

    Even doctors are confused about the facts on getting fatter.

    A “most read” report in the Sydney Morning Herald by Australian scientists Garry and Sam Egger has separated truth from fiction by surveying doctors and truck drivers on popular myths about weight loss – and they found the doctors were wrong almost as often as the truckies.

    The Top 12 Weight Loss Lies

    1) Fruit juice is about as fattening as beer – TRUE

    Both have about the same kilojoule intake, but alcohol cannot be stored and turned into fat.

    2) Humans need 8 glasses of water a day – FALSE

    The 8 glasses a day rule is “arbitrary and meaningless.” The amount of fluid you need varies according to age, gender, activity level, state of health and the weather – and varies from 3 to 24 glasses a day.

    3) Dairy products can help weight loss – TRUE

    It’s controversial, but recent research suggests eating low-fat dairy is linked to weight loss.

    Dairy ingredients like whey protein, and a combinations of ingredients, like protein and calcium, can increase feelings of fullness, and increase the calories expelled as waste  – both of which may assist weight loss.

    4) Chocolate is healthy provided it is dark – FALSE

    Genuine dark chocolate can have health benefits, but much “dark” chocolate has had the bitter-tasting flavinoids (the good antixodants)  removed and cocoa added, changes which do not have to be noted on the labels. Just because it’s labelled “dark” doesn’t mean it’s good for you.

    5) Exercise is better than dieting for weight loss – FALSE

    While exercise is likely to be important in maintaining weight loss, it’s easier to lose weight by dieting at the start. That’s because reducing intake by 1000 calories a day is the equivalent of walking an extra 15 kilometres daily – unrealistic for most people.

    6) A low-protein diet is best for weight loss – FALSE

    A reasonable intake of protein is likely to be better for weight loss than a low-protein diet, partly because protein gives a feeling of “fullness”.

    The present protein intake of about 13 to 15 per cent of total energy is well below the estimated 25 to 30 per cent often proposed for weight loss and a healthy diet.

    7) Fat people don’t get more hungry than lean people – TRUE

    There is little reason to believe in a difference in genuine hunger – as distinct from psychologically conditioned ”appetite” – between slim and overweight people.

    8) Swimming is better than walking for weight loss – FALSE

    In general, the best exercises for weight loss are those that are weight-bearing, such as walking or jogging. Up to 30 per cent less energy is used in activities such as swimming or cycling, which support weight and can be carried out at a more leisurely pace.

    9) Weight lifting is good for fat loss – TRUE

    Resistance training is often underrated and considered only for the development of strength or size. Weight lifting can be effective for weight loss as well as muscle strengthening.

    10) The best measure of body fat is body mass index -FALSE

    Body mass index (BMI) – a ratio of weight to height – is less accurate in people with a more muscular body type, some ethnic groups such as Pacific Islanders, and the elderly, whose height shrinks with age. Waist circumference and some other body measures provide better estimates.

    11) You lose more weight doing exercise you are good at – FALSE

    Individuals become more efficient and expend less energy as they become experienced with a particular form of exercise. A fit, experienced runner, for example, requires less energy to cover a set distance than an unfit individual of the same weight, age and gender.

    12) An obese person can be fit and healthy – TRUE

    There is accumulating evidence that many obese people are fit and healthy, while a significant proportion of lean individuals suffer from health problems normally associated with obesity. This has led to new questions about the effects of obesity as a marker, rather than a cause, of disease.

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  • midlifelove 3:00 am on February 5, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: berry, dieting, , loose weight, Miracle fruit, miraculin, Synsepalum dulcificum   

    Miracle Fruit – A Dieter’s Dream Come True 

    A taste-bud-teasing little red berry which makes lemons taste like candy and bitter beer taste like chocolate is catching on as the latest “miracle fruit” for people wanting to eat healthy – or those enjoying a harmless thrill at the latest cult craze, “flavor tripping parties.”

    The West African Miracle Fruit Plant (Synsepalum dulcificum) has a weird ability to rewire the way the tongue perceives flavors for up to two hours after consumption. A dieters-dream come true, it can turn bland low cal desserts into sweet sensations if diners pop a miracle fruit before eating.

    Hip trend setters are experimenting with Miracle Fruit at “flavor tripping parties” where tasters eat the strange little fruit and then consume sour and bitter foods to experience the oddity of how their tongue transforms the flavors.

    Party On

    Typically, party goers pop a berry and then graze at a table set up with citrus wedges, cheeses, Brussels sprouts, mustard, vinegars, pickles, dark beers, strawberries and cheap tequila, the last converted it is claimed to a top-shelf liquor by the miracle fruit fizz. Goat’s cheese tastes like cheesecake, and vinegar like apple juice, diners claim.

    The berry itself is lightly sweet with an unremarkable flavor, but what gives the berry its strange flavor twisting property is ‘miraculin’, a molecule that binds to the tongue’s taste buds, causing anything bitter and sour that is consumed afterwards to taste sweet.

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    Taste Bud Tricks

    Technically the Miracle Fruit is not a sweetener, it’s a simply a “taste-bud tricker”. Attempts have been made to create a sugar substitute from the fruit, particularly with diabetics in mind, but those attempts have ended in failure amid accusations that the FDA was catering to the sugar industry, which supposedly feared a loss in business that could potentially be caused by a drop in the need for sugar.

    Miracle Fruit is available as freeze dried granules or in tablets – this form has a longer shelf life than fresh fruit. Tablets are made from compressed freeze dried fruit which causes the texture to be clearly visible even in tablet form.

    The effect of Miracle Fruit is made possible by contact with the tongue, not through digestion. For this reason, tablets must be allowed to dissolve in the mouth. The most pronounced effect can be achieved by coating the entire tongue in a paste of Miracle Fruit for up to 30 seconds.

    Miraculin loses potency when heated, and while it changes the perception of taste, it does not change the food’s chemistry. Care should be taken in using it with acid foods like lemon juice, which may result in oral ulcers if eaten in large quantities.

    For information on other health promoting herbs, see http://www.herbalignite.com for advice on living better for longer.

     
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