Persons with Overweight, nowadays, have become a menace for their family as well as for the society at large. These overweight persons are attacked by many diseases and at least cannot lead a normal healthy and happy life. Also overweight causes Obesity to a person. A person with Obesity does not look nice and smart to attract opposite sex.Now, realizing the risk, persons with overweight are in the look out for means of Weight Loss. Along with many other ways for weight loss, like taking controlled healthy diet, regular exercise etc., Diet Pills have come out in the market for weight Loss that, in some cases, yield good and satisfactory results. There are a number of "Diet Pills" available in the market, particularly in on line stores. Among them are drugs like Phentermine, Xenical, and Solidax ADX etc. Which are prominent in the market. There are many others fighting in the market for customers. However, effectiveness of these diet pills is uncertain. Studies have been conducted by many researchers regarding this. But results of them are not easily available. Scientists of Weight Loss Institute have conducted thorough research about this and based upon their findings we highlight a few of them below:Diet Pills like Phentermine, although a prescription Drug, have reports of serious side effects. However, the Drug is effective in Weight Management. But problem is that, many on line stores market poor quality Phentermine and their effectiveness are doubtful, although consumers may not know it. So People should be sure to take the appropriate drugs with consultation of an experienced Physician.Diet Pills like Xenical also have serious side effects. However, the Drug is especially effective in Weight Management for patients with high blood pressure or diabetes etc. Doctors should be consulted before taking this Diet Pills.There are more Diet Pills in the market like Kava-Herbal, Brontril, Meridia etc. each having its effectiveness with side effects also. Our space is limited to discuss about all of them. Thus, if you are overweight, Diet Pills may create magic to you but if not checked properly, you may be at risk also. We would suggest that Diet Pills might be one of the solutions to Weight Loss- supplemented by a comprehensive Weight Management Program, provided, it was taken with the supervision of an experienced Physician, expert in this field. Also availability of good quality of Drugs should be ensured for best results. Still risks are there for side effects, which should be taken care of by the Physician prescribing them.
Nearly everyone has heard of the Atkins Diet by now, even if not necessarily clear on what it is. Some may even know it as the source of low-carb diet craze in the country, but dont know much about it beyond that. Considered as controversial as it is revolutionary, the Atkins Diet has worked successfully for a tremendous number of people, and not so successfully for a good amount of others. This article aims to place a neutral and objective eye on this popular weight loss program.Re-introduced in the 1990s (after an initial period of popularity in the 1970s), the Atkins Diet is the brainchild of Dr. Robert Atkins. The diet works in several phases, the first or the induction period lasting only 2 weeks. In this phase, dieters are not to eat any more than 20 grams of carbohydrates of any form each day. The bulk of a persons diet during this period, then, is fats and proteins. Usually, a dieter will reach their 20 gram limit on carbohydrates simply from the small amounts in foods like salad dressing, cheese, sauces, condiments, and vegetables. Forbidden from a participants diet during this 2 week induction period are fruits, grains, breads, cereal, milk, and vegetables with a high-glycemic index (a measure of the effect a food has on the bodys blood sugar). During this period, the body enters a state called ketosis, where it begins burning its own residual deposits of fat in order to produce the energy for which it previously had been relying on your regular consumption of carbohydrates.Atkins also asserts that the source of most weight problems people experience is an insulin-resistance that causes overweight bodies to have difficulty converting carbohydrates into glucose (or sugar) which becomes energy. In this state of ketosis induced by the induction phase of the Atkins Diet, the insulin function of the body is affected in such a way that impedes the production of more fat.After the two week induction period ends, dieters are then permitted to increase their carbohydrate allowance by 5 grams each week. In other words: theyre allowed 25 grams of carbs per day throughout week 3, 30 grams of carbs per day throughout week 4, 35 g in week 5, etc.Depending on the persons body type and weight objectives, this gradual increase in carbs should level off somewhere between 40 g and 90 g per day. At this point, the dieter is considered to have entered the maintenance phase of the diet, where they ought to remain for the rest of their lives. Although counting calories is not a part of the Atkins Diet, studies by the North American Association for the Study of Obesity found that adhering to the restrictions imposed by the Atkins Diet led to a decrease of 1,000 calories from participants daily caloric intake.A quick perusal of the recommendations published by most traditional health experts and health organizations will reveal that 40-90 grams of carbs per day is still a miniscule amount compared to that of what they consider a standard healthy diet.The Atkins Diet also contradicts authorities (US FDA and the American Cancer Society included) that extol the virtues of eating fruits, vegetables, and whole grain breads and cereals. According to Atkins, even healthy carbohydrates are harmful in large quantities. Studies by the Annals of Internal Medicine and the New England Journal of Medicine have actually found that participants on the Atkins Diet experienced an improvement in heart disease indicators. Like the 80s and 90s were to low-fat and fat-free, Dr. Atkins has helped make the early 21st century low-carb. Whether thats for better or worse is up to you.
Keeping it off Our first weight loss article on this subject dealt with losing one pound per week, which is achievable for everybody. This article deals with keeping weight off after you lose it, or controlling weight. There is little point in going through with a diet and changing your exercise regime only to see the weight return; that is demoralizing and exactly what happens to people who attempt to lose weight too rapidly. If you weigh 200-pounds and wish to get down to 150 pounds it is going to take 50 weeks to achieve it and sustain your new weight. Controlling Weight Controlling weight means having to learn two sets of behavior: weight loss and weight maintenance. According to some health professionals, weight maintenance is the more difficult. Only a third of the people who lose weight are able to keep it off. Long-term success depends upon continuing the good eating and exercise habits you developed while losing weight. So don't allow yourself to get into a regime that is too vigorous because you are unlikely to be able to keep it up. Vigorous diets do work but usually they only work to take the weight off and then become unsustainable and within a short period of time the weight returns. Set Sustainable Goals Now is the time to set sustainable goals and to meet that criteria your goals need to be realistic. Losing a single pound (450 grams) each week should not prove too difficult. I once heard comedian Billy Connolly say: "Losing weight is easy; all you have to do is eat less and move more." I don't think anybody has ever stated a more obvious fact. So ask yourself whether you can eat a little less and move more each day, if the answer is yes and your will power is strong enough then you will have no problem losing weight. It will take time to make these new habits part of your life. Continue to modify your behavior by: 1. Accepting the fact that it takes your stomach about 20 minutes to get the message to your brain that it is full. Most people continue eating long after they have had sufficient. 2. Never drink beer, or carbonated waters like Coke, Pepsi or anything that fizzes with your meal. Beer prevents the breakdown of fat. 3. It is better to have five or six small meals than one big meal. 4. Eat slowly and chew each piece of food. 5. Stop eating before you feel full. Be prepared to take a twenty minute break before deciding if you have eaten enough. 6. If you become hungry between meals then eat a piece of fruit or a raw carrot. Reward Yourself By losing weight you are achieving an ambition and achievement deserves reward. Just do not reward yourself with food. New clothes are a good incentive, a visit to the theater or a sporting event or anything that you will see as a reward.. Summary You do not have to give up any food that you like, unless it is extremely high fat content, It is just a matter of reducing the amount that you eat. This can be achieved in many ways. I nominate one thing each day that is off the menu for that day. Say potatoes: I do not substitute potato, I just leave a gap on my plate that it usually fills. That way I reduce my calorie intake and my extra light exercise also burns further calories. Y'know Billy Connolly is right. It works. The final decision is always yours and only you have the ability to see it through but if you are reading this article then you are at least thinking about it. Lowering your weight and increasing your fitness not only prolongs life, it makes life more fun. This article is copyright David McCarthy 2005. It may be reproduced only in its entirety with no changes or additions.
Is your waistband tighter than you'd like? Have you finally decided to get down to a healthful weight and keep it there? Then it's time to swear off fad diets for good. For decades, most nutrition professionals have told us over and over that weight depends on calories in and calories out. To achieve and maintain a healthful weight, in addition to getting plenty of exercise for fitness and to burn off excess calories, it's important to eat a wide range of foods to get a balanced assortment of nutrients.A calorie-smart diet consists of nutrient-dense foods which supply a good number of essential nutrients compared to their calorie counts. Nutrient-dense foods include whole-grain foods; vegetables; fruits; lean meat, poultry, fish and seafood, eggs and cooked dry beans; and skim or low-fat milk foods. For balanced, diet-wise eating, simply choose a whole-grain food, a veggie or two, a fruit, a lean protein source and a low-fat milk food for each meal. Also keep in mind that research has shown that including animal protein foods in a weight-loss diet helps to preserve lean muscle tissue while fat is lost.Eggs are one of the highest quality protein sources and also supply varying amounts of numerous other nutrients, all for only 75 calories per Large egg. In addition to being quick and easy to prepare, nutrient-dense eggs go very well with the whole-grain foods, veggies and fruits that you need. For example, an Open-Faced Spinach Omelet Sandwich is a flavorful, well-balanced combo that needs only a serving of fruit and low-fat milk to make a hearty, healthful meal any time of day.Open-Faced Spinach Omelet Sandwich(4 servings)Cooking spray4 cups fresh whole baby spinach leaves or chopped large spinach leaves (about 6 oz.)1 tablespoon water4 eggs1/2 cup low-fat (1%) cottage cheese2 teaspoons Italian seasoning, crushed1 (8- to 9-inch) plain, tomato or herb-seasoned focaccia bread, split crosswise (about 5 oz.)4 tomato slicesEvenly coat 10-inch omelet pan or skillet with spray. Add spinach and water. Cover. Cook over medium heat until spinach is wilted, about 1 minute. Pour out liquid, if necessary. In medium bowl, beat together eggs, cheese and seasoning until blended. Pour over spinach mixture. Gently stir to evenly distribute mixture in pan. Cover. Cook over medium heat until egg mixture is almost set, about 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Let stand, covered, until egg mixture is completely set, about 2 to 3 minutes. With pancake turner or spatula, slide frittata from pan onto bottom half of bread. Top with tomato slices and top half of bread. To serve, cut into wedges.Nutrition information per serving of 1/4 recipe using baby spinach and plain focaccia bread: 217 calories, 8 gm total fat, 216 mg cholesterol, 448 mg sodium, 121 mg potassium, 23 gm carbohydrate, 15 gm protein and 10% or more of the RDI for vitamins A, B12 and C, riboflavin, calcium, iron, phosphorus, dietary fiber
Think about the number one reasons why people are overweight nowadays. Overweight people fall into one of two different categories. Either they have an unhealthy lifestyle working long hours, eating out all the time, not getting enough exercise or they simply eat too much, often in a compulsive way. This type of eating eating when one isnt hungry, for example, or eating for emotional reasons rather than physical hunger is really a type of addiction. It should be understood as an addiction, and it often is. For example, the group Overeaters Anonymous functions on many of the same principles as AA or other twelve step programs. Excessive eating is treated like an addiction because thats exactly what it is. But if thats the case, its easy to see why this addiction might be harder to treat than some others. The way to deal with an addiction is to stay away from the behaviour thats out of control alcoholics cant touch alcohol, for example. The idea is to not do it at all until the addiction becomes a thing of the past in fact, for many addicts, they can never indulge in their addictive behavior again, not even once. With food addiction, though, thats obviously impossible. People have to eat theres no getting away from it. Thats why food addiction, though its an addiction to a non-lethal substance, may be the hardest of all to deal with. And thats also why companies such as Slim-fast, who produce and market meal replacements for people to use while dieting to lose weight, actually do succeed in helping some people. The idea behind "meal replacements" is that you dont really eat at all for a good part of the day instead, you have a special shake or other product that gives you all the nutrients you need, and stops you from feeling hungry. This works in two ways: first, it controls the calories you take in, because the meal replacements are quite low calorie. Second, it breaks the cycle of addictive behavior because youre not really eating. You can get away from the behavior much as an alcoholic can (and must) get away from alcohol, and that gives you a better chance of breaking the addictive process. Though most meal replacement plans do recommend that you eat one normal meal per day, some people who are serious about losing weight dont do even that. Thats precisely how Oprah Winfrey once lost a lot of weight about fifty pounds. She said that she found it easier not to eat at all (subsisting on meal replacement shakes and bars) than to control her eating. When you know that you wont be eating real food at all for a while, it takes the guesswork out of it. Everything becomes very straightforward, and its a fact that many people have lost weight using this method of weight loss. There are drawbacks, though. For one thing, while a "weight loss" program is supposed to teach you about how to eat for the rest of your life to establish healthy habits, in other words using meal replacements clearly doesnt do so. Once you go back to eating real food, you might find that your problems with controlling your food intake are still there. Though you will have lost weight, you are more likely to gain it back if you havent learned healthy eating habits. Also, theres a danger that some people will keep on using the meal replacements for extended periods of time, just because its easier and more convenient. Thought they re designed to give you a minimum level of calories and nutrition, meal replacement bars cannot substitute for real food over an extended period. However, if you know or suspect that your problem with food resembles an addiction or compulsion, it may be worth your while to think about using meal replacements for a while in order to lose some weight. Try to make the time you spend using them as productive as possible, though. Really come to terms with your past behaviour, and learn what it feels like to be full but not stuffed. Figuring out the answer to these and other aspects of healthy eating will help make your weight loss permanent.