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Not All Calories Are Created Equal

One of the Biggest Diet Myths, perpetuated even by some of  the best known diet programs is:

“You can eat whatever you want, just watch your calories” This couldn’t be further from the truth, when in fact, eating a nutrient dense diet will not only accelerate your weight loss results, but it will also promote the healthy function of all the body’s systems.

You don’t have to starve, or eat unsavory food in order to be healthy and look great. You just have to make the right choices when you eat. The bottom line is: you can eat what you like, for as long as it is void of empty calories, and excess sugars. Here is an excellent article that explains more about this simple fact, enjoy…

Not All Calories Are Created Equal

By Ben T Coomber

Many people will lose weight, and quite often the focus of this weight loss is through counting all the calories that one eats. This is the basis of many successful weight loss programs, such as weight watchers, slimming world and even the governments eat well plate. But is such an approach warranted when not all calories can be counted as the same?

Don’t believe me? Let’s think logic, do you think that a calorie of sugar is going to have the same physiological impact on the body as a calorie of spinach, or steak? When we look at one calorie maybe not, but what if 500 of our daily calories are from, say, sugar? Do you think that such a huge proportion of someone’s daily calorie intake from something like sugar is not going to have a large negative effect seeing as sugar greatly elevates blood sugar level, insulin, stresses the appetite hormones and results in fat storage when not burnt as energy…

So when we count points on the weight watchers system, and a chocolate brownie is the same amount of points as a rare cooked steak, is it fair to say that such a system is highly flawed? Don’t get me wrong, keeping track of the calories that you are consuming can be of great benefit, but unless we are tracking the actual food sources these calories are coming from then we are only shortchanging the results that are possible.

Should anyone serious about losing weight really be allowed to eat a chocolate brownie? As soon as a system like this is implemented it gives the mentality that it is OK to eat anything in moderation, when really it isn’t, if you are serious about losing weight then there are definitely lots of food choices that should be totally absent from your diet. Anything that is sweet and cake related is a definite no no, cause although we are looking to lose weight it is likely you are looking to become healthier as well, and none of these things are going to make you healthier, yet increase your risk of disease development. Remember that the healthier you are the quicker and more efficiently you will lose weight, it’s a positive catch 22 that you want to be in.

I almost hold my hands over my ears with fear when I question why someone might have eaten some cake or something equally bad, the response usually goes like this “oh don’t worry, it was a weight watchers cake”. If weight watchers had developed a way to make CAKE healthy I think they would have won the noble peace prize, everyone would be eating it. Cake, whatever way you slice it is bad. It’s full of sugar, hydrogenated fat, refined flour and preservatives, so just cause it was a weight watchers cake does not mean it was any healthier than a normal cake. Yes it might have a few less calories, but does it really matter, what matter is that the ingredients were pure junk. Compare all those calories to a whole dairy yogurt and a chopped banana and we are talking about a whole different ball game.

So by all means count calories, but cake calories don’t count!

Ben Coomber consults with MMA, rowing, rugby and physique athletes at various levels. Consults for UK tennis, and owns and runs Body Type Nutrition. He is an Internationally Certified Sports Nutritionist.

Sports nutrition consultations: http://www.bodytypenutrition.co.uk

Author website: http://www.bencoomber.com

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90/10 Diet by Joy Bauer A Review

Joy Bauer has taken her perky nutrition and health advise she dispenses on The Today Show and created a diet that can help people lose weight the right way.

How the 90/10 Plan Works

The basics of the plan are simple; you eat a healthy diet 90 percent of the time and 10 percent of the time you are allowed other foods. Those other foods would be “comfort foods.” In her book, she calls them “fun foods” which removes the stigma of being naughty or forbidden foods.

Her book is the basis for the plan – “The 90/10 Weight-Loss Plan: A Scientifically Designed Balance of Healthy Foods and Fun Foods.” For the 90 percent, she offers two weeks of meal plans to get you started. During this time you learn about portion control, the amount of calories you should be eating for your body and how to get the good foods in that you need without feeling deprived. There are three diet plans in the book based on calorie consumption – 1200, 1400, and 1600.

There is even a list of “fun foods” for you to examine. It is a fact that when you feel like you can’t

CLICK HERE to get The 90/10 Weight-Loss Plan: A Scientifically Designed Balance of Healthy Foods and Fun Foods

have something, you will want to eat it even more. Having a list of these foods puts some dimensions and measures on the excesses we can enjoy.

Results

This diet plan is great for those who don’t like to be told what to eat all the time. You are given guidelines to help you choose what foods are healthy for you. Many people have found success with this plan because this diet doesn’t have a lot of rules to contend with, so it can fit into plenty of lifestyles.

Here’s the Skinny

For people who need more control, this may not be the diet for you. But, if counting calories seems cumbersome to you, this may work great. You can follow the sample meal plans or come up with your own from the other foods mentioned.

One drawback is the fun foods – not eating them but fitting them in. you will have to breakdown your calories so you can include them each day without going over your limit. But, your food choices (pick filling foods) will determine how much satisfaction you get out of each calorie. This plan doesn’t stress exercise but it is important to add in.

Want your cake and your broccoli? Try the 90/10 diet plan.

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Trim 360 Diet Review

Are you tired of counting calories? If so, this diet plan may be for you. The basis of the Trim 360 diet plan is every meal is 360 calories or less. You won’t need to calorie count because the hard work is done for you with the plan. Let’s take a look.

How the Trim 360 Plan Works

The program provides foods to you by home delivery. You can choose from 50 different meals and snacks. Each entrée offers multiple servings so you can eat it again if you like it a lot.

There are three different packages to choose from: 7 meals a day, 5 meals a day, or 3 meals a day. Your calories and portions are based on which package you choose.  You can have the food shipped to you as grouped by the plan, or you can customize your plan choosing foods that you like in particular.

Once you receive your food, you are ready to enjoy full meals. You’ll just want to add a healthy beverage. Nutrition guidelines provided can help you choose beverages and light snacks so you aren’t compromising your calories and weight loss.

Results

The program can help you lose anywhere from 2 to 5 pounds a week. With calorie controlled meals that are delivered to your door, you don’t even have to think about your diet. Success with this diet is attributed to the ease of the plan as well as the knowledge you are given about food and proper nutrition.

The program offers a 30 day free trial so you can get familiar with the program and decide if it is something you might like to do. You are given a sample pack of shakes and snacks and access to videos and tools to help you create meals. If you like it, you can sign up for complete meal delivery.

Here’s the Skinny

The meal delivery is not cheap. They break it down by how much it will cost each day but you are purchasing your meals by the week or month so the actual bill has to be calculated. There are videos, as we mentioned above, to guide you through preparing meals and learning about nutrition. You’ll also have access to the online community to talk to experts and others on the plan.

This plan is great for the food and nutrition part of weight loss. However, it doesn’t stress exercise. Increasing activity will enhance your weight loss and give you the shapely body you want when the weight is gone. Combining this plan with some type of regular physical fitness activity will provide you with optimum results.

Trim 360 helps take the struggle with food planning out of dieting with meal delivery, nutritional education, and online support. Throw in some exercises and this diet plan could be just what you need to finally lose the weight. Click Here to visit the Trim 360 Website

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