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Old 03-23-2014, 02:52 PM   #11
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We who are fat are fat because we eat more food than we need. Just eat less. Simple arithmetic - Calories taken in need to less than calories burned to lose weight.
Everything else is just window dressing.
I can eat like a bird and still get fat. Its the type of bird food that does the trick for me. I also require some physical activity to get my metabolism going.
In general you are correct. "Eat less and lose". But this is not written in stone and I am living proof that just curtailing the amount of food does not necessarily mean I will lose weight. Quantity does play a part and i agree on that point.
But for me, its what i am eating that makes the difference. And adding some physical activity.

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Talking about diets always reminds me of this fitness quote from Cher.
"If it came in a bottle, everybody would have a great body."
I try to keep the needle on the scale pointed down instead of up. I try to eat a low carb diet and lose at an almost imperceptible rate. I have lost 47 pounds over the last couple of years and my numbers for blood pressure, A1C etc... have improved.
I find the process to be tedious and boring, I could revert to my old habits in the blink of an eye!
This forum could use a thanks button.
I would have thanked Bea for her post. But I had to make a new post to thank her.
Hey mods. Thanks button.
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Old 06-26-2014, 03:43 PM   #12
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This topic is the reason that I wanted to become a Dietitian.

One of the biggest things that I have realized in my 4 1/2 years of college is that people are so very quick to believe anything that they are told. In college, we are required to use only reliable sources when writing research papers, giving presentations, making educational handouts, etc. I quickly realized that it is because there is SO much information out there that is not only just incorrect, but ludicrous!

I have determined, that at least 50% of my job as a Dietitian is going to be debunking whatever current diet fads that people are believing. And that's okay. I want to help people recognize that the top secret tip to losing weight and being healthy can be simplified to this:

Eat Healthy and Exercise

I wish I could say that you could do one without the other but it just isn't so.
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Old 06-26-2014, 03:55 PM   #13
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Reported on the news tonight that "they" would now half the recommended amount of sugar we should consume per day to 5 teaspoons full (ie 5 x 15ml).

Great outcry, mostly along the lines of "But that's only one can of coke". Does anyone actually drink more that one can of coke a day (don't answer that).

Then in the next breath they say we should up our consumption of fruit....aren't they confusing their argument? Fruit sugar is as "bad" for you as cane sugar or so they say.

Perhaps we should stop eating altogether - Oh no, that would kill us. Oh dear, what to do?
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Old 06-26-2014, 04:34 PM   #14
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Reported on the news tonight that "they" would now half the recommended amount of sugar we should consume per day to 5 teaspoons full (ie 5 x 15ml).

Great outcry, mostly along the lines of "But that's only one can of coke". Does anyone actually drink more that one can of coke a day (don't answer that).

Then in the next breath they say we should up our consumption of fruit....aren't they confusing their argument? Fruit sugar is as "bad" for you as cane sugar or so they say.

Perhaps we should stop eating altogether - Oh no, that would kill us. Oh dear, what to do?
I wonder if "they" meant added sugar, as opposed to total sugar. When you eat fruit, obviously you get much more than sugar - fiber, vitamins, minerals. But adding sugar to your coffee is different. Which I am not going to stop doing, btw

And Dietician, if telling people to "Eat Healthy and Exercise" was all it took, there would not be all this controversy. The question is what exactly constitutes "healthy" eating? The problem as I see it is that everyone seems to think they're a biomedical scientist these days. I personally have decided for myself how best to eat, but I'm not a fanatic about it. I make most of our food, from mostly fresh ingredients, and don't follow any fad diets.
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Old 06-26-2014, 04:58 PM   #15
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The molecular structure and composition of sugar molecules is the same no matter where they come from. It is composed of both fructose and glucose. Fructose is broken down in the liver, without the need of insulin, while glucose is first broken down in the stomach and does require the body to release insulin. I think the bigger point though, is that fruit also contains fiber, vitamins, antioxidants, etc. while cane sugar does not. But you are right, it essentially is still sugar.
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Old 06-26-2014, 05:03 PM   #16
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GotGarlic,

You are absolutely right, it is definitely not enough to just tell people to eat healthy and exercise. And determining what exactly "eating healthy" means, is what my degree focuses on. The problem, I think, is that there is so much confusion about what it means to "eat healthy" that many people choose to go along with whatever they think sounds good, or whatever the latest news article proclaimed. My only point was that the secret isn't "cutting out gluten" or "doing a detox regimen once a month" or "never eating processed foods". It doesn't have to be that complicated.
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Old 06-26-2014, 05:18 PM   #17
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Eat healthy.....

What may be healthy for a diabetic may not be healthy for someone with food allergies. Or other food related ailments. So it is not that simple.

And has anyone given you a welcome to DC? Hurry up and graduate. We need you.
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Old 06-26-2014, 05:35 PM   #18
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Hi Addie!

No, you are the first! Hello! :)

All I am saying, is that whether you are a diabetic, recovering from a heart attack, or allergic to tree nuts, you can still eat a healthy diet. The same diet? No. But a healthy one regardless. And I hope I haven't insinuated that it is EASY to eat healthy... because it rarely is easy.

My dad is morbidly obese, and has done virtually every diet that exists. Most of them helped him successfully lose the weight, until ultimately he would go back to his old ways and gain every pound of it back. My dad KNOWS how he should be eating. He knows that he should be active (though now his knees are trashed and he can barely walk). He KNOWS that to lose weight, he simply has to burn off more calories than he consumes. But he can never seem to overcome his temptations.
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I know exactly what it takes to get myself the rest of the way to my "ideal" weight, but darn willpower is hard to come by. If it weren't for exercise I'm not sure if I could maintain my current weight. I've lost large amounts of weight 3 times and this is the first time that I've been able to keep it off for more than a few months, but boy would I love to get the rest of the way. I love food, I love to bake, and I'm not willing to give that up, I just have to keep treats in check and boy is that a trick!
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I know exactly what it takes to get myself the rest of the way to my "ideal" weight, but darn willpower is hard to come by. If it weren't for exercise I'm not sure if I could maintain my current weight. I've lost large amounts of weight 3 times and this is the first time that I've been able to keep it off for more than a few months, but boy would I love to get the rest of the way. I love food, I love to bake, and I'm not willing to give that up, I just have to keep treats in check and boy is that a trick!
For me, it's both expensive, and difficult to prepare all healthy meals as I have others who insist that things like potatoes, and other starchy foods should be a main part of every meal. It's darned hard not to eat potatoes because I make them with the best techniques I know. They just plain taste great and are a serious temptation.

Rice is the same way. Throw in home made bread and you can see my dilemma. I know how to make great tasting, healthier foods, but am the only one who would eat them. I'm not fond of cooking two separate meals for each meal. That's what I would have to do every day.

Don't even get me started on the occasional desert.

Still, I lost over 30 lbs. last year, and have kept it off. I just need to find a way to do more exercise to break through this plateau that I've been standing on for four months now. And that's difficult as I work on my novels an hour before getting ready for work, write during lunch hours, have to watch the obligatory TV shows with DW, take care of the veggie garden, mow the lawn, fix anything that needs fixing, vacuum the floors, do the dishes, cook the meals, etc. Time for myself is taken in little sprits. Oh, I tie flies and make silver jewelry for when DW sells at craft shows.

But I gotta go now. I need to prepare supper.

Seeeeeeya; Chief Longwind of the North
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