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Lifestyle Diet

Aug 17, 2007
Diets don't work. Popular diets have come and gone over the past few years, even decades, and these diets have focused on cutting down or even eliminating entire groups of food. People lost some weight initially, but, of course, gained the weight right back. A growing trend today, however, is the lifestyle diet.

Lifestyle diets focus not on specific foods, but on the way in which one lives, and then suggest changes that will help people lose weight and keep the weight from returning. Constantly losing and regaining the same 5-10 pounds is dangerous and, over time, can cause serious health conditions. Dr. Ulrich, at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, found that women who diet in that kind of cycle have a lower number of natural killer cells, which are the vital cells in your immune system that target viruses.

This doesn't mean that you should not try to lose weight. Obesity is a major factor in diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and other conditions. However, the healthiest way to lose weight is to make minor changes in your lifestyle that can realistically become a long-term way of life. Here are some ideas to keep in mind:

1. Plan your eating ahead of time.

2. Eat more portions, but make them smaller

3. Fiber

4. Breathe Deeply and Hydrate

5. Make Balanced Food Choices

6. Splurge

1. Eating without a plan in mind is like driving without a map. You need to have eating strategies for home, work, traveling, or dining out. Fill your refrigerator with fresh produce so they are within reach each time you open the door. Put the foods with high fat and sugar up on the top shelf of the pantry (or in the trash!) so you can't get to them easily. Buy lean protein, low-fat, high-fiber cereals, or frozen dinners that are low in sodium and fat so that you always have a healthy choice.

2. This area is crucial to any lifestyle diet. Many people easily tire of "rabbit food" and eat socially in situations where most of the food is not conducive for weight loss. For these people, reducing portions significantly, by leaving a third of what you would normally eat on your uplate, is a good way to make a lifestyle change.

3. Fiber will help you lose weight because it makes you feel full and helps you with getting the food out. Always look for fiber per serving of 5 grams or more when purchasing cereals. This will be found in the carbohydrate section. Fruits and vegetables will also give you lots of great fiber.

4. Binge eating comes from emotion rather than hunger a good deal of the time. If you feel this temptation coming, stop and take 3 long and slow deep breaths, exhaling as slowly as possible. Drink a big glass of water and wait 10 minutes before you give into the impulse to binge. The impulse may go away!

5. Have some protein and carbohydrates with every meal. This will keep blood sugar levels under control and make sure that you get the nutrients you need.

6. Every now and then, you need a break. If you never eat the foods you enjoy, your eating habits will make you rebel, and you will binge. Give yourself free meal passes one day a week, so you won't get the impulse to binge and undo days of hard work.

Lifestyle diets are exactly that: changes to your lifestyle. If you want to permanently change your body, you need to permanently change your life. These steps will help.
About the Author
Copyright 2006 - Ivar Rudi. Ivar suggests you find great market for less by shopping online today. For more information and resources about this subject check out: http://www.calorie-counter-guide.org and also http://www.weight-watcher.info
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