Health & Diet Facts:

About Fad Diets?

The term "fad diets" typically refers to diets that promote a restricted eating-plan which is unhealthy and/or lacking in sufficient calories. Certain liquid-only diets (fasts) are promoted as healthful diets but in reality are merely fad diets. Common examples of fad diets include, the Cabbage Soup Diet and the Grapefruit Diet. Fad diets are usually short-term diet plans. Not only are they low in calories but their menus are likely to be restrictive and lacking in adequate nutrition - if any nutrition. Some fad diets are designed to last no more than a few days - wouldn’t it be great if a 2 or 3 day diet program is likely to help solve a weight problem!! The question is do they work? Any very-low-calorie diet will cause weight loss in most people.

Since most fad diets are very low in calories they typically cause quite fast weight loss. However, quick weight loss may not be healthy and - in most cases - is not fat loss. It is usually mostly water-loss which is quickly regained when the dieter resumes normal eating. Fad diets can lead to weight yo yo cycle! Fad dieting can often lead to weight-cycling or yo-yo dieting - that is, weight loss, followed by regain, followed by weight loss then regain etc.

New research suggests that such weight cycling may lead to obesity in the long term. Our Conclusion: Avoid Fad Diets Totally... Avoid fad diets and fad dieting. Instead, eat a balanced diet that includes foods from ALL the food groups. Eating a balanced calorie-controlled diet is not only more appealing but also more likely to help you develop the sort of good eating habits that lead to permanent weight loss. Fad diets lead to a complete loss of interest often due to the severe nature of many of them.

Water is the key!

About 50-70 percent of the human body is composed of water. The exact amount of bodily water varies according to age and the proportion of muscle-to-fat (muscle contains more water than fat.) Although water contains no calories and may have no nutrients, it is essential for life. We can survive for weeks without food, but only a matter of days without water. Because we do not store excess water, we must ensure that our daily diet contains a sufficient supply to maintain adequate health.

It's extremely difficult to take in too much water. If we drink too much, our body simply adjusts by increasing the amount of liquid we urinate. However, if our water level inside our body falls too low, we experience several symptoms that warn us we may be dehydrating. The principal symptom is thirst, a reaction influenced by a group of nerve cells located in the hypothalamus, located at the base of the brain. Health benefits of water although water contains no calories and may contain no micro nutrients, it is an indispensable aid to digestion, nutrient absorption and waste-elimination. It also helps regulate circulation, body temperature and a host of other biochemical reactions.

Water lubricates joints and maintains healthy skin. It's worth remembering that we can exist without food for months, but without water for only a few days. Effect Of Water On Weight Gain And Weight Loss Because the human body contains so much water, rising or falling levels may cause an equal increase or decrease in our weight. For example, water retention (sometimes called edema or oedema) with accompanying weight gain, is a common symptom of PMS and Menopause. While a very low carbohydrate diet typically leads to a loss of water (because carbs bind with water) leading to a rapid initial loss of weight. Weight loss is also a common symptom of dehydration.

Why exercise matters:

Health Benefits of Exercise are vast, studies show that regular physical activity: Exercise improves your chances of living longer- improves quality of life - reduces the risk of heart disease- helps lower high blood pressure (hypertension) and high cholesterol - helps protect you from developing certain cancers- helps prevent or control type 2 diabetes (adult-onset diabetes) - reduces the risk of arthritis and alleviates associated symptoms - helps prevent osteoporosis (gradual loss of bone mass/strength)- improves mobility and strength in later life - alleviates symptoms of depression and anxiety - benefits weight reduction and weight management

What is the healthiest type of exercise? Different types of exercise offer different benefits. Aerobic or cardio workouts primarily improve the cardiovascular system (heart, lungs), while weight-training or strength-training improves muscular strength and flexibility or stretching exercises improve overall mobility and coordination. What is Metabolism? From the viewpoint of diet and weight loss, metabolism is the process whereby the body converts food into energy (or uses it for bodily repairs) or stores it as fat for future use. In simple terms, if we have a faster metabolism we burn calories more efficiently and store less fat. If we have a slower metabolism we burn calories less efficiently and therefore store more calories as fat. Our Basal Metabolic Rate (or Resting Metabolic Rate) is the number of calories we need to burn in order to fuel essential bodily processes and keep our organs and tissues in working order. Typically, this accounts for 60 per cent of all calories consumed. The heavier the person, the more calories he/she needs to fuel these essential processes.

All other calories are used to meet our additional energy needs based on our level of physical activity. How to Raise Metabolism Take regular exercise - this should be aerobic exercise that makes you breathe more heavily. Exercises that build muscle are also useful. 2. Eat Breakfast and Eat Regularly - To benefit from the Thermal Effect of food and ensure that your body burns calories willingly, eat breakfast and then eat regularly throughout the day. 3. Eat a Balanced Diet -This helps to maintain a good supply of nutrients which in turn keeps your metabolism working smoothly xxercise can be structured ( class, regular workouts at a gym) or it can be unstructured (e.g., gardening, walking pets, dancing).