Are you dieting and hungry all the time? This article could change your life. It discusses new research on a new no-hunger approach for shedding weight. It’s not about food restriction or counting calories. It’s about adding food to your life.
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We live in a culture of grande lattes, sports drinks, exotic-sounding bottled juices, and sweetened fruit “teas.” Fancy coffee chains abound, as do refrigerator cases stocked with icy soft drinks; nearly everywhere you turn, you see people walking or driving with one of these beverages in hand. We rate cars by the number of cup holders, which now come heated and cooled. Without question, we’re a nation of high-calorie beverage guzzlers, and though these drinks may taste good, we’re paying a hidden cost.
An avid singles tennis player, Brad Goldberg had been fairly thin most of his life. But about two years ago, all hell broke loose. His beloved sister died. He tore his knee, requiring surgery. He was struggling with marital problems. He was, in short, miserable. He put on 100 pounds.
You’re probably thinking of a recent study that got a lot of press (surprisingly so, since it was a very small study, and it was done on rats). The study found that 8 rats consuming saccharin-sweetened yogurt ate more food overall and put on more weight during a two-week period than 9 rats consuming sugar-sweetened yogurt.
Will dairy foods help you lose weight? You’d sure think so given the recent plethora of ads with milk-mustached celebrities and headlines like “Drink Milk… Lose Weight?” Ads for Yoplait brand yogurt claim: “A clinical study shows it helps you burn more fat and lose weight than just cutting calories alone.” Here are the facts.
First off, keep in mind that slips, those times when you “rebel” against healthy new habits, are a normal part of lifestyle change. More than 99% of people who are shedding pounds and becoming more physically active have slips. When we start anything new, from learning to ski to ordering healthfully in restaurants, we’re going to stumble.
In an analysis of the dietary habits of nearly 600 healthy people from central Massachusetts, researchers found that those who were overweight did not consume more carbs overall than thinner people. The overweight subjects, however, did tend to eat more refined (bad) carbohydrates, dense with calories, such as white bread and white rice. The leaner men and women ate more unrefined (good) carbs, like whole-wheat bread, brown rice, beans, fruits, and vegetables.*
Our Director of Nutrition is generally a mild-mannered person. Just don’t get her started on fruit. “If I’d heard it once, I’ve heard it a MILLION times – people think, thanks to bogus information in the media, that fruit is fattening. AAARGH!!!” Here is science showing just the opposite.
The experts agree. Moderate exercise and an eating plan that is low in fat and high in fiber-rich carbohydrates is the key to trimming body fat.
In yet another blow to diets like Atkins and South Beach, research has found that the glycemic index, the tool both diets are based on, is worthless.