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Weight Loss Issue – What Really Works

Do this, eat this, try this you’ve followed all the advice, but the kilos just won’t budge. Here, Robert Atkins discovers the keys to diet success:

My friend tells that to shed pounds I truly have to stop eating sweets. Can you please clarify if this is correct.

Eating less added sugar may help. The problem is those who advocate quitting sugar say to avoid fructose at all costs. But fructose is not only found in added sugar, but it’s also found naturally in a whole range of foods including fruit. We understand through the previous national nutrition survey that Australians eat very little fruit, but we should be eating at least two serves a day.

You don’t have to quit sugar entirely to lose weight, but saving foods high in added sugar such as soft drinks, chocolate, cakes and pastries for special occasions will eliminate a lot of kilojoules, refined starch and saturated fat from your diet. No more than 10 percent of our total daily kilojoule ingestion must be provided from extra glucose. This will be around 50gr to 60gr for an 8700kJ diet.

Dr Alan Barclay – Accredited Practising Dietitian

If I want to lose weight, should I take in morning meal even when I do not want to?

The morning meal is extremely essential. Research has discovered that individuals that have a morning meal get stronger diet management and consume quality food better than those who do not. If you aren’t this type of person, you most likely are delaying dinner in the evening.

By eating at night quicker and avoid most of the unhealthy meals, you’ll be more prone to awaken starving. When you, however, cannot experience the morning meal, pick strawberry with low-fat milk. This option can, at least, provide you with a complete serving of milk.

Tania Ferraretto, Certified Practising Nutritionist & Inventor of Happy Healthy Me

Do I really need to avoid carbs at dinnertime to lose weight?

No. There is no difference in how your digestive system works at breakfast, lunch or dinnertime. If you believe you’re getting some weight-loss benefit from eating your carbohydrates earlier in the day, you’re wrong. If you have lost weight this way, it’s most likely because you’ve reduced the amount of food you’re eating at that meal.

If you’re weight-watching, low-GI carb choices such as a sweet potato, a half-cup serve of cooked basmati rice or a small whole grain roll can balance dinner out nicely. Pasta is also a good low-GI choice. Stick to one cup of cooked pasta and throw some lean meat and lots of vegetables in the sauce to bulk up your meal.

I reach for treats when I feel low. How can I stop turning to food when things aren’t going right for me?

Emotional eating can be a major saboteur in your weight-loss journey. Food is available to us 24/7, so we really need to find new ways of coping when stress or sadness hits. Identify what triggers your emotional eating and then change the habit around it.

So if you make a beeline for the biscuits after a challenging day at work, ban biscuits from the house. If you’re turning to ice-cream because you’re feeling lonely, phone a friend instead. It’s also a good idea to portion those foods that tempt you most into small containers or snap-lock bags. This will force you to stop and think before reaching for another serve.

You may find several supplements available in the market which will assist to control emotional eating. One of the products included is hcg drops. This product can help regulate your hypothalamus to remove unneeded body fat.  The most important task for you to do is to choose the best hcg drops available in the market. This is because there are some HCG sold in the market in the form of counterfeit products. You need to make sure you purchase genuine and effective HCG to help you lose weight.

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Health Research

New Research and Findings on Risks & Benefits of HRT

Major news magazines, TV documentaries, radio talk show hosts and other media have paid a great deal of attention to the findings from two studies on hormone replacement therapy. A long-term study of more than 16,000 women between the ages of 50 and 79 revealed that HRT did pose some major health risks.

Hormone Replacement TherapyWhen you look at the numbers, the risks seem small. Let’s look at the math. Suppose you live in a town in which 10,000 women are taking an estrogen-progestin combination. Of those 10,000 women, chances are that eventually 30 of them will develop breast cancer, as that rate (0.3%) is the figure for women in general. What recent HRT research shows, however, is that it’s more likely that 37 women in your town will get breast cancer because of the HRT. That’s an extra 7 women. Now just an additional 7 women out of a population of 10,000 women doesn’t seem like many—that is, unless you’re one of those women!

The research also revealed that you’d expect about 18 in a normal population of 10,000 women to develop blood clots. Among women using HRT, though, that number increases to 36. The number doubles. In statistical terms, that’s a 100% increase in the likelihood of getting blood clots. Those health risks were too high to allow the study to continue. Continue reading “New Research and Findings on Risks & Benefits of HRT”

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Health Update

The Good News About Coffee

Coffee lovers, rejoice. There are plenty of good reasons why you should enjoy your favourite brew. The trick is to make your coffee habit work for your health and wellbeing, not against it. Read on to find out about the benefits of coffee and how to get the best out of your daily fix.

It is rich in antioxidants

Coffee is loaded with disease-fighting antioxidants, including flavonoids and chlorogenic acid, which help protect your body from free radical damage. Coffee also contains magnesium, potassium, niacin and choline and is a good source of vitamin B2 or riboflavin.

It lowers your risk of type 2 diabetes

Recent research suggests that sipping three to four cups of coffee a day cuts your risk of developing type 2 diabetes by up to 25 percent. It is believed chlorogenic acid and trigonelline, which gives coffee its wonderful aroma, help to improve insulin sensitivity. Continue reading “The Good News About Coffee”

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