Why isn’t your Diet Working?

Hello Campers!

Welcome to Friday Eve!

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Sometimes watching what we eat can be a real pain in the butt.  Why can’t we just eat what we want, when we want and maintain a healthy, slim, no-belly-hanging-over-the-jeans, no-having-to-exercise, no double-chin, no big-butt body??  Why?  Because that’s the way our bodies work.

Sigh….

So if we want to have all of that, we have to do the right things, and one of those things is eating the right stuff.  When we hear the word diet, most of us immediately think of eating salads, fruits and veg, nothing fattening, no sugar, no sweets, etc.  But actually, no matter who we are and what we eat, that IS our diet, whether it be healthy or not.

The types of food you eat every day is considered your diet.  You hear about overweight people and what they eat, and that their diet consists of cakes, cookies, fried food, etc.  Vegetarians eat a diet of vegetables.  You get the picture.

But what if your diet isn’t working, especially if you’re trying to eat in a healthy way?  Well a recent article in the paper this week gave several reasons why your diet isn’t working, using the latest scientific research.  From having the wrong genes, listening to pop music or doing the wrong exercises; all of these could have a direct effect on whether you lose weight or not.

Some of them were pretty obvious; eating too many refined carbs, eating in front of the TV, doing only one type of exercise.  But some were rather interesting…

Having milk in your tea  Last year, Indian scientist found tea contains high levels of compounds, theaflavins and thearubigins, that help to reduce the amount of fat absorbed by the gut and can cut cholesterol.  However, proteins found in cows milk neutralize this ability, so drink your tea black.  (It didn’t say anything about soy milk or almond milk, so as I’m one who has to have milk in their tea, I’m now having soy milk in mine)

Avoiding yogurt  A study in the International journal of Obesity found obese adults who ate three servings of fat-free yogurt a day as part of a reduced-calorie diet lost 22% more weight and 61% more body fat than those who simply cut calories.  Yogurt eaters also lost 81% more fat in the stomach area.  It’s thought the calcium and protein in dairy products may help burn to fat.

Under-seasoning your food  Adding a bit of ground cayenne pepper to your meal can help burn calories faster.  It seems the pepper curbs hunger, especially for fatty, salty and sweet foods.

Reading recipe books and magazines  Looking at pictures of high-fat foods stimulates the brain’s appetite control center, leading to an elevated desire for sweet and savory foods.

Eating off the wrong colored plate  A study from the Journal of Consumer Research found that when food is the same color as the plate, it blends in and leads people to eat more.  When the same amount of food is put on a contrasting colored plate, such as pasta on a blue plate, the portion appears larger and is psychologically more satisfying.

Saying ‘I can’t’ when offered food  Research suggests if you say this when asked if you’d like a slice of cake, you’re less likely to stick to you diet, as this signals deprivation and loss.  Using ‘I don’t’ shows a sense of determination and empowerment.

Having to much food to pick from  Fewer food choices and instilling culinary boredom could be the key to successful weight loss.  Researchers reporting in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that when women were offered the same food over and over again, they tended to eat less overall.

Playing music while eating  If you listen to music as you chew, make sure the music is slow.  Studies showed that listening to faster music led people to eat more quickly, while the opposite was true for slower music.

Doing only one kind of exercise  To get fit, you need to mix exercise such as cycling and running, with weight training or resistance work, including some forms of Pilates.

You don’t have enough brown fat  Thin people are known to have high amounts of beneficial brown fat than the overweight.  Brown fat’s great appeal is that it burns calories faster.  A recent study in the Journal of Clinical Investigation found that a form of brown fat is turned on when people get cold.

Your parents made you fat  Whether you’re fat or thin could be an inherited factor.  A 2009 UK study showed only 4% of girls with normal-weight mothers were obese, compared with 41% with fat mothers.  Research suggests a very strong link between mother and daughter and father and son obesity, but no link across the gender divide.

So that’s only a quarter of the suggestions given as to why your diet isn’t working.  Want to read the rest of them?  Then go to 40 Reasons why my diet isn’t working.

Time for a cuppa….with soya milk!

♥♥ Terri   ♥♥

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Eating In vs Easting Out

Which is more economical?  Eating in or dining out?  Everyone will have their opinion, but common sense tells us that eating in is cheaper and almost always healthier than dining out.  And by eating in, I don’t mean getting a take-out meal or buying a frozen dinner and taking it home to eat.  We’re talking HOME COOKING here.  You obviously save money because eating out costs more for the same things, for example, buying and cooking beef mince is generally cheaper than buying a hamburger in a restaurant.

With eating in, you know exactly what goes into your food and you decide on the portion size.  With all the cookbooks out there, you can whip up a fancy meal in just about the same way as a fancy restaurant at a fraction of the cost.  However, this all depends on where you live, what you eat and how well you can cook and does require some planning and personal effort.  And if you shop like we do, you can save even more.  (Check the ‘reduced to clear’ sections and buy in bulk the items you use frequently.  I buy whole wheat flour in 10kg bags because I bake my own bread and it’s much cheaper to buy the large bag as opposed to the small 1.5kg bags, especially when you find it in the reduced to clear section!)

Home-cooked food is almost always healthier. Most restaurant meals are loaded with fat, sugar, and calories. Butter is the restaurant’s chef’s best friend. And for many people, dining out actually takes more time than eating in.  Unfortunately, time can also be an issue.  Many choose to eat out because they don’t have time to cook for themselves or their families.  About 60% of mothers work outside the home.

Now I’m not saying that you should never eat out, but eating out should be used for special occasions or perhaps once or twice a month as a treat.  Whether you go to the local chain restaurant or to that fancy place you’ve been dying to try, if you don’t go very often, you’ll appreciate it more.

In September 2011, The New York Times did a price comparison on fast food vs. home cooking.

(It’s been so long since I’ve eaten fast foods; that McDonald’s meal doesn’t even look very appetizing!  I assume there’s a burger in between that bun on the right?)

So what do you think?  Is eating in better/cheaper/healthier than eating out?