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Size Zero Versus A Healthy Diet

The size zero debate where we have seen celebrities starve themselves down to what they consider is an attractive weight is a hot topic at the moment. Appalling images of stick-thin celebrities and other figures in the public eye has sparked off a huge debate as to whether you can be a size zero and still follow a healthy diet.

Many of these famous actresses and models etc insist that they eat just like anyone else” and reel off a list of their daily diet that includes chicken, pasta, potatoes, salad and even the odd ‘naughty’ treat such as bar of chocolate, pizza or a glass of wine

And while undoubtedly there really are a small a very small minority of women who are naturally stick thin no matter what they eat, for the ‘lollipop’ (ie big head on a tiny body) ladies we see in the media, they really aren’t following a healthy diet.

Starving themselves in order to ‘look good’ down to the size of a seven year old boy can have dramatic health consequences. Fasting or not eating enough food can cause periods to stop, bad skin and hair and whole list of horrifying symptoms including death.

In September 2006, the 22 year old model Luisel Ramos died days after appearing on the catwalk. Newspapers reported how she was told that if she lost a significant amount” of weight (she was 5ft 9in tall and weighed 7 stone when she died according to the Daily Mail newspaper) she would succeed as a model.

You don’t have to be stick thin in order to be fashionable. A grown woman with a body that has been starved in order to resemble that of a young boy is not attractive and is not healthy.

In fact, it’s more important to put the right food inside your body by following a wholesome, healthy diet and nature will do the rest and you’ll find your ideal size.

And if you are overweight or your clothes are starting to feel a bit tighter, then there are sensible diets that you can follow in order to get to your ideal weight. Missing meals or fasting are not an option.

Similarly, for the naturally thin ladies among us, by following a nutritious, healthy diet, you can ensure that you keep yourself in the optimum of health.

Elements In Preventing Diabetes

Some statistics show more than 24 million Americans have a form of diabetes and alarming studies predict we will see an increasing number of diabetes patients over the next few years. A recent study conducted by Elbert Huang from the University of Chicago predicts over 44 million diabetes cases by 2034 and an enormous increase in government diabetes-related spending by the same year. The US health care system seems unprepared for this situation and medical authorities grow more alarmed every year.

The same study conducted by Elbert Huang and published in the Diabetes Care journal points that more and more people suffer from obesity and that an amazing 90% of total diabetes cases are Type 2 diabetes, a form of diabetes developed over a long period of time. Type 2 Diabetes is a condition of the body in which the body either fails to produce enough insulin or the body simply fails to use the insulin, our main source of energy.

As statistics show, most Type 2 Diabetes patients are obese and have very high levels of fats and sugar in their blood. In the long run, Type 2 Diabetes can lead to severe conditions � blindness, kidney failure and even amputation. This terrible condition affects and increasing number of people from all around the world and in America only there are over 16 million Type 2 Diabetes patients.

To take a more optimistic position in regards to Type 2 Diabetes we should note that this is a preventable condition. With an increased awareness about the main factors that lead to this condition, and the will to make the necessary changes in our society, we have the power to defeat this world wide health risk factor. A healthy diet and more exercise could help prevent Type 2 Diabetes. Of course any lifestyle changes will take time and a strong will, but unless we start making this changes today chances are millions of people will develop this disease during the next years.

All About Healthy Diet And Nutrition

With the fast-paced, technologically driven world people are now living, who would have the slightest idea that the most important rampart of normal living is being neglected?

Undeniably, because of the busy courses of people’s lives, people tend to forget some of the vital fragments in maintaining a healthy lifestyle diet and nutrition.


The terms “diet” and “nutrition” are defined into two different sentences but are greatly connected. By definition, “diet” refers to the food and liquid intake of a person while “nutrition” pertains to the science of dealing with food and nourishment. When these two are combined, an entirely new meaning can be derived. More than the issues of food and liquid intake and the science of food and nourishment, diet and nutrition can revolve around nutritional information on various dietary supplements and the benefits vitamins and minerals to a person’s body.

Making yourself familiar with latest diet and nutrition topics, trends, and tips can lead you to the renewal of your health and well being commitment inside your home. You must remember that it’s never too late to redirect your eating habits, but before you take that drastic change, learn what are the common diet and nutrition mistakes so you can avoid them.

1. Careless assumption that the food choices you have are better than they actually are. Experts say that people who are very particular about diet and nutrition have larger tendencies of thinking and believing that their food choices are healthier than they really are. Make sure that you eat whole, fresh, and unprocessed foods whenever possible.

2. Confusion over carbohydrates. Although many people say that low carb diets are effective, experts say that there are excellent carbs that make people eat less. So before you cut down on carbs totally, make sure that you have consulted your dietician if this diet will be good for you.

3. You think you’re eating too much when you’re not. Experts say that one of the most common mistakes people make is that they overestimate and underestimate the amount of food their body needs. Make sure that you monitor the portion sizes of your food.

4. Not eating enough food or not eating often. Overeating and under eating may put the person at risk because it disrupts disrupting blood sugar and insulin levels. Make sure that you eat something every three hours and don’t starve before eating the next meal.

5. Neglecting the value of regular exercise. Making exercise a regular part of your life can definitely contribute to great diet and nutrition.

6. Taking in a lot of dietary supplements. A vitamin or dietary pill is a supplement that is meant to complement a person’s diet; therefore it should not be considered as substitutes for the foods you’re supposed to be eating. Experts say that one all-purpose multivitamin a day is enough to complement the nutrients you don’t get from the foods you don’t eat.

7. Following nutrition and weight loss guidelines by the book. Since people are different, it is only natural for them to have individual needs. Although diet and nutrition plans work for the majority of people, not everything can help you improve you overall diet and nutrition.

One of the major reasons why people get overweight or suffer from minor and major health risks is that they don’t practice having a healthy diet. Healthy diet which include eating balanced amount of food from all food groups along with exercise or regular physical activity can lessen people’s inclination to health problems.


Experts say that though basic principle of healthy diet is simple, most people are having a hard time sticking to it. Major reasons may include a super busy lifestyle, work that causes a lot of stress or even an environment that is not conducive to having a healthy diet.

Although it is hard to start and maintain a healthy diet, nothing is impossible if you really want to achieve a healthy mind and body. For starters, it is advisable to mix up food choices from each food group. Eating a large variety of foods and veggies can also serve as a warm up in avoiding the foods that contribute to drastic weight gain. Having a balanced intake of calcium-rich foods, whole grains, and protein-rich products will also keep you in track.

To be able to maintain eating a healthy diet, you must also know your restrictions of fats, salt and sugars levels, and intakes. Lastly, you must monitor your body weight regularly for you to know if your body is absorbing all the nutrients it needs.

Here are more tips for eating well and achieving a healthy diet:

1. Meals based on starchy foods are a good start to a healthy diet. Experts agree that people should eat more starchy foods such as bread, cereals, rice, pasta, and potatoes because they are a good source of energy not to mention being the main source of a range of nutrients of a person’s diet like fiber, calcium, iron, and vitamin B.

2. Load up a lot of fruits and veggies. Eating at least 5 portions of a variety of fruit and vegetables a day is an ideal way to maintain a healthy diet. But, it is sometimes hard to achieve because people do not want to waste time peeling or chopping certain fruits and veggies. The best way to keep up with the recommended fruit and veggies intake if to eat a variety of fruits that are either fresh, frozen, canned or dried and picking out veggies that can be finger delights such as celery, broccoli, carrots, beans and peas.

3. Be more “fishy” Despite of the so-called “high mercury content” of fish, nutrition experts say that eating more fish especially oily fish is an important component of a healthy diet because it is a good source of protein, vitamins, and minerals.

4. Try to cut down on saturated fats and sugars. Do not totally cut down on fats because your body needs it to stay healthy. Basically, fats are categorized into saturated and unsaturated fat. The former has high amount of cholesterol and the latter has lower amounts that lowers blood cholesterol. Cut down only on foods that are high in saturated fat such meat pies, sausages, hard cheese, butter and lard, pastry, cakes and biscuits, cream and the like. Also monitor your sugar intake because aside from causing decay, sugary foods can also be high in calories that contribute to weight gain.

Easy Diet Meal Planning

Diet meal is so easy to plan, but it can be difficult to execute.

The keys in every diet meal are �balance� & �complete�. When you are planning your self and diet meal, make sure it provides a balance and complete diet.

Before you plan your diet meal, set a realistic target or diet goals for your self. For example, lose 3 kgs in a month or achieve a BMI 20.0 in 2 months time. Once your diet goals is clear and set in to your mind then you can start planning your easy diet meal by following the simple guidelines below.

1. You must commit to consume 4-6 small meals or snacks in every 3 hours. Every small meal should include lean protein, fiber and water.

a. 7:30am : breakfast
b. 10:30am : AM snack
c. 1:30pm : Lunch
d. 4:30pm : Tea time
e. 7:30pm : Dinner
f. 1 hour before sleep : Milk

2. No foods that are high in fat and calories in your diet plan.

3. No high sugars, high salt foods.

4. No White food like white rice, white flour, and refined sugar.

5. Use healthier food selections like fruits, vegetables, whole grain cereals, and beans, low-fat or nonfat dairy products, low fat meats, fish and skinless poultry.

6. Use a variety of fruits and vegetables in your nutrition plan.

7. More water everyday. Approximate 2 liters everyday.

8. Keep you meal simple by just counting the calories for your meal.

With the above easy guide, I believe you are now able to plan yourself a prefect meal for your diet plan. Get you BMI calculated before you start your diet meal planning. With your BMI, you will know which direction to go. You can check out the BMI calculator in my Fat Loss Revealed Tips & Article blog.

Lets Look At Weight Loss After Pregnancy

Becoming a mother is the most beautiful experience for any woman. However this is also accompanied with the negative side of excessive weight gain during the pregnancy period. Losing weight after pregnancy is not possible but yes, it should be done only at a slower pace. It is not wise to diet and thereby deny your baby essential nutrients. You need to aim at eating in a healthy manner and also work at losing weight. You are likely to put on 25 to 30 pounds during your pregnancy, out of which about 12 to 14 pounds are lost after delivery. You are still left with a baggage of 12 to 20 pounds around your body. This feeling of excess mass can make one feel depressed and disappointed.

It is recommended to start losing weight 23 months after delivery. You should feel completely ready for the fitness regime with rigorous exercises. It is right to lose only about 11.5 pounds per week.

You need to understand that weight loss is not a miracle that will happen overnight. It is likely to take 6 to 12 months to shed off the excess mass. Only hard work, patience and faith will pay off in the right way.

Tips To Follow

Breast Feeding

One of the best ways to lose mass is to breastfeed. Your extra weight that is stored in you is to give you energy for breastfeeding. Breastfeeding takes about 200 to 400 calories per day. It is good to combine breastfeed with other programs.


Exercise in general is good for blood circulation, it gives you an energized feeling, lifts your spirits if you are feeling low etc. It is important to wait for six weeks to start exercising even if you have had a normal delivery. Start from light forms like walking, yoga to moderate intensive forms of exercises. Increase your exercising time gradually as a sudden outburst of energy can tire you out very easily. Start initially by working out at home.

Healthy Diet

There should always be a combination of exercise with dieting. The diet should be wholesome packed with nutrients. This diet will not only aid you with weight loss but also provide your baby with the right food while you breastfeed. Crash diets or starvation can deprive you of the required nutrients and their results though quick and fast will only rebound multifold.


This is the best form of exercise as it just requires your time and space and is not dependent on any special place or equipment. It is highly practical and you can even take your baby out in the stroller as you go for a walk.

Eat smaller meals frequently throughout the day. This will keep your energy levels up the whole day.

Be Patient

Do not get disappointed if you find other mothers losing weight faster than you. Have patience, take your time and you will definitely achieve your goal.

Losing pregnancy weight is not impossible. It requires a combination of right planning and advice and following the required tips diligently. This way you will not be far from your goal. So go for it.

Important Points To Lose Weight As A Vegetarian

Eat Healthy. A healthy diet will help you lose weight. To many people the term “Vegetarian” implies someone who eats healthy. We envision all the types of far out, unheard of and little known healthy food that the normal person just would not eat. For a few vegetarians this is true. For most they eat like everyone else just avoiding meat. Meat alone does not cause us to gain weight unless we over do it. In fact the number one culprit in weight gain is sugar. Sugar as plain table sugar and sugar in all of its artificial forms are the number one cause of weight gain. Sugar is a simple carbohydrate that equals energy or just added weight. Because sugar is the number one food additive and the processed foods and flours are either simple sugar or converted to simple sugar once we eat it, we gain weight because of the excess of sugar in our systems. To lose weight we must first reduce these simple sugars. If possible we should completely avoid them and eat a healthy diet of fruit and vegetables, whole grains, seeds, nuts and beans. This Healthy diet is the key to weight loss.

Eat Vegetables. This may seem obvious but it is important that we eat at least 4-5 servings of vegetables a day. Many vegetarians give up meat yet they eat everything but vegetables as their main source of nutrition. Vegetables should be number one, hence the name vegetarian. Fruit and vegetables should provide 60% to 70% of our caloric consumption. Since fruit is mainly for energy they contain more natural sugar than vegetables and that could cause weight gain or in the very least hinder our weight loss progress. We need fruit. We need vegetables and we need more vegetables.

Eat Fruit. 3-4 servings of fruit a day is recommended by the USDA, any less and we are depriving ourselves of needed nutrition and energy. If we eat too many more servings and we will begin to gain weight as many fruits are full of natural sugar. Too much sugar, even though it is natural, causes weight gain.

Eat Whole Grains. Avoid processed foods. Avoid the unnatural processed cereal, rice, bread and pasta. Instead choose 100% whole grain cereals, breads, rice and pasta. Processed foods process out the nutrition and add starch, sugar and preservatives. These are all equal a formula for weight gain and poor health. Whole grains provide the natural nutrition God intended.

Eat Seeds, Nuts and Beans. Seeds, nuts and beans all provide protein and other nutrition we miss when we do not eat meat. Really, seeds, nuts and beans provide more nutrition with less fat than meat. These help us get the nutrition we need without the excess fat.

Drink Plenty of Water. Not only is water good for all the organs in our body but water helps us to lose weight. A body that functions properly needs 8 to 10 glasses of water daily. Water helps increase our metabolism. Increased metabolism burns more calories. Water also helps our digestive system. Therefore we eliminate the toxic waste that can build up in our system. When you do not drink enough water you body retains water and thereby increasing your weight. Our bodies are two thirds water, even down to the cellular level. As such water is the key to all of our bodily functions. Yet many diets no nothing more than to reduce water weight which the will begin to retain for survival mode and thus the weight will return.

Regular Exercise. Regardless of what you eat if you do not exercise regularly losing weight is difficult. We lose weight by burning more calories than we consume. Exercise helps us to burn calories. When we give up meat we generally consume fewer calories if we eat properly. Like water if we do not have enough physical activity the body will retain fat. Our bodies reacts to our sedentary state by storing fat for the time that is needed. That time is when you exercise. Since we are programmed to burn fat or store fat regular exercise is the only way to ensure we do not move to the store “fat mode”.

Rest, Fresh Air and Sunlight. Though mostly important for optimal health we need to rejuvenate our bodies to be most effective at weight loss. That is one reason why sleep (rest), fresh air and sunlight are so important to your weight loss program.

Changing Eating Habits To Achieve Long Term Weight Loss

Chocolate cakes, coffee crumble ice cream and chips are just few of the top favorites of people of different walks of life. There are some people who want to lose weight and there are those who want to gain some pounds. Regardless of their dreams as to their body and health, they always resort to food to help them with it. Healthy diet is not just about dropping or to put on some fats, it is not about depriving yourself of the delicious delicacies and chocolate you have always loved or torturing yourself with weird tasting food and drinks. It is about staying fit for your everyday activities at the office or school. The point of it is for you to have enough energy to spend with your family and friends and to keep yourself healthy because it will keep you away from medicines and hospital bed which are, of course, quite depressing.

There are several tips or information you must know for you to enjoy a rewarding healthy diet. First is to be simple in choosing food. Do not concern yourself too much as to reading calories and proteins and nutrition content of the food in the groceries every time you pick something up. A person must start thinking outside the box. He or she must start concerning self with the freshness of the food be it meat, seafood, vegetables or fruits or even those milk one purchases in the grocery stores. Focus on searching for delicacies you really crave for and see if the ingredients of the food can be modified to provide same taste but more essential body nutrients. For instance, one might choose to have some vegetable salad or cream soup during dinner and limit pizza and burger nights.

Second is to take it easy. It is quite hard to drastically change the composition of your everyday meal from a not so healthy yet heavenly food to a very healthy yet not so great tasting food. A person must remember that gradual change is the best way to achieve the desired body weight and energy level. One cannot just do away with sweets like chocolates. It is a torture on his part. What a person can do is to adjust the level of his intake by lowering it as days pass by. For instance, when a person thinks he cannot live without a soda, he might opt to buy and drink no sugar cola. He might eat chocolates less and less or prefer the dark chocolates over the usual high sugar ones.

Third is to be patient. No one is perfect. Expect you to commit mistakes and indulge with heavenly cravings. It is not good to deprive yourself with the joy that sweet delicacies give you. The problem only arises if you cannot control yourself up to the point you lost track of the reason why you are doing it. Do not let your mistakes deliver you in a wrong path. Concentrate on what you really want and do it wholeheartedly.

Healthy Diet And Nutrition

A healthy diet is one that is arrived at with the intent of rising or maintaining Good health. This commonly involves consuming nutrients by taking right amounts from all of the matters group, including sufficient amount of water. Since manlike nutrition is complex, a healthy diet may vary widely, and is subject to an individual’s genetic makeup, environment, and health. For around 21% of the manlike population, lack of matter and malnutrition are the important impediments to healthy eating.

Our health and the matter we take are always guided by the matter options that are place before us by the matter manufacturers. As they substance us more tantalizing and tastier food, the more our health suffers. Just because the matter tastes better, does not mean it will help towards a healthy diet, in fact, it is usually the opposite. You will be eating foods that are high in sugar, fats, and carbohydrates, which are not good for your health.

So what should we be eaten to hit a Healthy diet.

Perfectly we have to take a healthy balanced diet, that contain the correct amount of fat, carbohydrate and proteins, though what is correct for digit individual may not be correct for another. Every ones diets should be perfectly balanced to meet their amount of nutritional needs. As far as the weight loss worry you there must be the correct balance diet containing fats, carbohydrates and Proteins that will allow the body to function right and also loss weight. A successful diet will be well balanced and include amount of proteins either from a vegetables source or from a meat source. It will help you to understand your lifestyle, your food choices and your drinking habits.

So you are taking vegetarian diet or also advice from your doctors, but you have to try every important matter from the group of matters into to your daily Diets, such as meats, vegetables, dairy products, fruits and fats. If you always preferred staple food then you will always run out from the ideal meals.

1. A healthy diet is not all about counting calories, measuring your meal portions, cutting out carbs or fats.
2. A healthy diet is not found on a lite or low fat menu at your favorite restaurant.
3. A healthy diet is not even about losing weight but weight loss is a positive side effect for those of us that are over weight.
4. A healthy diet is more about eating the correct foods rather than the amount of food you eat.
5. A healthy diet will work quicker and is easier to sustain weight loss than the “quick fix with the latest fad diet”.

All the best dieting intentions in this world will be no good if you didn’t get the healthy food at home. If you plan your meals in advice then it will make you sticky on one matter. A healthy diet will allow you flexibility and customizable. A Healthy Diet will not restrict you to cut out the foods that you love. If you want a better health then you can create your own diets. With about 40,000 different two week combinations, you can have a varied diet.

Reduce Body Fat To Lose Weight

The so-called “secret” of “How To Reduce Body Fat” is really no secret at all… it’s plain common sense. It is based upon the principle of maintaining a healthy balance between diet and exercise which is the ONLY recipe proven to as a long term and effective way address the issue of “How to Reduce Body Fat Percentage.” Do not be misled it is not possible to reduce body fat by only adjusting your diet or your exercise program. Both components are equally important and necessary in losing body fat.

It is a fact that “Body Fat Gain” results from upsetting the balance between calorie intake and calories burned in the body and anyone truly understanding how to reduce body fat will have a focus on addressing and correcting this problem.

It is absolutely imperative when selecting a fat burning program or product to do sufficient research to make educated decisions. Reading reviews and talking to people already using the products will soon reveal whether,

– a product or program is delivering what it promises – is targeting the real underlying issues of reducing body fat – the product is healthy naming just a few.

It is so often found that products or programs teaching “How To Burn Body Fat” are completely off the mark, in that they either place all of the emphasis on correcting the eating habits but neglect the necessity for exercise. Or the total focus is on exercise ignoring or minimizing the necessity for a healthy diet.

Maintaining the right balance between healthy eating and regular exercise has always proven to be the most effective way to reduce body fat. This doesn’t suggest that you will suddenly have to starve yourself or go over top with an exhaustive exercise regime. You merely need to reduce the consumption of the apparent fatty foods as well as those foods high in sugar and continue or begin an exercise program that will include 30 to 45 minutes 6 days a week of aerobic exercise and light resistance training doing many repetitions in a short time.

It is also important that you do NOT cut out important food groups such as carbohydrates or protein from your diet as some diet products propose. These are vitally important components in any diet and one should instead learn how to reduce body fat by consuming these in the correct ratio and at the right time of day.

The same goes for exercising. Morning exercise, before breakfast, has proven to have a greater effect on burning body fat than exercising any other time of the day.

In short, the key to how to reduce body fat successfully dwells in the word “BALANCE”. The right balance between diet and exercise is essential if you want to see lasting results.

What Should You Know About A Healthy Diet Plan

In case of breakfast it is good to think about wholegrain cereals, like bran flakes, shredded wheat and Weetabix. Make sure that they are wholegrain by checking the label and also keep an eye out for their sugar level. In order to make the breakfast healthier you should avoid mixing with full fat milk; instead opt for skimmed or semi-skimmed milk.

As part of a healthy diet plan you could also have some hard boiled eggs and bread or toast. In order to make the breakfast healthier, use olive spread instead of butter. Also muesli, yogurt and fruit are always wise choices for breakfast.

Keep snacks at hand

In case you feel like you need some snacks, but want to have healthy foods to eat, then consider having crisps that are low in fat and salt, fruits, granola bars or some tea with little sugar.


This is also an important meal, and this is part of a healthy diet plan. You could have half a tin of baked beans with wholegrain toast, or tuna with boiled pasta and sweet corn. If you like them, chicken breast and turkey breast are also healthy foods to eat and you could have salad sandwich with them, just make sure that you don’t have too much mayonnaise or sauce with it.

Having a salad is always a good choice, so try making some at home. If you want to stick to a healthy diet plan you can add prawns, chicken breast, tuna, and let’s not forget about the vegetables either.

You could also have noodles, but they should be low in sugar and buy only those brands that promote themselves as being healthy.


Salmon is a good solution if you are looking for healthy foods to eat. You can bake them grill them or steam them and also add boiled vegetables or roasted potatoes. Don’t use too much oil or butter though.

Homemade curry is also a part of a healthy diet plan. Use some healthy oil, like olive oil, sunflower oil or rapseed oil; add a lot of spices and a bit of low fat yogurt. Finding healthy foods to eat isn’t as difficult as it may seem at first.

Yogurt supplies enough calcium to your body. This food prevents you from getting osteoporosis, fights against bacteria, boosts your immune system, prevents yeast infection and has wonderful anticancer properties.

Remember that not all yogurts are probiotic, so make sure that you read the label before buying. Yogurt can be topped with walnuts, blueberry, honey, and flaxseed, which makes good breakfast for you. Also, plain and low fat yogurt can be added with creamy salad dressings.