|The Lounge | Champions | The Wire | Schedule | Audio | Arcade | The Top Ten | Historical | Email | Video|
Obesity and Fat Control Myths
- Are your ideas of obesity and fat control based on a myth? -
For years we heard that a low-fat, low-cholesterol diet would keep us healthy and help us lose weight. And many of us jumped on the bandwagon. Our idea of obesity and fat control was to eliminate fat and high-cholesterol foods from our diets.
Unfortunately, we were doing it all wrong.
-- The Truth about Obesity and Fat Control --
Instead of eliminating fat completely, we should have been eliminating the "bad fats," the fats associated with obesity and heart disease and eating the "good fats," the fats that actually help improve blood cholesterol levels.
-- Bad Fats --
There are two bad fats that you should limit your intake of - saturated and trans fats.
Saturated fats are mostly animal fats. You find them in meat, whole-milk products, poultry skin, and egg yolks. Coconut oil also has a high amount of saturated fat. Saturated fats raise the levels of both the good and bad blood cholesterol.
Trans fats are produced through hydrogenation-heating oils in the presence of oxygen. Many products contain trans fats because the fats help them maintain a longer shelf life.
Margarine also contains a high amount of trans fats. Trans fats are especially dangerous because they lower the good cholesterol, HDL and raise the bad cholesterol, LDL.
Unfortunately, most product labels do not tell you how much trans fat it contains, but you can find out if it's in a product by looking at the ingredient list. If the ingredients contain hydrogenated or partially-hydrogenated oils, then it contains trans fats.
The good news is in 2006, manufacturers will be required to list the amount of trans fat in their products on the nutrition labels, so it will be easier for you to find.
-- Good Fats --
Some fats actually improve cholesterol levels.
Polyunsaturated fats are found in sunflower, corn, and soybean oils. These oils contain Omega-6, an essential fatty acid. However, most people get enough Omega-6 in their diet and instead need more Omega-3. Omega-3 is a fatty acid found in fish and walnuts.
Monounsaturated fats are found in canola, peanut, and olive oils. Both types of unsaturated fats decrease the bad cholesterol, LDL and increase the good cholesterol, HDL.
-- Yippee, break out the peanut butter! Whoah, not so fast --
"Hey, maybe this obesity and fat control business is not so hard after all! If unsaturated fats improve my blood cholesterol levels, this means I can splurge on all of the olive oil, peanut butter and nuts I want, right?" Wrong!
Sorry to be a party pooper, but for proper obesity and fat control, you do need to limit even your intake of good fats.
That's because fat of any kind does contain calories. Too many calories means you'll gain weight.
So, in a nutshell, the answer to effective obesity and fat control is this?
Eat the good fats in moderation, and stay away from the bad saturated and trans fats.
For more about obesity and fat control, including many useful links, visit http://www.obesitycures.com/obesity-and-fat-control.html
Alan Cooper is a journalist with 20 year's experience and the publisher of ObesityCures.com, a site with the ambitious aim of being a "one-stop-shop" for impartial information on obesity and weight loss solutions - including fad diets, prescription weightloss pills and natural weightloss aids.
Frankie The French Fry Hatches A Plan
Frankie saddled up to the bar at the We-Stuff-Em-All Diner, official headquarters of Fat For A New America. He turned to his most portly friend, Bubba the Burger, and launched a tirade.
Weight Loss Maintenance Tip - Staying Aware
Stop Weight From Creeping Up By Staying AwareEveryone has small weight gains and losses but if those gains aren't noticed, and if the trend toward weight gain continues, then those extra pounds can become permanent. You'll know it because your clothes start to be too tight.
Weight Loss : Keep It Simple
An increasing trend over the last few years has been for diet books to make things complex.I expect it's because each one vies with the other to come out with some brand new theory or other about why we gain weight and why their diet plan is the only one to help us lose it.
Doctor, Why Cant I Loose Weight and by the Way Why Do I Feel Sick?
†Doctor, Why Can't I Loose Weight and by the Way Why Do I Feel Sick? This the number one question heard in my office and in physicians' offices throughout America. There is a strong relationship between weight gain, difficulty in loosing weight and feeling sick.
How I Easily Lost 21 lbs. in Just Weeks- Without Getting Hungry!
I was shocked. I started to cry.
Why Do We Cheat On Our Diets?
If only we could solve this question, the world (for many) would be a better place! Well, the reality is that there are real answers to this question that will apply to many people. It will take a good dose of reality and a brave heart to stop denying what really happens.
Weight Loss: Its Not About the Numbers, Its Your Approach!
Today obesity, diabetes, and heart disease run through us at epidemic levels. Why? The answer lies not in thethousands of different kinds of diet, weight loss and workout programs offered, the answer lies in the approach.
Weight Loss and Diet Programs - The Real Skinny on What Works Best!
Have you ever wondered with all the weight loss programs offered today, why we are on the verge of a diabetic andobesity epidemic? Have you ever thought that maybe doctorsand gym owners would rather you not know the right way tolose weight? Think about it? If we did, whose pocketwould it hurt? On the other hand, maybe they just are not motivated enough to explain it us? Worse yet, maybe they don't even know how to help us long term?Twenty years of health club management, fifty thousand hoursof paid personal training sessions and working with some ofthe most famous people in the world tell me; we are focusingon the wrong things. What does it take to stay on an exercise and eating program? The answer may surprise you.
Weight Loss Pills: Miracle Drugs or Money Wasters?
Losing weight is a lifelong commitment. It takes patience and self-discipline to stick with a weight loss program and wait for the end results.
The Pros and Cons of Fad Dieting
It is very tempting to try that fad diet that you have found in the latest magazine, it promises the world with fantastic fat losses without doing a thing, just takea couple of fat burning pills follow the diet and then bang! a brand new you in a couple of weeks.The sad fact is they don't work, they just provide more suffering in your efforts to lose weight, the only thing you lose is your hard earned money.
For All Walks of Life
Why Walking Could Be the Solution to Your Fitness Dilemma.Walk, don't run, to your local fitness store and try on a pair of walking shoes.
When is a Diet not a Diet? When Its a Lifestyle!
Dieting and weight loss is almost certainly the most lucrative of all health- related businesses both online and off. our waistlines are bulging, our health is deteriorating and diet "guru's" are on the run.
Exercise Bike Program - How to Lose Weight
Your pants are a bit tight, you can't seem to stop eating junk, and you're tired all of the time. It's time to get healthy and lose weight.
The Miraculous Claims of the Zone Diet
One way of recognizing a fad diet is said to be the promise of multiple miraculous effects upon health. And Zone diet promises a lot.
How To Get Slim With Healthy Eating Habits
Many women want to be slim. Maybe you're one of them.
Dealing with Childhood Obesity
Experts tell us that overweight or obese children have reached epidemic proportions. If you spend your childhood being obese then there is a very good chance you will spend your adulthood being obese.
Empowerment and Self-Control - What it Really Takes to get Control of your Weight
Chant the following each day, several times. They are mantras that will save your life -- The choice to do nothing is still a choice and yields nothing.
Positive Imaging for Weight Loss
Visualization is a powerful technique that can help you make lasting lifestyle changes. Just by "day dreaming", you can significantly improve your chances in achieving your goals.
How to Shed Pounds Fast!
Very few Americans are satisfied with their current weights. There are too many good tasting, high-calorie foods, and too few hours available to burn the fat.
How To Avoid Gaining the Holiday 7
As the holidays approach, a frequent question from my clients and subscribers is "How can I avoid gaining weight during the holidays"? Their concern is legitimate. The average American adult gains seven pounds of fat between Thanksgiving and New Years Day.
Section Site Map - Submit News - Feedback - Comments - Advertise with Us
Copyright © 2006 Luminati Inc. All rights reserved.