Happy New Year! From Christmas to New Year, people flock to diet or exercise. Their aim is to trim pounds and firm muscles – indiscretions from the past 10 months. Their motivation flees. The diets wear off, gyms are no longer crowded. By February’s end everything shifts to normal, for the majority. Magazines, online networks, and gyms shift to high gear to provide guidance for your wishes and dollars. Is it effort well spent? Is weight management really worth the sacrifice?
Dieting seems almost punitive for weight management. It is akin to getting off an addiction and addicts seem to be all around you. There are literally hundreds of ways toward weight reduction and neither are quick ways to lose 20 or more pounds – and keep them off. Weight Watchers is among the senior dietary lifestyles. Weekly meetings (somewhat like alcoholics anonymous) and simple point-system diet approaches has made Weight Watchers one of the most popular diet approaches but there are others!
Each year, US News and World Report reveals a ranking of diets in a comprehensive list. Repetitively, old and stalwart Weight Watchers program tops its 2017 list.
After all celebrations and parties of 2016, getting back into shape is the most common wish for the dawn of 2017. Gyms are mostly crowded from January through March than any other time of year. It is appropriate that diets and lifestyle choices market to those that have neglected those previous promises of 2016 or 2015. Yet, for 2017, the DASH diet tops the list as a dietary approach to reduce hypertension. For weight loss, Weight Watchers retains the throne.
Weight gain does not necessarily fault dietary indiscretions or low activity. Aging is associated with weight and unsightly bulges. At around age 30 you also start losing about half a pound of your calorie burning muscle tissue each year. At 50, that rate doubles. Women have fat distributed throughout body while men most accumulate it at the abs. As an additional variant, some people have a genetic predisposition to fat accumulation. Food and activity may not be associated with weight. General wisdom dictates you have to use the calories you eat through activity to help maintain a stable weight. Are you a weight watcher?
For nearly 60 years, Weight Watchers has had the longest staying power over many diets. Its approach is different. Weight Watchers realizes one thing that most diets neglect – in most cases Weight gain and loss is part of a lifestyle choice. Weight Watchers aims a belief that dieting is just one part of long-term weight management. A healthy body results from a healthy lifestyle – which means mental, emotional and physical health. Almost like Alcoholics Anonymous or other addictive programs, Weight Watchers has weekly meetings at centers or online. Their overall approach is to provide information and support to help you reach your goals.
Any diet is often viewed as a form of punishment. Most diets are virtually a form of masochism and most can’t endure the rigors and pains. Weight Watchers is a support group for those who saw their bodies change through months or years of pleasure gratification. Through social meetings and guides, Weight Watchers helps take the pain out of dieting toward reaching your impossible dream weight. The approach works about 10 to 15%, as long as you stick to the program.
Of course, there are other popular diets. The Mediterranean Diet and Atkins’ low-carbohydrate diets. While attractive and popular, these diets lack guidance through the rigors of mediating a lifestyle. The strength of Weight Watchers is that, among normal people, the social class-like approaches target the adaptation of diet as a lifestyle. The design is to keep you on top of your struggle to win.
Other diets may aim at helping reduce blood pressure, cholesterol, triglycerides, and glucose. These usually require guidance by a physician and/or a nutritionist. These diets may also contribute to weight loss.
The Mediterranean diet is based on the traditional foods that people used to eat in countries like Italy and Greece around 1950, before being tainted by canned and processed package foods. Italian and Greek bloodlines have generally low bad cholesterol and very high good cholesterol, as well as sugars in the normal range. The diet is relatively simple but there are several items you need to moderate. In addition, the Mediterranean Diet also has a component of activity. In the 1950’s, Greece and Italy were very agrarian, producing oils, wines, and other foods. Basically, this is how the Mediterranean Diet works:
1) Eat: Vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, legumes, potatoes, whole grains, breads, herbs, spices, fish, seafood and extra virgin olive oil.
2) Eat in Moderation: Poultry, eggs, cheese and yogurt.
3) Eat Only Rarely: Red meat.
4) Don’t Eat: Sugar-sweetened beverages, added sugars, processed meat, refined grains, refined oils and other highly processed foods.
It should also be noted that pasta and breads were more like side-dishes. Pasta was eaten as a side-dish in the Mediterranean, unlike the entree sizes found in USA restaurants.Also note that it is high in plant foods, and relatively low in animal foods. Eating fish and seafood is recommended at least twice a week. Red meat was less available in this region. Often ignored, physical activity is also vital as part of this diet lifestyle for added benefits. The problem is: Can you follow this lifestyle in a world of donuts, sodas, and snacks in the 21st Century?
The original Atkins Diet is a low-carb approach to a diet strategy. It really works but at a very social price. Basically, this diet by eating a diet rich in protein and fat, and very low in carbs. That means a burger without the bun or any fries. Figure on no bread, pasta, grains, and fruit. Let them eat cake? Sorry, no cake either! Atkins is a ketogenic form of diet that limits carbohydrates to less than 40 grams a day (about 2 slices of bread).
A ketogenic diet aims to help you get into a state of ketosis. Ketosis is a state at which the body has an extremely high fat-burning rate. Even the brain runs on fat, via ketone bodies. These are energy molecules in the blood (like blood sugar) which become fuel for our brains after being converted from fat by the liver. Your body requires very little sugars (carbohydrates) through a process of gluconeogenesis. Gluconeogenesis (GNG) is a metabolic process of making glucose, a necessary body fuel, from non-carbohydrate sources such as protein (amino acids), lactate from the muscles and the glycerol component of fatty acids. Whatever glucose your body needs is generated by the kidneys, liver, and brain.
The Atkins diet tricks your body to create energy from cheese, meats, fish, and eggs. This trick requires endurance and lots of self control to keep carbs at 40g or below. There are side effects such as leg cramps, constipation, and reduction of physical performance. These will likely occur within the first few weeks as your body adapts to your carbohydrate withdrawal.
The benefits are reduction in carbohydrate cravings, control of some diabetic symptoms, and a calmer digestive system. Avoiding carbs usually results in weight loss, without hunger. Carbohydrates stimulate the release of the hormone insulin; the body’s main fat-storing hormone. By eating proteins and fats for energy, your fat storage begins to melt away.
Of course, this means no more meat and potatoes. Possibility of eating a sandwich using 1 slice of bread. If you drink coffee with milk (no sugar), the milk may contribute 7 grams of carbohydrates.
Ketosis only works as an enduring lifestyle. If you go off it, such as binging at a party, the positive effects are lost.
The ketogenic diet became popular as a therapy for epilepsy around 1920.
The Atkins ketogenic diet is radical in a society where carbohydrates are part of every possible food other than meats themselves. The allowable foods may elevate cholesterol blood levels for those that are sensitive. It takes quite a large amount of discipline but you will be amazed at the rate of weight loss.
Like Weight Watchers, Atkins is a diet business. Recently Atkins introduced a version suitable for vegans and vegetarians…the Eco Diet system. The Atkins Eco Diet ranks fifth behind Weight Watchers number one spot in the US News and World Report’s category of Best Fast Weight-Loss Diets. Unlike Weight Watchers, neither the Mediterranean or Atkins diets offer guidance. Higher ranking Jenny Craig and Weight Watchers do.
There are many vegetarian sources of protein and this protein is free of cholesterol. While soy first comes to mind, there are many sources from beans to legumes, nuts and whole grains that deliver nice protein amounts, plus vital phytonutrients that only are found in vegetables. The oddity is that many of these sources do have carbohydrates to contend with, How do you keep it low-carb?
Scientifically, the vegetarian approach of Eco Atkins Diet overcomes some of the arterial weaknesses of the original Atkins Diet. Eco Atkins Diet lets you raise the maximum threshold for ketosis. he average daily intake of carbohydrates should be 130 grams or a lttle less, the bare minimum needed by the brain to function properly. You have to choose carbohydrates wisely while following this diet. No starchy foods are permitted in the diet, so avoid foods like white bread, rice, potatoes and baked goods. Fruits, vegetables, oats, white grain cereals and whole grain bread are recommended. Click for more information here.
Then, of course, there are some that have always been predisposed to weight gain from birth. There’s one gene that’s getting a lot of attention from scientists and the National Institute of Health, called FTO. Scientists found that people with certain differences in this gene have a 20% to 30% higher chance of obesity. This is a rather recent supposition. Some believe that, in this case, dietary food choices may aid weight (and associated disease) control.
Managing weight might also be associated with depression. Both eating too much and not eating enough can be signs of depression. While loss of appetite is a common depression symptom, feelings of sadness or worthlessness can make some people overeat. Sadness, self-esteem, and depression may be confounders of any weight management regimen. Weight management is a slow, tedious process. Furthermore, some anti-depressants may have side-effects that promote weight gain for some.
Although dietary calories and fats consumed and dietary calories used as a routine of diet and activity, along with fashion and health, weight watching makes many of us weight watchers. Weight watchers mustn’t watch passively. They must follow through with their chosen lifestyle. That lifestyle must be like religious, fervent emotion. It requires constancy; almost like training to run a marathon. No diet is easy.
While Weight Watchers still holds a favored status as a guidance-based weight management program. There are hundreds of diets and more diet/active regimens out there. Through wishes for a productive and better new year. The intent of weight watching is often merely an intent. Diet and/or activity are ominous phantoms and ghosts that both allure and repel most wills from constancy. Basically, fat loss means constant focus. Weight Watchers offers some guidance along the way – if you can stick with it. Make dieting season your dieting year!