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November 18, 2010

Weight loss

Filed under: By Tamra Rosenfeld — Administrator @ 1:07 am

Tamra Rosenfeld Tamra Rosenfeld

Weight Loss – Is it just calories?

Recently a college professor lost weight on a diet of Twinkies and other snack foods! Could this possibly be true?

Yes, you can eat anything you want to lose weight as long as you reduce your calories (although I don’t advise a junk food diet). Weight loss is caused by a calorie deficit. A 3500 calorie reduction is equal to 1 pound of weight lost (500 calories per day less than you normally eat will equal to 1 pound of lost weight for the week). There are no magic tricks to losing weight. It comes down to consuming fewer calories per day – no matter how it is done and no matter what is eaten.

Does that mean you should eat whatever you want in smaller quantity? Is a diet of unhealthy foods good if it causes weight loss? Initially with any weight loss cholesterol and blood pressure improve. However, over the long term eating improperly can lead to vitamin and mineral deficiencies, increased disease risk including some cancers, osteoporosis, heart disease, even depression. Eating a proper diet can help with longer satiety. Eating snack cakes all day long will not fill you for long periods of time, so unless you are very careful, the weight will easily return.

So how do you lose weight healthfully and keep it off? Moderation is the key to weight loss. Recognizing fullness and satiety is crucial for keeping a healthy weight. Choosing a diet rich in fruit, vegetables, whole grains, low fat dairy, and lean protein foods will provide a balanced diet with all the nutrients you need to be healthy. These items are low in calories and unhealthy fats, and high in vitamins, minerals and other nutrients to keep you healthy. That doesn’t mean you have to eliminate all the food that is bad for you. Keep unhealthy foods to the occasional treat instead of daily or several times a day. Don’t forget about the importance of exercise! You will be rewarded by feeling better and living longer.

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