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PostSubject: Manage your weight with easy steps   Wed Feb 25, 2009 9:15 pm

One of the most common problems people face in the modern way of living is how to manage their weight. The demanding and fast rhythms of life make people

forget about their weight, diet and health and as a result they either become overweight or are bound to unhealthy eating habits. To manage your weight you

need to have a basic understanding of how our body works (in terms of fat and nutrients) and you also need to have persistence and patience because managing

your weight is a process that takes time and needs a lot of effort. This article explains what you need to know about fats and gives some easy to follow tips

to manage your weight faster and better.

Some basic but yet very important weight management calculations

Based on what experts say our body «burns» without extra exercise or vigorous activity, generally 30 calories per kilogram of active weight. Thus you can find

out how many calories a day are needed to maintain your existing weight. But if you want to lose 1 kilo per week you should reduce them by 500 calories a day.

But attention! The active weight is what is left from the body weight, if we remove the kilos of fat we have. The active weight is that which is actively

involved in the "burning process" of the body and not our total weight.

ts time to start manage your weight and health

It is annoying when you think how much sugar, white flour and fat you consume daily, which are «hidden» in ready meals and snacks. It is time to change the

bad habits you have created over the last three decades and begin to manage your weight; you should eat to improve your health, and not destroy it!

There are two areas that you need to concentrate on in order to manage your weight

1. To respond properly and eat the right foods when you are hungry.

2. To obtain the correct percentage of fat in your diet.

If you neglect these two important areas, your weight will increase and your well-being will be «suffering».

Either you need to lose and manage your weight or control your weight and stimulate your body; bad eating habits can endanger your best efforts. The following

tips will help you understand how to manage your weight in a tense life and understand which fats are harmful and which are necessary in the body.

Everything that is sticky and sweet, made with sugar and saturated fats, you should eat only as a rare delicacy. Can we say the same for a delicious dish with

strawberries and juicy sweet oranges? What is the reason to prefer the sweets and chocolates instead of the best things that nature gives us? If you do not

have a real imbalance of glucose, a possible reason is that the desserts are closely connected with your childhood, where the sweets are often given as a

reward for good behaviour, or the way to comfort an unhappy child. The mind will automatically connect sweet foods as a reward or consolation. The chocolates

or sweets that you consume in a stressful afternoon may act as a reward for the hard work you do!

If you think that you can use sweet delicacies as a «reward» or for relief and want to get rid of this habit, remember that gaining extra weight is NOT a

reward. Then consider a reward that has nothing to do with food!

What you need to know about Fat

Fat has received very poor publicity and for many the mere mention of the word can cause resentment. You may try to lose fat, to hide it or to avoid, but the

truth is that your body needs it! To manage your weight you need to understand the difference between "good" and "bad" fat and why fat is needed for your good


Did you know that fat helps to insulate the cells, keeps you warm, regulates your hormones, keeps skin and arteries flexible, lubricates the joints, and is a

constituent of every cell? The main point is to identify which type of fat is essential in your organism, how much fat your body needs and what type of fat is

your «enemy». If you have the necessary information, you can manage your weight by taking more “good” and less “bad” fat from your daily diet.

Some interesting facts about fat

Fat is an «energy depot» for animals, plants and humans

The ideal body fat percentage should be between about 19-26% of body weight for a woman and 12-18% of body weight for a man

There are two different types of fat, brown and yellow. The brown fat within the body, are «active» and containing mitochondria that produce heat (thermo

genesis) and thus burn energy. The yellow fat is closer to the outer surface of the body is less active and more likely to accumulate. Women tend to have

higher rate of yellow fat than men.

Women need higher levels of fat because it is necessary for reproduction and so the body stores it for «emergency purposes».

The average healthy amount of good fat in a normal diet should be about 30-40 grams daily. The fat in the diet of most people can be up to four times that


Most foods containing fat combine saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat in varying amounts. For example, the fat of butter reaches almost 100% of

which is 60% saturated, 30% monounsaturated and 10% polyunsaturated fat compared with the sunflower oil which reaches 73% and from which only 12% saturated,

21 % monounsaturated and 67% polyunsaturated.

The heat, light and oxygen destroys the essential fatty acids and so it is better to keep oils in containers that do not allow light to pass.

The main fat should come from your diet because your body cannot produce it. The key is the healthy fat Omega-3 and Omega-6 (known as essential fatty acids).

As regards the weight, fat provides twice the energy provided by carbohydrates or protein (each gram of fat has 9 calories).

Fat contributes to a pleasant taste, texture and smell for many foods, but also delays the process of digestion.

How to distinguish between good and bad fat

Saturated fats. The Enemy

Saturated fats are not necessary for a good health. Derived from animal foods (meat, eggs, cheese). The saturated fats are more difficult to digest and

contain high levels of cholesterol.

Unsaturated fats. The Allies

The unsaturated fats fall into two categories, monounsaturated as olive oil and polyunsaturated such as sunflower oil.

The polyunsaturated fats are split into fatty acids Omega-3 and Omega-6. The monounsaturated fat (Omega-9), although not essential, is not harmful in normal

amounts of a good quality olive oil (virgin, first cold-friction) is a healthier alternative to the usual vegetable oil.
Manage your weight by eating healthy food

Eat healthy snacks

Whether you're looking for quick snacks to help you manage your weight or simply want a healthy alternative to the «dangerous» sweet foods, you can enjoy

tasty, nutritious, sweet and delicious snacks without sugar, fat, salt, calories, carbohydrate and chemical additives!

Ideally, a snack should contain little or no sugar, little or no sodium (salt), no white flour and little or no saturated fat. Always remember to check the

list of ingredients on labels. If there are many unknown ingredients, chances are that they are chemical additives and preservatives. Avoid these products and

choose those that contain natural ingredients.

Give your body what it really needs

Hunger is usually the way the body to convey that the nutrients consumed should be replaced. Unfortunately, your body will not tell you « I need more

calcium», or more vitamin C, which would facilitate things! Health problems can arise when responding to hunger with «bad and unhealthy» foods. We all have to

watch how much sugar, fat, salt and chemicals we consume and minimize them to low levels. To manage your weight you need to replace the «bad» and unhealthy

snacks with snacks that are rich in nutrients can help reduce the risk of health problems.

Eat more frequent meals with less food instead of large meals

Daily you try to do as many things you can, sleep late and wake early, dealing with stress every hour means leaving very little time to yourself to organize

the daily menu of your diet. To eat small amounts frequently throughout the day has proved to be an excellent method for us to manage our weight and to fight


Get organised to avoid junk food

At the end of each week before you go shopping, make a draft plan of your meals for next week and buy enough food for all the days. Make sure you have enough

variety to satisfy every time you want to eat something throughout the day. This option provides a perfect balance of nutrients that promote good health and

wellbeing. The temptation to buy unhealthy snacks during moments of weakness and stress (chocolates, sweets, crispy and sweet flavours) it will not longer be

a problem!

Besides knowing and understanding about fats and what your body needs, in order to manage your weight better you also need to be selective on how you will

approach the whole process. Below we outline 6 tips that can help you manage the process better:

The scale is your enemy

The daily weighing is the greatest enemy in the process to manage your weight. The secret is to weigh once a week to give yourself the pleasure that you have

lost weight and not just grams.

You need to be patient

Everyone wants to lose several pounds quickly! Why is this wrong? Because diets that promise quick weight loss (over 1-2 kilos per week) do not contribute to

the reduction of fat, but mostly in unwanted loss of muscle mass. The appropriate rate of weight loss, which ensures the proper nourishment of the body and

loss of adipose tissue, is half a kilo a week. Be patient, managing your weight is a process that takes both time and effort.

Choose the right time to start a diet

The diet is certainly causing inconvenience for the organism, so it is recommended to start a diet in a period that you are calm. Conversely, do not do diet

in times of family or professional pressure.

Choose the right light (Diet) products

It is observed that while in the market the number of light products increases, the rates of obesity are not reduced. You should therefore do a proper

selection of these products, e.g. light refreshment without calories can be integrated into your diet. Instead, if you put 2 tablespoons of light mayonnaise

into your sandwich you will not have any benefit, because a «light» mayonnaise does not mean that it does not have any calories!

All types of foods are needed for a good health

Any diet that completely excludes an entire group of foods (e.g. carbohydrates, proteins) may lead to a loss of weight, but also deprives the body of valuable

nutrients (vitamins, minerals, etc.). Moreover, as a rule, the weight loss achieved is temporary.

Physical Exercise

The combination of diet with some form of mild exercise (e.g. walking) is always more effective than the diet alone and no exercise. Physical activity

prepares the muscles that are the first to be affected from the diet (during weight loss, the body «attacks» the muscles first and then the fat).

To manage your weight you need to have a plan, vision and patience. It requires a lot of hard work but at the end it will make you feel better and healthier.

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