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Researchers Recommends Changing Portion Size of Low-Fat Foods – Overweight People Over Eat Snack Foods

Researchers Recommends Changing Portion Size of Low-Fat Foods – Overweight People Over Eat Snack Foods

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People on diets may consume more calories when eating low-fat versions of snack foods than when they eat the regular versions. Cornell researchers say that when food labels show serving sizes on such packaged low-fat snacks as granola or chocolates, normal-weight people tend not to overeat them while overweight people do.

Some low-fat foods only have 30 percent fewer calories than their full-fat counterparts. Brian Wansink says “This is a world of fat-free, carb-free and sugar-free products." The low-fat labels could be the problem. "Often, the fat-free version is not much lower calorie than the regular version."

Low-Fat Foods may help Pack on the Pounds

Low-Fat Foods may help Pack on the Pounds

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Studies conducted at Cornell found that people tend to eat 28% - 45% more calories when they are eating low-fat snacks compared to regular ones. Possibly this healthy food is giving a person an ok to eat more because it is better for you. The researchers found that people believe that low-fat foods have 40% less calories when actually they only have 11% less calories. The research was first published in the November issue of the Journal of Marketing Research.

"Obese people can eat up to 45% more," reports lead researcher Brian Wansink (Ph.D.), in the book, Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think.

New York City Board of Health Bans use of Trans Fat at Restaurants

New York City Board of Health Bans use of Trans Fat at Restaurants

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Trans Fats are going to be banned after an unanimous vote by the New York City Board of Health. This means by July 1st, restaurants in New York City will have to change the kinds of oils that they use to fry in to oils without any Trans fats. The restaurants will also have to eliminate Trans fats from all other foods that they prepare by July 1st, 2008. Other cities may soon follow the example of this ban and could become a nationwide change.

Trans fat have been the pinpointed in numerous research studies as being bad to eat. Trans fat is a man-made product that adds hydrogen to stabilize the oil and preventing rancidity. This hydrogenation process helps to keep the food from going bad and increase the life of the food. They have the potential to raise bad “LDL” cholesterol and at the same time lower good “HDL” cholesterol. Trans fats have been linked to everything from Alzheimer’s to heart disease.

Dr. Oz answers questions on Oprah TV Show – You: On A Diet: The Owner's Manual for Waist Management Book

Dr. Oz answers questions on Oprah TV Show – You: On A Diet: The Owner's Manual for Waist Management Book

You: On A Diet: The Owner's Manual for Waist Management (Hardcover)
by Michael F. Roizen, Mehmet C. Oz

Dr. Mehmet Oz is co-author of the very popular book called “You: On A Diet: The Owner's Manual for Waist Management” was on the Oprah TV show to further explain ways to improve your diet and lifestyle to lose weight and improve your health.

Dr. Oz shared with Oprah the anatomy of the human brain. Oprah held the cadaver’s human brain in her hands as he pointed out the locations of where the thoughts of food and hunger are located. The lower part of the brain decides and remembers food and not the front of the brain that governs reasoning. This is why we get cravings and hunger that can be so overpowering.

While Dr. Oz says to eat 100 calories less a day, the diet modifications in the change in your food choices will also be fewer calories. He doesn’t say it out right, but by not eating calorie dense sugary and fatty foods, and eating healthier foods will reduce your overall calorie count. You can feel full on fewer calories. Your body could eat the same volume of food and yet consume a considerably less amount of calories. If you ate 100 calories less a day, it would take over 1 month to lose a pound. If you exercised by walking 3 miles in an hour each and every day, you could burn around 2.5 pounds. That would be a total of 3.5 pounds per month. This is not that bad, but on the show he promotes losing a pants size in 10 days. This comes down to the truth, by eating healthier foods; you are eating less calorie dense foods and eating less calories. The benefits from eating more fruits and vegetables and less cookies and cakes is that you will eat less calories and you can feel fuller doing it.

Parenting Teenagers – Teen Eating Disorders

Parenting Teenagers – Teen Eating Disorders

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Eating disorders have long been a serious problem among people of all ages. However, this disease usually begins somewhere in the pre-teen stages of life, and although many adolescent boys suffer with this disorder, it usually affects and is much more severe in young girls.

People who do suffer from an eating disorder like to place blame on factors such as television and family life-styles. Although these situations do influence eating disorders, the basis for this disease lies within the person whom it is affecting.

Most girls and boys who suffer from an eating disorder usually are unhappy with themselves and their own performance in life. With girls, eating disorders may arise if they do not succeed in activities such as cheerleading or gymnastics, or if they do not seem to attract the attention of boys. Many girls believe that they cannot be beautiful unless they are thin, sometimes due to naturally thin girls that surround them both in real life and in fashion. For boys, causes may also result from sports that are weight orientated like wrestling.

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