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Truth or Myth? (#3)

Sunday, February 28, 2010

In order to lose weight, one must give up all sweets

The key to losing weight and keeping it off is to adopt healthy eating and exercise habits that one can stay with for a lifetime. Including reasonable amounts of sweets in a weight-loss plan may help to ensure that the person continues on the sensible plan for the long-term. The desired weight goal can then be achieved and maintained.

It is unrealistic to expect that one will never eat a piece of chocolate or a slice of cake. A craving for sweets has a chemical basis in the brain. When a person responds to these cravings by eating a controlled amount, the brain normally responds by releasing increased amounts of the hormone serotonin, which can suppress hunger. The person feels satisfied and can, therefore, be in control of the amount of sweets consumed. Of course, one can minimize the caloric intake by using food sweetened by artificial sweeteners rather than real sugar, since the taste buds cannot distinguish between those and true sugar.

The stomach shrinks when a person eats less food.

When one eats enormous amounts of food, the stomach can expand. However, once the stomach empties, it returns to its normal size. If one diets for several days, the appetite level drops, but this has nothing to do with the size of the stomach.

Indeeed, the stomach cannot shrink, no matter how little food one consumes. The only way of physically decreasing the size of the stomach with the goal of interfering with food consumption occurs via a type of surgery known as a “gastric bypass.” In this procedure, the stomach is reduced to approximately 1/8 of its normal size. Therefore, the person is compelled to consume smaller meals.

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PJSTIME 2/28/2010 9:28PM

    Thanks for the info very interesting. Onward and Downward in 2010. PJ

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PJSTIME 2/28/2010 9:28PM

    Thanks for the info very interesting. Onward and Downward in 2010. PJ

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LLLAWSON 2/28/2010 6:48PM

    That's interesting about the non shrinking stomach. But I guess it makes sense. Thanks.

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SVELTINGTON 2/28/2010 1:13PM

    Excellent info! I am guilty of thinking the stomach shrank emoticon

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CARMEL466 2/28/2010 10:26AM

    I always enjoy your blogs but these are eye opening. Thank you.

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DAREDEVIL23 2/28/2010 8:27AM

    sparkpeople's mythbuster! keep up the good work.

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EVILKLOWN 2/28/2010 8:20AM

    Interesting. I thought the stomach "shrunk." Now I know better.

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Truth or Myth? (#3)

Sunday, February 28, 2010

In order to lose weight, one must give up all sweets

The key to losing weight and keeping it off is to adopt healthy eating and exercise habits that one can stay with for a lifetime. Including reasonable amounts of sweets in a weight-loss plan may help to ensure that the person continues on the sensible plan for the long-term. The desired weight goal can then be achieved and maintained.

It is unrealistic to expect that one will never eat a piece of chocolate or a slice of cake. A craving for sweets has a chemical basis in the brain. When a person responds to these cravings by eating a controlled amount, the brain normally responds by releasing increased amounts of the hormone serotonin, which can suppress hunger. The person feels satisfied and can, therefore, be in control of the amount of sweets consumed. Of course, one can minimize the caloric intake by using food sweetened by artificial sweeteners rather than real sugar, since the taste buds cannot distinguish between those and true sugar.

The stomach shrinks when a person eats less food.

When one eats enormous amounts of food, the stomach can expand. However, once the stomach empties, it returns to its normal size. If one diets for several days, the appetite level drops, but this has nothing to do with the size of the stomach.

Indeeed, the stomach cannot shrink, no matter how little food one consumes. The only way of physically decreasing the size of the stomach with the goal of interfering with food consumption occurs via a type of surgery known as a “gastric bypass.” In this procedure, the stomach is reduced to approximately 1/8 of its normal size. Therefore, the person is compelled to consume smaller meals.

Hope you all enjoyed these Truth or Myths.

  


Truth or Myth? (#2)

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Chewing celery helps burn calories.

Basically, celery-as well as iceberg lettuce and cucumbers-is nearly calorie-free because of its high water content. An 8-inch stalk of celery contains only 6 calories. Chewing celery or anything else burns about the same amount of calories per minute. Although celery is very low in calories, chewing it will not cause excess calories to be burned any faster.


Eating before bedtime causes greater weight gain.

It doesn’t make a difference what time one eats food, assuming that the individual eats the same foods and maintains the same activity levels during a 24-hour period. There is no evidence that when food is consumed at night, more calories are stored in the body than when the same foods are eaten during the day. The calories one consumes at night will be curned when needed by the body. If, however, one eats at night as an add-on to the normal meals, one will gain weight.

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SVELTINGTON 2/28/2010 1:15PM

    Great info! I am guilty of believing the ate of chewing the celery burned more calories; as if it was exercise. emoticon

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DAISES2 2/27/2010 1:07PM

    all great facts.thanks judy

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LLLAWSON 2/27/2010 11:15AM

    Yep, I always love the celery one:)

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SWEETNHOT 2/27/2010 7:44AM

    Thanks for the info.

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HEALTHYJOANN 2/27/2010 7:42AM

    I have a friend that insist if she eats celery she will lose more weight! Once these rumors get started they are hard to stop.

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Truth or Myth?

Friday, February 26, 2010

Eating grapefruit burns fat.

Dozens of diets based on eating large quantities of grapefruit claim that grapefruit, grapefruit juices, or concentrates in the form of a pill contain enzymes that help digest fats and then burn them away. There are no known enzymes in grapefruit that are known to increase the speed or the quantity at which the body burns fat. In fact, there is no food that can cause fat to be burned away.

Adding grapefruit to a weight-control diet can be good, since grapefruit has very few calories while, at the same time, cause the sensation of being filled. But there is nothing in grapefruit that will suppress appetite or cause calories to be removed faster. In addition, crash diets that sometimes prescribe eating grapefruit and eggs or grapefruit and bacon and eggs or some of the other high-fat, high-protein foods could have a serious side effect. These will cause an increase in blood levels of cholesterol, which predisposes one to a high risk of heart disease.

Potatoes are very fattening

Potatoes have no fat and no cholesterol. Also, they are high in fiber, vitamin C and some forms of vitamin B (niacin). They are a good source of complex carbohydrates. A 5-ounce potato baked in its skin provides about 130 calories, no more calories than a serving of cottage cheese of the same weight and 20% fewer calories than a serving of brown rice. Potatoes can, however, become a problem food when fried in oil or covered with butter, sour cream or melted cheese. Like other high carbohydrate foods, such as pasta and bread, it is not the potato that is fattening, it is whatever one puts on it.

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VEMAN1 2/26/2010 12:16PM

    Yep love me some potatoes. One of the best ways to eat them is to mircowave, add salsa, no butter and no sour cream.

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NURSECLARA 2/26/2010 8:19AM

    It's really true. Potatoes are vehicles for butter, sour cream, cheese, bacon... you know, the potato bar. I LOVE baked potatoes and choose a nice spicy salsa for a topping. Maybe a sprinkle of low fat cheese, too. Potatoes can have a place in a well balanced diet. Isn't that what SP is all about?

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VICTORY-LEE 2/26/2010 8:17AM

    Hi Judy!

Very helpful info - Thanks!

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TBONE13 2/26/2010 8:08AM

  Grapefruit -- Myth !! Potatoes-- Truth!!!

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PATINOH 2/26/2010 8:05AM

  Lots of good info,thanks. Also, I'd mention that grapefruit & GF juice isn't allowed if you're on high blood pressure meds.

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SMALL STEPS TO A HEALTHY HEART

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Activity

Q. How much exercise do I need?
A. The current recommendation is that adults should get at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity exercise each day. You don’t have to do it all at one time though. You can break it into shorter periods (at least 10 minutes each) throughout the day.

Q. How can I stick to an exercise plan?
A. Exercise should be fun, not a chore. Choose a variety of activities you enjoy and alternate them to avoid boredom. Write down your goals, track your progress and reward yourself for your successes. Joining a class or exercising with a friend can also help keep you motivated.

Nutrition

Q. Can multivitamins support heart health?
A. At times your lifestyle prevents you from eating a balanced diet, so a daily multivitamin can help you get the nutrients your body needs. Some multivitamins contain higher levels of nutrients such as vitamins B, C, E and folic acid to help support heart health.

Q. What foods should I avoid for heart health?
A. Avoid foods that are high in salt, added sugar, and saturated fat, trans fat and cholesterol. Limits fats and oils to 2 to 3 servings a day, and sweets to 5 or fewer servings a week. Use egg whites or egg substitute in place of whole eggs, and eliminate salt when cooking. By making these changes to your diet, you can reduce your chances of developing high blood pressure and high blood cholesterol.

Heart Helpers

Q. How can omega-3 fatty acids help protect the heart?
A. Supportive (but not conclusive) research shows that consumption of EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. Omega-3’s can be obtained by eating fish such as salmon, tuna and mackerel, or by taking fish oil or flax oil supplements. A 3-ounce serving of cooked farm-raised Atlantic salmon provides 1.83 grams of EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids.

Q. How does aspirin help protect the heart?
A. Taking aspirin regularly can lower the risk of recurrent heart attack by 30% by helping prevent blood clots from forming in the arteries of the heart. Aspirin is not appropriate for everyone, so be sure to talk to your doctor before you begin an aspirin regimen.

Relationships

Q. Can my emtions impact my heart health?
A. Yes. In fact, research indicates that emotionally upsetting events, especially those that cause anger, are the most commonly reported triggers of a heart attack. On the other hand, positive emotions, such as happiness, can ease stress.

Q. How does stress affect the heart?
A. Stress is the body’s way of responding to sudden demands or situations-physical, mental or emotional. Stress can cause chest pains or irregular heartbeats and has been thought to contribute to high blood pressure, which can increase the risk for heart attack and stroke.

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SVELTINGTON 2/25/2010 3:28PM

    Great info! Thank you.

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DAISES2 2/24/2010 9:27AM

    all very good suggestions,i try to do as many of them as i can.you do have to be careful with supplements if you are on some medications emoticon

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FJCINZION 2/24/2010 9:07AM

    Great Job! Thanks for sharing! Faith
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LLLAWSON 2/24/2010 8:42AM

    All various ways to keep our heart healthy. And all so doable if we just try.
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WALIDGAZALA 2/24/2010 7:10AM

    Very interesting
Well done
Worth reading

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