There is a plethora of "diets”,” supplements" and "fat loss food combinations" which are all trading off on the "obesity epidemic" which is the current health new flavour of the month. This is not saying there is not an obesity problem however in the final analysis without some form of underlying medical problem obesity is caused by eating more calories than we use.
The food we eat breaks down into three macro nutrients, carbohydrates, proteins and fats all of which have a role in ensuring we stay health. To over simplify a bit carbohydrates = energy, proteins = muscle and tissue building and fats = hormones. In actuality all contribute and interact to provide body fuel but for the moment accept the simplification. Diet programmes range from high carbohydrate (Pritikin) to no carbohydrate (Atkins and South Beach) to nothing vegetable (PaleoDiet) and no fat (Jared and Subway). All tend to reflect an imbalance of some sort excluding or restricting one or more of the macro nutrients. Excluding or dramatically restricting any one of the macro nutrients will degrade the body metabolism.
The Zone Diet which was developed for Type II diabetics is based on the following percentages 40% carbohydrates, 30% protein and 30% fats. While the research findings vary by the researcher on balance the percentages seem to balance well for most individuals who are active. There are numerous colleges which use them for their training tables as does the US Olympic Centre.
Paying attention to the form of carbohydrates (lower glycemic index) proteins (lower fat meats and vegetable) and fats (poly unsaturated and mono saturated) and the total number of calories consumed versus those used is the best way to control weight and modify body composition. Eating more frequently and eating smaller portions will also help to suppress appetite and keep the metabolism charged. The rational approach to a weight loss regimen is to go 90/10, 90% strict and 10% semi strict with regard to calorie monitoring.
The only dietary regimen which will work in the long run is one which is rational and can be followed without a sense of deprivation.
Edited by: SERGEANTMAJOR at: 7/31/2009 (14:25)
It is called WORK-ing out for a reason.
I said getting fit was simple, I did not say it was easy.
Cardio burns calories, strength work burns fat.
Eat well to lose weight, exercise to get fit
You can not build a six pack using twelve packs
Often when we seek a magic bullet for fitness we end up shooting ourselves in the foot.
"I think calories are little germs in food that all moms are afraid of" Dennis the Menace