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  • I have a thing about low and non-fat cheeses, in that they are pretty much flavourless when compared to their full-fat counterparts, in other words - how cheese should be made as opposed to even more processing to produce low fat versions.
    And because you don't get the depth of flavour, you are more likely to use more than you would a full-fat cheese, and thus negating the "benefits" of the low-fat cheese in the first place.
    It also makes me think of low-fat vegetable oil spreads in place of butter. The human body has evolved to process natural fats such as butter and cheese, whereas something like vegetable oil and olive oil based spreads are new to our bodies in terms of evolution, and hence we can not digest them and process them in the same way.
    In addition, when you look at the list of ingredients on these spreads it's like reading a periodic table - all the additives that are needed in order to make oil spreadable and "palatable". At least with butter, all you have is what comes out of the cow with only some salt added if you have salted butter.
    I'm a great believer in eating natural, clean products - afterall, the emulsifiers they use in low fat spreads are not too dissimilar to that which is found in emulsion paint that you put on your walls - certainly wouldn't fancy putting that in my body!
  • Once again we have conflicting advice. Other articles state that skim milk is the wrong place to be cutting fat, since vitamin D is fat soluble and some milk fat is healthy....
  • GILDA_AT_HOME
    I thought the above outline very sensible and helpful, and given that I have been yoyo-ing now since aged 13, I am beginning to be despondent (I did not bother to diet throughout my 50s - and stayed very large at about 105kg ongoing)... But when I turned 60 I tried to lose weight again, and it was invariably the yoyo style of weight loss and gain. As the eating regime you outline is not a diet per se, I shall give this a whirl... My main problem is PORTIONS OF FOOD - so will try very hard to concentrate on this. Many thanks!
  • This is a good article. I have found it to be very motavating!
  • I think this is a great article. Thanks.
  • WAYER99
    One of the best things I ever did is switch to an alkaline diet, I feel great. The first step is cutting out all acidic foods, or gradually come off them. It may seem difficult at first, but after a few days, your body will stop craving crap food. You would not believe how much better you feel and look in just a couple of weeks. When your body has a healthy acid-alkaline balance, you feel at your best. It sounds really corny but I feel alive! If anybody wants an alkaline diet guide, the best one I know is at: www.TheAlkalineDietGuide.info
  • I really do eat right people tell me that maybe I do not eat enough I do sit at my desk all day I try to walk or do a walking video at least 2-3 days a week just can't seem to lose I do not eat sweets at all in fact most my carbs come from fresh fruit I think I have ruin my metabolism can some one help I am at my wits end
  • Saturated fat is not bad for you. Aside from calories, it is a bad idea to go low-fat. Eat well, eat whole foods, do research.
  • INDIANAMIKE
    I've read Dr. Esslestyn's book on preventing and reversing heart disease. I've read Dr. T. Colin Campbell's book on cancer. I've read Dr. Furhman's book Eat to Live. All of them emphasize a plant-based whole foods diet. Only Dr. Furhman says meat is OK, and then as a condiment only. Drs. Campbell and Esselstyn both recommend that humans eat no animal protein, including meat, cheese, eggs, ice cream, milk. Plants offer all the nutrition we need, save Vitamin B12. Plants include no cholesterol and have fiber. To be truly healthy, eat a plant-strong diet.
  • I do pretty much all of these already, so it's even more difficult for me. I already drink skim milk and water all the time. I only drink 1 glass of juice in the morning and it's to get my potassium, calcium and D. I get sluggish if I don't have my OJ. I like my fresh veggies and fruits. I often eat yogurt, fruit, cheese and fiber crackers. I always get the dressing on the side unless I am making and measuring or already have the nutrition calculated for the whole salad.

    Hmmmm,


    rumbamel
  • MAVISMA
    I have just joined SparkPeople and I have changed my diet but don't seem to be losing weight yet. I am not too bothered. I don't eat potatoes anymore except two small ones on Sunday roasted. I don't drink or eat cheese or butter. I substitute sweet potatoes for potatoes and have a lot of vegetables. I suppose because I am older I have really gone off of lots of meat and only like a small portion. I am no longer tempted by french fries when I go out because I really intend sticking to this diet as I do not want to go up in size anymore. I want to lose weight by the summer because I feel too heavy. I have always walked and go swimming 5 times a week but I guess I will have to do more. I do have the time to do it as I am retired. I should get off the computer and do more exercising.
  • I'm not sure that using non-stick pans is any healthier than using cooking spray, as there are real concerns about the chemicals used in creating that non-stick surface.

    In addition, I'd say that moving away from processed foods is vitally important to long-term health.

    Still, the message of taking small, gradual steps is very important.
  • SKINNYMINI2011
    Focusing on small steps really does make it more likely to make big changes gradually.
  • I don't like some of these suggestions. They focus too much on going low-fat, when it's been proven more than once that we *do* need fat in our system. Not all fat is bad, not all fat is evil, and I sure as heck don't plan on buying more processed food just to cut fats out.
  • BRANUBODY08
    Great article! Back to college after 12 years, and realized I have to ALWAYS carry fruit with me to avoid the junk machines! It's so easy to come out of a stressful class and throw all my troubles into a candybar conveniently located right outside the classroom door. Apples & grapes are my favorite portables!!
    On my way to blasting the fat!!

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