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Our Character is Reflected in our Weight

Research shows the relationship of the external appearance with our character. Optimists live longer, stressed out people face an increased risk of developing stomach ulcers and the emotionally unstable drink and smoke. It’s true that our personality gives information on our health. But what happens with our weight? Does our character define whether we’ll be [...]

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Never Start a Diet on a Tuesday

You are more likely to fail. Tuesday is the worst day of the week to start a diet, according to new research conducted in Britain. Instead, Sunday and Monday are ideal days. Researchers who examined the dietary habits of 2,000 British citizens last year, concluded that those who chose Tuesday to start a diet ended [...]

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Say yes to carbs

When we lose weight we are happy, at least for a while. The indication on the scale goes down, our clothes fit better, our health improves and our body fat decreases gradually. However, this good mood does not last more than a few weeks.

Nutrition Plan
It is very common to rapidly gain weight after a deprivation diet It is very important to fit your diet plan to your particular situation. It turns out that a different design of our diet (by a trained clinical dietician), can change how we feel.

Carbohydrates vs fats
A study was completed recently in Australia that was designed to measure changes in mood of people who are on diet for over a year. The 106 participants were randomly divided into two groups and each group was given a low calorie diet. Half of the volunteers were on a diet low in carbohydrates and the other half a diet low in fat. The researchers collected data on weight loss, mood, cognition and memory.

After a whole year, there was little difference between the two diets in terms of cognition, memory and weight loss (both groups lost about the same), . There was a difference in mood – the people who followed a diet low in fat were more “happy” than those with diets low in carbohydrates.

Brain and carbohydrates
What does that mean in practice? It maybe that cutting back on fat (instead of carbohydrates) makes us happier. Based on human physiology, the brain likes to use glucose as fuel. Our body is able to produce glucose from body fat, but the literature suggests that by consuming carbohydrates we can improve short-term cognitive function. Moreover, the carbohydrate consumption stimulates the secretion of serotonin, a brain chemical that is essential for good mood.

Dietary fiber and omega-3
It should be stressed however that in a diet low in carbohydrates while we get rid of the extra sugar, we are at the same time eliminating many healthy foods such as many fruits, some vegetables and whole grains. In contrast, low-fat diet limits saturated fats, but with them the key omega-3 and omega-6 fats that our body can not produce.

For people trying to lose weight it is especially important to try and preserve good psychology, especially if we take into account the (usually long) duration of each dietary intervention. Surely the adequacy of complex carbohydrates (fruits, vegetables, unprocessed grains, etc.) will facilitate our work. Besides, it is very difficult to maintain a long term diet low in carbohydrates, mainly because of the “preference” to those as fuel from our body.

Eat bread …
In summary, there is no need to dodge the … bread or pasta to lose weight. They are allies and not enemies. They ensure that we had enough, we will not feel deprived, we would not be so moody and that we can have better perspective (health and body image) for the future.

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Junk Food is Harmful for the Brain

Older people with high levels of certain vitamins in their body experience better cognitive function. Yet another research showed that a diet that is rich in vitamins and fish may protect the brain from the aging process, while junk food accelerates the appearance of damage in the brain associated with aging. Older people with high levels of vitamins and omega 3 fatty acids in the blood show less shrinkage of the brain and improved cognitive function.

Trans fats found mainly in treats and snacks, when present in high levels in the blood, reduce mental functioning and cause greater shrinkage of the brain. The above conclusions come from the analysis of blood samples collected by U.S scientists from 104 healthy people with an average age of 87 years.

Those who had more vitamins B, C, D and E in their blood performed better on memory tests, as did those those who ate lots of fish. Those who had more trans fat in the blood performed worse. “These results must be confirmed, but it is very exciting to realize that people can stop the shrinkage of the brain simply by regulating their diet,” said lead researcher Jean Bowman.

4 simple tips to keep the lost weight off.

The biggest fear when dieting is gaining back the lost weight, and there is a very good reason for that. Researchers note that most people, two years after the diet, regain the weight they lost, and then some more. The solution of course is not to avoid dieting, thinking that most likely we will regain [...]