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Diet Has A Lot of Myth and Mystery

A Diet is for Losing Weight. Right or Wrong?

dietA diet is for one reason, which is losing weight. Right? That’s what everybody says. The less you eat, the more weight you lose. Right? Perhaps this is questionable. In order to lose weight, you have to starve yourself. Right? Well, if you believe this, that’s one thing, But if you actually put this into practice, losing weight will be the least of your problems. The myth and mystery of a diet is due to the fact that most people don’t fully understand what it is. Everybody thinks that a diet is something that they have to go on. You don’t have to go on a diet. For all practical purposes, you are already on one. Everyone is on a diet. If you eat, you are on a diet.

What Exactly is a Diet?

The Merriam-Webster dictionary has two definitions for the word diet. The first definition is, “food and drink regularly provided or consumed.” The second is, “habitual nourishment.”

Why is the word diet considered an ugly word to many people? The definitions here have nothing to do with losing weight. But this is what most people think of when they think of diet. Likewise, when people think of losing weight, they automatically think of something that they think is unpleasant. A person’s first reaction to a diet is, “Oh no, I am going on a diet. This means I will have to eat less. I’ll be miserable.”

This is NOT TRUE. A diet is not necessarily something that you have to go on to lose weight. On the contrary, a diet is the selection of the foods you eat that determine whether or not you are overweight.

The Paradox of a Diet

If you think that you have to eat less to lose weight, I’m sorry my Friend, but you have been very misled. Did you know that overweight people and thin people eat the same amounts of food? Yes, this is true. The difference is the kinds of foods. The thin person eats more foods with carbohydrates and fiber. The overweight person eats more foods with fat content. This is the difference, and it is a major difference.

This relates to the second definition of diet, “habitual nourishment.” I’m not going to claim that eating is a habit. It is more of a necessity. Eating is something everyone has to do to survive. However, what you eat is considered a habit.

Therefore, in layman’s terms, a diet is what we eat. It is not something you have to go one. It is something that we have to do.So, if you think a diet means you have to stop eating, you are mistaken. If you constantly keep a negative image of diet in your mind, you can forget losing weight. It will never happen. You have to approach diet as a good thing. Approach it with a positive attitude.

Approach you own diet with care. Take notice of the foods you eat. If you don’t think you can’t lose weight, just take a moment and think about the foods you like to eat. Then, as you make this determination, you can stop telling yourself, “I need to go on a diet.” Instead, you will tell yourself, “I need to change my diet.”

Change your misconception of the word diet, and I promise you will be well on your way to accomplishing your goal.

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Vinegar, The Vinegar Diet and Weight Loss

The Vinegar Diet

vinegarMany people have bought into the myth that vinegar will help them lose weight.

Over the years, some have gotten the idea that a spoon full of vinegar before each meal will curb the appetite. The sour taste of vinegar will make people want to eat less. It does cleanse the body, and allows for a much better breakdown of the harmful toxins. Also, it has been believed for years that vinegar breaks down cholesterol. Continue reading

To Lose Weight, Exercise and Try to Stay a Little Active

exerciseWhen you lose the weight you want to lose, you have to make sure you can keep it off. If you try to do this without a little exercise, you will eventually gain the weight back in time. To avoid this, try to increase your metabolism by exercising daily. When I talk about exercise in this context, I am not referring to the strenuous exercises, such as, weight lifting or jogging five miles a day. I am simply referring to light exercises and maintaining a somewhat active lifestyle. Continue reading

Did You Know, Some Foods Make You Lose Weight

This is true. There are certain foods that really do make you lose weight. The more you eat them, the more weight you will lose.

The key here is, fiber. Foods that are high in fiber make the body work like it has never worked before, internally. This internal working within the body is the best fat burning method there is.

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Three Foods That are Very High in Fiber

There are many foods that are high in fiber. The three that are the best, and by far the healthiest are celery, carrots and lettuce.

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Now you are probably thinking, “I can’t eat this stuff everyday. They are so bland.” You’d be surprised. When you feel yourself getting hungry, grab you a piece of celery, or a carrot. Face it, when you are hungry, you want something to eat, and you want something in your stomach. Well, I can assure you, these foods will not remain in your stomach very long. But the best thing about them is, they will fill you up very fast. Even better, they will give the body an internal workout like you have never had before.

Incorporate Celery, Carrots and Lettuce Into Your Daily Diet

I am not suggesting that you eat celery, carrots and lettuce by themselves. Work them into your meals, along with the other foods you enjoy so much. The high fiber in these foods will go right through you in a heartbeat. They will also push the other foods you eat right through your body. The results are twofold, and quite simple. First, your body will get an internal workout that will be the best fat burner you have ever had in your life. Second, they will give your body an internal cleansing like nothing you have ever had before.

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Have your meals. Eat the foods you enjoy. But make sure you also get some of these high fiber foods with your meals. They are made for people who want to lose weight.

Let me put it this way. Some of the good tasting foods that you enjoy so much with your meals may not be good foods for weight loss. However, add some of these high fiber foods with them, and they will counteract the negative effects from these foods. Take a salad, for example. You can add various ingredients to the salad to make it taste good. But the fact that you are getting the lettuce, one of the high fiber foods, puts you in very good shape. The lettuce will just push the other good tasting ingredients right through your system. More goes out than goes in. The result – LOSE WEIGHT.

Eat more celery, carrots and lettuce. The more of these foods you eat, the more weight you will lose.

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Water is the Natural Solutions to Your Problems

waterWater is the key to most of life’s situations. It is the solution to many of life’s problems. It is the most important natural resource in existence. It is water that has shaped the earth over the years. We can do without a lot of things. But there is one thing that none of us can do without. This is Water.

The Importance of Water

I’ll get right to the point. Everyone should drink at least eight glasses of water every day. I said, at least. This means, you can drink more than eight glasses. But you should not drink less. Continue reading

Raisins – Great Food to Eat While Losing Weight

raisinsJust last evening, I was a little hungry and wanted something to eat. I wanted something that tastes good, but was not fattening. I also wanted something that is  healthy and nutritious. I looked in the kitchen cabinet, and discovered a box of raisins. I felt like I had been doing something right all day. Lady Luck was on my side.

Raisins – One of the Most Perfect Foods

Raisins is one of the most perfect foods you can eat. You can spread them on oatmeal, cereal and even ice cream. You can even eat them right out of the box. This is the best way to eat them.

They are healthy and nutritious. They contain no fat whatsoever. A quarter cup of raisins is only 130 calories. If you look on the ingredients on the box, you will notice that the only ingredient listed is raisins. This means, they contain no sugar, and no added preservatives. Perhaps the second best thing about raisins is, they contain fiber. Fiber is what the body needs in order to digest food properly, and this, my friend, has a direct bearing on weight loss. Continue reading

Weight Loss is Back – Super Bowl XLVIII is Over

weight-lossWeight Loss is On Our Minds Again, Now That the Eating Season is Over

There are certain times of the year when it is very difficult to think of weight loss. There are different ways to describe these times of the year. The most common term is, the Holiday Season. Holiday Season can refer to Thanksgiving, as well as Christmas. There is also the Football Season. Some call this the Tailgating Season. And, of course, people have their own individual events, such as, weddings, graduations, family reunions, and other memorable events in their lives.

Nevertheless, these seasons have one thing in common. They are the times when people love to enjoy good food. Weight loss is the last thing on people’s minds during these seasons. I have my own description of all of these seasons lumped into one category – The Eating Season. Continue reading

Eat Healthy, Stay Slim and Live a Long Life

I want to tell you a story about a man I once knew.

He was a business associate, and a brilliant business man. He was a multi millionaire.

eat-healthyHe made his money many years before I met him. To keep himself busy, he decided to open a restaurant about 80 miles from my hometown. In doing business with him, and his restaurant, I drove to see him once a month. I liked doing that. First, it was a pleasant drive to go see him. Second, being much older, and I mean MUCH OLDER than me, he was quite an inspiration for me. Here I was, a young man, who had a role model. He was an interesting and pleasant man to be around, and very easy to communicate with.

The problem was, I never talked to him. I communicated with him, but I did not talk to him. He was one of the nicest gentlemen I have ever known, but I could not talk to him. He also let me know that I was the most pleasant person he had ever done business with. I still could not talk to him. Every time he looked at me, I knew what he wanted to say to me. We were able to communicate, but we could not talk to each other. Why could I not talk to him? Because, he could not speak English. He was Chinese, and his business was a Chinese Restaurant. Continue reading

Lose Weight Fast, Get Excited, Think Positive

Lose Weight Fast. That’s what you want to do, and that’s what I want you to do. I want to get you in the right frame of mind so you can lose weight fast.

lose-weight-fastI have been telling you what you need do to lose weight. Now I am going to tell you what you need to do if you want to lose weight fast. What I have told you in previous articles, and what I will tell you in future articles works for many people, including myself. What I am about to tell you here is the most important thing I will ever tell you about losing weight. Do it, and you will lose weight fast. Don’t do it, and you will not lose weight, PERIOD. But no more of this negative talk. You are going to do it, and when you do, I promise you I will be the second happiest person in the world, next to you. Continue reading

Body Fat – Now is the Time to Start Losing It

Why do you want to lose weight in the first place? Is it because you think you are fat?

This is the classic answer I get from people when I ask why they want to lose weight. “I’m too fat!” But don’t think this way. A better answer is, “Because I am overweight. This is not healthy. I want to look better, feel better and be healthy.” Now, doesn’t this sound much better? And isn’t this a more dignified reason for wanting to lose weight? Continue reading