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Dieting: Diets and Diet Plans for Weight Loss

Updated/Revised Date: 2022-04-13
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Synopsis: Information on obesity and diets, including diet plans and weight loss for overweight people of all ages. Dieting is often used with physical exercise to lose weight, commonly in those who are overweight or obese. Some people, however, follow a diet to gain weight (usually in the form of muscle). Diets can also be used to maintain a stable body weight. Obesity and being overweight is a problem all over the world and especially so in the United States with over 200 million Americans being classified as overweight, and child obesity statistics on the rise.

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Dieting is defined as the practice of eating food in a regulated and supervised fashion to decrease, maintain, or increase body weight. Dieting is often used with physical exercise to lose weight, commonly in those who are overweight or obese. Some people, however, follow a diet to gain weight (usually in the form of muscle). Diets can also be used to maintain a stable body weight.

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Obesity and being overweight is a problem all over the world and especially so in the United States with over 200 million Americans being classified as overweight, and child obesity statistics on the rise. Overweight people have a grave risk for developing major chronic diseases, early disability, and even death as a result of being overweight.

Being overweight also harms a person's sense of well-being. They may have lowered self-esteem, depression and eating disorders. In today's social environment, the ideal physical form is slim and sexy. Failure to match this form can destroy a person's self-image.

The keys to dieting and losing weight fast, in a healthy way, are discipline and the will to achieve the desired body weight. This natural process involves a moderate diet of healthy foods and enough exercise to burn approximately 150 calories a day, every day. It is a good idea to check with your family physician before you begin any type of diet or exercise regimen.

A white bowl full of healthy fresh salad ingredients on a checkered table cloth.
A white bowl full of healthy fresh salad ingredients on a checkered table cloth.

Dieting Tips

Eat Moderately and Frequently

It is smarter to eat smaller meals every 3-4 hours instead of three large ones daily. This burns off more calories, and you tend not to get hungry before your next meal. Carry healthy snacks like cut up veggies and stay away from junk food.

Exercise

Put together a good exercise routine that will firm up your muscles. It can be just 15-30 minutes, but make sure it is a workout that truly makes you sweat and breathe harder.

Every extra bit of exercise you can do will help you reach your goal. It all adds up. Some experts recommend wearing a pedometer and aiming for walking 10,000 steps a day.

Drink Water

Make sure to drink plenty of water. Water suppresses appetite.

The recommended water intake per day is 8 to 12 glasses per day. If you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated.

If you dislike to drink water, there are alternatives such as green tea, sugar-free lemon-aid and no calorie drink mixes.

Fiber

Fiber is important in your diet because it helps control blood sugar level, lower blood cholesterol and manage weight.

Most people today do not eat near enough fiber in their diet. Some great healthy sources of fiber are broccoli, potatoes, apples, beans, brown rice, whole grains, and strawberries.

Carbohydrates

The key is eating mostly complex carbohydrates (moderate amount) and eating them with protein.

Complex carbs are broken down to sugar at a much slower rate during the digestive process than simple carbohydrates; they therefore do not raise the blood sugar levels as fast or as much as simple carbs.

Examples of complex carbs are whole grains, broccoli, squash, and berries. Simple carbohydrates are sugar, alcohol, full calorie sodas, refined white flour, potatoes, and most desserts.

Protein

Protein is a vital part of your diet.

Every time you eat, be sure to include some protein, it will aid you to feel full faster, prevents sugar cravings and maintains muscle mass, which is a very vital part in burning fat.

Good sources of protein are: fish, poultry, beef, pork, soy (tofu). Trim off visible fat. Beware of high fat and high calorie sauces and gravies, as they make weight loss difficult.

Non-caloric Sweetener

Sugar can be a considerable downfall for someone wanting to lose weight.

Today, a person can still enjoy sweets due to the availability of good calorie-free sweeteners.

Xylitol looks and tastes like sugar. It is natural and is widely distributed throughout nature in small amounts. It has only 40% of the calories of sugar and has little to no glycemic effect (it does not cause elevated blood sugar levels). It also is effective in both hot and cold foods and is very beneficial in reducing tooth decay.

Stevia, is natural and tastes sweeter than sugar and works well for both cold and hot foods. Our bodies do not metabolize or break down the stevia complex, so it does not affect blood sugar levels at all.

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