How to Lose Weight this Year

The HealthGal Health Guide
  • Well, it's that time of year again.  Here's what I'm hearing:

    • This is the year I lose it for good with the latest diet trend!! I just heard about this new program that is sure to take the weight off and keep it off!
    • I am so going to the gym every day this year
    • No more desserts, alcohol, carbs, fats..... (you fill in the "blank")

    That's pretty much what we nutritionists heard last year too!! How many of you with these "hardcore' goals were successful??  So what will make this year different?  Well for the first time the issue of obesity is being put front and center by our current President's wife.  Michelle Obama's Let's Move campaign has moved legislators to address the current obesity epidemic, by voting on legislation that is sure to make some dent, if small, in the burgeoning statistics.  Cereal companies have vowed to reduce sugar in popular cereals.  Some cities have banned trans fat, required calorie counts on menus and posted signage, and many schools have removed soda and sugary drinks from vending machines.  School lunch programs are being changed in some states across the nation to reflect the ongoing research suggesting we offer more nutritious but still tasty meal offerings.  But what's going to change for YOU this year to make weight loss possible and sustainable?  I think hearing what a number of experts feel are the new "nutrition rules and guidelines" can at least clue you in to what you should be changing in your whole approach to eating and dieting.

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    A recent column in the Los Angeles Times health section column discussed a strong position that nutrition experts have had for some time with regard to fats, proteins and carbohydrates.  The new perspective supports consumption of specific healthy fats (mono and polyunsaturated fats, especially the omega-3 fatty acids) and strict avoidance of trans fatty acids; consumption of very lean proteins and plant-based proteins with limited consumption of proteins high in saturated fats.  The big change that is now being literally shouted to the public is to "watch the carbs."  Researchers, doctors and experts all seem to concur that Americans waistlines have grown largely thanks to processed and sweetened grain carbohydrates.  They all feel that our love affair with processed carbohydrates has to stop.  Much of our consumption of grain products should focus on high fiber whole grains, plus the other carbohydrate sources, namely fruits and vegetables.  That means checking the ingredients label of processed products like cereal, pasta, breads for the main ingredient desired which is whole grains.  Also try to keep total daily consumption of carbohydrates to 130 grams of carbohydrates/day or a bit less. 

     

    Next up: specific dietary recommendations for 2011

Published On: December 28, 2010