Calorie Controlled Diets - Moderate Restriction

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Calorie Controlled Diets - Moderate Restriction

Postby Canuck Singh » Thu Aug 21, 2008 6:09 am

Agricultural Research Service scientists have found that a calorie restricted diet that was low in fat and high in protein helped to cut cholesterol and body fat as well as significantly enhance immune response in people with high cholesterol levels.

Ten (10) volunteers with high cholesterol were put through 4 different eating approaches, each for one month duration. The first was an average American diet with 35% of calories as fat. The researchers then gave the volunteers three other diets; one with 26% fat (reduced fat), one less than 15% (low fat); and the last was less than 15%, but also with a higher protein ratio and a reduced caloric intake.

Bodybuilders commonly follow low-fat, high-protein, calorie restricted diets. The findings of this study revealed that this way of eating was the most effective in reducing high cholesterol levels and body fat in a group of people with high cholesterol. Not only did this typical bodybuilder’s diet provide these benefits, it also enhanced immune function. The medical community is finally waking up to what bodybuilders have known for decades; how you look and feel is reflected by what you eat.

The researchers tested the volunteers' immune functions through blood tests and skin-patch tests geared to measure immune response at the end of each phase. Tests after the last diet phase revealed the volunteers showed significantly better immune responses when they followed the “bodybuilder’s diet” than after any of the other three diet phases of the study.

Health experts estimate about 102 million Americans have high cholesterol and are at an increased risk of heart disease. Decreasing cholesterol levels educes the risk of heart disease, stroke and many other diseases. A typical bodybuilder’s eating approach (calorie-controlled, low in fat and high in protein) would seem to provide bodybuilders with better health.

American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, August 2003.
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Re: Calorie Controlled Diets - Moderate Restriction

Postby Canuck Singh » Sat Oct 04, 2008 11:19 pm

Keeping the weight off during the holidays

It's that time again. However, with a little planning and effort you can avoid the annual holiday tradition that destroys good eating habits and turns that hard-earned six-pack into one big “ab”. All that is needed is a little change in perspective.

The trick to not gaining any added unwanted weight (body fat) is to eat the holiday foods you love without taking in too many calories. Here are some recommendations to help you avoid packing on the holiday pounds while still enjoying this time of year.

1. Firstly, eat the calories you want but not the ones you don't need. For example, if you love pumpkin pie, then eat it but limit the consumption of the potatoes, gravy and dressing or eliminate them altogether.

2. Secondly, eat a healthy snack before heading out to a holiday party. A delicious, creamy serving of protein before you go, will curb your hunger and stop you from going for the appetizers.

3. Thirdly, eat slow! It takes a good twenty minutes before your stomach signals your brain that it's full. Eating slowly means that you’ll start to feel satisfied sooner, while consuming less food. And of course, stop eating when you feel full!

4. Another neat trick is to drink a full glass of carbonated water before the meal and keep a bottle of the carbonated water on the table to drink with the meal. Both the water and carbonation will help you feel full and avoid overeating.

5. If you want to eat a lot at a special meal, that's okay too. Just don't consume a lot of calories at every meal in that day. Think ahead and incorporate the big meal into your daily intake. Make the meal work for you and fit in with your daily intake.

6. However, don’t make the big mistake of not eating all day before the big holiday meal. If you don't eat all day research shows people tend to overeat when they finally get to the meal. This cycle interferes with the brain’s satiety regulation signal and trigger the consumption of excessive calories. Instead, eat small and smart throughout the day so you can really enjoy your favorite holiday meals without fear of packing on the pudge.
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Re: Calorie Controlled Diets - Moderate Restriction

Postby bugatti » Mon Jun 02, 2014 8:37 pm

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