Why Don’t Diets Work?

It is a widely reported fact that 95% of diets don’t work! That fact doesn’t stop over 75% of people saying they had been on diet in the last year. So this being the case what s the point in losing 20 lbs, and gaining back 25 lbs and why do people do it? There is no doubt that there is great pressure over the last few years to look ‘thin’.

So why do diets fail? That’s the million dollar question. The main reason diets fail is we are guilty of falling for the latest cleaver marketing campaign. Over the last 10 years there has been a stack of diets on the market many endorsed by Hollywood stars.

Many of these diets DO work, BUT only short term. They often do produce quick weight loss and fantastic results. The problem is maintaining the weight loss as it is very difficult to stick to these eating plans. They are simply too boring. Once you lose the weight it is all too easy to slip back into your old ways and go back to your normal calorie intake. This will result in weight being put back on probably as fast as you lost it – often you will end up heavier that when you started the ‘diet’.

Good Nutrition in School Can Help to Fight Childhood Obesity

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Did you know that September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month? One in 3 children in the United States are overweight or obese. Childhood obesity puts kids at risk for health problems that were once seen only in adults, like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.

The Good News: As the U.S. government has studied obesity, many of their agencies have produced reports and established guidelines to help parents and school systems understand how to make important changes. These guidelines are designed to encourage our children to eat healthy foods and get plenty of exercise. Across the country, schools are beginning to offer more good food choices, and look at their physical education and extra curricular activities to ensure that they encourage good habits.

Foods For Effective Colon Cleansing

juicingProblems with the digestive system are among the greatest and the most dangerous, but are often the most commonly ignored. One of the most prevalent causes of digestive problems starts with a problem in the colon. The colon serves as the waste disposal unit of the body. This is where waste and toxic substances are deposited before they are passed from the body.

A properly functioning colon needs to be able to absorb nutrients and then remove the waste materials before they can poison the body. If waste materials are not properly removed autointoxication occurs or re-absorption of the toxic waste. It is really very easy for putrefied waste to be absorbed through the colon wall into the bloodstream and then start damaging other organs of the body. A person may be considered having a healthy colon if he or she is having bowel movements two to three times per day.

Juice fasting is a great way of cleansing the colon. There are various juice fasting recipes that may be easily done at home. Vegetable juices are excellent colon cleansers especially if one to twenty cups of freshly pressed vegetables juices are consumed. The choice of vegetables would depend on the person’s tolerance. Each cup of juice may contain one or two (or more) of the following: carrots, beets, daikon, radishes, fresh celery (both the root and greens), ginger, garlic, cayenne, wheat grass, barley grass, dinkel grass, parsley roots and greens, kale, cucumber, pepper and dandelion.

The Benefits of Drinking Tea

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There are many teas that have been drunk throughout the ages. They are basically infusions of plants, usually the leaves and sometimes the flowers, by boiling them with water. Teas can be drunk hot or cold and are used for a variety of ailments. Teas of different sorts are drunk worldwide.

The official tea that we drink is the second most popular beverage and grown in the mountainous regions of China, India, Sir Lanka, Vietnam, Nepal, Georgia, Japan, Kenya, Malawi and Taiwan. The tea we drink is taken from the top leaves and the buds of the Camellia Sinensis tree. These leaves are specially dried and then crushed for maximum flavor.

The Importance Of A Diet Mindset 

shutterstock_116026450If you start to think about nutrition, you typically think about making changes on what you eat and drink. This is essential but even the internal changes has a big role to play. Always remember that change can only happen once your thoughts, emotions and action are united. If you urge yourself to consume a healthy diet along with the ideal diet mind set, you might be triumphant for a while but finally the longing as well as former habits will be intense. In order to prevent that from happening as well as making a healthy change easier on your part, you have to work uniformly as hard on your mind set as you do with the outer aspect.

Always remember that a simple change you can make is the way you think about food. Take note that there are actually ways on how you think or your mind set about eating. The first mind set is eating for pleasure. With this mind set, you judge the food based exclusively on how much pleasure it provides you at the moment. Unfortunately, majority of the best tasting foods contains refined sugar that has been manufactured to taste agreeable even though they were stripped of the needed nutrients. Remember that there is nothing wrong with eating food that tastes good. In reality, you will likely stick to your diet if you love how the food tastes. Nevertheless, if you prioritize pleasure on what food to eat, you will surely find it difficult to avoid foods that are not good for you.

Fitness and a Healthy Diet Work Together

You have to take note that fitness and diet works together for individuals who want to have a healthy lifestyle. Both fitness and diet are almost identical with one another. If you are capable of following an appropriate diet, you are capable of staying fit. Nevertheless, if your diet is not in effectively carried out, you will likely end up in disarray. Additionally, you have to be careful of the brands that are advertising diet products that are not effective. There are a lot of pills and products available in the market at the present that can provide you with easy weight loss solutions. Be careful since these products might result to severe side effects on your health. Even though these products can give you temporary weight loss, in the long run they can result to serious damage to your body and there is no assurance that they are effective.

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You have to take note that dieting is difficult and entails a lot of dedication. It is by far one of the best methods available in order to lose weight without causing severe side effects to the health. With a suitable diet plan, that is low in fat and rich in essential nutrients, they are needed in order to keep the body fit and healthy. If you do not eat well, not matter how many visits you make to the gym or health center, you will not achieve the fitness level that want to achieve. The best results can only be attained once you combine both fitness and diet.

Ways To Not Lose Weight

It is the first week of January and that means a lot of New Year’s resolutions. The number one resolution last year was to lose weight and we can be pretty confident it will be that in 2016 as well.  Instead of giving the usual advice on how to lose weight, we decided to show you some ways on how to NOT to lose weight. This blog has some good advice that will help you to achieve that goal if it is yours.

The Difference Between Being A Vegan & A Vegetarian

We often post about dieting and the food we decide to eat. As more Americans realize that their diet has a direct effect on their health more are turning to eliminating meat from what they eat. If you recently started reading about vegetarian and diets, you have probably read all sorts of strange vegetarian terms and categories like “vegan,” “ovo-lacto vegetarian,” and “semi-vegetarian.” You probably wondered what the big deal was. After all, what is so conceptually tough about not eating meat?

And you were right!

The distinctions between these sub-categories of vegetarian are actually small, but each is very importantto members who belong to the groups. For them, these distinctions aren’t arbitrary lines; they are important dietary or ethical decisions.

Lets take a look at some of these groups:

VEGETARIAN:

Vegetarian is a blanket term used to describe a person who does not consume meat, poultry, fish, or seafood. This grouping includes vegans and the various sub-categories of vegetarian; however, it generally implies someone who has less dietary restrictions than a vegan.

SEMI-VEGETARIAN:

The term semi-vegetarian is usually used to describe someone who is not actually a vegetarian. Semi-vegetarian generally implies someone who only eats meat occasionally
or doesn’t eat meat, but eats poultry and fish.

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OVO-LACTO-VEGETARIAN:

Ovo-lacto vegetarians are vegetarians who do not consume meat, poultry, fish, and seafood, but do consume eggs and milk. This is the largest group of vegetarians.

OVO-VEGETARIAN:

Ovo-vegetarian is a term used to describe someone who would be a vegan if they did not consume eggs.

LACTO-VEGETARIAN:

Lacto-vegetarian is a term used to describe someone who would be a vegan if they did not consume milk.

VEGAN:

Vegan is the strictest sub-category of vegetarians. Vegans do not consume any animal products or byproducts. Some even go as far as not consuming honey and yeast. Others do not wear any clothing made from animal products.

Take some time to figure out what group you will belong to when you become a vegetarian. You will want to consider both dietary and ethical reasons for choosing this
lifestyle.

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Staples of a Healthy Pantry

While many of us stock up our pantry in case of an emergency, very few of us think about stocking up a healthy food pantry. Sometimes food that is bought for the sole purpose of storing in a pantry for future use is not always the healthiest choice we can make.

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However, there are several foods that are wonderful choices for both healthy and ìin case of a pinchî pantry situations. Stocking your pantry with these items will make healthy cooking easy.

Beans

Possibly the number one food that should be in anyoneís pantry is the bean. Kidney beans, cannellini beans, lentils, and navy beans are only a few among the vast variety of beans. Beans contain large quantities of protein while offering just as much variety to any meal. Beans can be used as main ingredients in dishes such as casseroles or as a topping to a salad. Used in Mexican dishes such as a Tex-Mex bean dip or as part of a fajita, beans add flavor, variety, and protein. Beans can certainly take the place of fatty red meats in some recipes while never losing an ounce of flavor.

Whole Wheat Pasta

We all know the benefits of adding whole grain into our diet. Yet another added benefit of whole wheat pasta is that it is so versatile and can help us put together a quick meal in a pinch. Whole wheat pasta offers bran, fiber, antioxidants, and all-important B vitamins.

When your pantry is stocked with whole wheat pasta, the possibilities are endless. You could toss some broccoli and shrimp together with whole grain spaghetti, add a salad, and have a delectable meal in minutes. Perhaps some sun dried tomatoes and chicken tossed with some whole wheat pasta is just the thing for your family.

Whole Grain Cereals

Cereals that are high in fiber and low in sugar are the best staple any pantry could boast. Fiber keeps your stomach full and can jump-start your day getting you healthfully on your way.

Olive Oil

Olive oil has been used for centuries to provide high quality, excellent taste, and health benefits. With olive oil as a staple in your pantry, you will find its uses endless. Olive oil is useful for frying skinless, boneless chicken, for tossing on salad and even as a concoction for dipping your whole grain bread. The health benefits that olive oil provides far outweigh its cost.

Canned Goods

Canned goods are an immediate staple of any pantry. However, be careful of what is in those canned goods. Look for low-salt canned goods such as diced tomatoes. Canned salmon is an excellent source of protein and provides necessary Omega 3s, while broths that come in the low sodium variety are easily added to any recipe.

These are just a few of the staples that can get every pantry up and running to a healthy start.

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At Advanced Care Centers we focus on many issues that can be a result of poor health choices. In particular we are hoping to help people who are suffering from hemorrhoids. If you find yourself suffering from hemorrhoids please consider our Infrared Coagulation (IRC) procedure. It is “The Gentle Solution” that can help you eliminate this common problem. Please contact us to find out more.

Low Carb Diets And Diabetes

In a low-carb diet, the carbohydrate intake is limited to about 5 to 10 percent, such that protein and fats take precedence in one’s eating habits, to be able to keep sated and avoid bouts of hunger. It is in maintaining that feeling of fullness that one is able to avoid craving for sweets, and this is a good reason for diabetics to adopt a diet that is low in carbohydrates to control their condition. Following this type of diet prevents excessive consumption of carbohydrates, which leads to higher levels of blood sugar.

Diabetes is a condition in which the body is unable to properly take in starch and sugar. For a diet to work in favor of a diabetic, it has to be low in fat, high in fiber, and packed with minerals, vitamins, phytochemicals, and antioxidants. Keeping to the kinds of food with low glycemic index is also important. Foods that are permitted in low-carb diets are meat, poultry, eggs, cheese, fish, and some selected vegetables.

Although some sources say that to eliminate carbohydrates altogether is not recommended for diabetics, as carbohydrates in the diet are vital, because they serve as the main resource of energy and nutrients within our bodies. In a diabetic’s diet, carbohydrates in excessive amounts may be frowned at, but authorities recommend a daily dosage of not less than 130 grams. On the other hand, studies have shown that the low-carb diet caused no undesirable effects on the levels of insulin, glucose, blood pressure or cholesterol. It is also worthwhile to note that one can alter a diet according to his or her specific needs. In this regard, before following any diet, be sure to check with your physician to make sure you will be getting all the right nutrients that will help you control your condition. Doing so will also help you pinpoint areas of the regimen that you should alter for a more appropriate eating habit.

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The effects of limiting the amount of carbohydrates in your diet manifest as loss of weight due to a lesser calorie intake, or the successful maintenance of your ideal weight. Remember that with weight loss, the body’s blood sugar and insulin levels naturally improve. Even just a 10 percent weight loss is a substantial improvement towards being in better control of diabetes.

Also, when weight loss is part of your goal of achieving better health to make your condition more bearable, then a carefully planned diet is best paired with an exercise routine that is easy enough to follow. Daily walks and a couple of dozen repetitions with free weights are good low-impact exercises you can adopt. Regular exercise doesn’t only help combat diabetes; it also promotes a sense of well-being that helps you maintain the right attitude towards living a healthier life for good.

 

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Advanced Care Centers is a state-of-the-art family medical practice with two locations for your convenience. You can visit our Louisville metropolitan location that is located in Jefferson, IN. We also have an office located in the heart of Nashville, TN.

At Advanced Care Centers we focus on many issues that can be a result of poor health choices. In particular we are hoping to help people who are suffering from hemorrhoids. If you find yourself suffering from hemorrhoids please consider our Infrared Coagulation (IRC) procedure. It is “The Gentle Solution” that can help you eliminate this common problem. Please contact us to find out more.