Weight Loss Diets

Weight Loss Diets

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    AJonathan Fialkow, MD, Cardiology, answered on behalf of Baptist Health South Florida
    People are slowly shifting away from the myth that so-called low-fat diets are good. Over the past 30 years or so, people have been conditioned to stick to a high-carbohydrate, low-fat diet, without considering the implications of sugar that comes with the tendency to include high-carbohydrate foods in these diets.

    Studies have emerged that debunk previously held concepts that high-carb, low-fat diets contributed to fewer heart attacks and strokes. A more complicated picture has emerged of how fats and carbohydrates (compounds in foods that include sugars, starch and cellulose) contribute to heart disease.

    There’s now evidence that saturated fat can raise HDL cholesterol (the good cholesterol) and lower triglycerides in the blood, which are both countering effects to heart disease. For example, eggs, nuts, seeds, plant oils, fish and some dairy products contain saturated fats that can contribute to your good health.
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    ANell Stephenson, Nutrition & Dietetics, answered
    What foods are included on a Paleo plate?
    The Paleo plate is made up of 2/3 of fresh vegetables, 1/3 of healthy protein, a dollop of healthy fat and a garnish of fresh fruit. In this video, nutritional coach Nell Stephenson explains what a Paleo plate looks like and gives an example. 
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    ANatalie Castro-Romero, MS, RD, Nutrition & Dietetics, answered on behalf of Baptist Health South Florida
    The glycemic index (GI) is a measurement of how fast and how high a particular food will raise your blood sugar levels. Foods with a high GI will raise your blood sugar higher and faster than foods with a low GI.

    Some diet plans are built around the principle that carbohydrates with a high glycemic index should be avoided. While this may make sense for a person with uncontrolled or insulin-dependent diabetes, it doesn't make sense for a person with adequate insulin (someone who does not have diabetes) who just wants to lose weight. Avoidance of foods with a high GI cuts out foods with valuable vitamins and minerals and does not promote weight loss.
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    ANell Stephenson, Nutrition & Dietetics, answered
    Is the Paleo diet appropriate for me if I’m pregnant or a new mom?

    The Paleo diet is great for pregnant women and new moms; it contains a variety of nutrients that can help mom lose weight, and make breast milk healthier for baby. Watch nutritional coach Nell Stephenson explain why this diet is ideal for pregnancy.

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    ANell Stephenson, Nutrition & Dietetics, answered
    Do I need to count calories on the Paleo diet?

    You do not need to count calories on the Paleo diet; you eat several small meals throughout the day that all include vegetables, protein and fat. Watch nutritional coach Nell Stephenson explain how this diet can help you avoid blood sugar crashes.

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    ANell Stephenson, Nutrition & Dietetics, answered
    What foods do I need to avoid on the Paleo diet?

    On the Paleo diet, grains of any kind, legumes (including all beans, peanuts and soybeans), dairy and refined sugars should all be excluded. Watch as nutritional coach Nell Stephenson explains why these foods should be avoided on the Paleo diet.

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    AMehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answered
    What and when should I eat to get my hormones in balance to lose weight?

    Hormones have a major impact on how fat is stored and burned. In this video, "The Hormone Diet" author Natasha Turner, ND, tells Dr. Oz when and what to eat so your hormones help your weight-loss efforts.


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    Weight loss

    A carbohydrate-restricted diet has been shown to result in weight loss in obese and nonobese people. Shorter time periods may result in more significant effects. Overall, studies suggest that the Atkins Diet® does result in long-term weight loss.

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    Carbohydrate-restricted diets have been shown to benefit insulin levels in both diabetics and nondiabetics. Preliminary evidence suggests that the Atkins Diet® may improve metabolism in insulin-resistant women. Long-term safety studies are still required in this field before conclusions can be made.

    You should read product labels, and discuss all therapies with a qualified healthcare provider. Natural Standard information does not constitute medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

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    When following the Traffic Light eating style, choose green-light foods daily or often. Green-light foods are high in fiber and low in sugar and unhealthy fats. Some examples of green-light foods are whole-grain breads and cereals, fresh fruits and vegetables, low-fat dairy products, and lean meat and other proteins.

    Choose yellow-light foods weekly or sometimes. Yellow-light foods are often made with refined grains, have a small amount of added sugar, and contain moderate amounts of fat. Some examples of yellow-light foods are white bread, muffins, bagels, 2% milk, cheddar cheese, and peanut butter.

    Choose red-light foods monthly or rarely. Red-light foods are generally processed, contain high amounts of sugar and fat, and have very little or no fiber. Some examples of red-light foods are donuts, French fries, ice cream, and chicken nuggets.