Weight Loss Diets

Weight Loss Diets

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    How can the Mediterranean Diet help prevent breast cancer?
    A recent study shows that the Mediterranean Diet, which includes olive oil, helps reduce the incidence of breast cancer. In this video, internal medicine specialist Michael Roizen, MD, discusses some exciting new findings about this healthy diet.
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    What is the “pegan" diet?
    The "pegan" diet is a combination of the Paleo and vegan diets, which are both based on eating whole, real, unprocessed foods. Watch functional medicine me describe how these two diet types can work together for optimal health.
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    It may seem hard to believe, but when you add an additional course to your meal -- increasing food volume -- you can reduce the overall number of calories you consume.

    Researchers conducted a study in which women were given a first course of a large portion (three cups) of low-energy-dense salad. The salad was made with greens, vegetables, nonfat Italian dressing and reduced-fat cheese. Following that, the participants ate a main course of pasta.

    Eating the salad boosted the women's feelings of fullness and reduced their total meal calorie intake. In other studies, having a first-course soup instead of the salad produced similar results.

    Why does this work? You get an awful lot of food without many calories, which then helps to displace the calories in the next course of higher energy-dense foods. Simply drinking more water doesn't have the same effect.
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    The DASH diet is a recognized treatment of hypertension, heart disease and kidney disease, and can slow the progression of both heart disease and kidney disease.

    All people with chronic kidney disease should be on a diet with less than 2,000 milligrams of sodium per day as recommended in the DASH diet. In addition, if you have kidney disease, you may need to modify the amount of potassium and phosphorus in the diet. This should be discussed with your doctor or your dietitian.
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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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.