Weight Loss Diets
1 AnswerDr. Michael Roizen, MD , Internal Medicine, answered
1 AnswerHealthyWomen answeredIt 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.
1 AnswerNational Kidney Foundation answeredThe 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.
1 AnswerDr. Jonathan A. Fialkow, MD , Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease), answered on behalf of Baptist Health South FloridaPeople 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.
1 AnswerNatalie Castro-Romero, MS, RD , Nutrition & Dietetics, answered on behalf of Baptist Health South FloridaThe 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.
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.
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.
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.
3 AnswersJennifer Cohen Katz , Nutrition & Dietetics, answeredThe most important thing to remember in order to better balance hormones for weight loss and relief of other hormone-related symptoms is to avoid foods that cause a sharp rise in blood sugar. Focus on getting creative with vegetables, lean grass-fed protein, high-quality seafood, organic eggs, small portions (if any) of gluten-free grains, nuts, seeds, hormone-free dairy if tolerated. Avoid alcohol, sugar and caffeine. Here is a recipe I'm enjoying that follows these guidelines:
Green Summer Soup
5 cups seedless cucumber, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
2 cups coconut water
juice of 1 lemon
2 cups spinach
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 avocado, chopped
4 teaspoons plain Greek yogurt
1 teaspoon hemp seeds
¼ cup fresh basil, thinly sliced
1. Place all ingredients in a blender except yogurt, hemp seeds, and basil. Blend until smooth.
2. Chill in refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
3. When ready to serve, divide soup between 4 serving bowls. Garnish each bowl with a tablespoon of yogurt and sprinkle of hemp seeds and basil.