Friday, May 20, 2011

Eat More While Losing Weight

A number of people may at one or another point in their lives experience a weight problem.

Many people who feel, or are, overweight try to eliminate the extra pounds by eating less; this crash attempt many times leads to detrimental health effects.Undoubtedly, overweight issues should be first be brought to the attention of a qualified physician and dietitian who is the most suitable to prescribe a proper strategy that will eventually, with patience, lead to the desired effects.

Crash diets frequently lead to weight gain rather than weight loss since the individual’s body, or metabolism, responds in such a way as to lead the individual to massive eating, or pigging out, to replace the perceived loss of energy.

One of the largest research projects called Diogenes, and dealing with proper nourishment and effective dieting has lead to the conclusion that effective weight loss (without any collateral damage or related side effects) can be accomplished by a high protein low carbohydrate diet. This diet must be accompanied by ample high fiber, fruit and vegetable intakes as university of Copenhagen researchers point out in their treatise in the New England Journal of Medicine.

The research which involved a group of about 950 individuals concludes that individuals following such a diet can eat to their limits, without incurring any extra weight while actually positioning their bodily functions towards actual weight loss.The related control group which usually ate to the brim, actually gained about half a kilo in a six month period, while other groups following other diets gained about two kilos.

The consumption of high protein from foods such as meat, fish, poultry, eggs, low fat dairy products, beans and nuts leads to faster intake satisfaction than other food combinations, and effectively less fat.

The strategy detailed by the Danish scientists comes terribly close to what is known as the Atkins diet, which is followed by a number of well known Hollywood celebrities. The scientists however emphasize that while the Atkins method involves 50% of daily calorie intake from protein, the Diogenes diet invokes a 23% protein based calorie intake.

The latest research results suggest that a classical Greek salad, the crown jewel of the so-called Mediterranean diet, which incorporates fresh tomatoes, fresh green peppers, olives, onions, cucumber, capers, parsley, topped with feta cheese and lavishly embellished with oregano and ample virgin olive oil may be an ideal food candidate for those wishing to engage in a fulfilling healthy and high energy low fat meal.


The New England Journal of Medicine, Diets of High and Low Protein Content

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