Archive for the ‘Diet’ Category

Quit Smoking and Lose Weight with Simple Changes in Your Diet

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Are dietary changes going to stop your nicotine cravings? Probably not. But, simple changes you can make in your diet can make cigarettes less palatable and therefore, make them taste bad so you may have an easier time saying no to them.

Some of you non-smokers may not believe that there are foods that make cigarettes taste good, or taste better. I personally gave up smoking ten years ago. I was just a social smoker anyway. Now I can’t even stand to be within 30 feet of someone lighting up, but back in the day, drinking and smoking went hand in hand. Now I know why.

Duke University researchers found out that certain foods make cigarettes tastier. Among those foods were alcoholic beverages, which accounts for those who just end up smoking when they drink. Also on the list of foods were caffeinated beverages and meat.

There were foods that were found to make cigarettes taste worse and these are the foods you should increase to help you stop smoking. It will make the cigarettes less appealing taste wise, which may give you the kick start you need to drop the cigarettes altogether. The foods tended to be fruits and vegetables, no caffeinated beverages like water and juice, dairy beverages like milk and dairy foods.

The study also found that smokers tend to have poorer diets than non-smokers. In all likelihood, this is because the foods that complement cigarettes tend to be unhealthier foods for you to consume. Smokers who are severely addicted and are not looking for a way to quit will make those food choices based on how they experience cigarettes and food as a whole. It appears that those who smoke are going to make poor food choices because of the taste factor and also those who smoke are probably less likely to be concerned with other areas related to a healthy lifestyle.

When someone decides to quit smoking, they are probably going to be looking to make positive health changes in other areas. Thus, changes in diet that would naturally occur when someone chooses healthier foods, will end up aiding in the decision to quit smoking by creating a negative taste association when experienced together.

For those people who have avoided smoking cessation programs because they fear weight gain, I recommend having healthy snacks on hand. Fruits, vegetables and nuts are all healthy snack foods that allow you to meet the need you feel to have something in your mouth . These will replace the need to have a cigarette in your mouth while at the same time making any cigarettes you smoke less tasty to you, doing double duty for your health.

Resources

Daniel J DeNoon, Quit Smoking Diet: Veggies, Milk, WebMD

Your Diet for Life. A Weight Loss Diet Plan that You Can Embrace for Life

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Hello dear reader. You want to lose weight but you don’t wish to to waste your time trying yet another diet fad that won’t work.

You are tired of all the diet plans which claim perfect results so you are ready for something real. The first thing you need to do is figure out a natural goal for the real you.

You must remember that losing weight is different for each person. The entertainment industry would have you study that unless you are passing size 0 and so nearly skeletal you have not achieved the ideal weight loss goal. This is a huge lie.

To achieve your correct weight a realistic fat loss goal should be the one you set out to achieve. Successful weight loss requires permanent changes to your eating habits and physical activity. This means you must find a weight loss diet that you can embrace for life.

So let’s say you read about a great sounding diet in a magazine article, and it requires taking in a lot fewer carbohydrates. On the surface you are busting to lose ideal weight but deep down you know you can not stand to give up pizza night. Which part of you do you think will win out in the end? Would Garfield give up lasagna?

There are several effective diet plans that you could tailor to you and that is the true key to finding diet plans that really work. You will also need to consider changing your current favourite meals to healthier versions that still taste fabulous! Will power is a huge myth, all those folks did better than anyone else was find the diet that fit their work schedule.

A great way you can make sure a diet plan work for you is by seeking out the help of others who are going through with the same battle as you are. Friends, a family member, or weight loss groups can be good for this. It is harder to make an excuse if you have to tell someone other than yourself.

You should’nt fall for the ‘myths’ of weight loss. One you might have heard before is not to eat at night. This is not true unless you have had three large meals during the day. The truth is that if you spread your meals out into smaller portions several times a day, you can eat later and feel more satisfied and less guilty for doing so.

Another typical myth is if you cheat or cut a day on your diet you will fail completely. The truth is that if you cave in one day and go to the fair and have that treat, you can go right back to your good habits the next day and be just great. Also if you notice that you stopped losing weight for a couple weeks, you can have a cheat day to help kick start your weight loss again.

Look into the variety types of diet plans out there. Find the ones that offer life long plans for staying at your best weight. Do not stay on diet’s that suggest you don’t consume one type of food for a prolonged period of time with the exception of “fake” foods like processed candy.

Keep in mind these little hints and you will be well on your way to a healthier life. Remember to always be good to yourself and do not give in!

Why Your Diet May Not Be Working

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Jennifer, a middle-aged single mother with one 6-year-old daughter, has been skipping sweets for a few weeks now. She’s also become a stickler for portion control. She feels as if she’s eating less than ever, and she’s been diligently exercising for an hour at a time at least four days a week. Yet, she hasn’t lost a single pound. The question is, “Why?”

This is a dilemma which affects dieters the world over. They think they are taking the steps necessary to lose weight, but nothing seems to be happening. In essence, they are trapped in a dieting rut and they don’t know how to free themselves. As a result, they become frustrated and depressed and may then engage in binge eating.

One of the problems with diets is that they are often standardized. As a result, they don’t take into consideration your individual physiology and metabolism. They provide a cookie-cutter approach to weight loss-an approach which may not work in your individual case. As a result, an increasing number of people are turning to dieticians to formulate a person weight loss strategy for them. This process has been made easier through the Internet, where you can correspond with a dietician any time of the day or night via e-mail. The dietician can also act as your personal coach, helping you through your dieting dilemmas.

Another reason that you may be failing at your diet is because of a lack of support. You may have family members who can eat whatever they want and seemingly not gain a pound. As a result, they may fill your refrigerator with junk food, leading you into temptation. Also, you may feel as if you have no one to turn to in order to discuss your weight problems. In order to solve this problem, many individuals look to psychotherapists to help them with their food-related issues. This can be particularly important if an individual has turned to purging in an effort to combat their weight problems. Bulimia is a serious disease which must be treated in order to ensure the good health of the patient. Thankfully, there are a number of treatment programs throughout the U.S. specifically focusing on bulimia.

Yet another reason for diet failure is hidden calories. You may literally be consuming calories and not even realize it. For instance, the frappucinos that are so popular today are loaded with calories-as many as 600 in a single serving! You may also be indulging in sugary sodas-another source of extra calories. By taking a few simple steps, such as eliminating the exotic coffee drinks from your diet and substituting skim milk for whole milk, you may be able to eliminate the hidden calories that are denying you dieting success.

Lack of consistency can also be a diet-killer. You might go on a diet for a while, then quit before you’ve made any measurable progress. It’s only natural to want to see quick results. The problem is that healthy weight loss involves losing only a couple of pounds a week. That means you’ll have to stay on your diet for months before you see appreciable weight loss. Discouraging? It can be, but if you keep a positive attitude you can achieve your ideal weight.

You may also be more successful in your dieting if you consider it to be a lifestyle change. Therefore, your diet becomes a meal plan for life. This means that you must change the way you look at food. It is designed to be fuel for your body, and nothing more. As a result, you should not turn to food to make you feel better or to provide you with a sense of comfort. A lifestyle change implies commitment; it means that you are prepared to follow the plan for the long haul. If you feel as if you cannot be on your diet for any appreciable length of time, perhaps it’s time to consider a different diet. Your aim ultimately should be not simply to lose weight, but to become healthier. A fad diet will not allow you to reach that milestone. Therefore, you must choose your diet carefully.

Why the Raw Food Diet Didn’t Work for Me

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

COMMENTARY | Like many women, I have struggled with my weight off and on since I graduated from college. I tried many diets over the years including the three-day diet, the Slim-Fast diet, the grapefruit diet, the cabbage soup diet, the onion soup diet and others with varying results. I usually lost some weight, but what it boiled down to was that the diets restricted my calorie intake for a short period after which I went back to eating my normal diet and would eventually regain the weight. After a long series of failed diets, I gave up and subsequently gain even more weight.

Two years ago, I started reading about the benefits of a raw food diet, namely the amount of vitamins and nutrients I could get from eating uncooked, whole food. A raw diet would also force me to give up weaknesses such as pastries, breads and other carbohydrate-intensive foods. I bought a juicer on eBay and went to my local farmer’s market and stocked up on every fruit and vegetable I could eat raw. I also purchased rice protein powder to make up for the protein shortfall I would get from giving up eggs, cheese and fish.

Breakfast and lunch were the easiest meals to eat raw. I juiced different fruits, such as watermelons, mangoes, oranges, bananas and strawberries, and made fruit cocktails for breakfast. I always looked forward to lunch, because I’m a salad and salad dressing lover by nature, so eating a meal packed with raw cabbage, various types of lettuce, carrots, sunflower seeds and a tangy dressing was not that much of a departure from what I normally ate for lunch. I ate raw nuts and dried fruits for snacks in between meals when I got hungry. Dinner was the hardest, because I was usually famished by the end of the day and big salad and a protein shake wasn’t enough to quell my hunger.

While I lost 40 pounds over the course of a three-month period on the raw food diet, I began to have unnerving bouts of symptoms similar to those associated with hyperglycemia, a potentially dangerous condition also referred to as high blood sugar, and experienced dry mouth, excessive hunger and fatigue which took about a year to straighten out after I stopped following the diet. Because of the symptoms I experienced, I returned to my normal cooked-food diet, minus the sweets that made me gain weight in the first place. While I’m not against the raw food diet, I recommend that it be followed under the supervision of a family health care provider or nutritionist and stopped if negative symptoms occur.

Why Low-Calorie Diet Programs Just Don’t Work

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

When most people start getting worried about their weight problem, they usually go on a low-calorie diet program, but after a couple of weeks of religiously following the diet plan and taking in a maximum of 1,000 calories a day (which is basically the amount most low-cal diets recommend), they find out that despite the decrease in their daily calorie consumption, they are still not losing weight. So they swear off whatever diet program they’re on, move on to another “miracle” low diet program that just “got on the market”, only for the same thing to happen all over again.

Well the simple reason most low-calorie diets do not work is that by reducing the amount of calories you take in, your body’s metabolic rate automatically slows down and as a result your body burns calories at a much slower rate than it normally does. What most people don’t know is that limiting your calorie intake is a just a small aspect of getting rid of body fat.

In order to burn off fat, you need to understand your body’s metabolism. You see, when you take in a more calories than your body needs for its daily activities, it stores the excess calories it doesn’t need in the form of fat in various parts of your body.

So in order to efficiently lose body fat, not only must you reduce your calorie intake, you also need to carry out cardios (which are basically exercises that use up a lot of calories). By limiting your calorie intake, and carrying out cardios at the same time, you create a calorific deficit in your body. As an example, lets say you take in about 1,000 calories each day and yet you carry out daily cardio workouts that use up 1,500 calories, where do you think your body’ll get the extra calories it needs from? You got it, from the fat it has already stored in your body, that’s where.

You see when you create a calorie deficit in your body by expending more calories than you take in, your body is forced to gradually use up all the fat it has stored in order to keep providing the energy it needs for its daily activities. So while going on a low-cal diet is a good first step towards losing body fat, you wouldn’t get anywhere unless you carry out cardios at same time you’re dieting. Don’t worry cardios are not some exotic form of exercise workouts that can only be carried out in a gym. Since cardio is basically any workout routine that uses up a lot of calories, cardio covers a wide range of exercises including brisk walking, jogging, skipping, cycling, and some even claim jumping is also a form of cardio, so you have lots of exercises to chose from.

So don’t get worried that despite the fact that you’ve been on a low-cal diet for like “forever”, you’ve still not lost weight, because now you know why. Stay with whatever low-calorie diet you’re on, but in addition to your diet routine carry out a couple of cardio workouts (preferably 3 – 4 times a week for maximum effectiveness) and in a few months time, that sturbborn body fat you’ve been trying so valiantly to get rid of will finally be “a thing of the past”.

Why I Stopped Being Timid and Started a Vegan Diet

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

People always seem to be looking for a way to lose weight and be healthy which creates a constant seesaw of dieting and regressing, like the ebb and flow of the ocean. Few dietary changes make it many weeks past the New Year’s resolution or the high school graduation and within no time at all, we find ourselves back at square one, just as I had for years until I finally stopped being timid and decided to change my life for good. In the process I lengthened my lifespan, decreased my risk of cancer, helped the planet, and saved a lot of money. Does it sound too good to be true? No, it’s just too simple to ignore. Start a vegan diet and take back control of your health forever.

Why I Started a Vegan Diet

I was standing in the kitchen a few years earlier cutting up chicken while preparing dinner when I suddenly stopped and looked down at the cutting board. What was I eating? Why would I put something in my body that required my cutting board to be disinfected before I could use it to cut something else? Who thought up the idea of eating flesh? This couldn’t be healthy.

How I Did It

I finished cooking the chicken, gave it to my neighbor and returned to my apartment a vegan. Just like that. I didn’t even know what a vegan diet was at that time and barely knew the reasons for being one. But I decided to stop being passive and timid. No more futile attempts to start something that would never last, no more easing into the cold water via the kiddie steps at the pool. This wasn’t going to be about starting off with 25 sit-ups a day and building up to 500 after two months. Nor would it be a vegan diet that consisted of soda and french fries (yes, they’re vegan). If you want to lose weight, regain your health, live longer, and at the same time help the planet and save some money, then switching to a vegan diet is the answer.

Have You Regressed?

Not once. Of course you might accidentally eat something that has trace amounts of animal products in it, but you learn and avoid it the next time. It’s about doing your best to be proactive with your diet, health, and life. Start a vegan diet and recapture control.

Why I Drink Excessive Amounts of Diet Coke

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Before my feet hit the floor, the can is to my lips. Ah, the sweet, burn of an ice cold Diet Coke first thing in the morning. I’ve read reports. I’m aware of the dangers, but allow me this one vice. I don’t smoke or spit in the sink. I’m an upstanding citizen with a longstanding habit.

There are so many reasons I consume Diet Coke, but here are the top ten.

10. I fell for the man in the diet coke commercial. Remember the 1990 commercial featuring the shirtless man with six-pack abs. All of the women in the office next door huddled at the window to watch him drink Diet Coke during his break. He was hunky. I’m a soft sell, so there you go. I keep dreaming he will come into my life. We’ll sit down to a romantic candle lit dinner sipping Diet Coke.

9. I live in the Coke capital of the world. That’s right, Atlanta, Georgia, home of the Coca-Cola headquarters. My interest in the local economy compels me to patronize businesses that have a vested interest in my community. I feel it is my civic duty to help ensure these workers keep their jobs.

8. I don’t drink alcohol. I don’t. However, there are assertions that the aspartame in Diet Coke breaks down into formaldehyde and wood alcohol once in your body. No wonder I’m always loose and in a good mood. I had never heard of wood alcohol until everyone started telling me how bad Diet Coke was for me. I have yet to sit down at a bar and say, “Hey, bartender, how about another round of that there wood alcohol? Let’s go with oak this time, that redwood didn’t set well with me.”

7. Preservation. Regarding the formaldehyde, I figure I’m doing my family a favor. I should have enough formaldehyde in me by now to preserve me for a hundred years or more. The family doesn’t have to worry about decomposition. When I pass, someone can just prop me in the recliner. The kids will never even notice I’m gone. No funeral bills and no mortician to pay.

6. Blood Sugar. I’m not diabetic, but I occasionally have a bought with hypoglycemia. I try to limited my sugar intake to keep my blood sugar stabilized. Diet Coke serves me better than regular sodas, juice, or other sweetened drinks. Oh, I know what you are thinking. You health nut. Drink water. I’ll tell you what, you drink water. I’ll enjoy my Diet Coke. At least I’m paying for something with flavor. Why buy bottled water when I can get it for free out of my kitchen sink.

5. I enjoy recycling. I believe in good stewardship of our environment. I am a firm believer in recycling. The problems is, if I don’t drink Diet Coke, I have very little to recycle. As it is, I have a mountain of aluminum each week. I can even cash the crushed cans in for cash at the local recycling company. It gives me more money to buy more Diet Cokes.

4. It keeps me awake. Caffeine, caffeine, caffeine. How else am I supposed to stay awake when the CEO drones on and on in our monthly business meeting? I went to the movies one time and didn’t have the cash to get my drink. I slept through the whole thing. Well, i not only slept, I snored, too. I just about got kicked out of the theater because the man in front of me claimed he couldn’t hear over my snoring. I offered that if he would get me a Diet Coke I’d stay awake.

3. Peer pressure. Diet Coke has zero calories. If I want to keep my svelte figure, I can’t afford to guzzle calories. Besides, all of my friends drink Diet Coke. In the summertime we all sit poolside in our bikinis sipping our Diet Cokes. Except for me, of course, I’m chugging them down one after the other. I can’t help myself.

2. It generates the best burp. Guzzle a Diet Coke quickly. If you are able get it down in less than thirty seconds, and it has to be at least 12 oz. About twenty seconds is enough for me to pop the top and slurp it down, clear to the bottom. I only have to wait five seconds, and BAM! The greatest belches you have ever heard rumble forth with no effort. Kids are amazed by the trick, but must be warned not to try it at home. Adult reaction ranges from repulsion to chuckles, to hysteria. Time and place have a lot to do with the reaction you get. If you happen to be on stage and have access to a microphone, you can take out the entire audience. An earth shattering burp is the last thing they expect from the stage.

1. Expectations. I have been a diet coke addict for so many years, if anyone were to see me without one, I’m afraid they would suffer shock. It is a widely known and general expectation that I will have a Diet Coke with me at all times. I have been bribed with them, soothed with them, and received Diet Cokes as gifts. I cannot give them up now. This would impact the lives of those around me like grieving. They would have to come to terms with the loss of expectation, the expectation of seeing me with my beverage of choice.

I enjoy my Diet Coke. You enjoy your drink and we’ll all get along just fine.

Which is More Effective: The Low Carb or the Low Fat Diet?

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Many people ask if the low carb diet is more effective than the low fat diet at losing weight. Others ask which is more effective at preventing heart disease. Still others want to know which is more effective at controlling their Type II diabetes. The answer to all these people is that the Low Carb diet is more effective than the Low Fat diet. The Low carb diet worked better for me than the low fat diet and has worked better for many others as well.

The Low Carb diet is more effective at controlling insulin, the fat storing hormone, than the low fat diet. It is the carbohydrates that you eat in your diet that convert to blood glucose which then requires insulin to counteract too much free floating blood sugar by storing it as fat.

If the question refers to “effective at controlling the “bad” cholesterol and subsequent fatty plaques in the arteries which lead to high blood pressure, stroke and heart disease,” then yes, the low carb diet does that too. Much better than the low fat diet.

If the question refers to “effective in reducing and/or preventing periodontal disease,” then the low carb diet is far more effective. Dental plaque is the mouth’s protective system for being constantly awash with sugar.

If the question refers to diabetes, then the low carb diet has been shown, in countless studies, to control Type II diabetes much more efficiently and without any medications simply because the low carb diet radically decreases the production of free floating blood sugar. There is evidence that the low carb diet also improves Type I diabetes. (What continues to puzzle me is why diabetics are put on a high carbohydrate, low fat and low protein diet when it is carbohydrate that creates increased blood sugar requiring insulin to correct it. Blood sugar corrects itself on a low carb diet with no need for corrective medications.)

If the question refers to the “reduction of cravings” then again, the low carb diet is more effective. Within one month of being on a low carb diet the physical agony of cravings will virtually disappear. That doesn’t happen on a low fat diet. In fact cravings appear to increase.

If the question refers to obesity, then the low carb diet is the clear winner in all the recent comparative studies of low fat versus low carb diets when it comes to weight loss. (The Stanford study, the Israeli study, the Masai study to name only a few.)

Losing weight is only the first step, maintaining weight loss is the long term goal. Which diet is the most effective in long term weight management? To date there are no studies of anything longer than one year so its hard to cite the research literature on this issue. Maintenance is extremely boring with no excitement associated with losing a pound or an inch. The critical issue involved in maintenance, in my own experience, appears to be a consistent approach with rare celebrations and falling off the diet. So many times the initial weight loss is the goal with no plans for the rest of ones life. Most people can’t maintain but there are the few who do not go back to former eating behaviors after achieving goal.

I can’t seem to find any clear research evidence that supports the low fat diet without a calorie reduced diet although I find a great deal of rhetoric and faulty conclusions based upon non-existent data. But that’s just my opinion.

Weight Watchers Diet: Cold Stone Creamery

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

When I started the Weight Watchers diet the number one place I needed to give up that I didn’t want to was Cold Stone Creamery. Cold Stone Creamery has a lot of great choices of ice cream, toppings and candies that you can have mixed in your ice cream. Occasionally, I can still have Cold Stone Creamery if I used my bonus points and I’m careful about what toppings and candies I use. Here is some information on Cold Stone Creamery’s ice cream, toppings and candies according to the Weight Watchers diet.

Weight Watchers Diet: Cold Stone Creamery Ice Cream
I won’t go through all of the different flavors of ice cream that Cold Stone Creamery has to offer because there are a lot. I will only go over some of the more popular choices. Also each flavor will have three point totals. These are for the three different sizes I Like It, I Love It and Gotta Have It.
Banana Ice Cream – 9, 15 and 21 points
Cake Batter Ice Cream – 10, 17 and 24 points
Chocolate Ice Cream – 10, 16 and 22 points
Cookie Batter Ice Cream – 9, 15 and 22 points.
Dark Chocolate Ice Cream – 8, 13 and 19 points
French Vanilla Ice Cream – 10, 17 and 23 points
Mint Ice Cream – 10, 16 and 23 points
Peanut Butter Ice Cream – 11, 19 and 26 points
Vanilla Bean Ice Cream – 10, 16 and 23 points

Weight Watchers Diet: Cold Stone Creamery Mix-Ins
At Cold Stone Creamery there are different items you can have mixed into your ice cream. These are how many points they are in the Weight Watchers diet. Keep in mind that these points are added to the amount of points of the ice cream. Also the amount given in the Weight Watchers diet might not be how many of that item they use at the Cold Stone Creamery.
1 Piece of Brown – 4 points
1 Piece of Cookie Dough – 4 points
1 oz of Graham Cracker Pie Crust – 2 points
1 oz of Granola – 2 points
1 oz of Marshmallows – 2 points
3 Nilla Wafers – 2 points
2 Oreo Cookies – 3 points
1 oz Oreo pie crust – 4 points
¾ oz Peanut Butter – 4 points
1 Piece of Yellow Sponge Cake – 1 point

Weight Watchers Diet: Cold Stone Creamery Fruit
If you enjoy adding a little fruit to your ice cream then you’re in luck because they are good for you. Unfortunately fruit can not deduct any of the Weight Watchers points you’ve already deducted but many of them are low points or no points at all.
½ Banana – 1 point
¾ oz of Black Cheeries – 2 points
¾ oz of Blackberries – 0 points
¾ oz of Blueberries – 0 points
1 Maraschino Cherries – 0 points
¾ oz of Pineapple Chunks – 0 points
¾ oz of Raspberries – 0 points
¾ oz of Strawberries – 0 points

Weight Watchers Diet: Cold Stone Creamery Candies
There are also many candies that can be mixed into your ice cream at Cold Stone Creamery. These are the amount of Weight Watchers points for each of these candies.
1 Piece of Almond Joy – 4 points
½ Bar of Butterfinger – 3 points
1 oz of Chocolate Chips – 3 points
½ Kit Kat Bar – 2 points
1 oz of M&M’s – 4 points
½ Nestle Crunch Bar – 3 points
1 piece Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup – 5 points
1 oz Reese’s Pieces – 4 points
½ Snickers bar – 4 points
1 Piece of Twix – 4 points

Weight Watchers Diet: Cold Stone Creamery Nuts
Many people enjoy some nuts on their ice cream. These are the points totals for nuts in the Weight Watchers diet.
1 oz of Cashews – 4 points
1 oz of Peanuts – 5 points
1 oz of Pecans – 4 points
1 oz of Pistachio Nuts – 5 points
1 oz of Roasted Almonds – 5 points
1 oz of Walnuts – 3 points

Weight Watchers Diet: Cold Stone Creamery Toppings
Ice cream just isn’t the same unless you can top it off with something good. These are the different toppings the offer at Cold Stone Creamery and they amount of Weight Watchers points they will cost you.
1 oz of Fat Free Butterscotch – 2 points
1 oz of Fat Free Caramel – 2 points
1 oz of Chocolate Sprinkles – 1 point
1/8 tsp of Cinnamon – 0 points
1 oz Fat Free Fudge – 2 points
1 oz Rainbow Sprinkles – 1 point
1 oz Smucker’s Fudge – 2 points

Weight and Diet

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

1.) Is your success from losing weight going to come from calories burned during exercise or from calorie restriction?

My success in gaining weight is going to primarily come from increased calorie intake. I am suggested to intake 3000 calories a day. For me this is a lot of food to consider. Once I get my ongoing Weight Gainer 2200 (that will be split into two portions: breakfast and a 2nd snack) I can have add for additional meals and snack and a dessert (morning snack, lunch, dinner, and dessert) equaling 200 calories each and at the end of the day totaling 3000 calories.

2.) Am I happy with my weight? A good quality of life is being happy with your weight? Any comments?

I don’t think it could get more obvious from previous discussions that I am not happy with my weight because I am too thin.

3.) Diet crazes, food diets, what are you hearing about these days? Can you recognize a fad diet when you hear one?

The most talked about diet that I’ve heard of that seems radical is the Hydroxycut. I am shocked that this assisted “diet” and other like Slim Shots are in grocery stores as I am sure they aren’t FDA approved.

The one fad diet that I last heard of was all about the acai berry. I know that was a big fad. You couldn’t get away from it on the news, talk shows, and advertisements on the internet or even the supermarket shelves. It has died down a lot ad now you hear about the dangers and side effects of the acai berry.