Thursday, March 6, 2008

Using Green Tea in Weight Loss Programs

Using Green Tea in Weight Loss Programs by mehendale niteen

Green Tea is very commonly used in China since several hundred years as a cure for many ailments. These days, green tea is used in a broad spectrum of treatments and cures from cancer prevention, weight loss, antioxidant applications to anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties. Regular intake of a single cup of green tea or a capsule of green tea extract a day is all it takes.

You should bear in mind that there is no miracle remedy for weight loss. However, studies done over last few years point towards many benefits of making of green tea weight loss programs.

Green tea is extracted from tyhe plant called Camellia sinensis which is native to Asia. This plant is rich in the substance called epigallochatechin gallate or EGCG. It acts as the main ingredient for destruction of free radicals in our body, the main cause for aging process and disease generation. EGCG in green tea also contains antioxidant which helps keep cholesterol levels under control.

It has been proved by scientific studies that green tea can be used in weight loss programs. Ten healthy young men were used as the subjects for a weight loss program. Then difference in energy expenditures of green tea,caffeine,stand alone placebo was observed. It showed that green tea boosted energy expenditure by a almost four percent,quite an increase.

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If you are on a weight loss program, green tea is a good alternative to drinking coffee and cream which area high in calories. Green tea weight loss programs provide a two-pronged benefit. While on one hand calory consumption is controlled, on the other hand your body gets a regular supply of many healthy substances like polyphenols and flavonoids. Caffeine has appetite suppressant properties. Green tea also contains a small amount of caffeine, which makes it all the more useful in a weight loss diet plan.

Statistical reports provide one more benefit of using green tea as a vital ingredient in low carb weight loss recipes. It helps reduce fat by inhibiting the effects of insulin.Insulin is known for converting glucose into energy for the body to be stored into fat. By delaying insulin, green tea weight loss programs enable sugar to be sent directly to the muscles for instant use, thus preventing fats from forming.

The process within our body of burning fat and releasing calories is also known as thermogenesis. Low carb weight loss diet plans which use green tea,promote the process of thermogenesis. It is caused by an interaction of caffeine content and catechin polyphenols present in green tea. It is what makes such weight loss programs very effective in stimulating metabolic rates.

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Thursday, February 21, 2008

Nutritious Diet for Pregnant Women

Nutritious Diet for Pregnant Women by Peter sams

All expectant mothers are to be given a one-off payment of around £120 that they will be encouraged to spend on fresh fruit and vegetables as a way of protecting their children from diseases and incurable conditions later in life.

Seafood can be an important part of a balanced diet for pregnant women. It is a good source of high quality protein and other nutrients and is low in fat.

To eat well during pregnancy you must do more than simply increase how much you eat. You must also consider what you eat. Although you need about 300 extra calories a day â€" especially later in your pregnancy, when your baby grows quickly â€" those calories should come from nutritious foods so they can contribute to your baby's growth and development.

Food Safety Tips

• Never eat raw meat â€" such as steak tartare (a raw hamburger dish) â€" poultry or seafood, especially raw oysters and clams.

• Do not eat raw or undercooked eggs and any food containing them such as Caesar salad, mousse, some custards, homemade ice cream and homemade mayonnaise.

• Do not drink raw or unpasteurized milk or foods made from raw milk.

Diet of mothers during pregnancy

- It is a fallacy to say that mothers should eat for two. Eat as per the dictates of hunger and eat healthy food as advised by hygiene and you should be OK

- Protein The WHO recommendations are 44g of protein a day for pregnant women. There is no need whatsoever for milk and animal products during pregnancy to achieve these levels. Whole grains (wholewheat bread, unpolished brown rice), legumes, lentils, peas, beans, sprouts, nuts and seeds can amply meet your needs. At most a small quantity of yoghurt or cottage can be added to the salad to meet protein and Vitamin B12 requirements

- Eat better. Try to be specific about this one. I, for example, am pledging to add more fruits and vegetables to my diet. A pregnant friend of mine is pledging to eat ate home more often, a.k.a. less fast food. What small change can you sustain that would make your diet a healthier one?

Guide to Daily Diet When Pregnant

The following daily food servings for pregnant women who are of normal weight before becoming pregnant. Mothers-to-be who are underweight or overweight, should discuss their specific nutritional needs with their doctor or dietitian.

- 9 servings of bread and whole grains - 4 servings of vegetables - 3 servings of fruit - 3 servings of milk and milk products - 3 servings of meat and protein foods

During pregnancy, a woman needs more iron than normal to produce all the blood needed to supply nutrition to the placenta. Good sources of iron are more in green vegetables such as broccoli and spinach, strawberries and breads. Tea, coffee can interfere with the body's absorption of iron. It is often suggested that all pregnant women take an iron supplement every day from the 20th week of pregnancy

The food you eat every day, even before you are pregnant, is important for your health and that of your child. Once you become pregnant it is even more important to eat right since you are eating for both you and your baby. Below we have provided you with free or low cost resources to help you and your child, during and after pregnancy, with food and nutritional needs.

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Friday, February 15, 2008

New Year Diet Trends?

New Year Diet Trends? by Dave Patrick

The majority of us commence a diet, they go into it with the belief that they must keep fat intake down to a minimum, we have been led to believe fat equals extra weight, well yes but only partly.

We have been told to fill up on plenty of complexed carbs, choosing low fat high carbohydrate foods. There are certain setbacks with this type of diet, one of these would be the fact that your body can and will convert carbohydrates into fat .

Carbohydrate Metabolism

When you ingest carbohydrates, you body goes to work breaking them down, converting them into glucose, glucose is a sugar molecule that is converted into energy within your body's cells with the hormone insulin. The trouble here is that after a meal based largely around carbs, you will have a a lot of unused glucose in your blood stream. This can be extremely damaging over time so your body takes measures to correct this moving the glucose out of the blood stream and into the cells for energy, the excess glucose that doesnt get used or infact isnt needed then goes through the process of being converted.

The main thing with glucose is you only need a minimal glucose present in the blood at any one time. You already have your own back up reserves of glucose which your body is continually manufacturing and replenishing which it stores in the muscles, brain and liver, its called glycogen.

So what happens with the excess glucose? It is converted into fat and stored for use at a later date and with our modern lifestyle food is everywhere, it never gets used. We eat another high carb meal and so more of it gets converted.

Fat metabolism.

In order to use up this excess fat reserve, we need to cut back on the carbs quite considerably and allow our body to use its fat stores, it does this with a system know as fat metabolism, in order for this to happen there must firstly be a negation of carbohydrate. If you think this sounds crazy stop and think back to a time in mans existence when pastas, pastrys and breads didnt exist, our main food intake was protein with maybe a few fruits berries or nuts if they were available. So you see, our bodies can and do work quite adequately without the presence of carbs.

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Diets are the fads of our generation, forever shifting in opinion and belief. The best we can hope for is to give ourselves an overall view and make our own minds up.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Low Fat Eating For Better Health

Low Fat Eating For Better Health
By Arturo Ronzon

When you eat a diet that is high in saturated and Tran's fats, you are causing a buildup of calcium in your blood vessels that can later cause many different medical conditions. If you change your eating habits to include low fat foods, you can ensure that you will live for a good long time.

For those with a normal heart, each time the heart contracts, calcium is pumped in and out. When too much calcium accumulates, it can cause a myriad of problems with the electrical system of the heart. It can cause cardiac arrest, heart attack or arrhythmias. It has been found that when there is an abundance of saturated fat in the cells of the heart at the time a person experiences a heart attack, the chances of death are greater and the complications afterward can be severe.

Incorporating low fat eating to your daily routine can help you avoid many heart problems as well as circulatory problems. Any doctor or medical professional will tell you eating a low fat diet is the best way to stay healthy, and allow your body to function at its best. Low fat eating can be quite enjoyable if you do your research and you are willing to experiment with new flavors and textures.

Many people view low fat diets as bland and boring, but nothing could be further from the truth. Foods that you can enjoy on a low fat diet are fresh crisp vegetables in season as well as fruits, lean meats and fish and a variety of whole grains. Using sauces and spices to flavor food is also a great way to help you stick with a low fat diet.

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Eating a low fat diet can contribute to feeling good about yourself again as it will enable you to lose weight. You may also experience a greater feeling of energy when you are eating a low fat diet. You will eliminate all of the foods that make your body work hard to digest them and it will give you more energy than you ever thought possible.

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