Eating to Lose Weight diet
Most people know that being overweight or obese contributes to the
development of coronary heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure,
and colon cancer. However, did you know being overweight is a
contributing factor to back pain? It is true. Being overweight
or obese can significantly contribute to symptoms associated with
osteoporosis, osteoarthritis (OA), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), degenerative
disc disease (DDD), spinal stenosis, and spondylolisthesis. The suggestions
in this article may help you to modify your diet for weight loss success.
- SpineUniverse Editorial Commentary You need to eat to burn body fat.
This is a fact: The first nutritional demand of your body is energy. Without
adequate energy, your body will convert muscle protein into energy to feed
your brain, nervous system and red blood cells.These particular tissues do
not possess the metabolic machinery to burn fat. They only burn carbohydrates.
When your intake of carbohydrate falls below these tissues demand, the body begins to convert tissue protein into carbohydrate to meet
their need. The net result is a loss of muscle tissue.Yes, the scale may say you have lost "weight", but you have lost the very tissue that
burns fat. Muscle tissue burns 70% of the fat in your body; so losing muscle sacrifices your ability to burn body fat.In fact, the "weight"
you lose on a diet can represent up to 10 to 20% of those pounds in muscle loss. This poor dieter will not only regain this weight, but
then some. All because they have compromised their ability to burn body fat.
This is also why people gain weight as they age.
Aging causes muscle loss. So does inactivity. Have you heard of the saying"Use it or lose it"? This is true of your muscle.
Inactivity leads to muscle loss and muscle loss causes a lowered capacity to burn fat, so you wear more of it.
The bottom line is this: At any time, or for whatever reason, you lose your muscle; you lose your capacity to burn fat. Diets, aging
and inactivity all lead to a decreased amount of muscle weight and an increased amount of fat tissue.
Never fear. You can, at any time in your life, rebuild your muscle and teach it to burn fat.
Aerobic exercise rebuilds your muscle and teaches it to burn more fat.Eating right gives you the nutrients you need to make that
muscle. The food pyramid outlines how to eat to get the nutrients you need, so let us deal more specifically with energy needs
and where that energy needs to come from.
In order to burn just the fat and not the other lean tissue in your body, you need to meet your minimal energy requirement.
If you want to maintain your current weight, this level is found by multiplying your weight by 15.
If you want to lose weight, multiply your ideal weight by ten. For example, if your ideal weight is 140 pounds, your minimal
energy requirement is 1400 calories.
Next, you need to factor in the calories needed for exercise and activity. Very active people (those who exercise 3 hours or more
a week) need to multiply their minimal requirement by 1.5. Moderately active individuals (those who exercise 1 to 3 hours per
week) need to multiply their requirement by 1.2.
Slugs need not factor in additional calories.
For those of us who move, let's cite an example: if you take 4 hours of aerobics classes per week and your ideal weight is 140
pounds, you need 2100 calories a day to keep your muscle and burn the fat.
Now, where does that energy need to come from? It makes sense that if you want to burn the fat on your body; you do not want
to be eating it in your food.
Let's be perfectly clear about this. There are only two fates of fat in your diet: Fat is either burned by your muscle or it is deposited
in your fat cells. If you are wanting to lose body fat, the solution is simple: Eat less and burn more.
Which leads to the debate: "WHAT IS LESS?"
Less is 30% of your calorie intake. To find this amount of fat in grams; multiply your caloric requirement by .3 and divide the
calories by nine. For example, 2100 calories times .3 is 630 calories, divided by nine leaves 70 grams of fat.
When you consider a "Double Western Cheeseburger Supreme" has 70 grams of fat, you can appreciate the etiology of obesity in
America. In fact, statistics show that one out of every three of us can qualify as overweight, so we have some work cut out for
us in terms of the amount of fat in our diets.
Take a look at the foods below and see where you can substitute one food for another to lower your fat intake:
3 oz. Salami
3 oz. Ham
1 Tablespoon Butter
1 Tablespoon Sour Cream
Remember, small substitutions can add up to big losses over a years time. Cutting out 25 grams of fat a day translates into a 25 pound
body fat loss in a year. The best part is, you are still eating. Only this time, you won't be "wearing" your groceries!
Tips For Eating to Lose Weight
Those who are successful at losing weight make evolutionary changes with their diets, not revolutionary changes. Start by
choosing those changes you can live with on a permanent basis. Then move on to change other habits. One habit at a time, you'll get
- Eat slowly. It take twenty minutes for your stomach to tell your brain you are full.
- Pick out foods you need to chew on.Try bagels, apples, french rolls and raw vegetables.These foods will slow your rate of eating.
- Try a warm beverage as or with a snack. This helps to feel full.
- Drink 6 to 8 glasses of water per day.This helps fill you up and keeps you busy with other activities besides swinging on the
- An eight ounce glass of orange juice is really three oranges! Eating oranges is much more satisfying than drinking juice.
- Eat an afternoon snack before you leave work. This helps overeating while getting dinner ready.
- Here are some healthy snacks: Popcorn, bread sticks, oyster crackers, pretzels, fruit, yogurt,gingersnaps, graham crackers, biscotti
cookies, vanilla wafers or amaretto cookies.
- Frozen yogurt, angel food cake and sherbet are all low fat!
- Every time you use your muscles, you are burning fat. Try climbing the stairs instead of taking the elevator.
- Small steps add up in reducing fat. Use jam on toast instead of butter and knock off 30 calories and 5 grams of fat.
1.Did you cut back on added fat in your diet?
2.Did you substitute lower fat foods for your regular ones?
3.Did you chose leaner cuts of meat?
4.Did you have a low fat snack before leaving work?
5.What three factors contribute to muscle loss?
The weight lose diet :
Phase 1: How to lose weight
Phase 2: Create your weight lose plan
Phase 3: Continue losing weight and
keep it off