Thursday, February 26, 2009

Nothing new here...

...which is a good thing:
As the world grapples with rising obesity, millions have turned to popular diets like Atkins, Zone and Ornish that tout the benefits of one nutrient over another.

Some previous studies have found that low carbohydrate diets like Atkins work better than a traditional low-fat diet. But the new research found that the key to losing weight boiled down to a basic rule — calories in, calories out.

"The hidden secret is it doesn't matter if you focus on low-fat or low-carb," said Dr. Elizabeth Nabel, director of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, which funded the research.

Limiting the calories you consume and burning off more calories with exercise is key, she said.
No shit. I mean, sure, there are certain things you can do to screw yourself up. Diet Sodas (all diet products that give "sweet" without calories) screw up the brain's ability to determine the calorie uptake and, thus self-regulation, and, therefore, tend to promote obesity instead of losing weight.

But, fundamentally, you're living and eating right. Or you're not.

And if you're struggling to lose weight, your choice is to get off your butt and exercise or eat less. Take the stairs, not the elevator. Park far away at the store, not close. Walk briskly, not plod slowly.

Also, avoid diet traps. Eliminate foods with lots of added sugars. Control portion size. Don't think your lying body is actually as hungry as it pretends to be. Eat things that digest slower and are more filling. For example, an apple has 55 calories. A "big grab" bag of chips has 240 calories. Eat an apple and you'll be fine for hours. Eat the calories equivalent of four-and-one-half apples and you'll be stuffed or you can eat a bag of chips, then another, and, eventually, you'll be fat.

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