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  •  JD all due respect (5+ / 0-)

    It does not sound like you really know how to eat.

    Fat is not the problem, carbs are. Specifically, starchy carbs. So stay away from the muffins and eat the eggs.

    Check out the latest on metabolic syndrome. Cardiovascular disease, blood pressure, obesity, and diabetes II are all related and insulin is central to them all.

    Central to the insulin is starch. The hormones that tell you you have had enough, or are still hungry are related to insulin, if not controlled by it.

    Quit counting calories and stop eating the food that's bad for you.

    •  If you stay away from both (0+ / 0-)

      you end up losing weight, but too much of either will cause problems. 1/2 a muffin isn't that bad. Fettucini Alfredo is heart attack in a bowl. I've done low carb diets and low fat diets, but low food diets seem to work the best.

      •  I've tried numerous "diets" (2+ / 0-)
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        and finally took responsibility for my caloric intake into my own hands. Hundreds of hours of reading, not just on how to loose weight, but how to give your body what it needs to do it's job convinced me that the number one criteria for letting food pass your lips is: NUTRITIONAL VALUE. If it has little or none, do not eat it.

        Here is the secret. Your body can work miracles if you give it the right tools to function. Living in this time period of processed food, and convenience food is a nightmare for our bodies. EAT VEGETABLES, EAT FRUIT, EAT BEANS. Make those three central to nearly every meal. they are nutritious, high in fiber, and have numerous micro nutrients not available anywhere else. If you eat enough vegetables it can actually help cure many diseases. Beans are loaded with nutrients are are a good source of low fat, high quality protein. Hummus anyone?That can cure anyone of the worst munchies. I have a gazillion recipes that add beans, they are most satisfying. Even in a pinch I'll make my version of nachos, 15 taco chips, no-fat hummus, black beans, diced tomatoes, jalepeno peppers, and black olives. Yum. Lots of beans and veggies.

        If you mainly stick to vegetables and beans. Treat yourself to dessert, FRUIT. Go ahead, have that watermelon. Even though it has a high sugar content, if you stick to fresh fruit, the weight comes off. Berries are lower in sugar, strawberries, blueberries make a great snack. If your still hungry add cottage cheese to the fruit, lots of protein to fill you up.

        There are many good recipes that have veggies as the main dish, that actually taste good. My favorite is one that uses zucchini instead of crab to make a zucchini cake. I swear you think your eating a crab cake.

        It took a lot of retooling, but I think I've managed to turn the nutritional corner. I was recently on a cruise and thought I might blow all my hard work. I surprised myself by choosing many vegetable dishes (some Asian, some not) along with a couple of things I normally would not eat, just to have fun. For dessert a big bowl of different tropical fruits and a bite of my daughters cookie. I also ate fish, shrimp and scallops for dinner, but always chose a good portion of vegetables. I only gained a pound and a half which quickly came off when I came home (and I had fun w/o deprivation).  

        Truth is harmonious, lies are discordant.

        by Babsnc on Sun Aug 07, 2011 at 06:30:57 AM PDT

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    •  neither is the problem... (1+ / 0-)
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      only fools think one food category is to blame and the research is unclear as to the exact symbiosis of how food and food combinations effect us.  Nutritionism has taken over common sense.  

      Central to insulin is starch?  That makes no sense.

      I do agree taht this person seems to be lost in how to eat.  Whole foods (i.e. eggs) are by and large better for you than processed (ie muffins).

      •  here's how it makes sense (0+ / 0-)

        starch is nothing but a polymer of glucose. long chains of glucose molecules bound together. the polymer gets broken up in the intestines. The starch reaches the bloodstream as pure unadulterated glucose. You are esentially eating large quantities of sugar when you eat starch. A slice of bread has a higher glycemic index than pure table sugar. That means when equivalent amounts of bread vs. table sugar are eaten, the bread initiates a larger insulin response than the sugar.

        only the ignorant...

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