Thursday, February 26, 2009

Counting Calories

So apparently we need an official research study to tell us that eating less calories will result in less body weight (see “Fewer calories = less weight” posted by In a society obsessed with outward beauty, it is hard to fathom that over 66% of Americans are obese. Obesity is defined as being 20-25% over the ideal body weight; so why then in a time where fad diets are all the rage are there so many overweight people and even more that are perpetually dieting? There is the Atkins diet, the South Beach diet, the Nutri-system diet, the Jenny Craig diet, the Weight Watchers diet, the Slim-Fast diet, the Acai Berry diet, the Pink Grapefruit diet, the Flat Belly diet and the numerous other diets that claim to give you the stealth body you have always dreamed of. No wonder we need medical research to clarify that consuming less calories combined with exercise is the sensible way to lose or maintain one’s weight.

For me, I will happily stick to my “no meat, low fat, whole, no processed or refined foods diet” - of course until medical research proves I should be eating something else.

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