Here are some answers to 14 commonly or frequently asked questions (FAQ) on nutrition and weight loss provided by two experienced Specialists in Health and Nutrition, and Weight Loss Dr. Dyan Joseph and Dr. Larsen Angela. They explicitly revealed the recommended meals and prohibited meals for weight watchers and also explained how alcohol reacts in the body. Study them carefully.
Question 1: Is the consumption of chocolate totally bad for a weight watcher?
Answer: Cacao (cocoa) beans are high in beneficial antioxidants. However, they’re also more than 50% fat. And we never eat these cacao beans raw. We add sugar, fat, and milk. Like other things, a little dark chocolate from time to time is okay, but eating it every day is a bad idea.
Question 2: I sometimes take beer and wine even though am a weight watcher, is it good?
Answer: There’s research to indicate that drinking one serving per day of beer or wine may be beneficial in reducing heart attacks. Other studies show a definite link between alcohol consumption in any amount and an increase in certain cancers in women. Also, as we mentioned earlier, alcohol lowers inhibitions, which often leads to more eating.
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Question 3: What’s the difference between polyunsaturated fat and trans fat?
Answer: Trans fats are detrimental to health because they increase your “bad” cholesterol and lower “good” cholesterol levels in your body. Trans fats promote blockage of your arteries, thus increasing your risk for heart attack, stroke, and other vascular diseases. Trans fat is called “partially hydrogenated oil” or “shortening” in the ingredient list. Polyunsaturated fat, on the other hand, is healthy and helps prevent blood vessel disease. Vegetable oils are an excellent source of these beneficial fats, provided they’ve not been hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated.
Question 4: I always feel unstable when I take sweet, coffee and sometimes alcohol. Why is it so?
Answer: Sweets, alcohol, and coffee contain irritating acids and they also stimulate the stomach to over-produce its own acid. This causes stomach acids to get up into the esophagus where they don’t belong. This problem is accelerated if you overeat or you’re overweight. Lying down too soon after you eat also contributes to the problem. Stomach acid in the esophagus is called heartburn or sour stomach. Thus, the antacids.
You feel unstable when you consume these stuffs because your body is telling you to quit eating or drinking the offending foods, especially within 4 hours before you lay down to sleep.
Question 5: Does Sodium serve the same as salt?
Answer: Most Americans consume at least twice the daily maximum recommended amount of sodium, which is 10 to 20 times the amount necessary to sustain life. Most of this sodium is from salt which is added to processed foods. Sodium raises blood pressure, a major risk factor for heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, and blindness.
Question 6: Which of the natural sweeteners are recommendable?
Answer: Honey is a readily available natural sweetener. Agave nectar, made from the agave cactus, is also an excellent substitute. These sweeteners are much better for you than table sugar, but they should still be used in moderation.
Question 7: Is it advisable to take supplements like B-6, omegas, and minerals if I’m eating lots of fiber?
Answer: One of the beautiful things about fiber-rich foods is that they’re also packed with vitamins, essential fatty acids, minerals, antioxidants, and phytochemicals. Most supplements are unnecessary when you eat The Full Plate Diet, unless you’re taking special supplements under the guidance of your physician.
Question 8: What is the best way to consume enough real fiber?
Answer: The best way to increase dietary fiber is to eat whole-plant foods as unprocessed as possible. Some manufacturers are adding fiber to their processed foods but it’s not yet clear if this added fiber is as beneficial as naturally occurring fiber. If a product is essentially unhealthy, it will still be unhealthy if you add fiber. Fiber isn’t magic, it’s merely a marker for foods that contain vitamins, essential fatty acids, minerals, antioxidants, and hundreds of important phytochemicals that can be obtained no other way.
Question 9: Can I use fiber to control diabetes?
Answer: Fiber is a great way to help control blood sugar, and losing weight is also critical. This diet will help you do both. If you want to stop, and possibly reverse, type 2 diabetes, you need to count carbs, limit high glycemic foods, get regular physical activity, check your blood sugar routinely, eat meals at a consistent time every day, manage stress, and get adequate rest.
Question 10: Is green tea and acai recommended for weight loss?
Answer: Teas and juices don’t contain fiber but they do often contain other beneficial nutrients. Green tea and acai are sources of healthy antioxidants. But if you eat a variety of fiber-rich foods such as are in The Full Plate Diet, you’ll get these antioxidants, plus the benefits of fiber, too.
Question 11: What is the effect of sugar in human body system?
Answer: Most carbohydrates are eventually broken down and converted into “blood sugar,” which is the body’s basic fuel. For blood sugar to become energy, the pancreas must secrete insulin to allow the sugar to enter our cells. Refined, “simple” carbohydrates like table sugar are easily digested and rapidly absorbed, making the pancreas work very hard to move the blood sugar into the cells. Added sugars in foods overwork our organs. Unprocessed foods containing natural sugars almost always contain fiber. This slows the absorption of the sugar, causing much less stress to the body.
Question 12: Does corn syrup have the same effect as sugar in our body?
Answer: Corn syrup (HFCS) is not technically the same compound as table sugar (dextrose) but it’s almost as bad for you. Corn syrup is especially prevalent in juices, soft drinks, and other processed or snack foods. Avoid it if you can.
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Question 13: Is it advisable for a weight to eat meat and fish?
Answer: Meat and dairy products are high in harmful saturated fat, low in antioxidants, and contain zero phytochemicals and fiber. Additionally, meat and dairy products are high in calories per volume of food and very likely high in toxins due to pesticides, antibiotic residues, and growth hormones. These nasty chemicals are the opposite of antioxidants, contributing to heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, cancer formation, osteoporosis, antibiotic sensitivities, and bacterial antibiotic resistance. The lower your consumption of meat and dairy products, the better your health will be.
Fatty fish like salmon contain omega-3 essential fatty acids. The major problem with fish is that the pollution of our oceans has contaminated most fish with heavy metals, pesticides, chemical dyes, and other toxins. These problems are probably manageable if your fish consumption is occasional, but a steady diet of fish is becoming questionable. Fish get their omega-3 fatty acids from marine algae—a green “vegetable,” so to speak. Likewise, you can get omega-3 fatty acids by eating green leafy vegetables, nuts, and seeds. Ground flaxseed and walnuts are good sources of omegas.
Question 14: Is the consumption of fiber supplement recommended for weight loss?
Answer: Research shows that increasing your fiber intake helps you lose weight, even if the fiber comes from a supplement. While it is more desirable to get your fiber from food, this is not always easy to do, such as when traveling or at the office. In those instances you can consider using a supplement such as Metamucil, Metamucil Clear and Natural (previously known as Fiber sure), or Citrucel. If you use these products, do not exceed the serving size recommendations.
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