Diet Therapy for Obesity
Nutritional and diet therapy are the first line of defense against weight gain used by many people.
In general, the treatment involves eating differently, not eating less. There are many dieting approaches that use different ways to manipulate our intake of protein, carbohydrates, and fat. Here are some sensible guidelines.
Eat the proper foods. Rotate your foods. Eat a variety of foods. Eat meals that consist of a balance of proteins, complex carbohydrates, and some fat. Proteins can increase your metabolic rate by as much as 30 percent, and help to balance the release of insulin by prompting secretion of the pancreatic hormone glucagon. Protein-induced glucagon mobilizes fats from the tissues in which it is stored, thus aiding in weight loss. By eating balanced meals you get more steady blood sugar levels and the ability to burn stored body fat for long-term weight loss.
Limit sugar intake.
A typical first step in devising a treatment program for obesity is start a food diary where you record the following information:
This information can help a nutritional therapist assess the best treatment for you.
Recommended Foods To Take
Complex carbohydrates with protein
Low fat meat and fish
Low- calorie, low-carbohydrate fruits
Sea vegetables are rich in minerals and amino acids. They regulate metabolism and help to control weight.
Cold-pressed flax oil provides hormonal balance for those who have eaten excess animal products. Two teaspoons of flax oil can be poured over food each day; or eat three tablespoons of soaked or crushed flaxseed. Eat soaked seeds alone to make digestion easier.
Goat's milk normalizes the weight of the body. Take it raw.
Foods to Take in Moderation
Vegetables/Fruits with High Calories
Products with Essential Fatty Acids
Foods containing small amounts of essential fatty acids
Foods to Avoid
Sources of Animal Fat
Recommended Snacks to Take Occasionally
Celery and carrot sticks.
Poultry and fish should be broiled or baked, never fried.
Eat fresh fruits and an abundance of raw vegetables. Have one meal each day that consists entirely of vegetables and fruits.
Eat foods raw, if possible. If foods are heated, they should be baked, broiled, steamed, or boiled. Never consume fried or greasy foods.
Drink six to eight glasses of liquids daily. Herbal teas and steam-distilled water with trace minerals added are good. They are nonfattening fillers that also help to dilute toxins and flush them out of the body. Herbal teas mixed with unsweetened fruit juice are very satisfying low-calorie drinks and are also very filling. Use these between meals and when a desire for sweets hits you. Drink sparkling water mixed with fruit juice in place of sodas.
Pay particular attention to the fat in your diet. Some fat is necessary, but it must be the right kind.
Eliminate saturated fats from the diet completely.
Sugar triggers the release of insulin, which then activates enzymes that promote the passage of fat from the bloodstream into the fat cells.
Follow a fasting program once monthly.
For a quick energy boost, try taking a spirulina tablet. Use wheatgrass to calm the appetite. This is a very nutritious fuel from whole food that assists metabolic functions. Kelp is also beneficial.
Do not consume alcohol in any form, including beer and wine. Alcohol not only adds calories, but it inhibits the burning of fat from fat deposits. It can also interfere with your judgment, so you may find yourself eating things you ordinarily would not.
Use powdered barley malt sweetener instead of sugar. This is highly concentrated but not dangerous. It contains only 3 calories per gram (approximately 2 teaspoons). This sweetener is also beneficial for people with diabetes or hypoglycemia.
Use extra fiber daily. Guar gum and psyllium husks are good sources. Take fiber with a large glass of liquid one-half hour before meals.
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