The Search for the Right Books for Dieting

Posted by : Alan Bracken | Tuesday, May 11, 2010 | Published in

The main superstores will have many books on dieting and weight loss and there is no end to the queue that is standing on that side of the aisle. People will browse virtually anything on the market in the hope that they can find that miracle cure that will enable them to maintain a sensible weight in the long term. They will ignore all the wisdom that tells us that many of the theories that are found in those books do not work and are just a pretext for fleecing the public. It is a pity that the consumer protection function has not yet really penetrated this side of the business to ensure that the public is protected from such unscrupulous traders. On the other hand we have to think of the writing industry as an informative source of advice for those that would like to control their weight and get a grip on their overall heath.

In searching for the right dieting books one has to consider the credentials of the person that is writing the book. Although it does not follow that only intellectuals can give advice about weight loss, there has to be an element of peer review before a book can be accepted within the context of the general dieting industry. If the person is merely writing an opinion piece then they should make it very clear at the outset so that there is no ambiguity about where they are going and the impact of the book on the people that would like to control their weight. I personally tend to go for the books that are written by people who are qualified in that field because on balance they tend to have better sources of information for the public in general.

It must also be understood that writing a book is a complicated process if one is churning out the books as if they are going out of fashion then something might be wrong with the quality of those books. One should be writing books once in a while to ensure that there is no problem with the research and development of the themes that they are going to espouse in the book. Those that fail this fundamental test should not be allowed to publish dieting and weight loss books or to make money from them. It is not unusual to see someone that writes so many books but does not have the intellectual capacity to see them through.

The Value of E Diets

Posted by : Alan Bracken | Thursday, March 11, 2010 | Published in

In the same way that we have now moved to e-commerce and email, there are people who have put diets back onto the online market. This is a clever ploy to get into the new generation that takes their computers seriously. People who go for the e-diet will be the ones who normally join the technological world with enthusiasm. They must be commended for trying to make the internet work for them. At the same time we recognize that there is a lot of junk on the internet which is marketed to unsuspecting clients as the gospel truth. It takes a particular kind of courage and principle to be able to reject the diets that do not work. There are people who spend their entire lives scouring the internet for the latest fad that has hit the headlines. Interestingly they try it out and discover that it does not work after all. They then go back to looking for the next big thing that will deliver to them that idealized body image.

The cycle will go on and on until they finally have such a bad experience that they decide to get off the diet trail. By this time they will have spend thousands in fees and membership contributions. They will have bought countless books and undergone lots of diets. If you do not want to become one of these statistics of failed dieters then you need to take your time before signing up for each and every fad on the market. You will have a goal in terms of your ideal weight or in terms of improving your general weight. The next stage is to simply select a diet that is known to work well for people in your situation. You then have to discipline yourself and ensure that you follow the diet until it can yield results for you.

The online is only meant to give you inspiration for the different diets that are available including the Atkins, the Mediterranean meal plan and the Glycemic program. Not all these diets will work for you but at least you can check them out online so that you can work out the best one for you. Choice does not mean that you have to use all the diets that have been printed. You need to have some level of discretion in the way that you select diets. It is all about choosing what is right for you and what is not.

The Easy Way to Lose Fat

Posted by : Alan Bracken | Friday, March 5, 2010 | Published in

It is not easy to lose weight not matter how much commitment that you may have towards the cause. The easier the solution that you are taking the less likely that it will work. Dieting is challenging at the best of times so you have to make sure that you are prepared for hard work instead of waiting for the easy solutions that will never come.

There is a relatively novel scheme that has come out and it has been imaginatively referred to as An idiot’s guide to weight control. It sounds like a thing out of the who is who direction to dietary scams but apparently some people are convinced that it works. I have been trying to work out what exactly this dietary program involves but was rather amazed that it does try to work within your existing dietary programs. The assertion that it makes you lose significant amounts of fat and sum of body parts weight within eleven days is somewhat spurious.

Basically the dietary program works by upsetting your body chemical balance through nutritional unit shifting so that there is less amount of food nutrients absorbed. It relies on the actual review of your daily dietary program and then working out how it can apply its principles to ensure that you are losing as much weight as possible in the circumstances. The fact that it seeks to build on the existing food nutrients patterns that you have means that it is quite a practical dietary program that can suit people with the most limited dietary programs. This means that the system can reach quite a wide variety of people from all walks of life. I have always advocated for dietary programs that seek to improve a person rather than trying to push them to a place that they may not be user friendly with.

I have to admit that I was concerned about the body chemical manipulation thing. I do not believe in the altering of body chemical purposes because they are there for a purpose. You never know what the outcome will be if you keep changing your sum of body parts. You may be looking for quick weight control and end up with much more serious difficulties down the line. I would rather stick to something that is more organic and user friendly for me.

Methods for Dealing with Certain Setbacks that can afflict your diet program

Posted by : Alan Bracken | Sunday, February 14, 2010 | Published in

Sickness can come to anyone at any time in any place. There might or might not be a premonition. Therefore you could find yourself at nearly the finishing point of your weight control program when sickness falls upon you. You might then be required to give up food intake control because it harms your wellbeing in the long term. This can be quite discouraging because we all wish to finish the projects that we have started. At the same no one wants to come from one set of wellbeing issues only to create another. Weight control programs can be very difficult to complete and you do not wish to have all your efforts thrown down the drain because you have been surprised by the presence of yet another sickness.

The first thing to recognize is that enjoyable existence is much more important than following any weight control program. You might consider that you are rescuing the fruits of your hard work by continuing to follow the weight control program despite the issues with the weight control program in terms of your general wellbeing. The fact is that if you are dead from a sickness all those weight control programs that you were following mean absolutely nothing and will all fall by the wayside. When riding a wave of euphoria about the success of your weight control program you should not forget that the principle of enjoyable existence is to live it. If you cannot live your enjoyable existence then whatever wellbeing you are trying to protect will be useless.

If I were advising anyone, I would tell them to follow the entire clinician’s instruction if they are food intake control and then they happen to fall ill. They should avoid listening to untrue counsel that may lead them into death for the sake of saving a few pounds. In any case the sickness may be such that you end up losing too much anyway so that the weight control program becomes an unsustainable problem for you.

If people saw food intake control as wellbeing issue rather than less serious issue, we would have a lot more success with weight loss and even general wellbeing than we have now. The problem is that these days’ people look at weight loss primarily as a means to avoid criticism about excess fat on the body or to find clothes that fit. This attitude removes the emphasis from improving your wellbeing in all the major aspect of your enjoyable existence including the physiological, psychological and social aspects. Food intake control should be seen as being crucial to your general wellbeing plan.

Cultural Attitudes to Weight

Posted by : Alan Bracken | Saturday, February 6, 2010 | Published in

Why is it that some people do not mind a bit of weight while others get so worked up by it? I usually visit parts of Africa where women seem to enjoy themselves even if they have some weight. There it seems that the fatter you are, the better it is. I even overheard some men who say that they would never marry a thin woman because they believe that she would not be able to have children. When someone overweight walked in, people would compliment them on their figures and then generally look at them with admiration. As for the thin ladies, there were no such things as people often asked them whether they were ill or they had specific problems that were stopping them from putting on weight.

I don’t know whether it is just a cultural thing because even in sports, there are some people who are considered to be fat by European standards but on African standards they are absolute babes. A case in point is the tennis super star, Serena Williams. People keep saying how out of shape she is, yet in Africa she is considered to have an exceptionally good figure. It seems that the issue of whether you are fat depends on where you are standing. If you are in an area that does not like fat, then it is easy to be classified as overweight whereas if you are in an area that accepts thin as being the best then you have to work to get to that figure. It can all get a bit confusing.

It would be a terrible thing if people could not live in their own culture because the fat fascists have taken over. I mean what right do people have to tell others that they do not want to see them fat? What kind of nonsense is that? I think it is just common sense to be able to reduce some excess weight whenever you can. However this does not give people the right to be cruel to overweight people. I get so annoyed when people who seem to be thin by the grace of good attempt to put down other people who just happen to be heavier than them. There is a kind of arrogance that believes that everyone has to resemble them in order to have any kind of value or to be worth looking at in any shape or form.

Is There Such A Thing as Weigh Limits

Posted by : Alan Bracken | Tuesday, January 26, 2010 | Published in

Sometimes people will stubbornly believe that they are actually fatter than they are. The negative marketing stereotypes that they live with on a daily basis right from television commercials to the office environment. There is a projection of a slim person as being ideal and every time they look at themselves, they realize that they are actually much larger than the models they see in the magazine. This can lead to a loss of confidence and a retreat from social life.

I read somewhere that this makes women obsess about their weight because they are trying to reach an artificial standard that the see. They can resort to desperate measures including the use of a pill or the use of other extreme measures such as surgery. No amount of counseling or advice will dissuade them from the belief that they are fat and ugly. Even when people make snide comments to other people, they will believe that the comments are intended for them, further plunging them back into the cycle of self doubt.

The issues of body image have been heavily influenced by the marketing media which selects models and somehow manages to convince the rest of us that if we are not as slim as those models we are worthless. Having a bit of weight can cause some discomfort and health problems but it does not mean that your life is worthless. Of course we can condemn the media for irresponsible advertising but we also have a role to play in allowing ourselves to be manipulated by those who wish to sell their products. If you understand what your ideal weight is, there is no need to put excessive pressure on yourself trying to attain what you clearly cannot.

For an interesting perspective you will need to look at how the notion of a good figure has evolved from the 1950s to the 1990s. Previously the hour glass figure was the range and quite incredibly many women managed to achieve it. Now the hour glass figure is like a distant dream from an exotic place. Nobody dares to hope for the hour glass figure because they know very well that it is nearly impossible to achieve. What then does this tell us about the transience of fashion fads and figure standards? Each age and person have their own standards and ideal weights. We should not pressurize ourselves into trying to achieve the impossible and be someone else.

Ideas for Losing Fat at Great Speed

Posted by : Alan Bracken | Friday, January 22, 2010 | Published in

Welcome to fat loss blog. We are declaring war on fat and I would like you to join in my campaign. I have opened this blog to share some of the information I gather from different places and also to give you an opportunity to comment and criticize. I have a thick skin LOL. So you can let rip without much threaten of retaliation. I am continuing with my theme of providing some tips for managing your diets.

The cooking processes that you use will determine how well you are able to control certain elements such as fat within your diet. I know there is a temptation to fry. Fried foods tend to give off an attractive smell and tend to cook off very quickly. The fast food is almost always fried and it tends to create addictions especially among younger people. There is an alternative to deep frying by way of shallow frying or even dry frying. Baking also reduces the amount of oil in foods. The use of non-stick pans will enable you to avoid putting copious amounts of oil within your cooking program.

Certain foods do not need frying at all although many people make the mistake of frying them anyway in the misguided attempt to put taste over health. People who are strict diets cannot afford to take this attitude. You might want to consider boiling your vegetables or steaming them. There are a number of exciting spices that can be added to enhance the taste without massively raising the calorie count.
Herbs can be used to enhance the taste of seemingly plain foods. For example parsley can be eaten raw in order to provide essential nutrients such as vitamins but also to improve breath. Celery is another vegetable that can be eaten in a semi-raw stage. A diet full of raw vegetables is likely to provide much better nutrient value than one without.

If you feel that you are unable to enjoy your life without fat, you might want to consider substitutes. There is a wide variety available on the market these days. They have also been developed with various taste combinations so that you do not feel the monotony of the diet all the time. In order to choose the right low fat substitutes, you will need to have done your research so that you can understand the product that you are buying. Knowledge is power even when it comes to dieting.