The New Year brings vigor and fresh starts to establishing healthier habits. Many of us will start a weight-loss diet on the first day of the first month or... The first Monday back to work, or... The first full moon of the year, or ”¦ We are not alone - millions of Americans are dieting or exercising (or both) to shed unwanted pounds. According to a November 2008 Gallup poll, nearly six in ten Americans (59%) would like to lose weight. And at least 30% of Americans, including a record-high 38% of women, told Gallup they are currently trying to lose weight. That's one in three adults.
The web is littered with ads promising flat stomachs and the amazing before-and-after effects of special teas and pills. Wikipedia lists 116 "well-known" diets from Atkins, Blood Type and the Cabbage Soup Diet, to the Hacker's, Guinness Beer and Paleolithic Diets. Picking a reasonable one for you is best done in counsel with a health professional. You’ll know if the All Caviar Diet is realistic for you.
One thing all reasonable diets have in common is fruit. Fresh raw fruit is by far is the best choice for healthy snacks – a natural food that is low fat, contains simple carbohydrates, high fiber, and bioavailable vitamins. A brief put out the Center for Disease Controls sites numerous studies that remind us that fruit is a practical choice when following a weight loss diet. Fruit is a low-energy dense food – filling yet low in calories. Since consuming less calories and burning off the extra ones with exercise is the dieter’s quest, fruit is a key component.
If you start a diet, keep it simple. Eat more fruit and exercise more. Take the stairs at work. The FruitGuys can help you with your health goals. We can help your work group start a walking program. Walking programs get results since walking is inexpensive, accessible, and requires no special training or equipment.
Like Cicero said, “One should eat to live, not live to eat.”