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Losing weight is “in” - diets are “out”

“Never again diet”, many swear when the fight for the lost pounds was in vain again a short time later and the scales are pointing upwards. Doctors and nutritionists also warn against short-term programmes for rapid weight loss and advocate slow weight loss with a long-term change in diet and more exercise.

Balance is important

But this is not possible “as if by itself” - even if the promises of the experts sometimes sound that way. Apart from the many not harmless in the long run, because in their nutrient supply unbalanced, fashionable diets like Hollywood, Atkins, Fit for Fun, egg cure or others, there are also balanced plans for weight reduction. The Brigitte diet is always superb, e.g. in test results.

“Low fat” - not the yellow of the egg

In recent years, the motto of many experts has been that it must be low in fat in particular - and recommended the increasing range of low-fat products for slimming. However, with disappointing results: the less fat the food contained, the higher the proportion of overweight people in the industrial nations, according to international studies. Studies from Italy show that the moderate consumption of e.g. butter, cream or salami makes losing weight easier if the total number of calories goes down.

Glycemic Index

Glyx and Montignac diets are popular. They base both on the glycaemic index (GI), which is a measure of the increase in blood sugar after consumption of a foodstuff compared to that after ingestion of glucose. According to the theory, the lower the GI of a food, the more helpful it is because the increase in blood sugar and the insulin release are lower. Insulin promotes the development of fat cells. However, there is still little scientific evidence to suggest that consideration of the GI promotes weight loss. Irrespective of this, both diets are composed and thus as good as others.

Slimming with brains

A permanent change in diet, however, does not begin on the plate alone, but first in the head. Who makes himself aware of what, how he eats and how much he moves, will find out where the individual “fat cups” lie. And he cannot avoid changing certain behaviors - if he wants to maintain the desired weight in the long term. The nutrition pyramid, for example, can provide orientation here. It forbids nothing, in contrast to it: it represents rather, how our means for the life can be combined in the correct quantity proportions for the sake of the “slim line”.

Worth knowing as well:

“For many people, I want to stay as I am” would be the most sensible attitude towards their own body weight, because their own weight is also genetically determined and can only be manipulated to a limited extent.

To perceive the needs of one’s own body also means not to suppress fatigue, stress or boredom by eating, but to sleep, to search for relief or meaningful activities.

Author: Brigitte Neumann

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