What are Diets and Weight Loss

Dieting is the practice of eating food in a regulated way to decrease, maintain, or increase body weight, or to prevent and treat diseases such as diabetes and obesity. Dieting to lose weight is recommended for people with weight-related health problems, but not otherwise healthy people. As weight loss depends on calorie intake, different kinds of calorie-reduced diets, such as those emphasising particular macronutrients (low-fat, low-carbohydrate, etc), have been shown to be no more effective than one another

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Sarah Ware, BSc (Hons), RD, CDE, discusses diets and weight loss.

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Up to 50% of premature heart disease and stroke can be prevented through your lifestyle habits.

Explanation:
Up to 80% of premature heart disease and stroke can be prevented through your lifestyle habits.
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A diet low in saturated fat and high in fibre and plant food can reduce your risk of developing heart disease by improving your cholesterol and blood pressure levels, controlling your blood sugar and helping you maintain a healthy body weight.

Explanation:
A diet low in saturated fat and high in fibre and plant food is helpful in controlling blood sugar levels.
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You should aim for 6 servings of fruits and vegetables per day.

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Aim for 7-10 servings of fruits and vegetables per day. Fruits and vegetables are rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fibre.
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You should aim to eat less than 3,000 milligrams of sodium daily.

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If you have congestive heart failure, fluid retention is one of the biggest issues you face. You should aim to eat less than 2,000 milligrams of sodium daily.
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You should avoid foods with partially hydrogenated oils.

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Look for foods that contain unsaturated fat rather than saturated fat. Lower your trans fatty acid intake by avoiding foods with hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils, shortening and margarine.
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Diana Steele, BSc, RD, discusses how the DASH diet works for weight loss.

Sarah Ware, BSc (Hons), RD, CDE, discusses diets and nutrition.

Diets and Weight Loss

Restrictive diets are not doomed to fail in the absence of a complementary exercise program.

In terms of a healthy lifestyle you definitely want a good nutrition plan and exercise program. But when it comes to your weight, your body weight is actually determined by 80 percent diet, 10 percent exercise and 10 percent genetics.

Exercise is extremely important for conditioning and body composition, but you can achieve a healthy weight with diet.

If you’d like more information on how nutrition and exercise can fit into your lifestyle, contact a local dietitian or visit a local health center with exercise specialists or qualified personal trainers.

Presenter: Ms. Sarah Ware, Registered Dietitian, North Vancouver, BC

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Diets and Nutrition

So the major changes in the last 20 years in the North American diet that have caused an increase in obesity, metabolic syndrome and diabetes would have to be due to the over-consumption of highly processed convenience foods.

The typical North American diet is large in portion size, relatively low in fruits and vegetables, and high in refined sugars and grain products. We also went through a low-fat craze so there are a lot of products on the market that are low in fat yet relatively high in sugar to compensate. Health Talk

A quick tip that you can do to improve your nutrition is to start thinking about whole foods, choosing whole grains, breads and cereals, fresh fruits and vegetables and choosing dairy products that are low in sugar content. Local Registered Dietitians

If you’d like more information on how to make better choices in your diet contact your local nutritionist, Registered Dietitian or medical professional.

Presenter: Ms. Sarah Ware, Registered Dietitian, North Vancouver, BC

Local Practitioners: Registered Dietitian

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