Which Weight-Loss Diets Actually Work?

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Trans fats are a nutritional abomination. These are not naturally occurring fats, but are made by food producers and added to foods to make them last longer. Also known as “hydrogenated” fat, trans fats are produced by adding hydrogen atoms to existing fats. They have been definitively linked to inflammation, obesity, and an increased risk of heart attacks. Trans fats have absolutely no redeeming qualities and are arguably the most unhealthy thing you can possibly eat. Thankfully, public awareness about the dangers of trans fats is spreading. In New York City, legislators went as far as to actually ban trans fats.

Finally, high quality diets also call for cutting out bad vegetables oils, such as canola, peanut, corn, soybean, and cottonseed oil. These oils are loaded with low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, which increases the risk of heart disease. They are also rich in polyunsaturated omega-6 fatty acids, which the modern diet is already far too heavy in. As a healthy alternative, try using extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil.

Good diets place a strong emphasize on vegetables. All the weight-loss diets which stand up to scientific scrutiny feature vegetables as a core component. All vegetables are beneficial to varying degrees. Rich in vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber, adding veggies, especially cruciferous (leafy green) ones to your diet is just a no-brainer.

An effective weight-loss diet calls for reducing sugar intake.Sugar is arguably the queen mother of unhealthy foods. Added sugars in soft drinks, candies, baked goods, and many other foods can put too much stress on your liver, which then converts the sugar into fat. It is also linked to diabetes. Reducing the amount of sugar you ingest is one of the most crucial steps you can take to shedding unwanted pounds and improving your health.

 

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Talk to your doctor, and your nutritionist or trainer if you have one, to determine what the proper diet is for you. Everybody has subtle differences in their genetics. Some people will respond better to one diet versus another so it may take some experimentation to find what works for you. Just remember: You are what you eat. Eating great is the first step to looking and feeling great. Good luck.

References:

www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

www.mayoclinic.org

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