Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Culinary IQ: Tuesday, January 3, 2012; Happy New Year!

New Year, New You?

A new year usually brings with it a plethora of new year resolutions. Losing weight has to be among the top new year resolutions. Diets and exercise are on the minds of many going ahead. If you are a long time member of a gym you know that the next few months will see lots of new members taking up the equipment. Have patience, the numbers will drop back down as the resolutions go by the wayside.

Consumer Reports comprised a list of the top diets for 2011, have you been on one of these diets this year?

1. Jenny Craig - The cornerstone of the Jenny Craig diet is support from a personal consultant (at one of its centers or by phone) who customizes a meal program and then checks in with you weekly. Costing upwards of $600 per month, the Jenny Craig diet includes three prepackaged meals and one snack each day, supplemented with your own fresh fruits and vegetables.

2. Slim Fast Diet Plan - The Slim-Fast Plan is a low-calorie diet that focuses on swapping out meals for one of its meal-replacement products: shakes, snack bars, meal bars, smoothies, cookies, and powders for reconstituting by mixing with skimmed milk. Dieters eat six times a day — three snacks, two Slim-Fast products, and one “sensible meal.”

3. Weight Watchers Diet - Around since the 1960s, the Weight Watchers diet program assigns points to all foods, which you then use to figure out what and how much you can eat to achieve your goal weight. The program is known for its weight-loss support groups, both online and in person, and education about proper portion sizes.

4. Zone Diet - The low-calorie Zone diet offers the promise of warding off chronic health conditions and resetting your metabolism by changing the balance of the foods you eat. On the Zone diet, you get 30 percent of your calories from protein, 30 percent from fat, and 40 percent from carbohydrates.

5. Ornish Diet - Developed by Dean Ornish, MD, the Ornish diet plan is an extremely low-fat, high-fiber, vegetarian diet. It dictates that less than 10 percent of your calories come from fat. The diet excludes meat, fish, and fowl. Some research suggests this diet can lower cardiovascular risk factors such as high blood pressure.

6. Atkins Diet - The low-carbohydrate Atkins Diet focuses on eliminating refined carbs such as white bread, flour, and sugar. The premise of the Atkins Diet is that if you cut back on carbs, the body’s usual fuel source, you’re forced to burn your fat stores for energy and thereby lose weight.

7. NutriSystem Diet - NutriSystem is a weight-loss program that controls calories with balanced, easy-to-prepare meals. The portions are small and composed of 55 percent carbohydrates, 25 percent protein, and 20 percent fat. The typical meal plan cycle is 28 days.

Proper weight and exercise should be the goal of every individual. The way you get there is what is important. A well planned, balanced meal plan and enough exercise to offset the calorie intake is the best way to achieve your goals. Well balanced meals plans are also the easiest way to make the life style changes necessary to maintain your appropriate weight.

In the next few days I will discuss the importance of all the nutrients required to eat a balanced meal and help you achieve a better you for 2012.

Diet information retrieved from: http://www.everydayhealth.com

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