That too much fondness of fast food can cause weight problems is old news. But the idea that nearly all types of restaurants dish up meals that can expand your waistline has not been as widely discussed – until now. Two separate studies, one from the University of Toronto, Canada, the other from Tufts University, Boston, Massachusetts, found that most restaurant food is not all that superior to hamburgers and fries when it comes to calorie and fat content.
As a physically active person, you are unlikely to be obese, but you may have concerns about your weight or have relatives who struggle with their weight. To address the complexities of how to deal with undesired body fat, the Weight Management Group of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics (AND) held a recent conference on the subject. Here are some highlights.
It’s a proven fact that most people change their eating habits and lifestyle choices only after a serious health scare such as a heart attack or a diabetes diagnosis. Still, in many cases that may not be enough. Old habits tend to die hard, but often there are also not many alternatives to what they’ve been doing in terms of eating right and taking care of themselves. For example, people can find it difficult to change their long established eating habits. Another highly influential factor is price. If they get a good deal on a particular item, they will go for it, and if it’s too expensive, they will stay away, no matter how much they would benefit healthwise.
Eating out comes at a high price, not only in terms of the money we spend in restaurants and fast food places but also at a later date due to hidden healthcare costs. Ingredients not fit for consumption even in moderate quantities lurk in generous amounts in restaurant meals. I travel a lot and have become a master at scoping out the good from the bad. Unfortunately, my experiences have shown me mostly what not to eat.
The birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming and the temperature is rising. Now that spring has arrived and you’ll be peeling off excess layers of clothing, it’s also a good time to take stock of the extra pounds that may have accumulated during the winter months. Here is how you can clean up your act by “spring-cleaning” your snacks.