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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Eat your big meal in the afternoon

For most people, dinner is the main meal of the day. However, when you're watching your waistline, it may be a better idea to enjoy a feast in the afternoon.

Although eating lunch as a main meal is a common practice over in Europe, it's yet to catch on in the United States.

According to other cultures, eating your largest meal at lunch is beneficial because that's the time frame (between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.) when the body digests food the most optimally.

One dietitian swears her clients lost between five and ten pounds just by following this simple lifestyle change.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Chew, chew training

Chewing your food is the first step in the all-important digestion process.

In order to digest food properly, your food must be broken down into a liquid form before it's swallowed. When you don't get the job done, large food particles that haven't been digested make an appearance in the stool.

One expert actually encouraged that individuals chew 100 times before swallowing. While you don't need to go to that great length, it is important to chew your food in the name of better digestion.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

The truth about trans-fat

Eliminate trans fats from your diet.

Trans fats have earned a bad reputation over the last year, and rightly so. Used to increase shelf life and flavor, trans fat is made when hydrogen is added to vegetable oil. In essence, the trans fats found in margarine, cookies, crackers and other snack foods are harmful to your health. They raise cholesterol levels which contribute to heart disease.

For a long time, trans fat levels slipped by under the radar. However, the FDA has made it a law that manufacturers must now disclose trans fat levels in the nutritional values. Although there is no recommended daily value assigned to trans fat currently, the general rule for saturated fat and cholesterol is that 5% or less is low and 20% or more is high.