Vegetarian Means Vegan, Right?

Actually vegetarians tend to differ from what Vegans consider themselves to be. The exact reasons for why, evade me at the moment.

I eat plenty of vegetables but also enjoy eggs so I think this means I may be a vegetarian but I am not a vegan because eggs are not on their menu. I need to watch my calories and weight.

Veganism, if I may, seems to be more like a religion than just a healthy eating regime. I think the term is applied to not only eggs but even to wearing things that may have once been alive, like leather.

I have no feelings on this one way or another and think our life choices are just that, our life choices.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Tips On Losing Body Fat

By Mark Wilson

The need to lose body fat is both a cosmetic and fitness requirement. Those who are overweight are more prone to medical problems like paralytic strokes and heart conditions.

Dieting is definitely a short cut to losing weight but not a lasting way to it. Body fat which is lost can come back in lesser time than in which it was lost. Body does become thinner by eating less, but the rate of metabolism will also decrease by it. What happens is that when you return to your earlier eating pattern, the body is not able to burn calories at the same pace, which results in weight gain. Dieting with the help of appetite suppressors also decreases the metabolism rate so that the weight that was lost returns quite fast.

The weight loss managed through dieting will neither be lasting nor safe. When the body does not get its necessary quota of nutrients, what it loses is liquids and muscle weight and not flab. The eating disorders so caused are harmful to the body, to the immune system and for the metabolism.

Since too many Americans have eating related problems as a result of overeating or insufficient eating, therapy for eating is available. This helps the people to manage their eating patterns so that they can keep their weight where they want it to be. Eating therapy is managed through four stages, which are, reviewing ones present style of eating, understanding the reasons that goad one into overeating, training oneself into controlling the yearning for food, and replacing unhealthy eating routines with healthier ones.

Most often it is not hunger that spurs a person to overeat, but only the need to divert attention from stress, or the need to overcome ennui. Though it is difficult to understand why they do so, people tend to eat more when they are unhappy, hassled, or anxious. Some may eat just because the aroma of food wafting across is irresistible, or because a food item looked very delicious in a commercial. To keep off such temptations, one can avoid going to richly laid out buffets, or refrain from serving oneself large portions of food while eating.

It is best to keep only healthy food at home if you want to avoid eating unhealthy food and makes losing body fat much easier. Make a shopping list at home with only healthy food on it. When you go to the grocery store make sure you only but the items on the list. Be sure to read the labels on the food before you bring it home so you can see how healthy it actually is.

Planning meals, and then sticking to the planned menu, will free you from the tendency to munch snacks in between. Even while you are preparing dinner, to avoid overeating, take care not to have small bites of things that you enjoy.

What you drink is also important in your diet plan. Sugar is a high calorie food item, so try to use low calorie sweeteners instead of sugar for your coffee. Natural tea, without sugar, will be a far better choice than coffee. Both matcha and green tea contain antioxidants which can increase body metabolism and expedite the process of eliminating the body fat.

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