Five Diet Rules That You Should Break

Five Diet Rules That You Should Break

If you are among the 44% of Americans who go on a diet every year, I have great news for you! Ongoing scientific research seems to indicate that weight loss does not have to equal hunger, deprivation, and restrictive dieting. Open up a bottle of red wine and read on.

Drink Wine

According to a study conducted by researchers at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital and published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, women who have consumed a moderate amount of alcohol over many years, weighed less than those who completely abstained from drinking.

Researchers recommend sticking to one drink for women and two drinks for men per day. As for the drink of choice, your best bet is red wine.

Red wine is rich in resveratrol and flavonoids, which have been credited with its protective effects on heart health. Resveratrol, which is found in grape skins and seeds, has been shown to increase HDL – the good – cholesterol levels. Flavonoids further protect against heart disease by preventing blood clot formation in the arteries.

Eat Cheese

Surprised? The French got it right! Numerous research studies indicate that a few bites of cheese consumed after a meal increase saliva production, which decreases the risk of dental problems. Cheese is also rich in calcium, phosphorous, zinc, and B vitamins, which are important in bone formation and dental enamel protection.

Researchers have also discovered that the satiety produced by the small amounts of full-fat cheese varieties leads to greater long-term weight loss than the lower fat counterparts.

Relax

Do you notice that you tend to put on weight when you are stressed out even though you are eating the exact same amount of food? It is not in your head! Stress hormone cortisol can slow down your metabolism leading to weight gain.

Periods of prolonged stress can also alter blood sugar levels leading to mood swings and overall tiredness.

Sleep

Lack of sleep has been shown to disrupt the hormonal balance in our bodies. Ghrelin – the hunger hormone, and leptin – the satiety hormone levels have been shown to be altered in people who sleep less than seven hours per night.

Those staying up longer hours also have more time to roam through the cupboards and eat an extra snack or two.

Enjoy Chocolate

When it comes to weight loss, deprivation eventually leads to overindulgence. Good news is that there is no more reason to deprive yourself of your biggest craving – chocolate!

According to a study in the Journal of Nutrition, people who ate dark chocolate had less inflammation in their bodies, which is associated with less future heart attacks. If this was not good enough, the researchers at the University of Copenhagen have discovered that people craved fewer sweet, salty, and fatty foods and experienced more overall satiety when they snacked on chocolate.

Select dark, quality chocolate – preferably 70% and above – and enjoy!

Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for educational purposes only and should not be used for diagnosis or to guide treatment without the opinion of a health professional. Any reader who is concerned about his or her health should contact a doctor for advice.

Categories: Diet, Health, Weight Loss