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Calorie Restricting for Longer Life

Posted by on 08 Dec 2012 | Tagged as: diet

A few months ago, I watched a BBC Horizon documentary on the effects of calorie restricting and how it affects the body’s aging process and I was intrigued to say the least. I watched it again a few nights ago just to remind me and press home the importance of the message it was getting across. Here’s my own take on what I learned from this.

The documentary explored the way in which restricting the calorie intake of mice resulted in greater longevity compared to mice that ate normally and resulted in reduced life span of those that were fed a high calorie diet. So far so good. These kinds of tests have been running for decades.

How Healthy is Your Diet? Part 4: An Apple a Day…

Posted by on 31 Aug 2012 | Tagged as: diet

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away”

healthy appleThat’s an old saying that I remember from my childhood and even though I probably didn’t understand it back then, time and research has revealed there is a lot of truth back of it. Apples have been used as a food for about as long as humans have walked on two legs and have a variety of culinary uses. But what is it that the humble apple has that makes it such a valuable and healthy food?

There are several factors that make an apple a great source of nutrition, vitamins and minerals and all-important fiber. Apples should be eaten as fresh as possible, raw and with the skin on because that’s where most of the beneficial nutritional constituents are to be found. Let’s take the main reasons why apples are so healthy one at a time:

Does Nutrisystem Need Fixing?

Posted by on 03 Jul 2012 | Tagged as: diet

The popular American diet program Nutrisystem is not broken, but it may need some fixing in areas that are causing it to under-achieve, especially in areas such as the stock market and the returns it is giving investors. While that may be of little or no interest to dieters who are relying on this program to help them lose weight, or to those who are seriously considering signing up for a diet plan that they hope will turn their problems of increasing weight around, it probably should be. For there are cracks in the woodwork and they need to be repaired sooner rather than later.

First of all, let’s make one very important thing clear. The diet program itself is still one of the best in its class and there is no denying it gets results. Thousands of successful Nutrisystem dieters cannot be wrong!

How Healthy is Your Diet? Part 3: Eat More Fruit

Posted by on 21 Jun 2012 | Tagged as: diet

healthy dietDo you eat enough fresh fruit every day? Do you know how much is enough? These days, far too many people don’t eat nearly enough fruit on a week to week basis, let alone every single day. Yet at the same time, ever increasing numbers of people are becoming overweight and obese because they are happily chomping their way through mountains of junk, processed food. What happened to common sense and why do so many people eat such a poor diet?

That’s probably too many questions. But it all boils down to the fact that we seem to have lost sight of what our bodies are telling us they need, while we pay far too much attention to what the advertising media tells us we should buy at the store.

The Effect of Blood Group on Diet

Posted by on 29 Apr 2012 | Tagged as: diet

There has been a lot of interest lately in the effect that a person’s blood group may have on their diet. In fact, a whole new diet program has evolved around the theory that certain foods are metabolized differently by people with different blood groups. This is an interesting idea and one that is based on certain historical and ancestral facts.

Blood Type O

hunter gatherersIt is known that the oldest blood group, Type O was prevalent when our oldest cave dwelling ancestors kept themselves alive but hunting and gathering their food. The bulk of their regular diet was made up of meat, berries and fruits so their metabolism was optimized to cope with large amounts of animal fats, meat protein and fruit sugars to obtain the maximum nutrition from these sources.

Nutrisystem in 2012

Posted by on 04 Jan 2012 | Tagged as: diet

For many years, Nutrisystem has been providing many thousands of people each year with the means to lose weight through a nutritionally balanced, calorie and portion controlled diet that is both time saving and convenient. Their special brand of weight loss diet program that delivers all the meals a customer requires to their home has proved both popular and highly successful. So how is it faring in 2012?

The program has gone from strength to strength in recent years. You can read about the program overall in our own Nutrisystem Reviews article published on this website. But here’s an update on what has been happening recently.

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