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Weight Loss Nutrition - How To Determine If Your Diet Is Right For You
As long as
the calories are "not from fat" you can eat freely. Wrong! We need some amount of fat in the diet to absorb certain vitamins. All foods contain calories but fat contains more per gram. (Fat contains nine calories per gram whereas protein and carbohydrate contain 4 calories per gram). Limit the amount of fat you consume to 25-30 percent of your total calories and minimize "bad" fats... saturated, cholesterol, and trans fats.
Drinking "large amounts of water" will cause weight loss. Wrong! Drinking water is important for all of us and at all times, whether trying to lose weight or not. Approximately two-thirds of the body is made up of water. Water is important to carry nutrients to each cell, it regulates body temperature, aids in ridding the body of toxins, and moisturizes our skin and other organs. However, drinking excessive amounts of water will not cause weight loss. (It's good to drink water before eating anything because your craving may just be based on thirst, and not hunger).
"Eliminate meats", and eat only vegetables to lose weight. Wrong! Cardiologists and other health professionals advocate minimizing the amount of meat that is eaten because of the fat it contains. A vegetarian can indeed satisfy all of the needs of the body. However, and this is important, very few vegetarians follow a diet that is nutritionally balanced and sound because they don't know how to do it correctly.
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