If you have been watching the BBC series 'The Truth about Food', you may be as amazed as I was last night at some of the revelations. If there is one thing I hate, it's fads, and this programme dispelled all the myths about those crappy, boring diets which involve so much will-power and fail as soon as the dieter is back to normal food.
The essential information from the programme is this:
- Metabolic rate is not responsible for weight gain. Eating is.
- Eating low-fat dairy products will enable your body to purge out more fat than if you eat no dairy products at all. Eat low-fat products to avoid adding to your calorie intake and thus adding fat.
- If you have evidence of how much you've eaten, as in a plate of bones, you'll eat less.
- If you take a larger portion of food, you will eat more. Supersizing distorts your perception of what is a reasonable amount to eat.
- The most filling foods are proteins, so to keep you feeling full for longer, make sure you eat a protein-rich meal.
- Eating soup is the best way to ward off hunger. The water and solids mixed together fill the stomach and pass through your intestines more slowly than a meal of separate water and solids so you feel satiated for longer.
All the information was researched and tested scientifically. No fads, no get-rich-quick quacks bossing you about, no starvation. You can lose weight and stay slim by eating wisely and getting your heart rate bopping.
Isn't that good news?