[thechat] Fried Twinkies.

Martin Burns martin at easyweb.co.uk
Tue Oct 15 14:13:00 CDT 2002

On Wed, 16 Oct 2002, Madhu Menon wrote:

> 1) Cook at home. Even "healthy" food at restaurants is loaded with fat. Fat
> makes food tastier, so why would they go easy on it?

Or more generally - you don't know what they've put in, so if you're
trying to even measure what you eat, it's hard unless it's something
really, really simple food.

> 2) Eat 5-6 smaller meals a day instead of 3 big meals. Space them out every
> 3 hours. Decrease the carbohydrates in every successive meal. Breakfast -
> high carb, low fat, medium protein, Lunch - Medium carb, low fat, high
> protein, Dinner - Low card, low fat, medium protein.

...next breakfast, very low carb.. next lunch, extremely low carb (etc).

I've offered this before:
Low carb all the time - it's more significant than fat (on a low carb diet
you don't metabolise fat anything like as much, and it does nice things to
your insulin level so your hunger also drops. So even though it's not a
quantity controlling diet, you *still* eat less).

> 5) If you have a gym instructor, ask him to design a weight training
> programme with mostly compound exercises.

...on top of a basis of cardiovascular exercise. The cardio exercise will
do the fat reduction more and the weights will build the muscle.

> 6) Don't fall for fad diets. It's simple: if you go on a fad diet, it is
> *possible* that you'll lose some weight, but as soon as you return to your
> regular eating style, the weight will all come back. :(

Yup. Atkins is a lifetime regime.

> 8) Salad is healthy till you put dressing on it. If the dressing's got
> mayonnaise or any "---aise" in it, it's full of fat.

A nice dressing composed of fine olive oil (unfiltered for preference) and
either lemon juice plus freshly ground salt and pepper or balsamic vinegar
is ideal.

> 9) Low fat is not the same as fat free. Fat free doesn't mean sugar free.
Low fat processed foods tend to be very high in carbohydrate (particularly
sugar). Take a look at that low fat yoghurt label...


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