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Friday, April 27, 2007

Cause of Energy Loss by Negative Calorie Foods

Advocates of negative calorie diet have been killed it by telling you about a natural phenomenon, yet they confuse you when trying to explain it. They tell you that negative calorie foods create negative calorie effect which is true, but they interpret this effect in a way that makes you skeptical about the whole subject.

They filled in the blanks with some imaginary speculations. The usual hypnotic marketing message was propagated by the copy-cats to spread the inaccurate word, and this created a mind block for people to appreciate the value of the negative calorie diet.

The False Theory of Negative Calorie Diet Advocates :
The diet advocates say that eating negative calorie foods consumes energy, yet they attribute this energy consumption to DIGESTION of these foods. They continue to explain that theory, saying that the body consumes energy to EXTRACT nutrients from the food.

I should admit that I never understood that theory about consuming energy in extracting less amount of energy contained in the same food !.

It is the TRANSPORT and NOT DIGESTION of Negative Calorie Food that consume Energy :
Negative calorie foods are composed of fibers associated with little amount of nutrients. The stomach minces the food and the associated nutrients are released to run with the stream of all the digestible foods to be finally absorbed by the intestinal wall.

As for fibers, after crushed in the mouth and stomach, they absorb water along their way down the digestive canal until excreted. The amount of absorbed water is determined by the content and type of complex carbohydrates present in the negative calorie food.

The more the water it absorbs the heavier is the produced mass.The fiber becomes like a sponge saturated with water, and the intestine spends energy on pushing this heavy mass along its away. Moreover, the large intestine spend energy on holding this heavy mass until most of its water content is reabsorbed and the fiber mass acquires the the volume suitable for excretion.

Critics of Negative Calorie Diet say :
# There is no scientific proof to confirm the effectiveness of negative calorie diet.
# There is no abundance of information about negative calorie diet.
# Negative calorie diet is more theoretical than it is practical.
# No food actually possess "negative calorie" (based on its content outside the body).

Advantages of Negative Calorie Foods :
# You can eat your way to lose weight .
# Little effort is involved with negative calorie diet.
# Negative calorie diet promotes consumption of foods rich in vitamins and minerals, i.e. it encourages the healthy way of living.
# Negative calorie diet enhances metabolism, thanks to its content of vitamins, minerals and enzymes.
# Negative calorie diet can be a part of any diet plan.
# Negative calorie diet is not boring. With some healthy fats and proteins, it can be suitable for any one ,specially those not fond of being overwhelmed with information and procedures.
# Negative calorie diet can be the starting phase of any one wants to lose weight.

Scientific Proof of Effect of Negative Calorie Foods :
# Intestinal obstruction (Illius) is a documented contra-indication of bulk laxatives containing fibers.
# Researchers found that fiber containing foods reduce blood cholesterol through binding to dietary cholesterol and preventing it from absorption
# Pellagra, Beriberi, Scurvy...etc. were endemic diseases in areas known to be not eating much of fruits and vegetables.
# The last proof you make it yourself :
Put 1 tablet of a laxative containing fibers ( e.g. psyllium seeds) in 1/2 a cup of water and leave it for 8 hours. You will find a jelly mass formed by the cellulose like material when absorbs water. This is like the mass moved and excreted by your intestines when you eat negative calorie foods.

You can watch a movie I have prepared and uploaded at You Tube, and although I am not pretty good as a movie director, yet it can make you involve more of your senses to help you perceive the idea. It is found under the name"Underestimated Weight Loss".

Now you can count negative calories.


Thursday, April 26, 2007

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Very Low Calorie Diets

No one should follow a very low-calorie diet plan without medical recommendation and supervision.

People who want to lose weight commonly, and first of all, think about reducing the amount of food they eat. This may be quite a solution but not exactly the best there is. In fact, depending on the amount you reduce in your food intake, it may even be dangerous to one's health.

Children, adolescents, pregnant or breast feeding women, should not follow very low calorie diet plan unless as a part of a specialized obesity treatment program. The only candidates for very low energy diets are those suffering from moderate to severe obesity, who are at risk from weight-related illness and these risks are worse than the potential side effects of a very low-calorie diets, and this is when doctors prescribe them.

The problem comes when only mildly overweight people begin to use them as a quick fix. Sudden dietary changes forced upon your body your body can wreak havoc, and more often than not you can end up back where you started.

Very low-calorie diet is also compensated for by the body by burning muscle. People on this type of diet who revert back to their old eating habits end up gaining back some, if not all the weight they have shed off. This would consist mainly of fats. And since fats have more volume per mass than muscle, they end up having the same weight as before but more bulkier. In losing weight, one should keep in mind that they should lose excess body fats only.Muscle loss is extremely unhealthy (do you afford to lose heart muscles?).

These diets do not change long established bad eating patterns and cause the body to slow down their metabolism significantly, so when the dieter returns to a more normal eating pattern - which is unavoidable - their slower metabolism generally leads to increased weight gain.
Apart from the minor side effects that disappear within weeks like fatigue, nausea, constipation and diarrhea, there are serious side effects like gall stones.

In the absence of a special factor, successful treatment of obesity requires a long term commitment to improved dietary and exercise habits.SO these very low -calorie diets are not likely to be effective.

Fad diets, unbalanced diets, diet pills, diet supplements, weight loss surgery and other short term weight loss methods are not recommended for permanent weight control.

The best way to lose excess fat and maintain a healthy weight in the long term is to follow a balanced calorie controlled diet ( slightly less than your basal metabolic rate, i.e.about 2000-calories/day)and take regular aerobic exercise.


Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Eating 1200-Calories a Day ?

Eating 1200-calories every day? I would have died starving!

Eating 1200-calories/day seems to be more theoretical than it is practical or healthy style of eating. There are many myths concerning consuming that extremely low amounts of calories. For example :

#If you are eating 1200-calories/day, where do you get the calories needed for your basal metabolic rate [ it is around 2000-calories/day]. Burning body fats involves some other techniques that should maintain basal metabolic rate.

#If you eat 1200-calories per day, how do you get your basic nutrient needs, like essential fatty acids, essential sugars, trace elements,minerals and vitamins in a natural form. They all need a wide versification of foods, and each food carries additional calories.

#If you eat 1200-calories per day, how do you get the taste , satisfaction, or ease of meal preparation.

If we consider another - better actually - style of eating, that is eating 2000 calories/day, you can :
#With counting 2000-calories a day, you do not need to calculate your Basal Metabolic Rate.

#Beginning with 2000-calories a day is the sure way that makes you stick to the diet plan, eat the healthy style, and even better, it prepares you for any further calories cutting down.

#Eating 2000-calories a day, you are not going to the fluctuated 2500 or more calories one day and 1200 or less calories another day.

#Eating 2000-calories a day put you in the safe area of calorie consumption and away from , " More calories in= Fewer calories out" and "Starvation mode" phenomena.
The starvation mode may actually lead to weight plateaus, ending up with you eating much less and weighing the same weight, not to mention the serious damaging effects on your muscles and nutrients supply.

Unless you are under a doctor's scheme and supervision, do not eat only 1200-calories...


Order 500 Calories While You Eat Out

If you find foods that offers 500-calories only, you can eat out or order fast foods and lose weight easily.

To have full control over what you eat or order, here is a list of foods from 5 different food restaurants that produce 500-calories or even less

McDonald's :

1- Hamburger, Garden Salad Shaker and small one-percent milk.[470-calories]. If you order salad dressing, make it fat free herb vinaigrette for 35 additional calories.

2- Chicken McGrill and Garden Salad Shaker [ 440-calories]. remember to order GRILLED and not FRIED chicken, the difference is 200-calories.


1- 3-piece Crispy Strips and Baked Beans [490-calories].

2- Roast Chicken Breast and Corn on the Cob [ 500-calories].


1- Chicken Gordita Supreme and Mexican Rice [490-calories]. Use hot sauce freely.

2. Grilled Chicken Soft Taco and Pintos 'N Cheese [380-calories]. Pinto beans provide half your daily fiber needs.


1. Two slices of The Edge "The Works" pizza and a tossed salad [380-calories], but bring your fat-free dressing with you.

2. One slice Supreme, Thin 'N Crispy pizza and a tossed salad [410-calories]. Avoid the stuffed-crust option, otherwise you add up 150-calories and 10 grams of fat per slice.


1- 6" ham sandwich on a deli roll plus one oatmeal raisin [423-calories]

2- 6" Super Turkey Breast sandwich [333-calories].

The Do's and Donot's :

1- Never order fries. A small serving of French fries has 210-calories, and super size has 610- calories.

2- Order or eat vegetables freely, they increase your sense of fullness, add fibers and boost the nutritional value of your food.

3- 1 or2 slices, or a complete fruit has benefits much more than calories it contains.

4- Avoid cheese, mayo, sauce and fries as they contain a lot of calories, and order fat-free milk...


Saturday, April 7, 2007

Count 300-Calories of Bread

If you go count -2000-calories plan, you should count 300-calories coming from bread through the whole day, preferably not made of refined flour.

This is a list to show you the way you can deal with bread through your day, so if you take 1 slice of Average White bread that contains 100 calories you have to count other 200 calories of bread to be taken during this day, whether of the same type or of other types.

Here is the list:
# Average Brown bread : 1 slice contains 82-calories. You count 218 (it certainly can be 220) calories of other breads.
# Average White bread : 1 slice contains 100-calories. You count 200-calories of other breads.
# Brown Rolls : 1 slice contains 94-calories. You count-206 calories of other breads.
# Croissants : 1 slice contains 133-calories. You count 167-calories of other breads.
# Cracker bread : 1 slice contains 17-calories. you count 283-calories of other breads, or of the same bread.
# Crisp bread : 1 slice contains 38-calories. You count 262-calories of other breads.
# Chapatis : 1 slice contains 160-calories. You count 140-calories of other breads.
# Current bread : 1 slice contains 108-calories.You count 192-calories of other breads.
# French bread : 1 slice contains 102-calories. You count 198-calories of other breads.
# Granary bread : 1 slice contains 84-calories. You count 216-calories of other beads.
# Soy & Linseed : 1 slice contains 110-calories. You count 180-calories of other breads.
# Malt bread : 1 slice contains 130-calories. You count 170-calories of other breads.
# Naan bread : 100 grams contain 340-calories. You take 88 grams for ALL the day.
# Papadum : 100 grams contain 370-calories. You take 81 grams for ALL the day.
# Pitta bread : 100 grams contain 260-calories. You count 40-calories of other breads.
# Rye bread : 1 slice contains 83-calories. You count 217-calories of other breads.
# Vitbe (wheat germ) : 1 slice contains 106-calories. You count 294-calories of other breads.
# Wholemeal bread : 1 slice contains 81-calories. You count 219-calories of other breads.
# Wholemeal Rolls : 1 slice contains 91-calories. You count 209-calories of other breads.


Thursday, April 5, 2007

Count 200-Calories of These Foods Every Day

Subtract 200-calories of the 2000-calories you count every day to include these foods in your daily intake.

When you include them in your daily intake, you will be surprised by the following effects:
* Health promoting Effects include ;:

1- Get your body needs of important minerals like: Potassium, Calcium.Magnesium, Phosphorous, Copper, Zinc, and Selenium in their natural forms.

2- Get important portion of your needs of vitamins like: A,B,C, and E in their natural forms. 3- Get additional amounts of naturally occurring bio-metabolites in the body like Glutathione which has powerful antioxidant properties.

* Disease fighting effects include :

1- Naturally occurring Anti-oxidants that act unspecific in the whole body to protect it from foreign noxious insults, examples are, Glutathione in Asparagus, Quercetin in Fennel, and Carotenoids in green leafy vegetables.

2- Phyto-chemical substances that were recently found to have specific effects on some organs or diseases, like :

# Inulin in Chicory and Dandelion greens lower blood sugar and helps diabetics regulate sugar level in their blood.

# Sulfur compounds in Garlic, Onions, Mustard greens, leek, water-cress and Radishes are powerful anti-cancer agents, they reduce blood cholesterol, as well as they have anti-bacterial effects.

# Rutin in Citrus fruits and Asparagus protects small blood vessels from rupturing in venous insuficiency disorders like varicoses and hemorrhoids.

# Lycopene in tomatoes is a powerful anti-oxidant that promotes a healthy heart and prostate.

# Lutein and Zeaxanthin in Kale protect the eyes from macular degeneration.

3- Some plants like Artichoke,Chicory, and Dandelion have liver and bile cleansing effect, thus they may prevent gall stone formation, this may be of special interest to dieters as some diet plans induce gall stone formation.

4- Fibers fight colon cancers. They also reduce blood cholesterol.

5- Fiber containing foods are known as negative calorie foods, i.e. moving these fibers after saturated with water in the intestines consume more energy than the contain, as a result if you ingested 200 calories containing foods and the body consumes 300 calories to push them down,there is 100 calories subtracted from your intake as a bonus.
. . . . . . . .

To manage for consuming these 200-calories yourself, you will keep in mind that almost all vegetables contain less than 30-calories in 100 grams ( except Avocado which contains 161 calories in 100 grams), and except Dates, Bananas, and dried figs, almost all fruits contain less than 60 Calories in 100 grams.

These foods include all vegetables and fruits. A special mention should be given to the following foods :
Garlic - Onions - Cauliflower - Cabbage - Radishes - Cress - Tomatoes -Cucumber - Kale - Asparagus - Celery- Spinach - Avocado - Dandelion - Chicory - Broccoli - Beet greens/root - Parsley - Fennel - Thyme - Mustard greens - Zucchini - Bean greens - Sweet Potato - Apple - Raspberries - Lemon - Orange - Pineapple - Carrots - Sweet Peppers - Kohlrabi - Bananas - Grapefruit.

If your 2000 calories include counting of 200 of them to be coming from the mentioned foods, you actually deliver about 1750 calories to your body, and you enjoy the taste, flavor, and health benefits of them...


Monday, April 2, 2007

Count-2000-Calories of Each Food to Know its Limits

To maintain your weight and neither gain nor lose weight you need to enter about 2000 Calories into your body every day. Giving numbers and distracted tables creates the impression inside the dieter that he should arm himself with a degree in mathematics.

This is why this this article is designed to impart your mind a classification tool of different foods, the ideal way to maintain your weight. It is a list of the supposed amount of a certain food if eaten alone for 24 hours (just drinking water with it) , and as a result you understand the limits of this specified food, in relation to other foods eaten during the day.

Thus for one day Calories maintenance needs, you have to supposedly eat about 20 kilo-grams of Spinach, Cucumber, Celery, Leek, or Mushrooms (boiled) . You see that one should plan for the eating hours through the day, if he goes this way!An easier job is brought by supposedly eating only 8-12 kilograms of Watercress, Cabbage,Carrots,ONION(BOILED),and TOMATOES. Compare eating only 1.3 Kilo-grams of FRIED ONION,or 2.85 Kilo-grams of TOMATO PUREE, and you appreciate this article.

Implementing this way with all foods, gives you the complete picture of the relation between different foods and your daily calorie needs. The smaller the quantity of your daily need ,the more you are cautious about the amount you eat of this specific food, or its similar.

You will need to supposedly eat 30 eggs/day, 12-13 plain Hot-Dogs/day,10 Blue-Berry Muffins/day, or 8 glazed Doughnuts, each of them alone all over the day.Or you will need to supposedly eat 540 grams Peanut butter, or 600 grams Baily's Irish cream, each of them alone. And you will need to drink 5 Liters of Coca-Cola, 3.333 Liters Whole Milk, each of them alone along the whole day.

Here is a list of your needs of daily Calories when obtained from eating or drinking a single food for 24 hours. For the geeky, we also give the Calorie content of 100 grams:

# Cucumber, Spinach, Celery, Leek,Mushroom(boiled): 15-20 Kilo-grams/day.(100 grams of each of them contain 8-12 Calories).

# Onion(boiled),Tomato, Water-Cress,Cabbage,Carrots:8-12 Kilo-grams/day.(100 grams of each of them contain 15-25 Calories).

# Cauliflower, Broccoli, Red onions : 6-6.5 kilo-grams/day.(100 grams of each of them contain 30-33 Calories).

# Strawberry,Blackberries,Black Currants,Grape fruit,Orange: 6.6-8 Kg/day(100 grams of each of them contain 25-30 Calories).

# Peach,Apple,Kiwi,Honeydew melon : 4-5 Kilograms/day(100 grams contains 40-50 Calories).

# Canned green Peas,Canned sweet fruit,Grapes: 2.85-3.33 Kg/day.(100 grams contain 60-70 Calories).

# Olives : 205 kilograms/day.(100 grams contain 80 Calories).

# Ketchup : 2.260 grams/day.(100 grams contain 88.5 Calories).

# Sliced Smoked Turkey : 2 kilograms/day.(100 grams contain 99 Calories).

# Low fat strawberry yogurt : 1.96 kilograms/day(100 grams contain 102 Calories).

# Canned Black Beans : 1.86 grams/day.( 100 grams contain 107.5 Calories).

# Canned Pork and Beans :1.86 kilograms.(100 grams contain : 107.5 Calories.

# Eggs(boiled) : 30 eggs (1.5 kilograms).

# Cooked pasta : 1.45 kilograms/day.(100 grams contain 138 Calories).

# Avocado : 1.25 kilograms/day.(100 grams contain 160 Calories).

# Canned Tuna packed in oil : 1 kilograms/day.(100 grams contain 196 Calories).

# Fiber One Cereal : 1 kilogram/day.(100 grams contain 200).

# Flax bread : 40 slices (900 grams).(100 grams contain 222 Calories).

# Dried Apricots : 830 grams /day.(100 grams contain 241).

# Jack in the box Cheeseburger : 5 Sandwiches/day.(100 grams contain 266.5 Calories).

# Jack in the box french fries : 10 servings/day.(100 grams contain 274 Calories).

# Jack in the box Chicken fries : 5 Sandwiches/day.(100 grams contain 277.5 Calories).

# French Sandwich Roll : 5 Sandwiches/day.(100 grams contains 277.5 Calories)

# Blueberry Muffins : 10/day.(100 grams contain 277.5 Calories).

# Sesame Seed Bagel : 6/days.(100 grams contain 286 calories).

# Tootsie pops : 40/day.(100 grams contain 294 Calories).

# Hot Dogs : 12.5 (660 grams)/day.(100 grams contain 303 Calories).

# Wheat Dinner Rolls: 20(660 grams)/day.(100 grams contain 303 Calories).

# Corn Bran Cereals : 600 grams/day.(100 grams contain 333 Calories).

# Baily's Irish Cream : 600 gram/day.(100 grams contain 333 Calories).

# Smarties Candy : 570 grams/day.(100 grams contain 350 Calories).

# Uncooked pasta : 560 grams/day.(100 grams contain 357 Calories).

# Blackberry Pie : 10 (560 grams)/day.(100 grams contain 357 Calories).

# Cranberry Vanilla Crunch Cereal : 550 grams/day.(100 grams contain 363.5 Calories).

# Peanut Butter(Power Bar) : 540 grams/day.(100 grams contain 370 Calories).

# Puffed Rice Cereal : 540 grams/day.(100 grams contain 370 Calories).

# Jelly Belly(Jelly Beans) : 540 grams/day.(100 grams contain 370 Calories).

# Puffed Wheat Cereal : 530 grams/day.(100 grams contain 377 Calories).

# Brown Sugar : 530 grams/day.(100 grams contain 377 Calories).

# Glazed Doughnuts : 8 ( 520 grams)/day.(100 grams contain 384.5 Calories).

# Salted Pretzels : 520 grams/day.(100 grams contain 384.5 Calories).

# Medium Cheddar Cheese : 510 grams/day.(100 grams contain 392 Calories).

# Fruit Loops Cereal : 510 grams/day.(100 grams contain 392 Calories).

# Gummy Bears : 510 grams/day.(100 grams contain 392 Calories).

# Splenda Artificial Sweetener : 0.5 kilograms/day.(100 grams contain 400 Calories).

# Salted Saltines Crackers : 0.5 kilograms/day.(100 grams contain 400 Calories).

# Werther's Original Candy : 0.5 kilograms/day.(100 grams contain 400 Calories).

# Snickers Chocolate Bar : 410 grams/day.(100 grams contain 488 Calories).

# Doritos : 410 grams/day.(100 grams contain 488 Calories).

# Marshmallow Treat : 400 grams/day.(100 grams contain 500 Calories).

# M&M : 400 grams/day.(100 grams contain 500 Calories).

# Peanut Butter Crackers : 390 grams/day.(100 grams contain 513 Calories).

# Cheetos : 380 grams/day.(100 grams contain 513 Calories).

# Potato Chips : 370 grams/day.(100 grams contain 540 Calories).

# Hershy Kisses : 80( 360 grams)/day.(100 grams contain 555 Calories).

# Sliced and toasted Almonds : 390 grams/day.(100 grams contain 570 Calories).

# Fried Bacon : 340 grams/day.(100 grams contain 588 Calories).

# Peanut Butter : 340 grams/day.(100 grams contain 588 Calories).

# Salted Mixed Nuts : 330 grams/day.(100 grams contain 606 Calories).

# Butter : 280 grams/day.(100 grams contain 715 Calories).

# Canola oil : 230 grams/day.(100 grams contain 870 Calories).

# Whole Milk : 3.3333 Liters/day/(100 grams contain 60 Calories).

# Coca Cola : 4.96 Liters/day.(100 grams contain 40 Calories) . . .


Sunday, April 1, 2007

How to Count-2000-Calories

The whole concept of counting 2000-calories is meant at your gradual withdrawal from ingesting too much calories to the base line of calorie balance, i.e. 2000-calories/day , where the intake and output of calories are nearly the same.

With that is said, you should not be strictly tied to accurate calculations. If you find yourself feeling physically or emotionally unsatisfied, you may make them 3000-calories then make them 2500-calories towards our goal, 2000-calories/day.

To succeed to count 2000-calories/day, you should cut-down the digestible carbohydrate intake (e.g. sugar, bread, rice, pasta...etc.), so that you avoid the vicious circle of glucose/insulin/glucose..( the more glucose is in blood the more insulin is secreted and the more hungry you are, then the more you eat).

To start your journey on the way to count 2000-calories/day, you put for yourself a broad plan consisting of 2 big meals each produces 650-700-calories, and 3-4 snacks producing 150-200- calories each. Plan to eat 100 grams proteins, 50-60 grams healthy fats, and the rest of your calories ( about 1000 calories) may come from carbohydrates every day.

To succeed even better, you should deceive your body to lead to to where you want it to do, where it is satisfied and grateful with 2000-calories or less every day. You do that by increasing healthy fat intake admixed with a large amount of fibers (e.g. adding whipped cream to fruit salad, or olive oil to green salad....etc.), and then gradually decreasing the fat content, until your body is accustomed to the new calorie balance.You will be surprised with your body refusing any extras when you go with this plan persistently to its end.

The actual math calculations are not a problem at all nowadays, as almost all foods are labelled with calories and other contents, yet you can basically consider that 1 gram carbohydrate produces 4 Calories, 1 gram protein produces 5 Calories, and 1 gram fat produces 9 Calories.This plan is all about a continuous uninterrupted way of living.


Thursday, March 29, 2007

When do You Count-2000-Calories ?

deal with your weight issue. you should make your baseline is to count 2000-calories every day.When you count 2000-calories, you put yourself in the green zone that is determined by comprehensive scientific research. 2000-calories/day were found to fulfill your body exact needs.

If you count 2000 calories for a period of time that is a bit longer than "Get loss quick" schemes, you will never need any diet plan.If you manage your protein intake to be around 80 grams/day which produce about 450 calories, eat whatever you like of vegetables and fruits that produce another 450 calories (it is a huge amount), and count about 1100-calories of the other foods, you may not need any schematic diet plans to lose weight.

Nevertheless, you may like to go systematic and follow one or another diet plan, so you may need to count-2000-calories in the following conditions :

1- If you have never gone on a diet plan before and you want to prepare yourself for any diet plan, count-2000-calories/day.

2- If your chosen diet plan recommends you take only 1800, 1600 or 1000-calories daily, then count-2000-calories first for a while before you start the new plan.

3- If you had stopped your diet plan and after a while you find yourself getting weight, count 2000 calories/day and then decide what shall you do, you may not need a diet plan.

4- If you have got hypertension recently, count-2000-calories/day.

5- If your close relatives (parents,aunts or uncles) are or were diabetic and you are over weight, count 2000 calories/day.

When you count-2000-calories/day, you control your body in order to achieve many goals, on top of them is a healthy way of eating.


Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Why do You Count-2000-Calories

But why do you need to count-2000-calories, and over which period of time will you need to count 2000 calories?

A human being needs around 2000-calories daily, and human race consumes more than 12 trillion calories (6 billion humans x 2000-calories) every day, the spare calories left after doing the basic activities are utilized to either build proteins mostly before the age of 30, or to build fats mostly after the age of 30.

Calorie Consumption Pattern Before 30 :
Over 30, the body has its own laws that work differently from that way we experienced before 30.
From birth to full growth in the early 20s, the hormonal balance in our bodies is dominated by the anabolic hormonal orchestra that utilizes most of the consumed calories to build the body organs.

The anabolic - building - hormonal orchestra is composed primarily of Growth hormone, Sex hormones (mainly male sex hormone), together with Thyroid hormones.

Growth hormone and Calorie Regulation :
Growth hormone derives calories basically from fats (fatty acids), spares carbohydrates and build proteins. This is explained as follows :

* Growth hormone suppresses storage of calories in the form of fats by fat cells, through :

1- It stimulates fat cells to increase calorie production through stimulation of triglycerides breakdown and releasing fatty acids to be oxidized.
2- It decreases the ability of fat cells to store calories through suppressing their ability to take up and accumulate lipids.

* Growth hormone directs the body to consume calories in production of proteins, through stimulating the liver and other tissues to secrete insulin like growth hormone which is the key player in muscle growth, as it stimulates amino acid uptake and reduces their oxidation, thus preventing them from being used as a calorie source.

* Growth hormone carbohydrate sparing effect, preserves them to be stored in the "on-call" or "stand-by" form, i.e. Glycogen, so that they serve as the calorie store for prompt demand by the muscles and the Red Blood Corpuscles, moreover this effect helps maintain blood glucose within the normal range, and maintains supply of sufficient amounts of essential sugars required for structural purposes.

Sex Hormones and Calorie Regulation :
* Testosterone ( male sex hormone) stimulates protein metabolism, promotes burning of fats, and accelerates muscle growth, producing fat free muscle of greater size.
* Absence of Estrogen ( a female sex hormone) receptors in the brain of experimental rats, were found in a recent study in Rockefeller university, to lead to less calorie expenditure. The rats also developed several hallmarks, including glucose intolerance and resistance to insulin.

Calorie Consumption pattern After 30 :

1- Levels of Anabolic Hormones :

* Growth Hormone:
At the age of 25 -the peak time for growth hormone- the total secreted amount is 600 mcg/day. It decreases by age and goes down to 15 percent of this amount at the age of 60-70, this ratio can be accelerated by unbalanced diet to happen at 40-50. Rough estimation of its level at different ages is as follows:At the age of 20, growth hormone secretion is 500 mcg/day, at the age of 40, growth hormone secretion is 200 mcg/day,at the age of 80, growth hormone secretion is 25 mcg/day.

* Sex hormones :
The high level of testosterone in males starts to decline in the third decade and this decline proceeds with age, leading to marked lower levels of bio available testosterone in substantial proportion of elderly men compared to the young adult male range.In females, all hormones abruptly decline after menopause.

2- Calorie consumption pattern :
After 30 , there are different factors influencing calorie consumption pattern, these are :
# Decreased levels of anabolic hormones.
# Decreased expenditure of calories with sedentary life.
# Abundance of nutrients that are in less demand.
# A battery of catabolic hormones, that degrade body tissues, primarily the muscles. They are present all the life time, yet some of them are not endocrine in nature ( not submitted to age changes ), they are available on demand in stress conditions ( fight or flight ), examples are: Cortisol and Epinephrine.

This new situation dictates the body to convert surplus calories into a storage form that meets the following criteria :

# It delivers the substrate for calorie production in a form that can be acted upon by the predominant hormones ( many of them derive calories from fatty acids, e.g. Epinephrine, Cortisol and Glucagon).
# It is an efficient storage form on weight basis, to store a lot of calories that are neither used for building tissues, nor consumed in physical activity.
The form that fulfils these criteria is FATS.

The base line is that whenever you need to consider changing your eating behaviour, you should start with the scientifically calculated calorie needs per day. You have to count 2000 calories every day.


Saturday, March 24, 2007

Welcome to Count 2000 Calories

At Count-2000-Calories, we provide all the nutritional information about foods, calorie content, negative calories, recipes, and diet. All are conformed into a new concept of dealing with your body , eating and dieting, so that you do not put weight loss over your health.

Welcome to my new blog.


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