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What should I look out for when dieting?

Hey people I am about to start dieting because I really need to lose some weight, but I don’t really know how to go on a diet. I mean besides from the obvious like avoiding candies and soda. What types of food should I look out for and what types of food should I be eating more of? Like protein, is protein good or bad, and what about carbs? Sorry if I sound stupid, but I really don’t know anything about this.

Thanks for the help.

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2 Responses to “What should I look out for when dieting?”

  1. Jenny said:

    Go buy a book or get one from the library. Basically you avoid fat and sugar as much as possible. Protein is good, but in smaller quantities as it comes with fat. in the carb department, anything white is bad, white bread, rice or pasta, In most dietying, if it is really appealing and you might like it, you probably can’t eat it. Snack only on fruit (no more than 3 servings) and veggies – avoid higher carb veggies – corn, peas, for example.

  2. cyn_texas said:

    Cut out all sugars & starches. No sodas, juices, cookies, candy, cakes, etc. As healthy as fruit may be, it’s natural sugars do not only not promote fat loss, they actually promote fat storage (fructose is the most lipogenic carb).

    Make sure half your meals are green non starchy vegs & eat lots of protein & good fats, limit your complex carb portions to no more than your protein portion.

    Simple carbohydrates (sugar, flour, bread, cereal, pasta, potatoes, rice) trigger the fat storage hormone insulin. The more protein the more the fat burning hormone glucagon is released.

    I am adamantly opposed to low calorie dieting because most people lose a good portion of lean tissue (including vital organs like the heart) along with fat stores. There is no nutrition in fat stores, only energy. Most people get impatient and lower their calories and increase their exercise to a point where they lose so much lean tissue that when they return to what was maintenance level eating they are now accumulating more fat stores because their caloric needs have dropped due to the loss of this tissue as well as their metabolism slowing down to work more efficiently on fewer calories & it becomes a vicious cycle of dieting and more loss (including vital organs like the heart). This stress to the vital organs cannot be healthy.


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