Eat More, Not Less for Weight Loss Success
More adults in developed countries are getting overweight or obese, and for years they tried to cut calories, reduce fat and minimize portion size in order to lose weight.
While helpful, these tactics leave out one critical element: satisfaction. Satiety is always considered as a part of a successful program.
We encourage you to quit "dieting" for good, to feel full on fewer calories, and maintain weight loss while eating satisfying portions of delicious, nutritious foods. It is based on research on satiety that shows how to choose foods that satisfy hunger while losing weight, without eliminating favorite foods or following restrictive rules. The absence of satiety is one reason most diets don't work very well or for very long.
"Eat less" is not always the best message. You need to guide yourself to the best food choices to help balance your calorie intake. It's a matter of learning how to eat satisfying portions while managing your weight.
We believe a contributing factor to success is emphasis on both physical and emotional satisfaction: physical satisfaction from low-calorie density foods like fruits and vegetables and emotional satisfaction from moderate amounts of favorite foods.
Here are some guides to follow to obtain an optimal health:
- Focus on what you can eat, not what you must give up.
- The only proven way to lose weight is to eat fewer calories than your body uses as fuel for your activities.
- When you are managing calories, it is more important than ever to eat a good balance of foods and nutrients.
- Make food choices that will help control hunger and enhance satiety.
- Incorporate your favorite foods into your diet.
Do not think success come in a matter of days or month. It might take even a year. You should know that it is lifelong dieting to control a healthy body. It is just like the success of PYRO-ENERGEN of today. More than 60 years ago, I started at the age of 17 to create a machine that can heal viral diseases. Up to this time, I am still developing better therapeutic device with thousands of studies collected from our cooperators.
Manage your weight by creating a healthy relationship with food, building an active lifestyle and developing a balanced approach to living.
Obesity Alarms in Japan
For those who think Japan is all fish and tofu, consider average young students diet: spaghetti and meat sauce for lunch, chocolates and cookies for a snack, rice balls for dinner and sandwiches at nighttime classes. Then they may slurp down some quick noodles before going to bed.
The diet had a predictable outcome—one that doctors are seeing more in Japan as the country leaves behind traditional food habits.
"I just love eating noodles. I get home tired from cram school, so I used to eat it all the time at night," explained by a student, who, like many Japanese children, takes evening classes to prepare for junior high entrance exams.
Many students are now trying to slim down in a sports program for overweight kids. They reflect a rise in obesity in Japan that is being blamed for diabetes and other health problems. Some fear the trend could one day jeopardize Japan's status as the home of the world's longest-living population.
Life expectancy is currently 86 for Japanese women and 79 for men. We wonder for how long Japan can maintain the world's highest longevity. Doctors believe that life expectancy will shorten if eating habits change.
Still, the Japanese are a long way from being as fat as Americans. Only 24 percent of Japanese aged 15 and older are believed to be overweight, compared to about 65 percent of adults in the United States.
But concern is growing over eating patterns. Instead of the fish, rice and miso soup of their grandparents' generation, younger Japanese are increasingly wolfing down on fast foods like burgers, fried chicken and instant noodles.
Bad diets and less exercise create what psychologists say is a vicious cycle: Fat kids are increasingly picked on at school, get depressed and find solace in eating even more.
Children these days shoulder a lot of concerns and stresses. I feel there are more obese kids that are gloomy and dark. It wasn't like this before.
Men in all age groups have grown heavier in the past two decades in Japan. The highest rate of obesity is among men in their 40s: 34 percent in 2003, up from 23 percent in 1980, according to the National Health and Nutrition Survey. While older women are also growing fatter, younger fashion-conscious women tend to be underweight.
Among children, 8 percent were obese or at risk of obesity in 2004, compared with fewer than 6 percent in 1980. In the United States, experts believe about 30 percent of kids are overweight.
Diabetes is a leading concern. While the number of deaths from the disease has fallen in the past decade, more than 2 million people are being treated for it in Japan—an increase of about 53 percent from 15 years ago. The number treated for high blood pressure has also grown about 9 percent in the past 10 years, according to the Health Ministry.
Alarmed by the trend, the government released a new nutrition chart last summer that encourages eating more carbohydrates—such as rice—and vegetables as main sources of energy, while cutting down on meat to reduce the intake of fat. The chart specifically targets overweight males, singles and those raising children.
The Health Ministry also plans to research the link between parents' lifestyles and overweight children, and support selected towns to promote healthier eating habits.
How about you? It's really a matter of eating habit to control your weight.