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No Miracle Diet Will Banish Cellulite!


Medically speaking, there is no such thing as cellulite. It's a marketing term far plain old pudge that ripples (mostly on the thighs) in varying degrees in 50-90 per cent of women, regardless of clothing size or fitness level. This dumpy fat results from fat cells stored just under the skin in honeycomb-like structures held in place by bands of connective tissue.

The more fat cells stuffed into each honeycomb, the more puckered the texture. Women are more prone than men to dimply fat because our skin is thinner, we have less-even fat distribution, and we store more fat in our hips and thighs. Since cellulite is just ordinary body fat, there is no unique diet trick to remove it. The bottom line? A calorie-controlled, healthy diet plus exercise helps you lose fat throughout your body.

Your Body Doesn't Need Loads Of Protein

Even if you exercise regularly, you don't need any more protein than the average couch potato! Most Americans consume more than enough protein, averaging 77.5g a day, or 146 per cent of the Dietary Reference Intake (53g) for a 66kg adult. "If it were true that only a high-protein diet was important for building muscles, everyone on the Atkins-type diet would look like Charles Atlas;" says Nancy Clark, author of Nancy Clark's Sports Nutrition Guidebook, Third Edition (Human Kinetics, 2003). The best diet is one that contains l5-20 per cent lean protein, 55-60 per cent carbs and 20-30 per cent fat. Eat this way and you'll have no trouble achieving and maintaining a healthy body weight.

Eating Healthfully Can Save You Money.

With a little planning, eating well can actually cost less than typical fast food fare Are you surprised? A study at the Mary Imogene Bassett Research Institute in Cooperstown, New York, found that a person who follows a heart-healthy diet can reduce her grocery bill by up to US$8 a week. That translates to an annual savings of US$416 a year for a single person or US$1,664, for a family of four, Granted, wild salmon and imported olive oil cost more than a Happy Meal, but you need to factor in the hidden costs of a diet that is high in fat  Pound for pound, health-boosting whole foods are a lot cheaper than fast-food fare. To help pare down your grocery bill, swap legumes for meat products, buy less-expensive produce such as apples, oranges, carrots, spinach and cabbage; and purchase whole grains like oatmeal, rice and bulgur in bulk

Shed Those Pounds

New diet plan not working out? According to a study at McGill University in Montreal, dieters often overlook the rules they set for themselves or end up focusing on the wrong ones. After gathering weight-loss rules from 169 women, researchers found that most of them could not comply when they tried to follow too many rules, which included reducing calories, increasing exercise, eating more healthy food, changing meal habits and other habits like limiting weigh- ins. The study found that women fared better when concentrating on just two objectives, such as exercise and calorie reduction, which subsequently helped them get closer to their weight-loss goals.

Sugar Drop

When it comes to regulating metabolism of glucose, osmotin, a protein that helps plants fight fungal infections, may work as well as adiponectin, the hormone that usually runs the show. In experiments with mouse cells, Purdue University scientists found that adiponectin receptors may accept osmotin as a substitute. The discovery could lead to treatments to regulate blood sugar and help control weight-related diabetes.

Don't Shake Before Using

The epilepsy drug topiramate has shown promise as a weight-loss aid, according to a Danish study. People who took 96 milligrams of it for n months lost six percent more body weight than those who took a placebo. The drug appears to boost metabolism, which if true, could help yield new obesity drugs.

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