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Hudson - Litchfield News 19 - March 11, 2011

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As anyone who’s ever attempted dieting knows,

advice on weight loss comes from every corner. Friends might swear by the latest dieting trend while family members may be just as adamantly convinced the trend doesn’t have merit. So what’s true and what’s false? Simply put, combining a healthy diet with regular exercise is the best way to lose weight and keep that weight off. While most adults are fully aware of that fact, that doesn’t stop them from finding the latest fad and letting it dictate their eating habits for days or even weeks. For those about to diet, consider the following good and bad diet fads.

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The Good * Portion control: Many diets emphasize the importance of portion control. Research has indi- cated it’s not just what we eat that causes weight gain, but how much we’re eating as well. In a study in the American Journal of Public Health, researchers found that cookies are 700 percent bigger than the suggested USDA standards. And it’s not just cookies that are much bigger than rec- ommended, as our servings of pasta (480 percent), muffins (333 percent) and bagels (195 percent) are much bigger than they should be. While not all diets that promote portion control are necessarily healthy, portion control on its own is a healthy way for everyone to approach their daily diet.

* One food can do it all: Nearly every dieter has heard of a diet that promises you can eat all you want of a specific food and still lose weight so long as that’s all you’re eating. However, focusing on a specific food is certain to deprive dieters of nutrients they sorely need. Cutting out entire food groups means dieters won’t be enjoyed a balanced diet. Also, dieters will begin to crave the foods they’re not getting, which could lead to bingeing. Another side effect to one-food diets is that certain foods can cause some unenjoyable side effects, including dehydration or gastrointesti- nal problems. Look for balance in a diet, which should eliminate one-food diets from consider- ation.

* Misguided vegetarianism: While vegetarian- ism isn’t bad, dieters often apply it incorrectly.

Many people mistakenly assume cardiac arrest

and heart attack are the same thing. However, sud- den cardiac arrest is not a heart attack. In fact, there are distinguishable differences between the two that are best explained by detailing what is actually hap- pening when someone is suffering from either one.

What happens during a heart attack? During a heart attack, blockage occurs in one or

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* Lifestyle change: Individuals who want to lose weight should look for dietary tips that promote a change in lifestyle and not just changes in diet. Look for diets that don’t have a timeline, promot- ing fast weight loss in ‘X’ amount of weeks. A diet that promotes a longterm commitment to eating healthy foods while also encouraging daily exer- cise is one that’s likely going to be more success- ful and beneficial than one that promises signifi- cant weight loss in a short period of time.

When applied correctly, a vegetarian diet has been linked to all sorts of benefits, including lower rates of obesity and heart disease. However, dieters often mistakenly eat a vegetarian diet with a foundation of cheese and pasta, which can actu- ally cause weight gain. Carbohydrate-rich foods, while they might be vegetarian, will likely result in weight added as opposed to lost. When adopting a vegetarian diet, be sure to include whole grains and fruit and eat foods like nuts, beans or even tofu to ensure you’re getting enough protein. * Bye-bye, carbohydrates: Arguably no diet is more popular than the one that advocates eliminating carbohydrates. This is problematic, especially for those who want to combine their healthy diet with exercise. Carbohydrates are ideal foods for boosting energy, which dieters will need if they want to exercise regularly. Whole-grain breads, oatmeal and brown rice are all benefi- cial carbohydrate sources. For those desiring to eliminate some forms of carbs from their diets, eliminate white bread and white rice, as those are low in nutrients.

When it comes to dieting, there are certainly plenty of options touting incredible weight loss in short periods of time. But dieters should always look for healthy ways to lose weight and keep it off, which often includes some combination of a well-balanced diet that promotes moderation.

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more of the heart’s arteries. That blockage subse- quently prevents the heart from receiving enough oxygen-rich blood. Research indicates that many people with symptoms of a heart attack actually delay seeking treatment for more than two hours. In a 2010 study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, researchers found the average delay in arriving at the hospital after the start of a heart attack was roughly two and a half hours. Eleven percent of the more than 100,000 cases exam- ined in the study waited more than 12 hours from the start of symptoms before seeking treatment. Those symptoms can include chest discomfort, short- ness of breath and discomfort in other areas of the body that do no improve after five minutes.

What happens during cardiac arrest?

When a person is experi- encing cardiac arrest, their heart’s electrical system is malfunctioning and suddenly

becomes irregular. The heart begins to beat very fast while the ventricles may flutter or quiver. Blood is not being delivered to the body during cardiac arrest, and a genuine fear is that blood flow to the brain will be reduced so drastically that a person may lose consciousness. Unlike a heart attack, cardiac arrest requires immediate treatment. It’s best to seek treatment promptly for both a heart attack and cardiac arrest, but those experiencing cardiac arrest are at much greater risk of death if treatment is not sought immediately. Men and women, young and old, should also keep in mind that heart attack can sometimes lead into cardiac arrest, highlight- ing the importance of seeking treatment as soon as any symptoms of heart attack begin to appear.

How are heart attack and cardiac arrest prevented? The goal is to keep blood flowing through

the body as smoothly as possible. This means avoiding blood clots and the build-up of plaque in the arteries. That might sound simple enough, but plaque build-up and the process of coronary artery disease has been shown to begin as far back as childhood, when diets are not typically tailored to avoid heart disease.

While it’s impossible to

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go back in time and change certain lifestyle habits, includ- ing diet and exercise routines and regimens, there are ways adults can reduce the build-up of plaque, which can help them avoid falling victim to heart attack and cardiac arrest. * Exercise regularly. At least 30 minutes of daily exercise is recommended. * Eat a healthy diet. A diet

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low in saturated fat, which almost always equates to eat- ing less red meat, and high in fruits and vegetables is ideal. * Stop smoking. For those

who have never smoked or have quit smoking, keep it up.

It’s never too early for adults to start taking steps, including daily exercise, to prevent heart attack and cardiac arrest.

Those who have or continue to smoke, stop. * Don’t procrastinate. These changes can’t wait until tomorrow. As mentioned above, the pro- cess or coronary artery disease doesn’t wait for adulthood, and adults who need to make changes cannot afford to drag their feet. The good news is studies have indicated that even those with heart disease can expect to live longer if they simply commit to the necessary lifestyle changes. For more information about heart attack and cardiac arrest, visit the American Heart Associa- tion Web site at

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Diets that advertise rapid weight loss are often not a viable longterm solution.

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