Free Preview - Chapter 1 - Basics of Dieting - Introduction

Dieting is one of those things that is completely integrated into the Western culture. On any given day, a huge portion of this population is “on a diet” and “counting calories” in one way or another. And look at how many of the diet names in the following list you recognize:

  • The Atkins Diet
  • The Cabbage Soup Diet
  • The Grapefruit Diet
  • The Hollywood Miracle Diet
  • The Rice Diet
  • The Scarsdale Diet
  • The South Beach Diet
  • The Zone Diet

You probably recognize many of these names because you hear them all the time!

In this section, we will look at weight gain and why gaining weight is so easy. Then we will look at what you can do about weight gain - in the form of diet and exercise - to maintain a consistent weight.

*FREE PREVIEW* Chapter 1 - Basics of Dieting
Introduction
Your Body's Efficiency
Taking Calories In
Sample Menu
The Idea Behind Dieting
Why Diets Tend Not to Work
Building a Sustainable Diet
Cutting Calories
Fitting in Exercise
Weight Loss Myths
Chapter 2 - Understanding Calorie
Introduction
What is a Calorie?
What Calories Do
Basal Metabolic Rate
Your Caloric Needs
Calories, Fat and Exercise
Chapter 3 - Food
Introduction
Proteins
Fats
Vitamins
Minerals
Water
Fibers
I'm Starving...
Chapter 4 - Fat & Fat Cells
Introduction
What is Fat?
Saturated vs. Unsaturated
Fat and Health
Essential Fatty Acids
So What Should I Eat?
Fat Cells
Where's the Fat?
How Fat Enters Your Body
How Fat is Stored in Your Body
Hormones That Act Opposite to Insulin
How Your Body Breaks Down Fat
Brown Fat: Making Heat
Losing Weight and Losing Fat
Chapter 5 - The Atkins Diet
Introduction
What is Low-Carbohydrate Dieting?
The Four Phases of Atkins
The Foods You Can Eat
How Atkins Causes Weight Loss
Benefits and Drawbacks
The Experts Weigh In
Glossary of Atkins Terms