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Your Weight, Your Heritage

Written by Sky Taylor, Diet Bites

Diet Article: How your weight is connected to your past heritage.

What we weigh can be heavily influenced by our gene pool. Our gene pool can also influence how we look, our passions in life, how long we'll live and diseases that we may be at higher risk of contracting.

Although our weight is impacted by genes, that doesn't mean that if our parents are both heavy that we are going to be heavy (or always be heavy) too.

Ninety-nine point nine percent of the time we can control what we weigh, and to a certain degree - what we look like.

As a note, if your family history is one that is overshadowed by obesity, it may indeed be harder to achieve your ideal weight, as well as to maintain that weight. But take heart - because I'm a living example that it's not impossible and that it can be done.

You should never give up on your dream of losing weight; if you are concerned about your appearance - losing weight will emphasize your beauty or handsomeness but more importantly, it will benefit greatly in the area of your state of health.

Method #2 for Weight Loss by Counting Calories

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Most dieters choose a specific number of calories - such as 1,350 calories per day. Their body begins to lose weight and continues to do such until they reach their goal weight. It's a good method for weight loss because there isn't a need to continually recalculate calories within the daily diet.

Issues and Problems With Counting Calories for Weight Loss

Some individuals don't have the patience or time to calculate calories and learning how to do such quickly may take some time to learn.

We do not recommend that any dieter go below 1,250 calories per day because we feel that this places the body at serious risk for health issues, including death. Keep in mind that while we may associate food with being overweight, to the body - food is necessary fuel. We must learn how to manage the fuel that we input into our body to achieve weight loss and to maintain good health.

Many times, there isn't an accurate way to know how many calories that a food contains, particularly at restaurants and cafeterias.

If possible, request a nutrition menu from your server. If this is not possible, order foods that are as close to their natural state as possible - such as a side salad of lettuce and tomatoes with a low fat dressing on the side. Or, a baked potato rather than fries. Or a broiled or roasted serving of meat rather than one that has been battered, dipped and fried.

Some individuals quickly discover that in order to maintain their recommended weight that they are going to have to keep to a much lower calorie diet than they were used to before they lost the weight - or before they went onto a weight loss plan.

Because of their intense love for food, more often than not they revert back to their former daily diet that held too many calories, the result ending with weight gain.

Even the Official Food Pyramid is skewed in relation to calories.

For example, the Food Pyramid recommended x-amount of servings from each of the Food Groups - and there are five housed within the pyramid.

The issue is that all fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy products and proteins are not created equal in caloric content.

Therefore, it is very easy for an individual to consume the recommended amounts from the Food Groups and exceed their daily caloric needs. The result of course would be weight gain.

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