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Are diet foods better for you?

Hayd
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7/14/2015 12:53:11 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
Many foods come in diet, with less calories, or no calories at all. These brands claim that lower calories are not bad for you, or no calories at all. Is this really true?

Would a 200 cal salad be worse for you than a zero cal soda?
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7/30/2015 3:56:55 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 7/14/2015 12:53:11 PM, Hayd wrote:
Many foods come in diet, with less calories, or no calories at all. These brands claim that lower calories are not bad for you, or no calories at all. Is this really true?

Would a 200 cal salad be worse for you than a zero cal soda?

I had to read your topic and post twice to comprehend what is is your asking. Your asking if diet products, such as diet coke, is more ideal than the inverse. Before I answer I have a question for you. What do mean by, "better for you?"

If you are referring to the impact these products may have on your health, diet products are essentially worthless. They are marketed and targeted for a specific person, and that person is the weight loss individual. But if you are referring to weight loss goals, then diet products 'should' (should be avoided completely is possible) be the product to purchase. There are two aspects to consider; health and THEN weight loss. The former is often times sacrificed to enhance the latter. And diet products are one example that people deceive themselves thinking that a calorie free product must be beneficial AND assists in weight loss. Another example to consider is fat reduced and fat free milk (albeit I recommend minimizing dairy). Removing the fat removes caloric value, hence providing an incentive to purchase fat free milk. Diet sodas remove the calories (sugar content), thusly rendering the product as calorie free.

"But at what cost?", we undoubtedly ask ourselves. I implore you to research the substances that are added to provide flavor enhancements for diet products. I would recommend abstaining from sodas as frequently as possible, if your interested in your well being. Asking what is better or worse for you implies that you are interested in your well being, which is fantastic.
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5/4/2017 9:57:38 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
Some Healthy foods I can consider staples in my lifestyle would be:

Organic Oats (Oatmeal is High In Fiber and Protein, also fun to mix up with powders, fruits, dark chocolates and more!)
Superfoods (Acai Berries, Maca Powder, Wheat Grass, Spirluna. All have been known for wonderful benefits from increase in energy and being awake, aiding in weight loss, control of hunger, and additional vitamins)
Quinoa ( One of the rare full complete protein foods out there without meat, To make it even more effective add in some SWEET POTATOES another great food to have, also a great source of carbs, containing beta carotene and proteins.)
Vegetables & Fruits (Bannanas, Spinach, Kale, Asparagus, Berries, Are all filled with proteins, vitamins, rich enzymes, and aid in digestion with fibers and many more benefits. Also ensure you are eating enough fruits and vegetables throughout the day.)
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5/4/2017 8:59:48 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 5/4/2017 9:57:38 AM, nataliedana wrote:
Some Healthy foods I can consider staples in my lifestyle would be:

Organic Oats (Oatmeal is High In Fiber and Protein, also fun to mix up with powders, fruits, dark chocolates and more!)
Superfoods (Acai Berries, Maca Powder, Wheat Grass, Spirluna. All have been known for wonderful benefits from increase in energy and being awake, aiding in weight loss, control of hunger, and additional vitamins)
Quinoa ( One of the rare full complete protein foods out there without meat, To make it even more effective add in some SWEET POTATOES another great food to have, also a great source of carbs, containing beta carotene and proteins.)
Vegetables & Fruits (Bannanas, Spinach, Kale, Asparagus, Berries, Are all filled with proteins, vitamins, rich enzymes, and aid in digestion with fibers and many more benefits. Also ensure you are eating enough fruits and vegetables throughout the day.)

Maca powder is actually a sexual booster, it comes from Peru. When I turn 60 I will need a gread deal of this food. lol.
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5/17/2017 2:37:10 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 7/14/2015 12:53:11 PM, Hayd wrote:
Many foods come in diet, with less calories, or no calories at all. These brands claim that lower calories are not bad for you, or no calories at all. Is this really true?

Would a 200 cal salad be worse for you than a zero cal soda?

Never buy "diet" foods as they are mostly worthless and needlessly expensive. Low calorie means low energy and if you exercise you need calories to burn. You can eat more than usual as you will be hungrier the more active you get. If you don't eat with your regime you will lose weight but not gain any benefit as your muscles will atrophy and your body will begin to ingest itself.

Foods like potatoes and sweet potatoes should be avoided as they are mostly slow starch's and water. Green leafy veg and different coloured salad and veg are essential as they are packed with different vitamins and minerals. The difference between a stick of celery and a stick of rhubarb is not just colour. 50gms of Kale is healthier than 100gms of cabbage. You need to eat 450gms of carrots to get the same amount of beta carotene you would get from 50gms of red bell pepper.
The problem with dieting is to give your body enough of what it needs when it needs it. Dieting=exercise=calories. Fruit=fructose=fast sugar and is ideal for exercise as it releases calories quickly into the digestive system and literally gives you energy to burn. Protein=meat=muscle to replace fat cells with healthier tissue and help sculpt your body to your designs.

What you should do at the outset is to find out what someone your size is supposed to be, taken as an average. I am 3ins shorter than the average Englishman so I tailor my food portions to take this in to account. Buy sugar-free gum for when you get extra hungry as your saliva, as you chew, will stop you being hungry.
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6/15/2017 10:41:07 PM
Posted: 11 months ago
The more is written on a package, the less useful the stuff inside might be. Don't trust all this modern marketing tricks
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10/18/2017 3:02:30 PM
Posted: 7 months ago
At 7/14/2015 12:53:11 PM, Hayd wrote:
Many foods come in diet, with less calories, or no calories at all. These brands claim that lower calories are not bad for you, or no calories at all. Is this really true?

Would a 200 cal salad be worse for you than a zero cal soda?

NO!! The only foods better for you are raw foods. Do you drink soda? that's not good at all lol, nothing good about it, ever try holding soda in your mouth for ten seconds? let me know how it feels when tissue burns.

Raw foods, fruits, veggies uncooked are the foods that are the most beneficial, alkalizing and nutritious foods on the planet, soda not included. Soda, is an acid, acids break down.....I'm not lecturing you just wanted you to rethink what is "better" for you.
As a matter of fact, you don't want any dead or dormant products going into your body but living electrical and hydrating chemistry going into the body. You don't want acidic forming foods but alkaline. In other words don't drink soda to hydrate my friend.
Has anyone ever made you a fresh delicious smoothie? a hand squeezed berry drink? mountain water? fresh squeezed ripe orange juice?? ahh man now we're talking. This is real nutrition.
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11/22/2017 1:17:19 PM
Posted: 6 months ago
Well yes they are but sometimes is not enough only to have a healthy diet or to exercise. We need the help of a good weight loss supplement too. Is not hard to chose a good one ... just check the ingredients and make sure that they don't do more harm than good.

If you are looking for a natural weight loss supplement read this review:

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11/24/2017 5:34:53 AM
Posted: 6 months ago
yes it is true diet foods are batter for everyone. but if we take our diet food in a proper way.
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12/31/2017 10:42:08 AM
Posted: 4 months ago
Diet foods contain aspartame, so they are decidedly not 'better for you'. They also cut down on the nutrients that you get from non-diet foods.
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12/31/2017 3:15:04 PM
Posted: 4 months ago
At 7/14/2015 12:53:11 PM, Hayd wrote:
Many foods come in diet, with less calories, or no calories at all. These brands claim that lower calories are not bad for you, or no calories at all. Is this really true?

Would a 200 cal salad be worse for you than a zero cal soda?

You should excersize enough where a regular balanced diet doesn't make you fat.
danibrittany
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3/15/2018 12:17:35 PM
Posted: 2 months ago
This doesn"t sound right but I believe in using organic or naturally obtained foods. Online fruits and vegetables are just the perfect outlets for me to cater for my nutrients. Having fresh fruits and veggies is my favorite past time.

Having said that, I did follow a diet plan but it was useless for me because I think I need to convince myself first that it is actually good for me.
SamStevens
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4/3/2018 7:07:25 PM
Posted: 1 month ago
At 7/14/2015 12:53:11 PM, Hayd wrote:
Many foods come in diet, with less calories, or no calories at all. These brands claim that lower calories are not bad for you, or no calories at all. Is this really true?

Would a 200 cal salad be worse for you than a zero cal soda?

You should eat a healthy amount of food a day, do a normal amount of exercise, and let your body weight go where it may...

"0 calorie this", "10 calorie that"... give me a break
Joshuamiller7602
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4/5/2018 10:22:59 AM
Posted: 1 month ago
Yes, i believe in it. Eating better is always matters to live a healthy life. These foods contains excellent nutrients that are essential.
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5/11/2018 8:17:51 AM
Posted: 2 weeks ago
Not all calories are created equal.

Different foods go through different metabolic pathways in the body.

They can have vastly different effects on hunger, hormones and how many calories we burn.

Here are the 20 most weight loss friendly foods on earth, that are supported by science.

1. Whole Eggs
Once feared for being high in cholesterol, whole eggs have been making a comeback.

New studies show that they don't adversely affect blood cholesterol and don't cause heart attacks (1, 2).

What's more... they are among the best foods you can eat if you need to lose weight.

They're high in protein, healthy fats, and can make you feel full with a very low amount of calories.

One study of 30 overweight women showed that eating eggs for breakfast, instead of bagels, increased satiety and made them eat less for the next 36 hours (3).

Another 8 week study found that eggs for breakfast increased weight loss on a calorie restricted diet compared to bagels (4).

Eggs are also incredibly nutrient dense and can help you get all the nutrients you need on a calorie restricted diet. Almost all the nutrients are found in the yolks.

2. Leafy Greens
Leafy greens include kale, spinach, collards, swiss chards and a few others.

They have several properties that make them perfect for a weight loss diet.

They are low in both calories and carbohydrates, but loaded with fiber.

Eating leafy greens is a great way to increase the volume of your meals, without increasing the calories. Numerous studies show that meals and diets with a low energy density make people eat fewer calories overall (5).

Leafy greens are also incredibly nutritious and very high in all sorts of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. This includes calcium, which has been shown to aid fat burning in some studies (6).

3. Salmon
Oily fish like salmon is incredibly healthy.

It is also very satisfying, keeping you full for many hours with relatively few calories.

Salmon is loaded with high quality protein, healthy fats and also contains all sorts of important nutrients.
Fish, and seafood in general, supplies a significant amount of iodine.

This nutrient is necessary for proper function of the thyroid, which is important to keep the metabolism running optimally (7).

Studies show that a huge number of people in the world aren't getting all the iodine they need (8).

Salmon is also loaded with Omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to help reduce inflammation, which is known to play a major role in obesity and metabolic disease (9, 10).

Mackerel, trout, sardines, herring and other types of oily fish are also excellent.

4. Cruciferous Vegetables
Cruciferous vegetables include broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and brussels sprouts.

Like other vegetables, they are high in fiber and tend to be incredibly fulfilling.

What's more... these types of veggies also tend to contain decent amounts of protein.

They're not as high in protein as animal foods or legumes, but they're high compared to most vegetables.

A combination of protein, fiber and low energy density makes cruciferous vegetables the perfect foods to include in your meals if you need to lose weight.

They are also highly nutritious, and contain cancer fighting substances (11).

5. Lean Beef and Chicken Breast
Meat has been unfairly demonized.

It has been blamed for all sorts of health problems, despite no good evidence to back it up.

Although processed meat is unhealthy, studies show that unprocessed red meat does NOT raise the risk of heart disease or diabetes (12, 13).

According to two big review studies, red meat has only a very weak correlation with cancer in men, and no correlation at all in women (14, 15).

The truth is... meat is a weight loss friendly food, because it's high in protein.

Protein is the most fulfilling nutrient, by far, and eating a high protein diet can make you burn up to 80 to 100 more calories per day (16, 17, 18).

Studies have shown that increasing your protein intake to 25-30% of calories can cut cravings by 60%, reduce desire for late-night snacking by half, and cause weight loss of almost a pound per week... just by adding protein to the diet (19, 20).

If you're on a low-carb diet, then feel free to eat fatty meats. But if you're on a moderate- to high carbohydrate diet, then choosing lean meats may be more appropriate.

6. Boiled Potatoes
White potatoes seem to have fallen out of favour for some reason.

However... they have several properties that make them a perfect food, both for weight loss and optimal health.

They contain an incredibly diverse range of nutrients, a little bit of almost everything we need.

There have even been accounts of people living on nothing but potatoes alone for extended periods of time.

They are particularly high in potassium, a nutrient that most people don't get enough of and plays an important role in blood pressure control.

On a scale called the Satiety Index, that measures how fulfilling different foods are, white, boiled potatoes scored the highest of all the foods tested (21).

What this means is that by eating white, boiled potatoes, you will naturally feel full and eat less of other foods instead.

If you boil the potatoes, then allow them to cool for a while, then they will form large amounts of resistant starch, a fiber-like substance that has been shown to have all sorts of health benefits... including weight loss (22).

Sweet potatoes, turnips and other root vegetables are also excellent.

7. Tuna
Tuna is another low-calorie, high protein food.

It is lean fish... so there isn't much fat in it.

Tuna is popular among bodybuilders and fitness models who are on a cut, because it's a great way to keep protein high, with total calories and fat low.

If you're trying to emphasize protein intake, then make sure to choose tuna canned in water, but not oil.

8. Beans and Legumes
Some beans and legumes can be beneficial for weight loss.

This includes lentils, black beans, kidney beans and some others.

These foods tend to be high in protein and fiber, which are two nutrients that have been shown to lead to satiety.

They also tend to contain some resistant starch.

The main problem is that a lot of people have problem tolerating legumes. For this reason, it is important to prepare them properly.

9. Soups
As mentioned above, meals and diets with a low energy density tend to make people eat fewer calories.

Most foods with a low energy density are those that contain lots of water, such as vegetables and fruits.

But you can also just add water to your food... by making a soup.

Some studies have shown that eating the exact same food, except made in a soup instead of as solid food, makes people feel more satiated and eat significantly fewer calories (23, 24).

10. Cottage Cheese
Dairy products tend to be high in protein.

One of the best ones is cottage cheese... calorie for calorie, it is mostly just protein with very little carbohydrate and fat.

Eating plenty of cottage cheese is a great way to boost your protein intake. It is also very satiating, making you feel full with a relatively low amount of calories.

Dairy products are also high in calcium, which has been shown to aid in the fat burning process (25).