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Leptin Diet Food List

by laura on February 20, 2012 · 1 comment

Leptin diet food listLeptin Diet Food List, Overview

I noticed the Leptin Diet mentioned in several dieting forums in the last few weeks. Leptin Diet is new to me, where have I been? So I will attempt to describe what I know about it.

The Leptin diet food list is based on the idea of controlling the hormone called Leptin in order to help you lose weight. Apparently Leptin has a huge influence on fat storage and appetite. The amount of Leptin in the body is proportional to the number of fat cells in the body.

Too much leptin in the body can cause something called Leptin resistance. This is the bad news. Leptin apparently becomes totally awol and unregulated and makes everything go crazy. Higher body fat apparently leads to greater leptin release, less leptin “sensitivity” and this all adds up to a vicious cycle.

Leptin has also been liked to type 2 diabetes. Leptin communicates with the liver in relation to the glucose stores in the body. If the leptin signal is off then this affects how the liver stores glucose. This affects blood sugar and is bad news for both obesity and diabetes.

Leptin may also play a role in Alzheimer’s and the aging process.

It is believed that this problem is a huge contributor in the obesity problem. For example, being hungry for no reason whatsoever and having a strong desire to overeat. This is not good! It can be difficult to succeed with any diet if you are constantly struggling with hunger. No fun!

Leptin also has an impact on metabolism and fat storage and if things get unregulated, well…it’s can get ugly. All the signals get mixed up. This leads to feeling hungry when you are not hungry and storing way more fat than a normal healthy body would.

Many of the foods on the Leptin diet are believed to promote Leptin sensitivity. Eating this way is thought to regulate the hormone Leptin and your sensitivity to it. Lean proteins, vegetables, and more can be found on the Leptin diet food list.

Leptin Diet Food List, Protein

Protein is an important part of the Leptin diet food list. All kinds of lean proteins can be eaten while following the Leptin diet food list plan. Lean chicken, lean beef, lean lamb. Avoid all processed meats and pork products. Protein makes up a huge part of the Leptin diet food list.  According to the Leptin diet. Eating large amounts of protein is an important part of resetting your leptin.

Most types of seafood are allowed on the Leptin diet food list. Foods like shellfish, haddock, halibut, and flounder are good choices because they are very lean. Salmon, herring, and anchovies should be avoided because they tend to be fatty.  Tuna can be fatty or lean, depending on the type of tuna. Tuna and mackerel both tend to be very high in mercury, so they should be eaten no more than once per week.

Vegetables and Grains, Leptin Diet Food List

There are a huge variety of vegetables on the Leptin diet food list. Some of my favorites are asparagus, cabbage, broccoli, kale, cauliflower, spinach, and green beans. Sweet potatoes and carrots are also allowed on the Leptin diet food list.

Grains are restricted on the Leptin diet food list. Gluten is not an option and that means breads, pasta, or anything made from wheat, barley, rye or oats. Thank goodness there are plenty of options for gluten free grains. Buckwheat, quinoa, rye, and amaranth are just some of the gluten free choices on the Leptin diet food list.

Fresh herbs are also part of the Leptin diet food list. Some of my favorites are basil, cilantro, thyme, rosemary, parsley, sage, and bay leaves. Adding fresh herbs as apposed to dry makes such a huge difference in the flavor. Spices of all kinds are also part of the Leptin diet food list.

Diet Food List, Dukan Diet

by laura on December 11, 2011 · 3 comments

diet food listDiet Food List, What’s The Dukan Diet?

The diet food list for the Dukan Diet is fairly simple and straightforward. The Dukan Diet is on my top ten list of diets because it is simple and very effective. If I learned one thing while living in Paris for a year it was this, French women don’t play around when it comes to dieting. They know how to do it right and they know how to do it quickly. They lose weight eating nutritious, delicious, filling foods. Sounds good to me.

The Dukan Diet is an effective four step diet. It consists of the following steps:

  • The Attack Phase. Pure protein diet for a short period of time. (2 to 7 days)
  • The Cruise Phase. Pure protein days alternate with proteins and vegetables days. (3 days per lb desired loss)
  • The Consolidation Phase. A transition phase to prevent rebound weight gain. (5 days per lb lost)
  • The Permanent Stabilization Phase. Permanent stabilization of weight loss following three simple rules. (for life)

What’s Cooking?, Dukan Diet Food List

So let’s get down to the nitty gritty. The Dukan diet is fairly restrictive in the diet food list area. But on the up side, you can lose weight quickly on the Dukan Diet food list if you follow it to the letter.  The Dukan Diet also recommends daily exercise. Personally I think that any diet plan that does not recommend daily exercise of some sort is simply irresponsible.

The Attack Phase of the Dukan Diet food list includes the following foods.

  • Beef
  • Veal
  • Buffalo
  • Pork
  • Lamb
  • Liver
  • Fish
  • Shellfish
  • Poultry
  • Eggs
  • Tofu, Seitan, TSP
  • Nonfat Dairy Products

The Cruise Phase (alternating protein diet with protein and vegetables)of the Dukan Diet food list includes the following foods:

  • All above listed proteins
  • All vegetables except the following: potatoes, corn, dried peas, beans, lentils, avocado, grains are also not allowed including quinoa.
  • limit oils

The Consolidation Phase (transition):

  • add one serving of fruit per day to the previous routine
  • add two servings of whole grain bread per day
  • add one serving of cheese per day
  • add two servings of starchy foods per week (lentils, polenta, quinoa, etc.)
  • fatty meats may be eaten a few times per week
  • two celebration meals per week = party time (whatever you like) within reason
  • one day of pure proteins per week
  • oat bran for added fiber

The Permanent Stabilization Phase

  • Eat what you want for 6 days out of 7, keep consolidation foods as your base
  • keep good habits of program
  • one pure protein day per week for life
  • exercise daily, do not use stairs and escalators walk whenever possible
  • take 3 tablespoons of oat bran per day for life

Conclusion, The Ducan Diet Food List

The Dukan Diet food list is rather simple and straightforward. It is also rather effective. Once you get down the routine of the plan it is easy to follow. And if you enjoy eating meats and other proteins, this diet shouldn’t be hard to follow. As I mentioned before, it is a diet that must be followed strictly in order to have  sustained success.

The Dukan diet also includes some other simple but effective ideas. One of those ideas is that adding salt to your food stimulates your appetite. I have found this idea to be true. If you can enjoy your food without adding salt then I recommend doing so. It can greatly reduce the appetite.

Exercise is also vital to this program. Movement is encouraged and the idea of taking advantage of every day opportunities to move is taught. For example, take the stairs whenever possible. It seems so simple but these little choices each and every day really add up to a lot of movement and calories burned.  Walking is also highly encouraged and also risk free, even for the obese.

I hope that this post will be helpful to anyone interested in learning about the Dukan Diet and the Dukan Diet food list.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gluten Free Diet

Gluten free goodies from Laura's kitchen

Considering my obsession with all things “diet”, I had no choice but to investigate this whole gluten free diet… thing.  I heard some encouraging stories of unexpected weight loss after switching to a gluten free diet from friends and coworkers. And recently I spoke with a cousin of mine that I hadn’t seen in a while who lost a ton of weight and almost looked like a different person all together. He said that he had been forced to go on a gluten free diet because of some rather nasty stomach issues. The weight loss was an unintentional but welcomed side effect. So I now I am hooked, I want to know more about this.

Gluten Free Diet – Baked Goods?

In the last year I have been asked on more than one occasion to bring a baked good to a party . I love to bake, so I am always happy to oblige, but this past year I got a number of requests for gluten free cakes and cupcakes for people who are on a gluten free diet. At first I wasn’t sure if I should accept the request since I have no experience in creating baked goods with gluten free flour and I didn’t even really know what that was exactly until recently. I have to admit that I was pleasantly surprised by all of the choices at the supermarket. There were a good amount of choices for cake mixes, flour blends, alternative flours, etc. And I was even more surprised by the finished product that I ended up with.

Surprisingly Dee-licious Gluten Free Diet!

When I say that I am picky about my baked goods, I mean it. I have been baking for 25 years and I know what I like, I know what is good and I think people who know me respect my opinion on these things because they have tasted my  goodies and they are so good. Well, this gluten free stuff is good. I really did not expect that. I made a dark chocolate gluten free cake for my cousin Mandy’s wedding shower and it got gobbled up so fast, I really couldn’t believe it.

Gluten free diet, what about wheat?

I also couldn’t believe how much faster I felt full and satisfied eating a small piece of gluten free cake as compared to a piece of traditional wheat flour based cake. This whole gluten free diet thing is starting to make sense now. Come to think of it, I have read before that wheat flours which contain varying amounts of gluten, stimulate the appetite. And I have to admit, I have noticed this in my own personal experience of being a carb-a-holic.

Well, thats all for now, but I have much more to say about this subject so there is more to come. Check out my other diet tips and posts on Gluten Free Diet Info!