This is me now September 2006 aged 60 - I weigh 153lbs a comfortable 12/14 and I feel good eating this way (I know the diet charts say I should weigh less for my height , 5' 6" but dieting makes you lose muscle weight, which in turn leads to loose skin and lots of cellulite etc.) this slim-me-down plan only sheds the fat, so your skin stays elastic and healthy and the muscles stay firm with no atrophy (you don't need to lose as many lbs to get to the dress size you want to be - REMEMBER YOU DO NOT WALK ROUND WITH A LABEL ON YOU SAYING I WEIGH ........lbs)
My metabolism is high (my muscle health is good, it has not been damaged by dieting - everything is working to keep me slim and healthy) and anytime I want to have a "binge" or go on holiday, I am not afraid that I will gain weight. I have three good meals each day - if I want a "drink" I can. My hair, skin and nails are good. I sleep well and have no major health concerns.
The equivalent area of Muscle weighs approx. 3 times more than fat. This means that when you lose muscle on a diet you lose lots of weight, but do you lose lots of inches(fat).? (not usually!)
Are avocados unhealthy?
Although avocados have a high fat content (between 71 to 88% of their total calories) you don't have to avoid them to enjoy a healthy diet. The body needs some fats to function well, and avocados contain healthy monounsaturated fat, which is good for lowering cholesterol levels.
Avocados are also a good source of vitamin K, dietary fibre, vitamin B6, vitamin C, folate and copper. They also contain potassium (more than a medium banana), which helps regulate blood pressure and can help guard against circulatory diseases, such as heart disease or stroke.
Are eggs bad for your cholesterol levels?
It's true that egg yolks have the most concentrated amount of cholesterol in any food - but as long as you eat them in moderation they do not contain enough cholesterol to pose health risks.
People with any kind of cardiovascular risk tend to avoid eggs altogether, but studies have shown that two to three eggs a week are unlikely to make any difference to your cholesterol levels.
Beware of 'low fat' labels on ready meals and yoghurts. Low-fat foods often contain the same amount or even more calories than standard versions. Foods that are 'fat-free' have usually been pumped full of sugar to replace the fat that's been taken out.
Choosing a full-fat yoghurt can be the healthiest choice as they are more satisfying (which means one will be enough) and often contain no more calories than their fat-free cousins.
We tend to think that fresh food is better for us but that isn't always the case. Vegetables begin to lose nutrients from the moment they are harvested.
Veggies that are frozen an hour or two after being picked contain more nutrients than their 'fresh' counterparts that have travelled miles to reach the supermarket and can stay on the shelves for days. As Britain imports many vegetables from Europe, this means an even longer time between picking and the plate.