Jun 27 2011

Lowering Carbohydrate Intake Reduces Body Fat. Graehm Gray

Hello my fans and let’s get right to the new research. Yes, the Best Diet in the Universe (BDITU)*** is on target. A new study by lead scientist Dr. Barbara Gower*, Professor of Nutrition Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, presented at the 93rd Annual Meeting of the Endocrine Society held in Boston, documents that cutting down on the intake of carbohydrates (i.e. starches, pasta, bread, sugar, etc.) will reduce the amount of “deep belly fat.” And, these reductions in deep fat may come with even little to no weight loss. How do you like that! As you have read here in my blog, the Best Diet in the Universe*** is exactly what the doctor ordered. The BDITU reduces the load of carbohydrate and introduces the body to a healthy stream of fruits, poly and monounsaturated fats, vegetable proteins and low fat dairy. According to Dr. Gower and her team, the loss of the deeper fat occurred mostly in non African Americans. The low carbohydrate diet used by Dr. Gower and her associates consisted of the following breakdown of calories: 43 percent from carbohydrates 39 percent from fat 18 percent from protein Using the above method, dieters on the restricted carb diet had 11 percent less deep fat than the subjects on the “standard” low fat diet. In addition, most dieters on the carb restricted plan had a 4 percent greater loss of ...

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Jun 16 2011

It’s Time For Nerdel! Children Prefer Cereal With Media Characters. Graehm Gray

Hello my fans. If you were expecting another update about the Superbug E. coli* in Germany or an installment in the Best Diet in the Universe Series*, you will just have to wait. Today’s column is about our kids. Yes, that’s right, our children and what they prefer to eat. Matthew A. Lapierre and his research associates at the University of Pennsylvania, tested the preferences and tastes of children using cereals, and found that the cereal packaging showing media characters (e.g. Ronald McDonald and Shrek, etc.) and the wording “Healthy” influenced their taste and preferences.  Is this anything new? I don’t think so. Have you taken a walk down the aisle of the cereal section at your local food market? At eye level for our children to see, are box after box of their favorite cartoon characters promoting all types of cereals. Sugar coated, maple flavored, marshmallow added taste sensations abound. Chocolate bits, crunchy, chewy, and melt in your mouth images reach out to our kids as they make their way down the aisle. Haven’t we all heard , “Mommy, can I have…” Of course we have. But are they reaching out for the healthy choices? In my experience, they are not. Why? Why aren’t they picking the “Fiber Most” cereals? Well, if you look at the cereal boxes of the healthier cereals, the ones that have little to no ...

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May 24 2011

Best Diet in the Universe – Day 7: Graehm Gray.

Hello my diet fans and welcome to Day 7 of your Best Diet in the Universe diet plan, brought to you by me, your diet guru, Graehm Gray. Yes, I have accepted your mandate. I am there for you! Investigating the hundreds of diet plans out there and formulating my original plan just for you, my loyal followers. Its actually not so dramatic, but I like to write that way! My plan incorporates the essentials of a good Mediterranean style meal plan with a special concern on calorie intake. Its really not a “diet” plan per se, but more like a way of life. Yes, a life style! So fellow dieter, you have reached the end of the week: week number one-and we are about to climb further up the mountain. By this time, after six diet days, your body is going through changes. Your body is recognizing that it is not getting the usual amount of food that it has received before. In fact, besides seeing a lower quantity, it is seeing a much healthier assortment of calories. Your body is now being called upon to burn fat and carbs more efficiently. It is adding protein to your muscles and burning internal fat. And with the Best Diet in the Universe daily exercise program, your conditioning is improving not to mention the efficiency of your metabolism. Your ability ...

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May 10 2011

Best Diet in the Universe: Day 6 – You Are A Lean, Green Calorie Burning Machine! Graehm Gray

Hello my fans. Welcome to Day 6 of the Best Diet in the Universe. Day 5 was certainly a leaner day with less food available but with continued exercise. Your body is learning to adjust to the lower amounts of calories. You are getting into the fat burning stages of this diet plan which will result in weight loss. That’s a good thing! We will follow Day 5 with a detox* day. This will help lower your body fat and get your metabolism to gear up to a steady state of fat and calorie burning. Let’s begin: Breakfast: start with a mixture of 2 ounces of "POM"-brand name blueberry/pomegranate juice and 2 ounces of water, followed by 2 scrambled eggs, 2 slices of tomato (1/4 inch thick), 1/2 of a grapefruit sprinkled with cinnamon, coffee/tea, 1 glass of water with lemon (6oz). Calorie goal: 200. Mid morning snack: 3 handfuls of a combination of roasted unsalted almonds and dried cherries; coffee/tea, one glass water (6 ounce) with lemon. Calorie goal: 50-100. Lunch: Start with a large salad with either iceberg or Romaine lettuce; add tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, onions, carrots, fresh or frozen broccoli, and a small piece (2 inches thick, by 2 inches wide by 5 inches long) of grilled salmon* (the salmon is grilled with garlic, lemon and olive oil). Dip and taste salad dressing of your choice. Coffee/tea, with 2 glasses ...

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May 01 2011

Best Diet in the Universe Day 5: Quicker Weight Loss! Graehm Gray

Hello my fans. Welcome to another day in the life of a dieter. Do you have more pounds to lose? That’s okay! You are in the right place and on the right track. Today's plan is part of the “quick weight loss” plan that is incorporated in the Best Diet in the Universe series. There will be less food today. Yes, less than the previous four days. Today, less is better than more! This will help trigger more fat burning and more calorie loss. If you are on the Best Diet in the Universe plan, you are eating nuts (if you are not allergic), fresh fruits and berries. You are eating less carbohydrates and this is boosting your fat burning. And today, you will eat even less! I know I just said that, but I want to emphasize the “less factor”. Many of you have written in that there is too much food on this plan. You are correct. There are extreme diet plans and less extreme. My plan will allow your body to adjust to the lower amounts of calories and changes in the composition without dramatically affecting your mood or hunger center. But today we will push you a bit! Remember today less is more. Le Tour de Diet!!! Alez silvous plait. On to Day 5. Bon Jour! So we have reached day number five of Le Tour de Diet! ...

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Apr 20 2011

Salad Adventures 101: Choosing the Best Salad for You! Graehm Gray

Hello my fans and welcome to Salad Adventures 101. Yes, this is part one of a course about how to choose the best salad for you. It seems like an easy question to answer. What could be difficult about picking lettuce and tomato? But as we all know, it’s not your mother’s salad anymore. These days, salads come in lots of varieties, with different lettuces, different color tomatoes and hundreds of items that we add to the basic dish. And if that’s not enough to make your head spin, we can talk about the thousands of salad dressings that are available. So you can see that having a salad guide can be life saving! You never know when you are going to be in a situation like having a football field size salad bar to choose from or a menu that has an entire section of salads! What do you do? Well my fans, you have come to the right place. I will give you the “what to chose” list that will make your life much easier. You should keep this list with you at all times. Even make you own notes on it. Salads should be a wonderful and necessary part of our daily food curriculum. By making the right choices, you will be eating a healthy meal of nature’s finest products. But on the other hand, by ...

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Apr 17 2011

Best Diet in the Universe : Blueberries and Walnuts – More Questions and Answers: Graehm Gray

Hello my fans and welcome to another installment of the Best Diet in the Universe series. As you can see, this series is composed of terrific diet plans, questions and answers of real life diet issues, recipes and information about foods, nutrition and fitness. It could be a great book. And all of you, my adoring fans, are getting the benefit of reading it here first, for free! Yes, soon it will be at your local book sellers, or online as an e-book. As a side note, I am still hoping that bookstores make a comeback! There is nothing like the feel of a book. Now mind you- I love my e-readers-I have a few types. But I still love the feel of books. I guess I am old fashion. But it seems that we are losing this precious art form. Anyway, back to the topic at hand. I am still receiving lots of wonderful questions and came upon questions related to blueberries and walnuts. These are two wonderful plant based foods and a big part of the Best Diet in the Universe. Remember my fans, this diet plan incorporates the good carbohydrates that you should have in your daily diet plan. By eating more of a plant based diet, you will incorporate more of the "good" complex carbohydrates that have the fiber, vitamins, minerals and protein as well as many ...

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Apr 10 2011

Best Diet in the Universe – How To Boost Your Metabolism and How To Slow It Down!: Graehm Gray

Hello my fans. This is the second column of a two part series on Metabolism. Metabo what? Yes metabolism- the way life is sustained. Food we consume is converted into energy, which is then utilized for the bodies reactions, which help growth, repair and of course elimination of waste products. I guess you can call metabolism an example of the “circle of life”. Why are we concerned about metabolism? Well you see as we get older (do we have to? Yes we do!), our internal engine slows down. We don’t seem to have the energy we once had as a teenager. Our hair is falling out, our skin is sagging, its harder to straighten up in the morning, our muscles are disappearing and we are gaining weight. We wake up one morning and notice that we now have an additional layer of body fat around our waist. Where did that come from? Who put that there? Its like taking a model of the Earth and placing a 2x2 inch layer of Jello around the equator. OMG! My pants don’t fit any more. That dress-forget it! And the bathing suit-ugh! Cover the mirror! Actually it developed from your steady diet of eating, doing less exercise and your metabolism which slowed down. Yes, our metabolism can slow down by up to 10% every ten years. That’s why our fitness gurus have made ...

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Apr 06 2011

Best Diet in the Universe – Metabolism – Are You A Fast Burner Or Slow Burner? : Graehm Gray

Hello my fans. Welcome to the Best Diet in the Universe Series- the Fast Burner versus the Slow Burner. Why is my friend losing weight faster than I am- and we are eating the same foods and exercising the same? Yes, I get asked this question a lot. In fact I am sure that each and every one of you out there, has at one time or another, encountered a person that no matter what they ate, were always thin. You know who I am talking about. That one girl or boy that could eat virtually anything-candy, ice cream, potatoes or pasta. That’s right anything- and they would always remain thin. How could they do that? How are they able to eat lots of carbohydrates and still remain thin? Well my friends, that is all a result of metabolism. Of course there are some medical conditions that could cause a person to be able to eat lots of calories and not gain weight, but for this column, we will focus on generally healthy people with different types of metabolism. Metabolism-what’s that? From the Greek meaning "to change", the metabolism is the sum total of all chemical reactions in the body that are responsible for producing energy, growth and eliminating waste. Metabolism represents the processes in the body responsible for maintaining life-some substance (food) are broken down to deliver needed ...

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Apr 02 2011

Best Diet in the Universe – Questions and Answers: Graehm Gray

Hello my fans. I am so happy that you have been following the Best Diet in The Universe and have completed four days of terrific foods, good size portions and great fitness activities. By the feedback comments I have been getting- most of you are feeling better, losing weight and having more energy! I am thrilled by all your emails. This column is devoted to a few of the great questions that I have been receiving. FAQ: A. Do you have a more extreme version of the Best Diet in the Universe? The answer is yes. There is a version that cuts back even further on the calorie intake. It’s meant for quick weight loss and I will bring that diet out in the future. For now, it’s a matter of re-educating your bodies to appreciate this new pattern of foods and activity. Just think of the tortoise and the hare-in the long run-you will be the winner. B. I have been following your diet and I am not losing weight-why? This is a common question. Sometimes after losing a few pounds (starts with 10 pounds), your body’s metabolism changes. And as a result, you stop losing weight. Some dietologists refer to this as the “wall.” Anyone who has been on a diet knows exactly what I am talking about. You are going along fine, losing, losing, and losing. You are happy. Your clothes are ...

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