Diet plans from A to almost Z

Diet plans from A to almost Z

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A healthful diet takes research and effort

In today''s society, obesity is on the rise, especially in children. There are many causes of this growing problem, ranging from fast food ads for super-size meals to easy access to junk food for children and eating on the run. Restaurants serve portions twice as large as we need.

But I do see improvements in schools, where they are serving healthful lunches and educating kids on healthful eating. Restaurants and fast-food places now display healthful food choices on their menus. I am also seeing smaller portions being an option on menus.

I will admit it to my loyal readers: I have tried many fad diets from Slim Fast to low-carbohydrate diets. To my "surprise," they did not work. I realized very quickly that all these so-called "miracle" diets are very unhealthy.

Diet plans from A to almost Z

Not long ago, this site posted a rather unique approach to dieting from a guest contributor, Reinhard Engels, who took great pains to note that he is not a health professional of any kind and should not be considered responsible for any negative outcomes by anyone who might take his diet to heart and follow it religiously.

But in fact, his proposed diet, the "No S Diet," makes a lot of sense in a kind of simple, intuitive way, and for someone looking for a program they can easily get an intellectual grip on, it''s got a lot going for it. Here are the No S Diet basics:

No Snacks. They''re mostly composed of fats and/or sugars; a no-brainer. No Sweets. Actually, you''re allowed to dive off the wagon on weekends and holidays, but even so, there''s no more concentrated form of calories or more efficient way to limit them.

Serving up a daily diet of news for Bible-believing Israel-lovers hungry for Israel-related news from an Israel-savvy

Syria - one of Israel''s most implacable foes - is making threatening noises again in what some Mid-East watchers estimate to be an exercise in sabre rattling.

Bashar el-Assad - the Damascus dictator - said it was likely Israel would look for a pretext to attack his country in order to divert attention from itself.

That "pretext" would likely be that Syria was allying itself with Iran.

However, "Syria will resist and stand strong and never give in," to an Israeli assault, Assad vowed.

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Taiwan Quick Take: Diet `god'' booked until 2008

A military physician who has become known as the "god of weight loss" in southern Taiwan has more than 2,000 patients on his waiting list. Lin Sheng-chang (Lt) of the Kaohsiung Military Hospital, has a waiting list of patients so long that people, mostly women, who want to see Lin for weight loss consultations must wait until May 2008, medical sources said yesterday. Lin''s "trick," according to his patients who have successfully lost weight, is to put them on a diet and give them ear acupuncture. The cost for seeing Lin is low, averaging NT$300 per treatment, and Lin prescribes "tailor-made" weight-cutting strategies for each patient he attends to, they said. Lin''s patients must follow his regulations strictly or risk being dropped by him, said a patient surnamed Chen, who lost 5kg in three months.

Leafy Greens Still Important to Your Diet

The spinach scare poses problems for some restaurants and a dietary dilemma for all of us trying to eat more green, leafy vegetables.

Remember: cooked spinach and frozen spinach are okay. Otherwise, there''s still plenty of dark green on the grocer''s shelves.

When growers started washing and bagging spinach, it became convenient and found its way into the mainstream American diet. We ate what was good for us because it was easy.

David Bench, Lion House Chef: "They said it''s not safe, so we just eliminate it from any of the menu items. Cooked, raw whatever, we don''t have it on."

Their spinach crepe? Pineapple this week. Their spring mix usually has spinach, but not right now.

David Bench, Lion House Chef: "You know there''s so many greens out there. There''s so many different salads you can do that you can fill in with something just as good."

You won''t find a fresh spinach salad at any of the restaurants we talked to today, but some are using frozen spinach in their house recipes.

Five Dieting Myths

You''ve probably heard that certain foods can help you burn calories or that snacking when on a diet is always a bad idea. It turns out these are just myths. Dr. Mallika Marshall dropped by The Saturday Early Show to help dispel five common weight loss misconceptions. Myth No. 1: You must always voice fast food. Gone are the days when all you could get a fast food restaurant was a burger and fries. Fortunately, fast food chains now offer a variety of healthier options like salads, chicken sandwiches and fruit. So instead of ordering a burger, try one of those. If you order chicken, make sure it''s grilled and not fried. If you get a salad, ask for the dressing on the side and avoid creamy ones that are loaded with calories. And instead of getting a shake or a soda, get a diet soda or a bottle of water.