Go 'Un-Diet' to lose weight
"Go UnDiet" by Gloria Tsang, R.D., is all about getting off the "diet" merry-go-round and taking small steps to achieve weight loss.
The "undieting" approach described by Tsang, founder of the popular online nutrition network HealthCastle.com, cuts through the confusing diet advice you've heard for years, such as the best way to lose weight is on a low-carb diet, low-fat diet, high-protein diet, high-, low- whatever diet. She believes rigid meal plans advocated in many diet books can help you lose weight over the short-term, but they're often overly restrictive, unrealistic, and leave you feeling hungry and unsatisfied.
So, what's the antidote to frustrating weight loss diets? Unplug and "undiet" according to Tsang, who offers a collection of 50 simple, "undieting actions" (essentially eating tips) that can change your diet and result in weight loss without the necessity of strict diet plans.
Starchy food linked
to breast cancer
Another reason to avoid the carbs: Researchers reported increased carbohydrate intake was associated with a higher rate of breast cancer recurrence in survivors of the disease.
Starch intake seemed to be particularly influential, they said, accounting for 48 percent of changes in women's carbohydrate intake.
The research was based on data from the Women's Health Eating and Living Dietary Intervention Trial.
For the starch study, the researchers looked at food recall interviews at the beginning and after one year from 2,651 women. They found the initial carbohydrate intake was 233 grams per day. Women who had a recurrence of their cancer increased their carb intake by 2.3 grams per day, on average. Women who did not have a recurrence decreased carb intake by 2.7 grams per day, on average.
The increased risk was limited to women with lower-grade tumors.
The researchers said the discovery called for more study of limiting starch intake in women with breast cancer.