Seattle Sutton’s Dieting: Force Feeding to Lose Weight

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There are many pre-packaged weight loss programs out on the market today, all offering different ways for the overweight among us to shed poundage. One of the more higher profile systems is the Seattle Sutton diet based in the Midwest. Its core principle is a low-calorie, low-fat approach which in many ways, goes against what I have tried to encourage on this blog.

Seattle Sutton herself was a nurse who had cared for weight-challenged patients in a small Central Illinois town. After many frustrating years of observing her patients eating habits, she decided to create her own food regimen program that customers could buy, much in the same way that Nutrisystem reached popularity. The meals are pre-packaged and shipped in 5-week batches and tend to appeal in the most part to heart disease and diabetes afflicted patients who either have no desire to cook for themselves, or are unable to.

Most of what I have preached every week is the importance of creating an independent attitude towards your weight and dieting. A firm, stable approach to losing weight through disciplined eating habits enables the individual to control their success or failure rather than being brow-beaten by a must-do regimen that creates no knowledge or understanding of how the body works. The low-calorie, low-fat DNA of Seattle Sutton’s thinking creates a negative approach to weight loss. Foods tend to be bland, and the method of calorie starvation turns a motivated dieter into a frustrated ineffective subject whose will is eroded away by creating a food regimen that is Spartan at best.

Our approach has always been to find your own level of weight loss that you feel comfortable and happy with. We have discussed several differing methods which have proven successful for many individuals over the course of time. There is no “Holy Grail” of dieting  that can magically work for everyone. By the same token, a diet plan which forces the user to become dependent upon a method that creates unhappiness in the individual will eventually undo all of the advantages over time. Basically, the dieter just gets fed up with the food plan and surrenders.

Seattle Sutton’s contempt for anything other than the low-cal, low-fat doctrine is short-sighted. The plan is expensive, and not educational in any way. It teaches users to be dependent on outside sources for their nourishment. It also delivers high levels of carbohydrates which are blatantly unhealthy. Those levels create an unnatural, calorie deficient diet that do not inspire nor help the doubtful participant. Seattle Sutton does not even advocate any exercise plan to run alongside her food system which is frankly, incredible. How you can push a weight loss plan with no encouragement or emphasis on regular exercise suggests that too much faith is being placed on a dependent weight loss plan that creates a doubtful audience.

Clearly, Seattle Sutton’s system has worked for many people and the company has grown considerably since those early days back in 1985. For me, however, it is not something that I would put any faith in.

Horses for courses I guess.

5 Foods That You Wouldn’t Think Would Help in Weight Loss

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Most of the discussions that we have on this blog are directed towards recommending dieting schedules and fitness foods that will help in your weight loss program. Today we’re going to veer off the path a touch and look at 5 foods that you wouldn’t think would help in weight loss. Normally, these foods would be considered off limits but they are in fact beneficial in some respects.

1. Dairy Products
Certain studies have shown that the inclusion of dairy in a diet helps provide a calcium source which has been known to accelerate fat loss in some circumstances. There are studies that show that obese people who have incorporated dairy into their diet have had better weight control results. Currently, the subject of dairy and weight loss is high on the list of some detractors who beleive that these findings are false. Decide for yourself.

2. Alcohol
I should clarify this category by saying wine, and the red variety. Obviously beer and spirits contain way too many calories to be beneficial but a glass of red wine per day provides quantities of Resveratrol which is the anti-oxidant that helps control heart disease, strokes and some cancers. Additionally, researchers have found that the substance has fat releasing properties too.

3. Chocolate
Chocolate has been thought over the years to be very similar to dairy products in its effect on weight loss and dieting. Too many calories sprinkled in there for it to be a help rather than a hindrance. However, when we examine the benefits of cocoa, the staple constituent of cocoa, we see a whole different story. Cocoa contains plenty phenolic anti-oxidants which help in reducing inflammation, nerve damage and UV radiation damage to the skin from the sun. The comforting effects of chocolate also reduce hunger and calm stressful attitudes.

4. Vinegar
Now from my days in chemistry class at high school, I always knew that vinegar was just acetic acid but over the years, I never realised that there were any health benefits attached to the chemical. However, acetic acid reduces the body’s ability to store fats and also reduces the glycemic effects of food by making the brain tell the body that the stomach is full. A huge benefit to any dieter.

5. Honey
I have always known of honey’s health benefits but had never delved deeply enough into its qualities to realise that it also helped reduce weight gain and body fat when used as a sugar substitute. The antiviral and antifungal properties are a given and add to the food’s value.

None of the foods mentioned above on their own will not show a radical change in weight but we are trying to reinforce attitudes and the principle that dieting is about the percentages. If, however by using some of the 5 foods that you wouldn’t think would help in weight loss in place of more common but less valuable products or additives, we can maybe decrease body fat by 1%, or reduce weight gain by a similar amount, then our job is done.

Small steps everyone.

HAPIfork: Controlled eating at your fingertips

As you are probably well aware, I’m not a great fan of “tricks” or “gadgets” that provide a quick, painless way to achieve weight loss goals, but if something works and is harmless, I’m game. Enter HAPIfork. A new technology in a special fork that controls your eating habits.

Similar to an electric toothbrush, HAPIfork is a project initiated by a French designer, Jacques Lapine, who had a traumatic incident in early adulthood when he suffered what he thought was a heart attack but which was finally diagnosed as something similar to acid-reflux, but primarily caused by eating too fast.

Lapine’s company, HAPILabs, has since developed a special fork that contains innovative software that records how fast you eat your food, and if the speed is too fast, a vibrating response that is uncomfortable to the touch is produced to encourage you to slow down. The process seems to work when used properly although there are ways to get around the method such as picking the food off the fork and putting it into your mouth with your fingers. The software works through what is called capacitive touch sensitivity, the same principle with which your cellphone screen detects the presence of your finger. Every bite in every meal is recorded and analysed over time to produce a report of how fast you eat and what can be done to slow you down.

At present, the project is still in the Kickstarter development stage which at first glance appears to have been successful. Devices will be sold for around $99 each and there are plans to design the software to work in conjunction with your Smartphone where real-time reports can be accessed so that immediate correction to eating habits can be made. The principle that people who eat slower consume fewer calories is a huge part of HAPIfork also.

In order to help weight loss habits, the elapsed time between bites can be preset into the device. For instance, lengthening the time between bites to 20 secs from 10 secs helps with digestion and appetite responses which can determine how much food is consumed at one sitting. The product has already won an award at the last Consumer Electronics Show for innovation so there is obviously potential here. The question for me, is does it work. My answer is I don’t know. I guess anything that helps control food consumption, and helps focus our attention on what’s necessary when it comes to the whole principle of dieting, is a benefit.

I have to admit though. I can probably find a bunch of things that I can spend $99 on before I’d spend it on HAPIfork.