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Knowledgebase : Nutritional Information > Nutrition: Weight Management
No. In fact they count negatively toward your daily water intake. Why? These liquids are all dehydrators. The exceptions are decaffeinated coffee and decaffeinated tea, particularly herbal tea - these do count towards your daily intake of water, if they are made with pure water. However keep in mind that decaf coffee still has tannic acid in it which you should not ingest large amounts of. Anything containing caffeine, which includes most pop, coffee and tea, dehydrates you. Drink a minimum of 8-10, 8-ounce glasses of pure water per day.
Calorie counting, height and weight, and the concept of "weight loss and the scales" are outdated and misleading paradigms that encourage one of the most destructive human behaviors - dieting. Dieting is guaranteed to make you fat. When you go on a typical diet and cut your calories, you are effectively starving your body. Your body responds to this diet as a threat and a series of very powerful survival responses quickly go into action, which in effect cause your body to store as much fat as possible. First, your metabolism slows to a crawl. Your body then releases cortisol , a very powerful survival hormone which facilitates the burning of your lean muscle mass, (depleting your body's calorie burning engine), and the storage of fat. When you come off your diet, your body quickly stores fat and you not only gain back all the fat you have lost, your body becomes more resistant to your next diet. Even though you may have lost weight, you may actually be fatter, because your body fat percentage - the relationship between the amount of fat to the amount of lean body mass (muscle) - may increase. The key to permanent fat loss is not to count and restrict calories and deprive yourself. Rather, the key is keeping your blood sugar stable, so you eliminate cravings and hunger, which in reality will result in less caloric intake, simply because you don't eat as much. Never eat carbohydrates alone. Always eat them in combination with lean proteins and/or raw fats/oils, to slow down the conversion of carbohydrates into glucose. Increase your lean protein portion if you still feel hungry or sluggish after. Starting your day off with an Advanced Metabolic Optimizer, a balanced blend of the highest quality of lean protein, raw fats/oils and unprocessed carbohydrate, will keep your blood sugar stable, keep you energized, eliminate cravings, and turn your body into a fat burning machine.
The question should be not just "how much," but also "what type" of fat should you be eating if you want to lose " fat. " Despite what you may have been led to believe, not all fat is bad. There is some fat that is absolutely essential for your health, and for fat loss. That type of fat contains the essential fatty acids, omega 3 and omega 6. These fats are essential , because your body cannot produce them, so they must come from the foods you eat. Sources of EFA's are raw (meaning uncooked, unprocessed, unheated) seeds and oils coming from plants, and from cold-water fish like salmon and tuna. The best sources are (starting with the best) oil and seeds from flax seed, sunflower seed, sesame seed, and pumpkin seed; extra virgin olive oil, avocado, and raw nuts-including almonds, cashews etc. In fact, they are essential for enhancing your metabolism, for optimum brain function, and optimum energy. How much of the essential fats do you need? The optimum amount of raw fats/oils is one tablespoon of raw oil or 1/4 cup of raw seeds/nuts per meal. Good fats can also be eaten alone without disrupting your blood sugar level. A hand full of raw almonds or nuts of any kind is a great snack. An omega 3/6 raw oil blend mixed with balsamic vinegar makes a great salad dressing. On the other hand, if you want to be lean, high energy and healthy, you want to limit the amount of bad fats (that is saturated, processed, hydrogenated, and fried fats including red meats, whole dairy, butter, margarine and store-bought vegetable oils, except extra virgin olive oil). These fats will make you fat, disrupt your hormonal balance, and increase your risk of disease (by increasing inflammation and decreasing blood flow). You can instead consume EFAs through a high quality supplement such as VGF25+ for Men and Women.

Despite decades of research, we still don't fully understand why some people gain weight more easily than others, and also have greater trouble losing excess weight. It is known that body fat levels are increasing in America, along with the rest of the developed world (and increasingly in the developing world too). For example, in 1990 fewer than 10% of Australian adults were obese, while in 2001 the corresponding figure was more than 16%. In 2003 the Worldwatch Institute reported that, possibly for the first time in human history, the number of overweight individuals worldwide rivals the number of underweight. Clearly, something is wrong with our diet and/or lifestyle. However, it is known that avoiding excessive energy (i.e. calorie) intake is critical to weight control. That is, you will inevitably gain weight if your energy intake exceeds your energy output. But this doesn't mean crash dieting or attempting to lose huge quantities of weight in a short time. Gradual weight loss, at a rate of 0.5-1.0 kg per month, is most likely to lead to sustainable weight loss, because the body hardly notices such a low rate of change. By way of contrast, rapid weight reduction stimulates hunger (the body interprets sudden weight loss as impending starvation and does all it can to encourage higher food intake). A slow rate of weight loss also means that you can eat enough food to ensure adequate intake of essential nutrients such as vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber. Also, while reducing your food intake will help in weight control, it may not be sufficient in itself. You must still ensure that your level of physical activity takes your energy expenditure above your energy intake. It is difficult to over-emphasize the importance of physical activity, not only in weight control but for general health and fitness as well.The simplest and most appropriate physical activity for most people is walking. Just adding 30 minutes of brisk walking to your daily activity pattern may be enough to tip the energy balance in favor of reducing weight. If you lose 0.5-1.0 kg of excess body fat per month, your weight will have come down by about 9 kg in a year. For someone whose initial weight was 90 kg, this represents a 10% weight reduction, enough to make a substantial difference to your health and metabolic fitness (i.e. blood pressure, cholesterol, triglycerides and so on). Once your weight has stabilized at the new (lower) level, it is essential that you continue with your new lifestyle of slightly lower food intake and increased physical activity, or the weight will simply go back on. In other words, there is no point going on a diet; rather, the changes you made to lose weight must now be a permanent part of your life. This will not be easy. Although the solution seems straightforward (eat less and increase physical activity), as already mentioned in this FAQ, losing weight is difficult enough in the first place; keeping it off is even harder. If we fully understood the actual cause (or causes) of the worldwide increase in body fat levels, we would be in a better position to develop strategies to halt the epidemic (and perhaps even begin reversing it). Clearly, both diet and lifestyle (particularly physical activity or rather a lack of activity) are involved in the obesity epidemic, but the exact role of diet is still very controversial.

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