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Eggs can quell your appetite

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According to the Harvard School of Health:

“A solid body of research shows that for most people, cholesterol in food has a much smaller effect on blood levels of total cholesterol and harmful LDL cholesterol than does the mix of fats in the diet. Recent research has shown that moderate egg consumption—up to one a day—does not increase heart disease risk in healthy individuals.”

The key words there are "most people" and “healthy individuals” – no diabetes or history of heart disease.

When eating eggs I feel full longer.  I thought it was just me, but studies confirm that eggs will help to quell your appetite. The article, Is it OK to eat eggs every day?, addresses the myths regarding cholesterol and eggs and mentions two studies on eggs and satiation.

One study: “They also ate less at lunch and dinner after having the egg breakfast as opposed to the other breakfasts.”

The other study: “Eggs for lunch could increase satiety more than a carbohydrate meal and might even help reduce between-meal calorie intake.”

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Can one lose weight by becoming less cluttered?

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'Give me a one-handed economist! All my economics say, ''On the one hand, on the other.''' Harry S. Truman

A new book, Lose The Clutter Lose The Weight, as the title suggests operates from an interesting premise. On one hand in regard to clutter and weight-loss, correlation does not mean causation. There are those who have been both fat and tidy, and other times, very fit and sloppy.

On the other hand if you can de-clutter the drama in your life and the clutter in your house and workplace you will not feel so overwhelmed. When I am overwhelmed I look for comfort food.

For a few years after Hurricane Katrina I was about as de-cluttered as one can get. I had a pair shoes, a few changes of clothes, a computer, a dog, and a box full of financial records. I could easily fit all that I owned into my car, and I did actually when I moved to Austin. During that time I experienced tremendous upheaval both financially and personally. I gained weight.

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Losing weight and keeping it off - what you are up against

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This New York Times article, The Fat Trap, explores how people lose weight, but almost without exception, gain it right back.

In one study, 50 obese men and women consumed just 500 to 550 calories a day for eight weeks and lost an average of 30 pounds. A year after the study, subjects had regained an average of 11  pounds and reported feeling far more hungry and preoccupied with food than before they lost the weight.

Yeah, I know the diet was too restrictive, but regardless, it is interesting to note what is going on hormonally. A quote from the article:

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Three different diets, equal in calories, three vastly different results

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This New York Times article, What Really Makes Us Fat, discusses the result of a study that produced surprising results.

The experiment: Three separate groups on three different diets stuck to a diet for a month. All subjects consumed the same amount of calories.

Diet 1: A high-carbohydrate low-fat diet - fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean sources of protein.

Diet 2: A low glycemic index diet - fewer carbohydrates in total - non-starchy vegetables, beans, and minimally processed sources.

Diet 3: The Atkins diet - high in fat and protein and very low in carbohydrates.

Results: The fewer carbohydrates consumed, the more energy was expended.

A quote from the article:

“On the very low-carbohydrate diet, subjects expended 300 more calories a day than they did on the low-fat diet and 150 calories more than on the low-glycemic-index diet.”

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Is exercising to lose weight a losing proposition?

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Sorry about the pun. According to Wikipedia: A human being traveling on a bicycle at 16–24 km/h (10–15 mph), using only the power required to walk, is the most energy-efficient means of human transport generally available.  Just how energy efficient is the bicycle?

The LiveStrong web site has an article, Calories Burned Biking One Mile detailing how many calories one burns riding a bike. Looking at the numbers from that source and others sources as well, you can get a rough estimate of number of calories burned riding a bike. Depending how much you weigh and how fast you ride you are going to expend anywhere from @ 30 to 60 calories per mile riding a bike. For ease of computation let’s use an average of 45 calories per mile of bike riding.

Add two other factoids:  There are 31,500 food calories in a gallon of gas, and there are 3500 calories in a pound of fat.

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