Loss Tools - the
Importance of Diet Tools
loss tools are presented as a necessity in a weight loss plan, but how
important are they? Abraham Maslow is quoted as having said "If the
only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a
nail". Making your self familiar with a number of weight loss tools
better positions you to make better decisions and choices when
approaching weight loss.
- food planning tools to consider
pyramids are simply ingenious weight loss tools. They are easy to
understand, easy to use and provide for wide flexibility. But there is
one problem, a small problem, significant though; there are several
food pyramids to choose from. So among these diet tools which one goes
best with weight loss?
Read our visitors stories about their personal experience with weight
loss tools. And if you too have a story about how you used a weight
loss tool, you are welcomed to share it here. Infact this
will dedicate a whole page to you and your story. Body
Mass Index (BMI) - it’s not always accurate
mass index is arguably the most referenced and used weight loss tool.
But what many do not know is that it is not always accurate. This
however has not stooped it from being used in the context of obesity
and dieting. So the question is how you do use it and what its
Counting - should
you or shouldn’t you
say you do not need to count calories. Others cannot understand how you
can lose weight if an element of counting calories is in the plan.
Calorie counting is not exactly a clear weight loss tool to many. But
the importance is very real as far as weight loss is concerned.
Ratio - a better health indicator
comparison to body mass index, waist hip ratio is a better indicator of
body fat distribution. This weight loss tool is borrowed from
psychology and has become a main stream tool in nutrition and related
sciences. But like all other dieting tools it has shown limitations in
Calculators - they do have limitations
Carlyle put it this way, "Man is a tool-using animal". Tools help you
in planning, strategizing and evaluating; similarly weight loss tools
are necessary for this function in a weight loss plan. But what makes
or breaks your effort is the understanding of the abilities and
limitations of your tools.
Circumference - simple yet quite effective
weight loss tools are as simple and effective as weight circumference.
Keeping in mind that abdominal adiposity is a proven risk factor of
hypertension and diabetes, waist circumference is an dispensable weight
loss tool in a diet plan. But like all tools, it should be used
together with others.
Index - carbohydrate quality indicator
Before the glycemic index was widely used as a weight loss
nutritionists were at pains trying to defend carbohydrates. Atkins diet
thrived mainly on the seeming fact that carbohydrates make you fat.
Withy this tool you can differentiate the good carbs from the bad
carbs, as accurately as ever.
Load - making sense of glycemic index
Glycemic Index has been one of the novel weight loss tools in
nutrition, but it has been nearly impractical for the layperson.
Glycemic Load is a similarly simple yet ingenious weight loss tool for
the common person to make use of Glycemic Index. These two go hand in
Percentage - a more accurate measurement
most weight loss tools we get an indication and probably the best we
can get is estimation. But with body fat percentage there are tools
that can very accurately in determining the quantity of body fat. And
though for weight loss super accuracy is of no practical use, an
estimate close to the real thing is not bad.
content is reviewed periodically and is subject to
change as new information on weight loss becomes
available. The information is intended for
educational purposes only. Please
consult your healthcare provider before beginning
any kind of weight loss program