Monday, January 24, 2005

A healthy skepticism

A sense of humor at the Federal Trade Commission? See their website promoting a miracle eggplant extract that will let you "feast on your favorite foods.... and lose up to two pounds a day!"


This site is the lead feature on the federal government's gateway site for nutrition information. As a follow-up to the previous post, it is worthwhile to quote the healthy skepticism that the FTC and Food and Drug Administration have toward weight-loss claims other than those represented by the Dietary Guidelines. Would these federal agencies approve of licensing high-fat dairy products with weight loss claims?

Sensible Weight Maintenance Tips

Losing weight may not be effortless, but it doesn't have to be complicated. To achieve long-term results, it's best to avoid quick-fix schemes and complex regimens. Focus instead on making modest changes to your life's daily routine. A balanced, healthy diet and sensible, regular exercise are the keys to maintaining your ideal weight. Although nutrition science is constantly evolving, here are some generally-accepted guidelines for losing weight:

  • Consult with your doctor, a dietician, or other qualified health professional to determine your ideal healthy body weight.

  • Eat smaller portions and choose from a variety of foods.

  • Load up on foods naturally high in fiber: Fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains.

  • Limit portions of foods high in fat: dairy products like cheese, butter, and whole milk; red meat; cakes and pastries.

  • Exercise at least three times a week.

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