Friday, 21 September 2007

Life Fit Chat with Laura Lewis: Put more punch in your lunch!

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Life Fit Chat with That's Fit Life Fit Expert Laura Lewis brings conversation provoking tidbits to your table, served up with a touch of spice! Byte-sized information that pack some punch, brought to you every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday!

Did you know ... There is a new theory about why the French are healthier than Americans and most other Mediterranean cultures (besides the fact that they drink more wine). It is because they eat their largest meal at lunchtime and snack less. Curtis Ellison, MD, of the Boston University School of Medicine, compared fifty Parisians with fifty Botonians. He found that the French eat 57 percent of their total daily calories before 2:00 pm! After 2:00 pm, they are unlikely to eat again until 7:00 or 7:30 pm, when they usually consume lighter foods than they do at lunch.

Americans that took part in the study were found to eat only 38 percent of their total daily calories before 2:00 pm and then they snacked three hours later. Americans typically have 2.9 snacks per day, usually making up 22 percent of their total daily calories. The French only consume 1.1 snacks per day on average, making up 7 percent of tehir total daily calories.

Better to go hungry? Some longevity specialists believe a low-calorie diet slows down aging. The theory maintains that if you are "working" without food, your body probably will produce less of the bad cholesterol or LDLs.

Action Tips:
  • Eat a high-carbohydrate, low-fat breakfast. Lunch should be composed of four to six ounces of a lean protein, a large salad and two hefty servings of grains or "whole" carbohydrates.
  • Drink room-temperature water with lemon! There is no fat to speak of an an added benefit will heightened alertness after lunch,
  • Snack only on fresh whole fruit, water with lemon or lime and some form of whole grain carbs.
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