Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Diet Delights

On one of my email sites they have helpful tips. Today's health tip was this:

You've heard it repeatedly -- exercise more, eat less fat. But exercise is tiring, and a low-fat diet is about as much fun as eating paper. There has to be a balance somewhere.

According to the February 2000 Journal of the American College of Nutrition, there is a way out -- all you have to do is exercise more.

Researchers at the State University of New York at Buffalo studied the effects of different diets on endurance runners. They had marathon runners eat diets that ranged from 17 percent to 44 percent of total calories from fat.

They found that on the low-fat diet, the runners simply weren't getting enough essential nutrients, particularly calcium and zinc. Women runners on the low-fat diet weren't getting enough essential fatty acids either.

As a result, the researchers had to advise the runners to eat more, rather than less, fat.

Maybe this is my problem right now - I don't have enough fat in my system so I'm feeling blah and unmotivated and unenergized. Maybe I need to eat some ice cream. Or Frosted Flakes. Or Lucky Charms. :)

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