Nutrition and Dieting Facts That May Surprise You!

Some nutrition and dieting facts may surprise you! Not everyone is well versed on the subject! Did you know for example that it's NOT a major health hazard to be a few pounds overweight? (In fact, a little bit of extra weight can help fight off disease over time.)

If you've been struggling with weight issues, skim through the list below. See if there's one or two minor changes you can make that will improve the results you get from dieting.

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Few people look forward to trimming back food consumption. However, if you can figure out what inspires you, that's half the battle, right? There's always a way to light a fire underneath you. In fact, it's vital if you're dieting and getting nowhere.

Read through these nutrition and dieting facts and decide what you think.

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Nutrition and Dieting Facts

  • One study found that people who used larger forks ate less than people who used smaller forks; when both were served large portions.

  • 80 percent of all American women are on a diet right now.

  • Last year Americans spent $300 million on diet products alone.

  • Hunter-gatherers in the Australian outback live on over 800 varieties of plant foods. Americans on the other hand, live on three; corn, wheat, and soy.

  • Rennet, (a substance used to curdle milk and make cheese), is taken from the inner lining of the fourth stomach of a calf.

  • American standards for ideal weight have become thinner and thinner over the past twenty years. However, during the same time period, the weight of the average adult has increased by five pounds.

  • One third of Americans get nearly half (47 percent) of their calories from junk foods.

  • The average American woman wears a size 12 to 14 clothing.

  • In 1985, American's ate 300 fewer calories daily as opposed to today. Sweeteners like aspartame account for 23 percent of those additional calories.

  • Playboy centerfolds and Miss America Pageant contestants have progressively become thinner over the past twenty years.

  • There has been a significant increase in the number of diet articles appearing in popular women's magazines during the past twenty years. However, if any diet worked for everyone, there wouldn't be so many around to follow.

  • The price of fresh fruits and vegetables has nearly doubled in price (40 percent) since 1985. However, the price of soft drinks has decreased around 23 percent.

  • Women need a fat level of approximately 22 percent of their body weight in order to menstruate normally.

  • Most diets fail in the long run, causing dieters to repeatedly lose and regain weight after returning to their pre-diet weight. There is some evidence that this yo-yo pattern of weight loss and gain is more hazardous to health than remaining moderately overweight.

  • One pound of potato chips cost nearly two hundred times more than a pound of potatoes. (One medium sized potato yields 36 chips.)

  • According to the USDA, the use of cereal and flour products has dropped about 30 pounds a year per person, and consumption of non-citric fruits has decreased at about the same rate.

  • Did you know that half the foods popular throughout the world today were developed by farmers in the Andes Mountains? Among them are potatoes, corn, sweet potatoes, squash, beans, peanuts, cashews, pineapples, chocolate, avocados, tomatoes, peppers, papayas, strawberries, and many others.

  • Your body may be biologically pre-programmed to weigh a certain amount. Each of us may have a predetermined weight 'set point' that your system automatically attempts to maintain. Most animals maintain their body weight within a narrow range, suggesting a naturally "built-in" system of weight regulation.

  • People subjected to semi-starvation diets become preoccupied with food, often experiencing dreams involving eating.

  • According to a report issued by the Senate Committee on Nutrition and Human Needs, improved nutrition in America would cut the national health bill by approximately one third. The committee also suggests a diet composed of 10 percent protein, 10 percent fat, and 80 percent complex carbohydrates (plus exercise done in moderation).

  • After Popeye comic strip started in 1931, spinach consumption increased by thirty-three percent in the United States alone. According to a 2010 study, it still has a strong influence on children that watch it today.

  • Americans eat more than 22 pounds of tomatoes every year, according to the USDA. More than half of it is eaten in the form of tomato sauce or ketchup.
  • Excessive dieting can lead to irritability, depression, withdrawal, and sexual disinterest.

  • 90 percent of all people who lose weight successfully write down the foods they consume daily!

  • Binging is the body's natural response to excessive dieting. The more you diet, the more you feel the need to overeat.

    Did at least some of these nutrition and dieting facts surprise you?

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