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Nutrition, diets to address overweight and obesity


The following are required to achieve long-term weight loss:

  • Change your feeding habits once and for all.
  • Make a habit of exercising, not only when you feel like it, which may be only rarely.

Despite their importance, these two major elements are not part of many fad diets.

Here are a few elements to identify fad diets or so-called weight loss tips :

  • You are promised unachievable results.
  • You are asked to remove specific foods or entire food groups from your food list.
  • You are asked to adhere to a strict, specific program.

Here is how to recognize a trustworthy diet:

  • It includes physical exercise.
  • It makes recommendations based on real scientific evidence.
  • The daily dietary intakes match those recommended by Health Canada.
  • It includes a weight loss control maintenance programme.

Don’t forget: healthful eating is a way of life, not a two-week programme.

Diet & Nutrition


Canada's Food Guide (Health Canada)
Dietary Guidelines for Americans
Food Guide Pyramid (USA)
Dietary Guidelines for Healthy American Adults: AHA Scientific Position
Dietary Guidance for Americans
Dietary Guidelines for Healthy Children: AHA Scientific Position
American Dietetic Association Positions Index (ADA)
Weight Management -- Position of ADA
Dietary Protein and Weight Reduction. AHA Position 2001
Food and Nutrition Information Center (FNIC)
Diet, consumption, & health (ERS)
How to Use Fruits and Vegetables to Help Manage your Weight
Did you know that eating fruits and vegetables can be a powerful, healthy way to lose or maintain weight?

Facts and Tips

How to use fruits and vegetables to manage your weight (PDF-706K)
Nutrition and Overweight (NIH & FDA)
Nutrition Fact Sheets (ADA)
Diet: Tips for Improving Your Health (Family Doc)
Dietary Reference Intakes (DRI) and Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDA)
Eating five fruits and veggies a day!
Successful Weight Loss - Ten Tips on What Works
10 Foods you should eat (CSPI)
10 Steps to Healthy Diet (CSPI)
10 Tips for Healthy Eating (IFIC)
Nutrition Facts Panel on Food Labels
Guidance on How to Understand and Use Labels

Popular Diets and Programs

Mediterranean Diet Pyramid
Very Low-Calorie Diets (WIN)
High-Protein Diets (AHA)
Children Nutrition Programs in USA
Rating the Diet Books (CSPI)
Nutrition Experts and Diet-book Authors Urge

Nutritional Disorders

Obesity: Nutritional disorder (Merck Manual)
Binge Eating Disorder

Supplements, Natural products & Functional Foods

Supplements and Minerals

What are Dietary Supplement?
Dietary Supplements, Powders and Other Formulas: AHA Scientific Position
Vitamin and Mineral Supplements: AHA Scientific Position
Using vitamin and mineral supplements wisely (Mayo Clinic)
Using herbal supplements wisely (Mayo Clinic)
About Minerals and Vitamins (Linus Pauling Institute)
Dietary Supplement Cautions
Facts about Minerals and Vitamins (NIH)
Foods tested for supplements and minerals content
General information, labeling, test results
Dietary Supplements and Herbal Information (FNIC)

Functional Foods

Functional foods -- Position of ADA (PDF format)
About Functional Foods (CSPI)
Database on the Isoflavone Content of Foods

Herbs and Natural Products

Herbal Health Products--What You Should Know (Family Doc)
Foods tested for Herbal products content
Herbal Information FNIC
What are Phytochemicals (ADA)
Blueberries rank #1 in antioxidant activity (USDA)
Common Herbs; An Introductory Guide to Herbal Healthcare Herb Reference Guide (ABC)
German Commission E Monographs and Update
The ABC Clinical Guide to Herbs
Vitamin E Potential Benefits

Other resources, facts sheets and databases

The dietary supplement newsletter
Dietary Supplements and Herbal Resources Information
Dr. Duke's Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Databases
Databases on Dietary Supplements (NIH)
Fact sheets for consumer from the Office of dietary supplement, NIH
Search healthfinder® for information on nutrition
An interactive complete herbal database
Herb Research Foundation
Specialty research library
Annual Bibliography of Significant Advances in Dietary Supplement - Research 2000
International Bibliographic Information on Dietary Supplements (IBIDS) Computer Access to Research on Dietary Supplements (CARDS)
Arbor Nutrition Guide
Resources in clinical nutrition and food sciences

Warnings and Recommendations

Health products and Food Branch (Health Canada)
Office of Natural Health Products (ONHP Canada)
Security about Dietary Supplements (FDA)
LipoKinetix: FDA Warns About Weight Loss Product
Recent Recalls and Warnings
Kids' Dietary Supplements (Fed Trade Commission)
Dietary Supplements: An Advertising Guide for Industry
Voluntary Guidelines for Providers of Weight Loss Products or Services
Scientists Call For Clearer Information, Warnings on Potentially Dangerous "Natural" Products (ACSH)
Many Supplements Have Low Levels of Active Ingredients
Inadequate Consumption of Fruits and Vegetables Can be Damaging Our DNA

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