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DEAR DESIGNERS!


My name is Mate, I run this website kaloriabazis.hu which is the most popular calorie counting website in Hungary with 500.000 users. It has also an English version, caloriebase.com (started not long ago). Now you have to focus only on the mobile version: https://caloriebase.com/?layout=m

I have a limited budget to finance developments and I have more urgent tasks and thats why I had no chance to improve the design in the last years . But I'm aware of the problem: the website doesn't look good enough to be appealing for new users. So now I decided to run a contest to see if you can help me with this.


WHAT YOU SHOULD NOT CHANGE:

The menu structure, positions, the buttons sizes. The button animations and sub-menus are all based on this structure, where we use 5px spacing, and 40px rows, and buttons (however we want to double the resolution for these ones: 10 and 80px). We cannot change this basic structure, because it needs a lot of programming, so you need to be creative to make it look better with current structure.


UNDERSTANDING CURRENT DESIGN CONCEPT:

1. The original concept of the site was that calories are "bad" so they are red color, and sport activites are "good", so they are green color. Red and green is very different color (which is advantage in separating those sections), but they don't look nice together, so I'm ready to change the colors but somehow we still need to show that calories are "bad" and sports are "good". The yellow boxes are showing calculated numbers.
2. The original concept was that I wanted the whole site to have a "calculator feeling": the message is that it is not made to attract people by fancy design, but it's strongness is it's knowledge and usability, same as a hand calculator. I want to maintain this concept, but with a more modern design.
3. Another concept is that I want to make the usability easier for long time users instead of first time users. It means I prefer to show more options/buttons on the screen (which can be frightening to new users, but it's okay), instead of having a very easy-to-use feeling when you first visit our site (but later you need to click a lot to reach functions). Number one priority is still long time usability.
4. I want to emphasise I love to use colors to separate parts.


WHAT CHANGES AM I EXPECTING FROM YOU?

1. you can use new colors totally freely along all site.
2. You can add some color overlays, gradients, backgrounds, to different sections.
3. You can add new frames (delete frames) to buttons/rows (without changing the size).
6. If you use new font, then it should be 100% compatible with different languages (for example: Hungarian characters like ö, ő, ü, ű, etc).
2. I need better design for input fields (currently inactive is red, and active is white, but you can change it)


ANOTHER THINGS TO CONSIDER

1. Be careful with technologies which could cause performance issues, as site speed is very important.
2. The main goal now is NOT to get new images on buttons (it's perfectly okay if you dont touch them), but an overall better and consistent look. However if you want to achieve this goal by also redesigning buttons and rows (new color, new active/press effect, ), you can do this too. In current version buttons are 40x40, but in new design they will be 80x80.
3. The new color concept needs to be compatible with meal colors like breakfast, dinner, etc.
4. I love flat design, but I want to encourage you not to limit your imagination. I really appreciate creative ideas, flat or not.
5. I want a mobil app athmosphere. Most of the similar sites use so simple designs that they look like settings menu of your phone. I find them very boring, I want to separate sections with nice colors (maybe backgrounds).
6. Clear visibility is also important so try to avoid hurting it with too many new design elements.
7. I need the winning design in a format which I we can use also to sub-menus and desktop version of the site.



SUMMARY:

i know it's not easy to make it look better AND compatible current structure, it's a big challenge. Be creative and use your imaginations. It's possible that I will need further adjustments from winning designer in the future, so it's a plus if you will be available to work.


Thanks,
Mate Magyar

Conscious Eating (6 steps)

Find out why you eat more than you need to!

Eat less in a way that is perfectly enough, and feel totally satisfied. It's possible. You only need to understand what is in your mind when you are eating.

1. Understanding your habits

You only need to understand what kind of thoughts are in your head when you are eating. Your relationship with eating will change only if you know this, and with practice.
Imagine a moment where there is a big plate full of your favourite food in front of you. Let’s say XXXL size. Done? What do you feel now? You want to eat it, right? And eat it fast. You want to get this fantastic meal inside your body. It is a very old programming, coming from a very old human habit: „Eat when you can! Who knows what happens next! What is inside is yours! No one can take it away.” Have you ever experienced starving a lot for a specific food, and then when you eat it, you don't even remember a single moment of consuming it? There is the food. And the next moment, it's the empty plate. What happened? Familiar? It's not a coincidence: it's one of the most difficult things to be present in these moments.

2. Ok, but what can we do?
Only listen. Listen to the voice in your head that urges you to eat a lot quickly! Only recognizing these thoughts can free you from the need to eat much. But you need to be very aware. You cannot make it like learning a mantra and use it every time. Because every time you have different thoughts. And the more thoughts you catch, the more free you are to decide what to do. Without knowing what is in your head, you are completely defenseless to your habits. It's difficult, because you learned not to be present when you eat. It's easy to be present when you are meditating in a silent room. Being present in the moment of eating is one of the biggest challenges! But don't think about this before your meal. Don't think about it after your meal. Be present when you are eating and watch your thoughts in the moment when you are sitting at the dining table. In this state, you will already feel much better and much more free. You’ll already start to feel like you are not controlled by your habits, and it's fantastic. What should you do now? How should you eat? Watch your plate, watch the food, and start eating slowly. Look at your hands when you are touching the fork, sticking it to the food and look at it before you eat it. You don't need to be extra slow. You will feel it is the normal tempo! It'sdifferent, but good. You don't feel any urge to eat it fast. If you do it right you will realize now you aren’t thinking about other things (your problems, your work, and what to do next). You were always thinking about something else while eating. Now you give all your attention to eating. It's a fresh experience without any need.

3. The actual eating process
And now comes the most difficult part. It comes when you taste the food. You will feel an urge to take another bite quickly, but if you recognize this urge, it is gone in the moment. Stay present. Listen to the taste. Let me show you an example. I'm sure you have been to a standing reception, right? Where everyone tries to show their perfect selves. And you notice your favourite snack is on the table. You want to eat it all. It's such a shame you have this feeling, you start feeling awkward inside. But only getting one piece of that snack is okay. So you go there and get one, and eat it. How great! Wow! It's fantastic. You know why it was so fantastic? It's the same food you buy for yourself sometimes. But now it's much better! Maybe you'd think that it is because it's free. Nooo. Don't think that you are so cheap. :) The difference is because you had only one bite and you were present in the moment when you tasted it. And you were present because you really WANTED to TASTE IT! Is that as good as it looks? Is that salty enough? You don't think about anything else in this situation, and this makes that one bite much more valuable than eating a whole pack of the same food at home. Even if it's too salty, it is not a big issue. You feel good not because of the food itself, but because you became aware and listened to the exact moment when you consumed that food. And you became one with that moment. Which always makes you feel good and free. Unfortunately, a moment later, you already start to think again about eating more. But it's alright too. Our job is not to judge any of our behaviours in our head, but to see them. So let's get back to the moment where you are at the dining table, and you taste your food. You should consume that bite the same way as you do it in a standing reception. And you have to do it for every bite. The experience of eating will be totally different. You will realize you don't feel an urge to eat big pieces. Eating little pieces are just as satisfying. And you will realize you are chewing it for a lot longer. There is no urge. You don't just bite and swallow, you chew it for seconds and listening to the beautiful variety of every aspects of the taste. I tell you this may seem very easy, but I think it's one of the most difficult things to do from the start until the end. But the more aware you are of your eating, the more satisfied you will be when you are finished. Much less portions will be enough. It's not because you tricked your stomach by extending the duration of feeling full because of this effect. It is because you KNOW that you are eating, and you are aware of that. It will be more satisfying to eat a smaller portion this way, than eating a big portion quickly. When you eat a big portion quickly, sometimes you can realize that you are still hungry. I mean, in your head! You want to eat more, but you feel your stomach doesn't let you eat more. You have eaten a big portion and you are still not satisfied some way. You need to be present to realize that how unsatisfying your old eating habit is. Eating consciously will make your body satisfied, and you won't feel that you need anything more. When you unconsciously eat a big portion you will feel bad afterwards. You say it was because you stuffed your stomach. It's only the physical manisfestation in the body which tells you "My friend, you missed the point. You better do it differently next time". But we don't hear it, we just think we feel bad because we ate so much. Sometimes, we even lie to ourself saying that "OOOh, that was sooo good", and we hold our stomach to prevent it from blowing out. But you can't lie to your body, it will always send you signs.

4. How to practice it?
You will feel a great urge sometimes to unconsciously eat the old way: "I wanna eat again without listening to the moment! I just wanna eat that whole pizza, I don't care!". If that’s the case, don't feel bad. Eat the whole pizza. But when you let yourself do this, you will know what you are doing, and this experience will help you in the future. The temptation will be less from time to time. Never judge yourself when you eat a whole pizza without even realizing it. Always know that when you realize that you didn't realize what you were doing, it means that you are REALIZING what you doing, and it's enough. It's perfectly okay. You don't need to be a pro in a day. What's more: you don't need to be a pro at all. This thing is working for itself, you don't really have to do anything. The more time you realize what you are doing/or what you were not doing, it only means you are more conscious of your eating. So you can't make a mistake. One could say the only mistake you can do is not realizing anything, but what is not realized is like something what never happened. So there is nothing to worry about :).

5. Portions
Okay, but how do you decide how much to eat? You don't wanna eat too little, or too much. If you were a "pro" you wouldn't need any help in this. And you could stop eating in the moment when it's enough. But I don't know if anyone is on this level :)). Here comes calorie counting into the picture. As calories are the fuel of the body, they represent the amount of food your body needs. Fortunately, we have this tool to calculate the exact amount which our body needs. When setting your diet plan, I want to encourage you not to set low calorie limits. Test it for some days. In our old habits, we could easily eat 2500-35000 calories a day. The best option is to just track your calorie intake without any restriction for the first days. It will give you a picture of how much you usually eat. Let's say it is 3000 kcal per day. It's not extraordinary. If you set a 1200 calorie limit now, you will give up your diet in a few weeks. You need to find the limit where you are not hungry, or where you can tolerate the hunger very easily. If you are hungry, your diet plan is wrong. You will give it up, or what's worse, you’ll expose yourself to suffering for a long time. The calorie limit should be set on a level which you can maintain for months! The key is that the diet should be easy! The whole calorie counting method should only serve the goal to help you find the right limit for what your body needs. The goal of your body is to also be healthy. It's not only your goal. Your body wants to eat the right amount. Not more, not less. And the right amount is in match with your perfect weight.

6. Our site
I've created this website to help you in this process. I want to give you a guide to how many calories you should eat, and to help you to keep this level. We are so used to bad eating habits, so we need this tool to realize our own needs. By clicking here you can calculate your calorie needs. I hope this website will guide you through this process the easiest and most comfortable way. If you learned the "lesson", you won't need it anymore. Never feel bad if you "cheat" your limit. The goal is not to "not-cheat", but to find your perfect needs. Overeatings also helps you to experience the working of your body. Never feel ashamed. Just acknowledge it, and track it without guilt. :)

I hope you found this article useful. If you did, please share it. I'm personally very interested in your responses, so don't hesitate to write me on Facebook, or here in the forum.

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Thank you for reading,
Mate

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We've just reached a new milestone once again! With this video I would like to thank you:



Dear CalorieBase Users!

Your total weight loss reached 100.000 kg!

Contratulations!
People often get a significant proportion of their daily calories from beverages. Although caloric beverages, such as juices and sodas, have been associated with weight gain, medical researchers don't all agree on the reasons for this. Some people believe that liquid calories aren't as filling as calories from solid food, but this may be too simplistic of an explanation because other factors may also be involved.ktek

Feelings of Fullness
Study results on the satiating effects of liquids vs. solid food remain inconclusive, according to an article published in the "American Journal of Clinical Nutrition" in March 2007. Some results show weight-loss benefits, and others suggest these beverages cause weight gain. A study published in "Physiology and Behavior" in September 2004 found that there was no difference in feelings of satiety after consuming either a sweetened beverage or cookies containing the same number of calories.

Compensating for Calories
Different beverages containing calories, including milk, juice and soda, all caused similar increases in feelings of fullness and a reduced desire to eat when compared to water in a study published in "Physiology and Behavior" in September 2003. These increased feelings of fullness, however, didn't result in the subjects eating any less at their next meal. A July 2011 article published in "Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition & Metabolic Care" notes that the calories in beverages appear to be incompletely compensated for at later meals, which leads people to increase the overall number of calories they consume even though they feel fuller after drinking the beverages.

Potential Explanation
One explanation for the cookies not causing greater feelings of fullness than the soda in the 2004 "Physiology and Behavior" study may be that both of these foods can be consumed very quickly. An article published in the "Proceedings of the Nutrition Society" notes that when foods take longer to eat, they cause certain responses from the digestive system that signal fullness. Such responses, however, are either decreased or nonexistent when consuming quickly eaten foods, such as beverages. Another article, published in "Nature Reviews Endocrinology" in May 2010, notes that eating quickly or eating when distracted decreases your ability to experience the food you're eating with all of your senses, making it less likely you'll get all of the normal cues that tell you when you're full.

As Part of a Healthy Diet
You'll be more likely to feel full after eating if you concentrate on eating your food slowly. Another factor affecting fullness is the energy density of the foods you eat. Foods that are lower in energy density, such as fruits and vegetables, help you feel full on fewer calories than foods that are higher in energy density, such as foods high in fat or sugar. This makes them good choices for people maintaining a healthy weight or trying to lose weight.

Source: https://www.livestrong.com/article/418816-liquid-calories-vs-solid-calories/
You've made nice results so far, you've lost a couple of pounds, you kept the plan when you suddenly reach a point where it all stops. The fat you've worked so hard so far will suddenly stick to you. Whatever you do, it does not help. It's been a week or two for a week or so. Your weight does not move. You are close to shaking your shoulders and giving it up.
Why can not you lose more weight? How can you break stagnation? This article will discuss the dynamics of the stagnation of weight loss and how it can be overcome.
 
 
Weight loss stagnation or fat loss stagnation?
 
The stagnation of weight loss is a longer period during which your body weight does not change. The question is, what if you your weight doesn't moves down for two weeks? Does it mean that your diet is not effective? NOT AT ALL! The word "weight loss" does not make a difference between fat loss, muscle loss and water loss.
One of the reasons why you are writing down your weight loss is to keep track of the changes. When weighing 1 kilos less, we tend to misconceit that this 1 kg is all pure fat (not muscle or water). If you balance yourself every day (or even several times a day), you may experience that your weight changes continuously, up to 1-2 kg. This change is largely due to the water in your body.
For example, if you consume lots of salt, carbohydrates, and little water, your body will store a lot of water, which will increase your body weight. However, if you drink plenty of water, you eat less carbohydrates and few salt and say you're done with a sweaty gymnastics, your weight may be fewer pounds. It may seem contradictory, but this is so: the more water you drink, the less your body stores.

Because of uncertainty due to water storage, it is recommended that you measure your weight only once a week, generally recommended on Monday mornings. Monday is good because after a "rushing" weekend, it's a little discipline, and in the morning because you did not eat / drank anything, so you're more likely to have the same conditions in your body. Of course, if you prefer daily weight, there is no problem. However, stepping on the scale more times a day is a straight path to losing your confidence and getting confused.
 
In definitive terms, we can talk about stagnation if there is no change in your weight for THREE WEEKS. The first two weeks can be smooth due to water storage, and the third-week stagnation is a sign that something is wrong. It is worth looking at the thing at this time.


Understand the natural dynamics of weight loss

It is worth clarifying a few things before we go into solving this problem.
Stagnation of weight loss is a very common phenomenon. If you have not met with the stagnation of weight loss until you reach your goal, you are very, very, very lucky. You need to know stagnation is normal, because our body is resistant to change. Most dieters encounters 2-3 stagnation session before reaching their goal. Think about it! If our bodies were so simple to change, everyone would walk on the street with a six-pack.
The more weight you lose, the slower the weight loss is. It has simple mathematical reasons. Let's say Johnny is 100 kg, and each week he loses 1% of his weight, ie 1 kg. If he reaches 90 kg, his weekly weight loss will only be 0.9 kg, ie 10% slow down. Weight loss - by its nature - as Johhny continues to lose weight, will be getting slower.
Losing weight is more and more difficult as you are getting closer to your ideal weight. Not only does the rate slow down, but your body is struggling to keep your fat reserves. We have to face the fact that our ability to lose weight is steadily decreasing, the diet becomes more and more difficult. According to statistics, stagnation usually occurs first after weight loss of 20-22%, then you lose weight again, and next stagnation comes after an additional 12% weight loss.
 
 
How can you break stagnation?

It was important to clarify that stagnation of weight loss is not the same as stagnation in fat loss and how the dynamics of weight loss work. Now let's look at what options we have.
 
Reduce caloric intake! As you eat, you will not only lose weight, but your metabolism will also slow down. Do not start looking for "how to speed up metabolism" articles: it is normal if your metabolism slows down during weight loss. Returning to Johnny: if he continues the same exercises after his weight goes down from 100 kg to 90 kg, his metabolism slows down by 10%. Why is that? His body weight is smaller and the smaller body needs less energy. Therefore, weight loss is constantly being re-evaluated during weight loss so that we continue to spend less energy than we burn. If you use our site, you do not have much to do with the case, because every newer weight loss page automatically recalculates the Daily Limit based on the new weight and the set target date. In any case, you are well aware of why this reduction is necessary.
Realize sneaky calories! We estimate that the cause of stagnation in weight loss is 90% due to "sneaky calories", that is, because you actually eat more calories than you think. Like slowing metabolism, it is a fact it happens in every diet. Quiet calories can come from inaccurate records, or when you get oversized dishes in the restaurant, or just because you want to make the food more savory with anything that is harmless. Or you may not be aware that a pack of 100 calorie "healthy" chocolate biscuits is actually 400 calories as the package contains 4 packs. Or maybe you think you're still making the same dose as you did 3 months ago when you started your diet and you first weighed the weight. Alcohol is also one of the most popular sneaky sources. Remind yourself of the importance of accuracy. In our opinion, this is the wisest and most effective way to pinch calories on the neck.
For sports, save only "sport" as a sport! Often, those who start calorie counting will treat general activities as a sport, just to raise the Daily Limit. We can not underline: for sports, take only physical exercise that you are doing in order to lose weight. So stairs, shopping, washing, walking, cleaning, etc., are for information purposes only in the database. These are already included in Daily Routine Kcal Burning, do not double them!
Train your body, instead of confusing it. Stagnation is not only about eating. It helps greatly if you increase the intensity of your exercise. Often you can hear about the positive effect of variation in exercise. With extreme examples, let's say you're in a gym and doing a different type of exercise each time. Although this does not interfere with your body as many people think, it may be disadvantageous to your weight loss. In the case of weight maintenance, the variation in training is an excellent solution. However, if your primary goal is weight loss (or muscle building) then it is not advisable, because in this case, continuity is more important than variation. Without continuity, you can not keep track of progress and intensify the exercises.

What if they do not succeed in breaking stagnation?
 
If you follow the first three steps, you are likely to overcome the problem. 90% of the cases calorie intake / burning is responsible for stagnation. However, if you belong to 10%, consider the following:
 
Avoid starving mode. The opposite of the sneaky calories is not eating enough calories to help sustain your body. While your metabolism will not drop if you skip a meal, or even a few, it will drop with chronic calorie deprivation. If you are a 180lb guy eating less than 1,000 calories per day for let’s say 3 weeks, you can bet your bank account your metabolism will take a nose dive. There are a host of other negative issues with extreme starvation diets (lack of proper nutrients being one of them). If you are chronically in starvation mode, it’s advisable to up your calorie intake.

Calorie Cycling. If you are in starvation mode, or have just been dieting for more than a month, or two, your metabolism can and will likely slow down above and beyond the range if you were eating more calories. There is no scientific evidence supporting calorie cycling as a superior way to lose fat, but I must mention it given the large number of respected experts who support it. Furthermore, science is not exactly ahead of the curve. Alternating low calorie with high calorie days MAY prevent this starvation response from occurring (i.e. 3 days low, 1 day high). Strategically placed cheat meals may also be helpful.

Hormones. There is a vocal contingent of nutrition experts who describe a stall in fat loss not as a calorie in/out issue, but as a "defect in fat metabolism”. The total amount of calories burned and how those calories are burned (fat loss vs. muscle loss) can be affected by hormonal imbalances. What’s the solution? Unfortunately, a simple answer is not possible, other than to seek medical assistance and test your hormone levels such as adrenal, testosterone etc. If you are taking medications, you may want to check to see if that medication can prevent weight loss because some do.

As you continue on your journey to reach your ideal weight, keep in mind that changing your body is a marathon, not a sprint (See: body change vs. maintenance). The sooner you can appreciate this, the better off you will be in the short and long term.
 
The article was from the builtlean.com site.
In the first part of our article, the Coffee with milk - Beginners guide to Recipes was about basic recipes. However, as the page lives on its own, more and more things are emerging and I would like to draw your attention to make recipes as accurate as possible.
 
 
1. Evaporation 
Most foods doesn't affected by the evaporation of the water content of foods. For example, a smoothie does not lose weight by mixing the ingredients. Take a juicy meat, which we boil with water then fry. fat. If you also add the water amount to the recipe, the calorie content per 100 g wont be right (half of the water evaporates).
As a solution to the problem, I recommend that you measure the weight of the whole food before and after preparation (although before it does not make much sense because it is as much as the weight of the ingredients has been added). 
So if you have 2 kg of pre-frying something (zero balance can save lives), and after the baking is 1.5 kg, then it means that the calories remained the same but the weight decreased by half a kilo. 
In this case you can put "Evaporation" as an ingredient and a minus sign (-500 grams). Then the value will be correct.
For an example open this food: Red onion with roasted beetroot
 
 
 
2. Boiled or raw? It does matter!
Many times I see raw pasta and rice as ingredients, although the recipe says they should be cooked before, which makes a big differenc in terms of counting. Cooked pasta soaks up one and a half kg of water per kilo, ie 1 kg of pasta will make 2.5 kg of cooked pasta while the calorie content will remain the same. That is why the pasta is 380 kcal / 100g, while the cooked pasta is 155 kcal / 100g.
The same applies to rice, which soaks up about the same amount of water.

3. Most commonly missed ingredients
Very often, you miss the oil which is absorbed by fried meat or roasted vegetables, and water in case of soups. It is also included in the FAQ, but I will describe it here as well:
In the ingredients of our recipes we should show only the quantities we actually eat.
There are two basic things to do: cook in water or fry in a grease.
If you cook in water (eg vegetables), then water does not have to be included in the ingredients because we do not drink it.
But if we cook soup, we must pick the exact amount of water to be able to calculate the nutrient content of 100 ml soup. 
If you fry in fat or oil (eg fried potatoes, fried meat), you only have to add as much fat to the ingredients as the food is absorbed. Here an average value is calculated: 1 kg of meat or vegetables takes about 50 grams of fat (about 4 tablespoons of oil). The breaded things absorb about two times more, ie 100 grams per kilo. 
Obviously, if we make a goulash soup and fry the onion in the bacon at the beginning then we must add the whole amount of fat as it is part of the food we eat.

 
In the rest of this article, you will find advice about sending recipes to a common database. It is getting harder to keep up with the common database, as most of them get faulty or incomplete and it's a lot of time to fix them. Therefore I ask you to pay attention to the following:
 
 
4. Description of the recipe
If you send your recipe in to commond database, your recipes must have a description.
 
5. Source
Whenever possible, send a source (link, or whether if it's a family recipe or local specialty).
 
6. Weight of the most common unit
Please use our general serving sizes:
 
  • garnish portion=300g
  • salad portion=250g
  • vegetable dish portion=400g
  • meat for vegetable dish portion=70g
  • soup portion=4 dl
  • meat portion=130g
  • one-course dish portion=400g
 
7. Spelling
When describing the recipes, please listen to the spelling.

Finally, I would like to thank all of you for the many good recipes, useful posts, and everything else that contributes to the development of the site!


In this article, I would like to draw attention to why it is not a good idea to set too low Daily Calorie Limit and expect a quick success.
 
Low and very low calorie diets
During diets we reduce calorie intake so that your body burns more calories every day than you consume. After a while our body starts to use fat reserves as an energy source, which leads to weight loss.
Low calorie diets using daily 1000-1500 kcal, but especially low calorie diets (below 1000 kcal), can lead to many health problems or even weight-loss stop.
 
Muscle Loss
One problem is with low calorie diets is that it causes muscle loss. When we lower the calorie intake, our body tries to store all the fat tissues in order to survive and breaks down other tissues as energy sources, such as muscle tissue according to researchers at the University of Hawaii. As a result, a very low calorie diet for a long time can lead to significant muscle loss. In order to maintain our muscle mass, such diets should be avoided and it is important that we exercise as much as possible.
 
Depression
Researchers at the University of California at Los Angeles say that if we strictly reduce our caloric intake, it may also affect our mood. Lifestyle change can create stress and weight loss can put pressure on our emotional stability. Hunger due to low calorie or very low calorie diet causes psychological stress. As our bodies become accustomed to taking far less calories than they are burning day after day, the depression increases. To avoid depression we should consume a little fewer calories, (which still makes weight loss possible). During the day we should eat light meals and not too much snacks.
 
Slow metabolism
One of the major effects of a low or very low calorie diet is the slowing down of metabolic processes, which causes fewer calories burning day by day. If we only eat very little calories every day, our body gets accustomed to reduced energy input and switches to "starving" mode, researchers at Rutgers University say. This reduced metabolic process forces our body to store any available energy. This leads to a slowdown in weight loss as our body refuses to burn fat.
 
The possibility of gaining weight back and the yo-yo effect
In most cases, low calorie diet does not lead to long-term weight loss. When the diet is over, when we return to our normal eating habits, we quickly regain our weight because of the switch to starvation mode (the metabolic processes have slowed down). Researchers at Rutgers University say that 99% of starving diets will regain, many of them gaining back more than their starting weight. This is called yo-yo effect. To find out the best way to lose weight, it is advisable to consult a dietitian who can help you plan a diet that suits your goals.
 
Source: www.livestrong.com, Louise Tremblay

Dear Users!

Your total weight loss reached 1000 kg!
Contratulations!
This image shows this amount made of 1 kgs of fat.
One of the most popular drinks is coffee with milk.
It is also on our website, but we can only give you accurate information about its calorie content if we save it as our own recipe.
You just have to do it once, as we usually always drink it the same way.

Here is a brief description of the easiest way to create coffee with milk as a recipe:
Click the New Recipe button in the "..." menu in "What did you eat?" section.
Enter your name (eg "my coffee with milk") and its category (the latter is optional).
Since it is a drink, select this for the type (this way the page will add milliliter unit).
Add the ingredients one by one, ie, how much coffee, how much milk and sugar you use (here you can use the cubic sugar unit).
Finally, for later ease of use, you can specify how much a serving weighs. In this case, it is easy to do it, as we have just made one serving. Let's look at the number of grams in the total row and specify a base unit (eg 203 g if it is 203 ml): That is, "a glass weighs 203 ml."
Save and enjoy! Next time, if you like to have coffee again, start typing "coffee" in "What did you eat?" section. At this point, "Coffee" comes up in the first place, and we can drink it with our regular serving size.
Find your own sport! :)
We begin our cycle series by examining a long-standing myth. Some, by frying the bread, changes its nutritional composition and becomes "dietetic."

When the bread is baked on both sides, it will be a toast. As we use a separate word for bread and toast, this creates the idea of ​​two different meals. While frying changes the appearance and texture of the bread, it only affects the nutrient content slightly.

What happens when we make a toast?
Baking bread moisture vaporizes, so it loses a little weight. Toasting, however, triggers chemical reactions on the surface of the bread, so it tastes.
This is called a Maillard reaction, which Louis Camille Maillard observed in the early 1900s.

Importance of the Maillard reaction
The frying of bread starts a series of biochemical reactions between carbohydrates (sugars) and amino acids (proteins on the bread surface). This changes the look of the bread, burns its surface and causes the taste difference. This is all because the Maillard reaction on the surface of the bread causes new molecules.

Chewing does not reduce calories
Unfortunately, we can not reduce the carbohydrate content of the bread by roasting. The Maillard reaction does not reduce the bread's calorie or carbohydrate content.
Toasting is carried out only on the bread surface, where the toaster's heatsets are close enough.

According to online nutrition information, a slice of white bread before toasting 65 kcal and 64.9 kcal after toasting.
This is a very small difference. However, considering the protein, carbohydrate and fat content, there are not so many differences.

A bit about acrylamide
Apart from examining nutrient content, it is important to be aware of the by-product of the biochemical reaction of frying.
When carbohydrates and amino acids are reacted, an acrylamide compound is formed. Acrylamide in large quantities is associated with cancerous diseases (Prof. Marion Nestle: The Atlantic Monthly, New York, 2009)

What kind of toast do we eat?
In addition to the usual nutrition tips (let's eat whole wheat flour), Mayoclinic.com says everyone should avoid having toast the very burnt parts of the toast, and it is best to have dark browns when it's light brown. This minimizes acrylamide formation. Although the relationship with burnt toasty crabs still requires further research, it is certainly better to keep in mind the above.



Source: livestrong.com

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