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Arguments for Low Fat Diet

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3. Low fat diet meant less sugar intake thus prevents diabetes. 4. Gastrointestinal symptoms associated with fat intake is absent in a low fat diet. 5. Low fat diet usually leads to a fitter body that makes one attractive and enhances one’s self esteem. 6. Low fat diet meant less consumption of meat and poultry which is good for the environment. Meat and poultry requires a lot of energy to produce that strains the environment. 7. Low fat diet when done on scale could lessen our dependence towards foreign source of oil. This is because growing cows and other animals requires crude and gasoline to grow and transport them. 8. Over-all health improves. 9. When over-all health improves, one saves a lot of money from hospitalization or medicine bills. 10. A good health brought by low fat diet meant low opportunity cost that is foregone during sickness when one cannot work to make money. b. Five rebuttal statements 1. Low fat diet is very hard to sustain. Once the diet has been stopped, the dieters usually revert back to the old weight level. 2. Not all fat are bad. Fats coming from fish has Omega-3 that lowers cholesterol and reduces the risk of hypertension and cardiovascular disease. 3. … It categorizes weight according to the following classification. 18.5lt. underweight 18.5 to 25.00 (some table put this at 24.90) normal weight 25.10 to 29.9 overweight 30.00 and above = obese. BMI is computed by the formula weight / [height (in inches)]2 x 703. b. BMR (Basal Metabolism Rate) BMR is the amount of energy needed to sustain the body and energy used while at rest. It is computed as (BMR Calculator, nd). Women: BMR = 655 + ( 9.6 x weight in kilos ) + ( 1.8 x height in cm ) – ( 4.7 x age in years ) Men: BMR = 66 + ( 13.7 x weight in kilos ) + ( 5 x height in cm ) – ( 6.8 x age in years ) III. Criteria for evaluating diets, nutritional needs for dieters, and activity patterns. According to National Academies Press, there are three criterion for evaluating the efficacy of the diets which are (2012). a. The match between the program and consumer The efficacy of the diet really depends on the various factors and circumstances of the consumer. For example, calories restrained diet may be generally good because it limits the intake of calorie which could be turned into fat. But this would not be applicable to athletes who need calories for their excessive use of energy. Such, the profile of the consumer has to be determined first before embarking on any diet program. b. The soundness of the program This is particularly directed to novelty diet programs which eliminates certain food in its effort to reduce weight. Removal of certain food types also removes source of nutrients that the body needs which could be dangerous. c. The outcome of the program In the final analysis, the efficacy of the diet program depends on achieving the desired outcome. If the objective is weight reduction, then weight would be the