The New School Diet

I would say the education department is celebrating with the injection of 380 million smackers received from the government to help fund schools with the new healthy eating diet plan.   

Hallelujah and about time too, hallelujah my foot let us do our sums. If we break down this grand total between them all you will find secondary schools receive approx 6,000 pounds and infants around 4,000.

Feeding the five thousand on bread and fish should be left in the hands of a miracle worker, namely Christ. Schools a place of learning where children are taught to read and write and now on top of that being told what to eat

The introduction to a healthier diet plan is a move in the right direction for controlling obesity also giving the kids a chance to lead a longer healthier life.

But how on earth without a miracle can teachers get kiddies to choose between their favorite meals to the ones that are chosen for them?
More funding is needed in this department for this changeover to take place.

More varieties of meals to choose from then more chance of the new menu being a success.

But with measly pittance handouts from the government this task is going to be a long hard struggle for all involved.
We all know what kids are like if forced to do something their not happy with. They become stubborn and develop an attitude such like, no matter what you say or do, I am not eating that. Give them time; let them decide when they are ready to start eating healthy.

Listen up all schools.

When introducing the new diet, say nothing. Place a plate of greasy chips covered with a yucky Bovril tasting gravy alongside a fresh pasta salad. No contest in the eye of the young student. Take action offer the pupil some sort of reward for choosing to eat healthy like offering a
10p token with the pasta meal, indicating when so many tokens are saved they will have qualified for a special treat towards the end of the month.

If the child’s choice is the chip meal,then that’s fine. But believe me when I say there will be no Oliver Twist asking for more after they have tasted the gravy.

How is chocolate cake rated up against the banana? Schools why not try adopting a monkey in a zoo. Then let the kiddies know that by eating a piece of fruit before a fattening slice of cake they will be helping the adopted chimp/monkey lead a comfortable life.

Coaxing children into eating healthy couldn’t be simpler by beautifying the dish up with plenty of colour; this can be done by adding creative touches to the meal making it look more appetizing than that, of the dish that is not good for them.

For example, the plain scone versus the fancy cream cake sprinkled with rainbow colored hundreds and thousands with a bright red glazed cherry on top, in the child’s eye presentation and the entire extras win hands down.

Now for the minors weighing in at 13 stone and standing six feet tall, coaxing blackmail whatever you call it, is going to be hard. The only way to approach 5/6th form students is to point out the benefits of healthy eating. Should he/she choose to ignore the warning signs, then we ask ourselves did they learn nothing at school. In saying that, there could be a genuine reason behind their ignorance. Which brings us back to government funding? Not enough teachers to show them the way?

Students, pupils and kiddies eat healthy to live long enough to collect your pension

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Crash Diet

What is crash diet?
Crash diet is a diet which involves restricting the calories intake in the food. It is done to achieve a quick or rapid weight loss. It is different from starvation as in crash diet involves taking (eating or drinking) of minimum calories required by the body. It is not meant to last for more than a week.

Crash diet should be limited as much as you can. As it involves minimizing of calories intake in the food so the amount of fat you take on daily basis also reduces. So your weight may reduce quickly but may professionals and dieticians recognize this as a very risky way of losing extra weight. Crash diet can be paired with starvation diet and other quick weight loss methods like taking diet pills and extreme exercise routines that can be harmful for the body.

Do crash diet work?
It will do wonders for you in first week. You will lose a lot of weight. Men and women have found that they have lost around 5 pounds or even more during first few days. But this weight loss can be considered as ideal or true weight loss as most of the weight that you lose is water weight. Most of the glycogen (type of glucose) gets burned to due to low calorie diet and absorbs all the excess fluid in the body.

Also the weight loss won’t last for a long time. As days will go on the amount of weight loss will decrease and you will reach a point where your weight won’t be reducing any further. Most of the crash diet people are known to gain all the weight back as the most weight lost in water mass. Also your weight may also fluctuate a lot due to continuously changing diet.

What effect it have on the body?
Every individual will have different metabolism (rate at which body burns calories). During crash diet the body will adjust itself as it will be receiving low amount of calories. So the body will adjust to burn very few calories to perform all the necessary body functions. The body has the ability to maintain this decreased metabolism for number of months or even years. So the body will gain weight even if you take fewer calories more as your metabolism rate has reduced a lot.

What are the Health Risks of It?
It will have both short-term and long-term health problems. These problems can be either mental or physical.

Mental or Emotional Health Problems
It has deep effect on mental or emotional health. Crash diet will leave cause you extreme food hungry. You are more like to have conflicting mood when crash dieting. You will also tend to be more bad-tempered or depressed than usual. It will also have serious mental health disorders like eating disorder anorexia and bulimia.

Nutritional Deficiency
It will make you restrictive and you will be unable to eat healthy food. It will cause nutritional deficiency like iron deficiency anemia, vitamin B12 deficiency, potassium & sodium deficiency. Out of these potassium & sodium deficiency is most dangerous as these are responsible for proper nerve and muscle function. They are important for regulating heart beats and low potassium & sodium levels can cause heart attack.

Vital Organ Damage
It can damage your vital organs which rely on energy from carbohydrate intake. The crash diet causes you to reduce the calorie intake in the body. This can lead you to have live failure, kidney failure, and heart attack or even suffer a stroke.

Osteoporosis
Long-term crash dieters suffer from this disease osteoporosis that causes your bones to become extremely fragile. This happens due to low intake of calcium in the body.

Avoiding Crash Diet:
It is better to lose weight by proper methods than to crash diet. You should speak with your doctor or dietitian before deciding your weight loss program. It is important that you don’t reduce intake of calories too fast as it will have bad effect on the body. Choose healthier food option rather than junk food and see your weight will reduce in proper way and not affect your body at all.

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