How does the diet of the points?

Are you tired of the routine diets and that ultimately do not bring good results? No more suffering for nothing, innovate a little in the way of changing your habits can help a lot in search of an ideal weight and good health. To begin this new diet you have to like calculations or at least be able to realize them, the rest is easy and practical, that over time ends up becoming something routine in your life.

This famous recipe that is so feared by those who do not like math and still end up practicing, is known as diet points. The same has been around for a long time and was created by a Brazilian who had the intention to a basic principle: a food calorie count. Counting calories is not easy or simple to do, so we created a method to facilitate the counting.

How do the diet of points

First let us understand the basis of this diet. For each 3.6 kcal, regardless of its source, either carbohydrate, protein or fat, will amount to 1 point. The advantage of this conversion mechanism is that it takes into account basically what makes up this calorie, which ends up being an advantage in practical terms is easy, but at the same time is a disadvantage because we do not take into account the amount of macronutrients thus may have a margin of error greater good on this diet if not performed correctly.

This diet is based on the points in the body of each, but the first instrument that we have is the calculator, which will accompany you in all your meals and be its main ally, and learn how to do the math correctly. Always pay close attention, because if err on that score will not be able to fulfill all the necessary requirements.

Calculating basal metabolism

The first part before starting the diet of points to calculate the basal metabolic rate of each. We all spend energy, independent of physical activity daily practice, because even sleeping spend energy.

Many factors can influence the calculations, such as gender (male / female), weight and age. So it was created by the World Health Organization a table which specifies which calculation below according to each feature.

For women it is indicated:
• From 10 to 18 years 12,2x weight (kg) + 746
• From 19 to 30 years: 14,7x weight (kg) + 496
• From 31 to 60 years: 38,7x weight (kg) + 829
• Above 61 years: 10,5x weight (kg) +529

For men:
• From 10 to 18 years: 17.5 Weight (kg) + 651
• From 19 to 30 years: 15,3xpeso (kg) + 679
• From 31 to 60 years: 8,7x weight (kg) + 879
• Above 61 years: 13,5x weight (kg) +459

When we are talking about points, we are saying that we have greater freedom in our power to choose what we eat, so the tables have undergone certain adjustments to correct this issue, having a daily schedule which shows what is allowed in the amount of trans fats and other foods, as the sum of the daily intake will generate a problem in the future. Begin to realize tables which you control the amount of fat eaten.

Learn how to check the labels and understand the amounts

All that is consumed should be verified through the labels, it is they who will indicate the amount of their food and support points.

Carry out activities and calculate your points

The activities also fall into this diet, being classified as:
• Light Well (driving, work done sitting, etc.): basal rate x 1.2
• Lightweight (bowling, practice stretching, play in the pool, etc.): basal rate x 1.4
• Moderate (running light, do swimming, etc.): basal rate x 1.6
• Strenuous (tennis, basketball, football, running, etc.): basal rate x 2.9
• Exceptional (running marathons, cycling, swimming competition, etc.): basal rate x 2.3

Each will be multiplied to consistent value to your basal rate and then to calculate both will reach the result of how much you spend Kcal to keep the activities of your workouts and your basal metabolism, and to find out how much you should consume per day their feeds.

In case of difficulty in the accounts in relation to the metabolism and exercise, there are websites that provide help and facilitate this activity, since the rest will have to be done on a daily basis with your calculator, which should never leave your purse.

Finally, do not eat unless the calculated limit and try not to exceed the stated limit. If you follow the diet correctly and not fail to seek the guidance of a professional you will get good results.

Skin sins: smoking, alcohol & caffeine

Besides the fact that smoking as well as drinking alcohol and caffeine are bad for your health, they are also bad for your beauty as these can accelerate the aging process of your skin.

Smoking promotes wrinkles

It is a fact that the accumulated nicotine from smoking causes narrowing of the blood vessels in the outermost layers of your skin, reduces blood flow to the skin,  depriving the skin cells of vital oxygen and robbing it of even more nutrients.  Besides reducing the body’s store of vitamin A which protects against skin damage and vitamin C which protects against free radicals,  studies have also shown that smoking reduces the production of collagen and elastin and in some reports, by up to 40%.   As a result, skin begins to sag and wrinkle prematurely.

Smoking also adversely affects the nerve endings in the skin, causing sensitivity and has a drying effect on the skin, causing dehydration and eventually wrinkles.  And it’s not just the face as according to an article from BBC News, Research in Archives of Dermatology showed that smoking ages skin across the body, including the inner upper arms.

All these plus repeated exposure to the heat from burning cigarettes and facial expressions such as squinting of eyes and puckering of lips during smoking can eventually contribute to more prematured wrinkles.

Alcohol dehydrates our skin

In the book “Your Future Face” by Dr Dennis Gross, alcohol is said to be a diuretic and so it dehydrates our bodies, resulting in skin that loses its plump, firm and dewy appearance.  Not only that.  Our face can appear puffier and our undereye becomes darker because alcohol is a vasodilator which opens blood vessels.   In fact, when we have too many drinks, our bodies have to divert blood flow, oxygen and nutrients away from our skin to our vital organs, resulting in skin having poorer blood circulation. Drinkers also have a sallowness in their faces,  a direct result of an overstressed liver having difficulty with its detoxifying duties.  And alcohol actually promotes the growth of “bad collagen” or scar tissue in both the skin and liver.

Caffeine contributes to dark undereye circles

According to Dr Gross, caffeine also affects our body the way alcohol does.  Hence, excess caffeine can cause dehydration, disrupt sleep, trigger stress hormones and because it engorges viens, it can also cause broken capillaries.  Too much caffeine also contribute to dark undereye circles!  So limit your caffeine consumption to only one or two cups of coffee a day.