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Australian Lifestyles, Past And Present

In modern days, we may not drink as much but we are heavier and size of our plate and bust increased. So how about our lifestyle? Have it changed a lot over those years?

Alcohol Consumption Has Decreased
Annual Consumption Of Alcohol Per Person

1974: 13.1 litres
Present: 10.4 litres

Although, we’re not drinking as much as we did in the 1970s, we are consuming more alcohol now than we did in the 1990s. The Australian Bureau of Statistics proved that. Amount of alcohol per person consumed reduced from 13.1 litres in 1974 to 9.8 litres in 1995 which is the lowest since the record started to be taken. After that, consumption level has been increasing steadily and reached 10.4 litres in 2009. Total alcohol consumption has gone up in the last half century, because our population grew. The Australian Bureau of Statistics shows that sum of alcohol consumption in Australia has increased from 68 million litres between 1960 and 1961, to 183 million litres between 2008 and 2009.

Women’s Weight Has Increased

1983: 63.4kg.
Present: 67.7kg.

According to a record by the Australian Bureau of Statistics in 2005, Australians have gradually been increasing their weight. Compared to 1990, the average weight of men in 2005 increased by 6.2kg to 83.6kg, and the weight of women increased by 5.1kg to 67.7kg. These increases are not consistent with increase in height. Therefore our collective body mass index also increased. The mean BMI for male was 25.5, and 24.3 for female in 1983. According to a record by Cancer Council of Victoria study, the figure increased to 27 for male and 26 for female by 2008. And this is not the end of bad news. According to the record by the Australian Bureau of Statistics in 2005, the ratio of overweight or obese people were 54 per cent of the population, which was 9 % increase form an increase of 1995.

Women’s Size Have Increased

1926: bust 87.5cm, waist 73cm and hips 97.5cm.
Present: bust 92cm, waist 74cm and hips 99cm.

As we have been increasing our weight, it’s understandable that our clothing sizes have been getting bigger as well. A Berlei study in 1926 recorded the average size of a woman aged between 25 to 39 as bust 87.5cm, waist 73cm and hips 97.5cm. It was a standard size in the fashion industry for many years. The most recent survey was conducted by Sharp Dummies in 2004. The purpose was to making mannequins. The average sizes were bust 92cm, waist 74cm and hips 99cm. only other records on womenís size was the results by survey of Women’s Weekly readers in 1969.

Dinner Plate Sizes Have Increased

1970s: 25cm diameter.
Present: Between 29.5cm and 31cm diameter.

Brian Wansink, director of the Cornell Food And Brand Lab claims the average size of dinner plate in the US has gone up 36 % since the 1960s. Although Australian plate sizes have not gone up in such a dramatic scale, still the US products have been influencing ours, claims Sam Gordon from Robert Gordon Australia, a ceramics producing company established in 1979. The average size of the plate was 25cm diameter in 1970s, while modern dinner plates by Robert Gordon for the hospitality industry is between 29.5cm and 31cm. These changings of plate sizes could affect our idea of food portions, which could directly put impact on our increasing weight, a Canadian study claims.

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Are Low Carb Diets The Best Means To Shed Weight?

If you wish to lose weight one of the best ways to do it is by eating low carbohydrate diets. The low carbohydrate diets assist you to lose weight due to the reason that they control the amount of energy one consumes. When you decide to follow low carb diet you will have to avoid the treats provided in the offices, lessen the quantity of maize meal intake (some carbohydrates like pasta rice, bread, potato and others are avoided) and perhaps eat  smaller amounts of snacks.

However, it is not an easy task to keep a long-term low carbohydrate diets practice to losing weight. Since this method has a lot of restriction, you may end up overdoing it. Finally, you will achieve your goal of losing the desired weight, but there is no trusted confirmation to guarantee you that it will last forever.

Are Low Carb Diets Harmless?
The answer is no. Why? The reason is eating low carb diets is not safe is because glucose is required in our bodies to help in the functioning of several organs and more to power the brain. The glucose (simple sugar) we are talking about is carbohydrate foods that are broken down.
There is a variation of the problems associated with the quantity of low carbohydrate diets one is taking and the amount of carb restriction in the foods. Proteins or even fats might be used to replace starchy foods. Besides while following a low carb, you could be allowed to eat the fruit and take milk, or even restricted or banned from eating both.
Even though being restricted from eating carbohydrate foods can be hazardous, the critical security issue is omitting vital nutrients if avoiding the whole food group (or else two or three when fruits and dairy products are restricted.
Carbohydrates do not provide us with energy alone. The other advantages of carbohydrates in our bodies may include

Fruits and vegetables have some fibre in them; however, the primary source of fibre is from eating whole grain foods. You can only get plenty of fibre from eating whole grain foods.

You will also find antioxidants from the whole grain foods and also from fruits and vegetables of several colours.

In some parts of the world yoghurts and milk (dairy or may be fortified substitutions) are the available sources of calcium.
Eating balanced meals lessens the need for a recurrent habit of taking snacks that may result in unintended overeating.

 Any Compromise?
As an alternative to low carb diet, you may either include fruits, vegetables and wholegrain foods or even protein foods in your daily meal. These foods will assist you to lose weight as you wished and also ensure that your body is healthy.

Exactly How To Eat A Balanced Diet
Balanced Meals- Make sure that you take carbohydrates, vegetables and some foods that consist of proteins( these proteins can be fish, eggs and lean meat).Eating a balanced diet meal will  guarantee your body with all the nutrients and make you feel full. Livelighter .com has the meal and other activity planner and also several delicious recipes to assist you to accomplish your objectives.

Walk As Much As You Can

Doing systematic exercise will help you in shedding the extra weight and also feel thrilled.

Consume Fewer Processed Foods

Even though severe carbohydrate limitation is needless and even unsafe, it is vital to keep watching a number of processed sugars you are consuming and besides avoid added fats. Make sure that you avoid sugary drinks, snacks that are processed and also white starchy foods ( instead, go for whole grain sans an alternative).Eating more fruits, vegetables, low-fat yoghurt, eggs, fish and other balanced diets will keep you healthy always. Remember the water will always be the best drink for your waist and your teeth.

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A Guilt-Free Easter

With the Easter break fast approaching, a lot of Australians will be enjoying the time with chocolate, friends, and family. There are others who will have the consolation that, even though they are unable to spend time with friends and family, there will at least be chocolate.

When you also consider that there will be an extravaganza of carbohydrates with hot-cross buns, the predictable sequel for this long weekend will be one of regret and bloating. But there is a way to enjoy all the scrumptious traditions of Easter and yet avoid feeling bad about what you have done the following day.

Embrace the Dark Side

The good news is that no one is saying you cannot have chocolate on Easter. There is no fun in that. But, rather than eating the milk chocolate eggs, why not choose only the dark chocolate from all those eggs you receive?

That is because, in 2008, the researchers at the University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Life Sciences discovered that dark chocolate will lower our cravings for fatty, salty and sweet foods. Best of all, they found that dark chocolate is actually more filling that the rest of the chocolate.

In addition, dark chocolate contains double the amount of antioxidants that are in milk chocolate. There is, even more, good news. In Germany, research has determined that if you eat as few as six grams of dark chocolate per day you can lower your blood pressure. Of course, if you add fruit in by spooning the chocolate over kiwifruit, bananas or strawberries there are even more benefits.

Stick to a Handful

There are many healthy eaters who have learned that it is a good idea to divide their plates into 25 percent carbohydrates, 25 percent protein and 50 percent vegetables. But there is also a plan for eating better at Easter.

Okay, we have come up with it ourselves, but here it is: cup your hands tightly together and fill that space with the eggs. The pile of eggs should not be higher than your thumbs.

Be sure to restrict the amount of chocolate ñ or hot-cross buns ñ that you eat every day over Easter and when the holidays end you will still have both your waistline and your self-esteem.

Nibble on Rabbit Food

The Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) say that you can reduce the guilt ñ in addition to the predictable highs and the sugar crashes that follow when kids (of every age) gorge all day on chocolate ñ by focusing more on the bunny than the eggs.

So, in the same way that treats are left for Santa’s reindeer, maybe the Easter Bunny would enjoy a little snack. And what does a bunny like to eat? Of course, celery sticks and carrots and he love to share those little treats.

Join the Hunt

The ideal opportunity to exercise will be during the Easter Egg Hunt because the rest of the day is probably going to be pretty lazy. The idea is to use more energy during the hunt by spreading fewer  eggs over a much wider area – where you can still watch the children ñ and give the task to just one adult.

This way, all the other adults will be able to be part of the fun. The more time they all spend searching for eggs, the more calories they will be burning. And the fewer treats there are the fewer calories there will be when the eggs are consumed.

Hop, Skip and Jump

We know that all traditions have to start somewhere and, with football season coming up all over the country, having a kick around in the afternoon might be just the way to burn off all those Easter calories.

If you would like to do something less strenuous or a little more traditional, the whole group could take a walk around the block or taking the dog to the park might become a special Easter activity for your family.