The problem with diets is that they invariably restrict the intake of certain food types (e.g. Carbohydrates). This leaves your body starved of energy and so it starts to break down your fat reserves to make up for the shortfall in your diet. This sounds great in principle and achieves the desired weight loss.

BUT:

To stay on these diets for long periods of time can leave you feeling tired all the time and be detrimental to your health.
Moreover when you come off the diet your body says to itself “hello, carbohydrate… I haven’t had that for a while…I’d better store this as FAT because I don’t know when I might get any more.”

You may find that not only do you quickly put the weight back on but very often end up fatter then when you started.
And so you start the whole process again sending you into a never ending cycle of Yoyo dieting, never achieving your goal for very long, always hungry and miserable.

The key to weight loss is portion control at meal times and regular exercise.

So what are the benefits of eating Pearl Barley?

Barley is a good source of molybdenum, chromium, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, dietary fibre, and selenium, copper, vitamin B1 and niacin.

The Propionic acid produced from barley’s insoluble fibre may also be partly responsible for the cholesterol-lowering properties of fibre. In animal studies, Propionic acid has been shown to inhibit HMG-CoA reductase, an enzyme involved in the production of cholesterol by the liver. By lowering the activity of this enzyme, Propionic acid helps lower blood cholesterol levels.

Barley Benefits for Post menopausal Women

Eating a serving of whole grains, such as barley, at least 6 times each week for post menopausal women with high cholesterol, high blood pressure or other signs of cardiovascular disease (CVD) Slows the progression of Atherosclerosis, the build-up of plaque that narrows the vessels through which blood flows, and the progression in Stenosis, the narrowing of the diameter of arterial passageways.

Red Wine is high in resveratrol—a natural compound that lowers *LDL, raises *HDL, and prevents blood clots—red wine can truly be a lifesaver. A recent review in Alcoholism suggests that resveratrol may prevent or delay the onset of chronic disease. But limit your intake to two drinks a day. According to a study of 6,000 patients in the Journal of the American Medical Association, you’re 97 percent more likely to reach your 85th birthday if you keep your daily alcohol consumption to fewer than three drinks. Red wine is also a rich source of flavonoids, antioxidants that help protect the lining of blood vessels in your heart, and may make you less likely to die of cardiovascular disease, according to Japanese researchers.

*
LDL- bad cholesterol
HDL- good cholesterol

8 Super Foods

  1. kiwi fruit is a great source of vitamin C – even better than an orange when compared weight for weight.kiwi
    Kiwi fruit also contains vitamin K, potassium and magnesium.
  2. watercress is brimming with beneficial B vitamins and minerals such as iron and calcium. It’s a good source of the antioxidant vitamin C, flavonoids, beta-carotene and glucosinolates which are believed to have a range of possible anti-cancer effects. It also contains some vitamin E.
  3. Sunflower seeds are rich in the antioxidant vitamin E. Mix them with pumpkin seeds for a healthy blend of beneficial omega-6 and omega-3 fats.
  4. Spinach contains folic acid (good for healthy blood, nerves, circulation and pregnancy) and vitamin C. Leafy greens – such as spinach, cabbage and spring greens – are also a good source of carotenoids and, when eaten regularly, might help to reduce the risk of heart disease and various cancers.Almonds
  5. Almonds lower bad cholesterol, thanks to plant sterols, and benefit diabetics by lowering blood sugar. They’re also rich in amino acids, whichbolster testosterone levels and muscle growth.
  6. Sea Vegetables Dulse, Hijiki, Kelp, Kombu, Nori, Wakame are all high in Amino Acids, Beta Carotene, Calcium, Iodine, Iron, Magnesium and Omega-3s.
  7. Green Tea releases catechin, an antioxidant with proven anti-inflammatory and anticancer properties. It can boost your cardiovascular health and reduce the risk of most types of cancer.
  8. Avocados are full of monounsaturated fat. Also rich in folate, a water-soluble B vitamin that helps lower the levels of homocysteine, an aminoAvocado
    acid that can hinder the flow of blood through blood vessels.