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Day 67—Puttin’ On The Gloves January 21, 2010
Weight Watchers is fighting mad at diet rival Jenny Craig. They claim that JC’s TV commercial showing actress Valerie Bertinelli stripping off her lab coat to reveal a svelte body—and claiming that the JC program produces twice the weight loss that WW does—are “patently deceptive,” to quote WW’s David Kirchoff.
WW claims JC compared a current study of JC results with a 10-year-old study of WW results. They may have a valid case, as a judge has granted a temporary restraining order barring further airing of the ad until the false advertising lawsuit is settled.
What are the differences between the two programs? Jenny Craig relies on sales of prepackaged meals; Weight Watchers teaches lifestyle change, promotes group support and uses a point system to quantify food intake.
Regardless of the ad’s contents, do you have experience that favors one program or the other? Share your thoughts!
Day 59—Foresight January 13, 2010
Lots of events offer us opportunity to overeat: weddings, funerals, parties (Superbowl’s comin’!)—you get the picture. So how do we celebrate and still keep our calorie counts under control?
Simple: plan ahead. When we know our evening intake might overflow our calorie bucket (maybe calorie cup might be a better mental picture to use!), we can cut our pre-event calories to compensate.
So for breakfast, we could have cold cereal and skim milk—about 270 calories compared to 630 for 2 whole wheat pancakes with butter and syrup, and a glass of orange juice; or to the 840 calories in a 2-egg cheese omelet with three slices of bacon, a whole wheat bagel with butter and jam, and OJ. (Which is your typical breakfast fare?)
Then for lunch, half a cheese sandwich with a piece of fruit to compensate for the banana we cut from breakfast would add just 360 calories for a total of 630.
My daily (weight-loss level) goal is 1550 calories or less. So that leaves 920 for the big event.
Concentrating on the healthy and lower-cal items at the food fest will allow you to fill up without blowing your calorie budget.
It’s a piece of cake! (Oops! I meant that figuratively. But maybe just a little slice…)
Until tomorrow, stay confident and resolute!
Day 56—Beware The Nutritional Analysis January 10, 2010
If you depend on the accuracy of nutrition labels for your food diary and your weight loss strategy, you need to know that they’re not always accurate. According to ABC News yesterday morning, the FDA allows for a whopping 20 percent variation in labels’ accuracy!
So if your frozen diet dinner says it contains 350 calories, it may legally contain as much as 420. (Or, to be fair, as little as 280—but I wouldn’t count on it! 😉 Does that make me a cynic? If so, so be it.)
The reason: Food really does vary in composition. (Read: A green bean is not a green bean is not a green bean.) But ABC’s research found that food labels varied by as much as 31%—way over the legal leeway. So beware the trusted food label. I’ll put the nutrition label in the same category that I put the expiration date: a guideline, not an absolute.
Day 35—The Half-And-Half Rule December 20, 2009
One good way to gauge your eating habits is to use the half-and-half rule: Fill (at least) half your plate with fruits and/or vegetables, and the other half with other stuff (obviously meat, eggs, a sandwich, soup or other heatlhy foods would be better than cake or candy, but you have to be your own judge and jury!)
Try it! And ’til tomorrow, stay confident and resolute! I know how hard it is to stay on track at this food’s-everywhere time of year. 😉