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For people who want to get healthy
Fri, Jan. 28th, 2005 12:18 am
So here are the points you should have according to your weight

Less than 150 pounds 20 points
150-174 = 22 points
175-199 = 24 points
200-224 = 26 points
225-249 = 28 points
250-274 = 30 points
275-299 = 31 points
300-324 = 32 points
325-349 = 33 points
350+lbs = 34 points
You are to MEET the points each day...meeting is great, you need to MEET, being under doesnt help. If you go over its okay. You get 35 bonus points (flex points) a week...so if you start this tomorrow it means between now and next Friday you have to stick with your points and not go over your Flex pts either. I try not to use my flex points but its okay if you do.

And in closing I'd like to quote something I saw in this months issue of Weight Watchers magazine.

"Obesity may strain more than your personal health: a new government report claims that thee overweight are weighing down commercial jets; causing planes to burn more fuel in years past. The reports say that airlines were forced to spend an addition $275 million in 2000, over previous years, to carry the extra weight."

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For people who want to get healthy
Tue, Jan. 25th, 2005 07:36 pm
Here are Hungry Girl's Top Ten Foods of 2004 (in no specific order). Drumroll, please...   
1. Dr. Praeger's Sensible Foods

The Doctor is IN!  Doctor Praeger, that is!  His line of self-proclaimed sensible foods is AWESOME.  Our favorites are his veggie burgers & broccoli pancakes.  They're low-cal, low in fat & unbelievably good!
2. Dreyer's Grand Light Ice Cream - Slow Churned

We have no idea why or how slow churning works, but the end result is the creamiest, most delicious 100-120 calorie low fat ice cream we've ever tasted.  Reminder:  Dreyer's and Edy's are the same company, so your supermarket will carry one or the other, depending on where you live.
3. The Laughing Cow Light Cheese

The perfect alternative to cream cheese, this 35-calorie, 2g of fat spreadable cheese comes in different shapes and sizes -- and all are FANTASTIC!  We especially like the cute little Gourmet Cheese Bites.
4. Starbucks Frappuccino Light

Thank goodness Starbucks launched this line of fantastic frozen coffee treats!  Now you can enjoy the goodness of real Starbucks frappes for as little as 130 calories for a grande.  Go, Starbucks!
5. Vitamuffins

Without Vitalicious.com, we would NEVER be able to satisfy our muffin cravings.  These 80 - 200 calorie low fat, high-fiber treats come in all flavors, shapes and sizes.  They all taste great -- and they're nutritious!  An added bonus:  You get 5% off if you use promo code "hungrygirl" at checkout!
6. Boca Meatless Lasagna - Chunky Herb & Tomato

Boca, Boca, Boca.  What can we say?  Your 270-calorie meatless lasagna (with only 5g of fat) has changed our lives.  Cheese...sauce...wavy noodles...we're hooked!
7. Minute Maid Light Drinks

We flipped over the 5-calorie lemonade, then tried the rest.  All of Minute Maid's light drinks are almost too good to be true.  The best are the lemonade, and the Mango Tropical!
8. Wise Choice Snack Chips

Oh, for the love of light and crispy guilt-free potato chips, when will these crunchy 110-calorie masterpieces be for sale online?  These are our favorite chip-swaps of all time!  They're only for sale in the East coast for now...let's hope that changes soon.  Chip chip hooray!
9. Nana's Cookies - Sunflower

We LOVE it when we find stuff that not only tastes AWESOME, but is also low in calories and good for youNana's Sunflower Cookie is all of the above! The thing is HUGE and has 200 calories, 8g of fat, 28 carbs and 4g of fiber.  Eat half as a snack or a whole one as a meal.  It's tremendous!
10. Progresso 99% Fat Free Clam Chowder

Clam chowder with huge chunks of clams and potatoes in a creamy soup can't possibly be guilt-free.  Or can it?  Meet Progresso 99% Fat Free Clam Chowder.  It's perfection in a can!  A huge bowl has just 275 calories and under 5g of fat.  Clamtastic!

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For people who want to get healthy
Tue, Jan. 25th, 2005 07:33 pm

Boo!  We're celebrating Halloween a few days early with these frightening food finds.  Share them with others who are desperately trying to escape the terror of tight pants! 


Don't drown innocent veggies in disastrous dressings.  Here are a few examples:

Arby's Buttermilk Dressing Packet: 290 cal, 30g fat, 3carbs

Dairy Queen's Honey Mustard (2 oz.): 260 cal, 21g fat, 18 carbs
Wishbone's Chunky Blue Cheese (2 Tbsp.): 160 cal, 17g fat, 2 carbs


Everyone knows cake & ice cream aren't exactly diet-friendly.  But who ever thought they could be THIS frightening?

Cinnabon Caramel Pecanbon: 1100 calories, 56 fat, 10 sat, 133 net carbs

Cheesecake Factory's Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake (one slice): 1080 cal, 71g fat, 100 carbs   

Coldstone Creamery's Cake Batter Ice Cream (Gotta Have It size)
: 990 cal, 54g fat, 112 carbs


Never gulp these bone-chilling beverages:

Jack in the Box's Oreo Cookie Ice Cream Shake (large): 1325 cal, 66 fat, 159 net carbs                                                                                                       Jamba Juice's Peanut Butter Moo'd Power Smoothie: 1290 cals, 32g fat, 216 carbs                                                                                                              Johnny Rockets' Vanilla Shake: 1120 cals, 60 fat, 121 net carbs


Don't be fooled by these demon dishes:

Subway's Garden Fresh Salad w/Tuna (no dressing): 620 cal, 53g fat, 12 carbs

Ruby Tuesday's Low Carb New Orleans Seafood (without the dipping sauces): 802 cal, 50g Fat, 17 net carbs

Denny's Ultimate Carb Watch Omelette: 662 cal., 53g fat, 11 carbs


For people who want to get healthy
Sun, Jan. 23rd, 2005 11:57 pm

"Top Ate" Outdated Diet Ideas

1. Chef Salad is Healthy
2. Adding a Scoop of Cottage Cheese to Anything Makes it Dietetic
3. Granola is a Wonderful Diet Food
4. If Something is Fat Free, Eat as Much of it as You Like
5. A Side of Hard-Boiled Eggs (W/Yolks) = Diet-Friendly
6. Tuna Salad Sandwiches Are The Perfect Diet Lunch
7. An Exercise Machine That Jiggles Your Belly Around Makes You Lose Fat
8. Cheese is a Wonderful Diet Food


For people who want to get healthy
Sun, Jan. 23rd, 2005 10:47 pm
I just noticed that we have 2 semi-new members...sorry about being so dim-witted. Welcome  regardingmara  and thedietjournal to the group! :)


For people who want to get healthy
Sun, Jan. 23rd, 2005 10:39 pm

Tips to help you lose weight to look better, feel better, and live a healthier life.

How did I get here?
Do you simply need help learning how to eat better? Probably. But if you eat poorly as a result of emotional, mental, or spiritual problems, they may have to be addressed before you can make any real progress with weight loss.

Related FAQ: Could I have an eating disorder?

Even people who don't have an eating disorder often turn to food for comfort. To learn to eat well and exercise regularly, you may also have to learn to handle the problems life throws at you without turning away from healthy eating and exercise.

Be particularly careful about all-or-nothing thinking. A common tendency when failing to stay on a diet is to abandon it altogether. Instead, try to learn from your mistakes and do better in the future.

Are you ready to diet? Again?
Diets entice us with their promises of quick weight loss. But the people we know who eat well and look healthy aren't dieting at all. They have simply adopted good eating and exercise habits.

Focusing on quick weight loss can lead to unhealthy eating and only short term success. Focus instead on improving your health, and you will look better and be healthier.

Related FAQ: What is the best diet for me?

Take control of what you eat.
There are few things that we have complete control over, but what we put in our mouths is one of them. We don't have to lose control at a friend's home or ordering in a restaurant, and we don't have to eat everything that's put in front of us.

Consider this: We love fat because it carries flavor, and restaurants aren't as interested in whether we'll be around in 30 years as whether we'll be back next week. And what about our friends?

Eat more fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
People that eat mostly fruits, vegetables and whole grains often find that they can eat as much as they want without gaining weight. If they are switching from a diet containing a lot of fatty meats and junk food, they often lose weight.

When you eat meat, be sure it's lean. Think native Chinese. They eat mostly rice and vegetables with a little lean meat for protein and flavor. (Don't confuse this with Chinese restaurant dishes like deep fried sweet and sour pork!)

Related FAQ: Why is eating healthy foods important to my diet?

Eat more fiber.
Fiber makes you feel full sooner and helps to move fat through your system faster so that less of it is absorbed. Also, refined grains like instant rice that have had most of their fiber striped away turn into blood sugar (glucose) so fast that they can cause a spike in your insulin level. This tells your body that plenty of energy is readily available and to stop burning fat and start storing it.

Related FAQ: Why is it important to eat fiber?

Cut down on sugar.
Remember that whatever we eat that we don't burn up gets turned into fat. Be careful about sugar in coffee and soda pop. It can add up quickly, and these drinks aren't filling.

Related FAQ: How does my blood sugar level make a difference?

Also watch out for "fat-free" foods. Sugar is often used to replace the flavor that is lost when the fat is removed.

Related FAQ: How much fat-free food can I eat and not gain weight?

Avoid fried foods.
Fried foods, especially deep fried, contain a great deal of fat. While chicken and fish are usually leaner than beef, all bets are off when they are fried. Look at the number of grams of fat per ounce in these three McDonald's sandwiches:

Sandwich Fat
Hamburger 2.7
Crispy Chicken 3.4
Filet-O-Fish 4.0

Too much of a good thing.
"All I eat is salad, and I can't lose any weight!" Be careful with salad dressings, mayonnaise on sandwiches, and other condiments that are high in fat content. They can easily counter the healthy aspects of a meal. Replace mayonnaise-based condiments with fat-free alternatives like mustard, ketchup and barbecue sauce.

And remember, a gram of fat contains more than twice as many calories as a gram of protein or carbohydrate.

Related FAQ: How many calories are there in a gram of food?

Too little of a good thing.
But don't count out fat altogether. While you should limit foods high in saturated fat, fat is necessary to maintain a healthy body. Fat also helps to keep up both your energy level and metabolism.

Eating lean protein and carefully chosen quantities of healthy fats (olive oil, avocados, nuts and fatty fish like salmon), it is possible to significantly reduce caloric intake without feeling hungry.

Related FAQ: What should I know about eating fat?

Eat frequently, and eat slowly.
Never skip a meal, and eat healthy snacks between meals. Eating frequently prevents hunger pangs, provides consistent energy, and maintains metabolism efficiency.

Our bodies were designed with the survival mechanism of hoarding fat to protect us from famine. When we skip a meal or go on a crash diet, our bodies think they're starving and slow down our metabolism to conserve energy. What is conserved is our fat stores; our weight loss comes from water and muscle.

Eating slowly gives our bodies time to tell us they are full before we eat more than we need.

Related FAQ: How can I raise my metabolism?

Exercise regularly.
At home, at the gym, playing sports, participate in both aerobic and strength building activities on a regular basis. Not only does the exercise itself burn calories, but your body will continue to burn calories at a higher rate even after you stop exercising.

If walking is all you can do, then walk because it's been proven to be great for you. And muscle burns more calories than fat, so put on a little muscle if you can and you will burn more calories just sitting there... looking good.

But don't sit too long. The human body is good at adapting. If you dig ditches without gloves, you will develop calluses to protect your hands. If you sit too long, you will develop extra padding to keep you comfortable!

Related FAQ: Why is it important to exercise?

Take it easy.
Do not try and change too much too fast. If you have been eating poorly and not exercising, both your body and your mind will have a lot of adjusting to do. All the sugar and fat were actually quite enjoyable, and sitting on the couch didn't feel too bad, either. If you try and change everything too quickly the odds are greater that you will feel bad, get discouraged, and give up.

A time will come when a healthy snack will taste as good as the junk food you felt bad about eating, and you will look forward to your regular exercise. For better or worse we can become addicted to just about anything. It's certainly "for better" when it's eating well and exercising.


For people who want to get healthy
Sun, Jan. 23rd, 2005 10:09 pm
Helloooo is anyone out there? Since this is a begining of a new week I really really really want to kick start this community into high gear!!!! So who is with me?


For people who want to get healthy
Thu, Jan. 20th, 2005 10:12 pm
Mom my dragged me to a Weight Watchers meeting today. It was way too peppy and "go you!". I am more of a give it to me straight kinda gal. It wasnt too bad, only 30 minutes and 14 dollars. I guess I will go back next week, what do I have to lose except for some pounds. How are all of you coming along?


For people who want to get healthy
Sun, Jan. 16th, 2005 03:41 pm
Hi my name is Stephanie and cheese has become my enemy.

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For people who want to get healthy
Thu, Jan. 13th, 2005 11:26 am
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America's Fittest and Fattest Cities

How Does Your Hometown Weigh In?

By Jennifer Warner
WebMD Medical News Reviewed By Brunilda Nazario, MD
on Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Jan. 6, 2005 - Feeling hefty in Houston or svelte in Seattle? You're not alone. A new report shows that Houston once again weighs in as the fattest city in America while Seattle ranks as the fittest.

Men's Fitness magazine ranked the 50 largest U.S. cities based on a variety of factors related to obesity and fitness, such as percentage of obese residents, recreation facilities, sports activities, and number of junk food outlets.

After crunching the numbers, Houston emerged as America's fattest city in 2005. Houston temporarily lost the top spot to Detroit in 2004 but held the dubious honor from 2001 to 2003.

Houston was joined by two other Texas cities in the top 10 fattest cities, Dallas and San Antonio, suggesting that bigger isn't necessarily better for the residents of the Lone Star state. Three other cities, Memphis, New Orleans, and New York, also bulked up and climbed more than 10 spots to make an appearance in the top 10.

On the positive side, the report shows that some cities are slimming down, as Seattle rose from No. 6 on the fittest list to No. 1, followed by Honolulu and Colorado Springs.

Here's how the rest fared:

25 Fattest Cities
Rank City Rank in 2004
1 Houston 2
2 Philadelphia 7
3 Detroit 1
4 Memphis, Tenn. 20
5 Chicago 5
6 Dallas 3
7 New Orleans 22
8 New York 21
9 Las Vegas 16
10 San Antonio 4
11 El Paso, Texas 24
12 Phoenix 18
13 Indianapolis 17
14 Fort Worth, Texas 6
15 Mesa, Ariz. 12
16 Columbus, Ohio 10
17 Wichita, Kan. 16*
18 Kansas City, Mo. 14
19 Miami 15
20 Long Beach, Calif. 23*
21 Oklahoma City 13
22 Tulsa, Okla. 19
23 Atlanta 11
24 Charlotte, N.C. 22*
25 Baltimore 23
* Ranking in the top 25 fittest cities in 2004

25 Fittest Cities
Rank City Rank in 2004
1 Seattle 6
2 Honolulu 3
3 Colorado Springs, Colo. 5
4 San Francisco 2
5 Denver 4
6 Portland, Ore. 8
7 Sacramento, Calif. 10
8 Tucson, Ariz. 9
9 San Diego 14
10 Albuquerque, N.M. 12
11 Boston 7
12 Virginia Beach, Va. 3
13 Minneapolis, Minn. 18
14 Fresno, Calif. 15
15 Milwaukee, Wis. 21
16 Omaha, Neb. 11
17 San Jose, Calif. 20
18 Jacksonville, Fla. 13
19 Austin, Texas 19
20 Oakland, Calif. 17
21 Los Angeles 25
22 Arlington, Texas 8*
23 Washington 25
24 Cleveland 9*
25 Nashville-Davidson, Tenn. 24
* Ranking in the top 25 fattest cities in 2004

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