Keeping Things in Perspective


I may have failed to mention this in some of my more recent posts but believe it or not, I’ve managed to gain a little of my weight back. While it’s not a ridiculous amount, it’s still something I’m not entirely proud of considering what it took to get where I am today.

I’m still not near my eventual goal weight of 190 lbs. but I’m not exactly where I was before the holidays. In short, I’m just a tad under 200 lbs. and haven’t been near my pre-holiday weight of 195 lbs. for some time now.

Sure, it’s only a few pounds. But I must keep things in perspective and remember what I’ve lost so far.

Ladies and gentlemen, I present 100 pounds of fat:

Courtesy mypetfat.com

I think I feel better. That, or even more disgusted than before.

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A Book of Lies?


Could this quite possibly be the most useless book ever written? Or is its author the smartest man in the universe?

If you ask me, it’s a little of both.

Author David Zinczenko is ca$hing in on the laziness of Americans by catering to their one vice: fast food. In his book Eat This, Not That! he tackles the issue of choosing between which of the worst foods are actually, well, better than the other.

Take the example on the cover. Although it’s hard to see, the author—he’s the editor-in-chief of Men’s Health magazine—is telling you to choose a Big Mac (540 calories; 29g of fat) over a Whopper (760 calories; 46g of fat).

Well, gollllly, Sgt. Carter! That’s fantastic! By eating the Big Mac, I not only save all those calories but also cut my fat intake to 29g instead of 46g for one meal! I guess I’ll order the fries, too!

But wait! What about the sodium content? The Big Mac has 1,040 mg of sodium; the Whopper has 1,450 mg. When you consider that the RDA is 2,400 mg, either one will get you nearly halfway to your RDA for sodium in no time flat. And remember, too, that the RDA amounts are based on a 2,000 calorie daily intake. So when you factor in the amount of calories, fat, sodium and saturated fat (with an RDA of 20g) of the burgers, neither is “healthier” than the other.

Also consider that as editor-in-chief of a health magazine, the man’s lifestyle is likely to be less sedentary than the average person trying to drop a few pounds. In fact, it’s not uncommon for marathoners and runners to consume high-calorie meals as most will be expended during their run so that they have enough in reserve at the end of their run and don’t, um, die afterwards.

If you’re truly serious about losing weight, here’s a thought: avoid fast foods. That isn’t my advice; that came from my doctors. And rumor has it that they know a little about the human body.

Now I’m not saying I don’t enjoy an occasional fast food meal but I don’t make them a staple of my diet. (If I do eat out, it’s mostly chicken—I’ve given up red meat and fried foods.) I didn’t lose my weight by not brown-bagging it to work, not making healthy meals the night before, not cutting up watermelons and pineapples to make my daily 2 cups of fruit, or not drinking at least 2 pints of water per day. Losing and maintaining your weight is all about choices and if your dilemma is choosing between a Big Mac and a Whopper, you’re doing it wrong.

Sure, David Zinczenko is good-looking, successful and had his book featured all over the place. But in Eat This, Not That! the only thing the dude is doing is saving you from reading the nutritional values and combining the information with pretty pictures in a perfect-bound package. Crap on a cone still isn’t ice cream no matter how you look at it, even if you once dated Rose McGowan.

Look, if all you want is fast food nutritional information that is constantly updated, it’s available for free on Dottie’s Weight Loss Zone, my one source for Weight Watchers Points Values before eating out.

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This entry is a SimulPost and can also be read at 200by40

Giving it Up


I’m a milkaholic. If given the chance, I’d chug a good portion of a gallon down and not think twice about it.

That is until I feel the repercussions later in the day. And it sucks.

You see, I’m one of the many people in the world that’s lactose intolerant. I’ve had it all my life and have simply dealt with it, which isn’t easy when you eat cereal for breakfast pretty much every day of your life.

The other day we ran out of milk so I had to opt for toast and–cringe–Sunny Delight. (That’s what us older folk call it since that’s its original name. It’s still as crappy as it was when I was a kid. I also wear an onion on my belt–get off my lawn.)

Anyhoo, we went to the store after I got home and I decided to give something else a try. There were many soy-based lactose free products to choose from but being that most of them were flavored, I took the hint that none of it would be any good if it has to be disguised.

Rather than buying something I might come to regret, I opted for what you see on this page: Rice Dream. I figured what the heck, it couldn’t possibly be worse than running to the bathroom every hour.

This morning I gave it a try. I poured some into a bowl of my favorite cereal and while my initial thought was “Wow, this looks like that crappy fat-free milk,” I sat down and took a spoonful.

And I’ll be damned if the stuff isn’t great. What’s more, I had a bowl of cereal and didn’t run to the bathroom a hour later. Skim milk color aside, it really is tasty in cereal. As a result, I’ve decided that milk will be the latest item to be tossed off of my food list.

Here’s looking to tomorrow when I have my next enjoyable bowl of cereal. Thanks, Rice Dream, for making lactose intolerance more tolerable with your product.

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This is a Simulpost and can also be seen at 200by40.