27 December 2006

The Bigger Loser Competition Tips

I'm going to post my two cents on dieting for the Bigger Loser Competition. I agree with much of what Dorothy said on her blog.
With that being said, one good thing to do if you are dieting (or even just generally) is to watch the fat content of the food that you consume. Besides saving on fat (a good thing), you also save considerably on calories, without having to go crazy counting them. If you get low-fat varieties of items, you may not notice much of a taste difference, but the food will inherently have less calories.
For example:
Nabisco Chips Ahoy Regular Cookies have 160 calories and 8 grams of fat. Here is a link to the nutrition facts page at Nabisco.
However, Nabisco Chips Ahoy Low Fat Cookies have 140 calories and six grams of fat. Here is a link to the nutrition facts page at Nabisco.
Twenty calories may not seem like a lot, but if you eat other low-fat or non-fat items, it can add up to a significant amount of calories. If you ingest less calories, then you have to burn less calories.
Using low-fat or fat free salad dressing may save even more calories than low-fat chocolate chip cookies.
Some fat-free items don't taste very good; I won't buy fat free cream cheese because I think it tastes like paste. But, I don't mind low-fat or non-fat salad dressing.
Obviously, drinking water instead of soda is a good idea, but keep in mind that even though milk is healthy, it is also 110 calories per cup.


Thomas said...

You have some problems with the less/fewer and amount/number rules. Otherwise, good post.

tammy said...

i don't like to eat food that doesn't taste good. it takes the fun out of life. i rather be fat than unhappy.

Jerry said...

milk only has 90 calories per cup. Skim's the way to go.

Plus, dairy has proven weight loss benefits. Except when melted and smothered over french fries, and mixed with beer.

About "low fat" products in general, I'm of Tammy's mind. But I'll add this--if the food is such that humans can alter its fat content, it probably isn't that good for you--low fat or no. Natural foods are the best for the diet, bar none.

Mind you, I'm not talking about "organic" foods. That's a scam and a half. Like buying a hybrid. They are just ways for rich people to feel morally superior.

Anonymous said...

I heard if you eat an apple a day, you will lose weight and keep the doctor away.