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Crash Diets, BBQ Tips, and Baby Weight

Posted Jun 30 2009 4:05pm
Crash diets show promise (?!), tips to surviving your next barbecue, and a pregnant pause.

Crash Into Me
A new report says that "sensible" crash diets (read: no lower than 1,200 cals a day for ladies) may be better for weight loss than the slow-and-steady approach because dieters see faster results and are encouraged by their success. Also, researchers note that some people do better with crash diets' hard and fast rules rather than open access to all foods. I can see the case for that. However, other researchers caution that extreme crash dieting can lead to eating disorders. Ay yi yi.

Since we're all about everything in moderation, we didn't particularly like this finding but had to share. If for nothing other than good discussion. So, please, discuss!

BBQ 911
Tis the season for barbecues, and with barbecues come red meat, white buns, heavy sides and creamy dips. Not exactly a Fit Bottomed Girls' BFF, right?

Well, sort of. Besides always bringing the fruit and veggie tray or wheat buns, there are ways to eat healthy at a barbecue and still have fun. For me, I'm happiest with a turkey dog with mustard, a huge wedge of watermelon and a light beer, followed by washers or bean-bag toss to stretch the legs. Nothing makes me happier. Read on for some more tips to getting through that next get-together. I particularly enjoy the tip that uses your cell phone to measure out your protein.

Other tips to surviving the BBQ.

Bun in the Oven
I'd always heard that when you're pregnant, you should gain about 25-35 pounds. Within the context of GROWING A PERSON INSIDE YOU that seems fair, and lets you eat as much ice cream and Chinese as you crave while still being under "doctor's orders." However, for the first time, new guidelines from The National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine state that not everyone should gain the same amount of lbs to be healthy. For those with a BMI greater than 30, weight gain should be limited to just 11 to 20 pounds, the Institute says.

Since I've never had a baby in my belly, I'm no expert, but it makes sense that those with a higher BMI would want to gain less weight for both the mom's and the baby's health. All you moms out there, what do you think?

That darn baby weight.


Photo grabbed frommalias,ReneSandmeemalon Flickr.

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