Query–Lose Weight

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      The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture publishes the free USDA National

      Nutrient Database for Standard Reference. You can use this reference

      to look up the nutrient content (including calories and fat) of 7,293

      foods. You can either use the database through the USDA’s Web site, or

      you can download it to your PC or Palm device.


      As for guidelines about how to lose weight, this Web site has some

      good advice:

      Intense Workout


      I followed Weight Watchers about 15 years ago and lost 30 pounds in 9

      months, then kept it off for 3 years. Then I stopped being careful

      about what I was eating and started exercising less, and the weight

      came back on.

      As the Intense Workout author says, there is no magic to Weight

      Watchers or any other diet program. If you reduce your calorie intake

      (whether by counting Weight Watchers points or by counting calories,

      which is basically the same thing), you will lose weight. The tough

      part is knowing how many calories you should take in to stay healthy,

      keeping track of what you are eating, and making sure you get enough

      exercise (preferably 30 minutes a day 3 to 5 days a week).

      To determine the Body Mass Index and weight that are healthy for your

      height, see:


      That Web site has links to several other sources of information about

      weight loss:


      Here’s a tool that will help you determine how many calories you can

      eat a day and still lose weight:


      As for how to keep track of how many calories you are eating, of

      course, keeping a paper log works fine. I prefer doing it

      electronically. This Web page has some suggestions for online and

      mobile device software you can use to track your caloric intake:


      I just bought the Diet & Exercise Assistant for my Palm device, and so

      far I’ve been happy with it.


      If you want some motivation for losing weight, here’s some detailed

      info about the health risks of being overweight:



      For women:


      You asked how to lose weight quickly. Most experts–doctors, diet

      plans, etc.–agree that it’s not a good idea to lose weight quickly.

      In order to lose weight fast, you’d have to reduce your food intake so

      much that you’d no longer be getting the nutrients you need in order

      to stay healthy. Even worse, if you eat so little that you lose more

      than 1 or 2 pounds a week, you increase the chances that you will stop

      following your weight loss plan and will then gain the weight back.

      It’s typical to lose weight quickly when you start a weight loss plan,

      and then have your weight loss rate drop back to 1 or 2 pounds a week

      until you hit your goal weight, and that’s fine. In the case of weight

      loss, slow and steady definitely wins the race.

      I started reducing my calorie intake last week and increased my

      exercise, and I’ve already lost 6 pounds. I was about 50 pounds

      overweight to start with. One thing that really helped was cutting out

      my habit of eating a scone or muffin almost every morning. I expect my

      weight loss will slow down to 1 or 2 pounds a week sometime in the

      next month.

      Hope this helps!


      — In Budget101_@yahoogroups.com, “Anggie Thompson” wrote:


      > What do YOU do to lose a couple of pounds quickly? I am in a desperate

      > state where ALL of my clothes have shrunk……….that’s my story,

      and I’m

      > sticking to it. Budget doesn’t have room in it to buy a bigger

      size. What

      > can I do, safely, to drop those pounds? I am walking on pretty days, 1-2

      > miles if time allows during my lunch hour.


      > —

      > Anggie

      > Fight Breast cancer……no one should die from it


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