Weight Watchers® "Good?"
American Dietetic Association (ADA) describes the best way
to lose weight:
small changes over time
a variety of foods
what you eat over several days
all types of foods, but don't overdo it
Watchers® has a reputation for being one of the more reliable,
successful weight loss programs because it promotes the same
moderate approach as the ADA. Foods receive a point value,
and participants are "allowed" to eat all kinds of foods as
long as their point total stays within a certain range. Group
meetings and peer support are another important aspect of
Weight Watchers®. Those weekly "weigh-ins" provide strong
incentive to keep weight down. Weight Watchers® also emphasizes
the importance of exercise.
to watch out for is that the point system makes it easier
to have an unbalanced diet. It's possible to eat nothing but
dairy products every day, for example, as long as you stay
within the point range.
American Dietetic Association: Weight Watchers, 2001
there a way to get the comforting taste of comfort foods without
the fat and calories? Yes, if you're willing to compromise
a little. The key is to try to minimize the fat content and
keep your portions reasonable. Some tips:
or low-fat milk instead of whole.
oil cooking spray when greasing a pan.
the fat from soup stocks and pan juices by using a fat-separating
visible fat from meats.
example: instead of frying chicken, try soaking the chicken
(after removing the skin) in skim milk, dip in dry breadcrumbs
and herbs and bake in the oven.
J. Brody. Jane Brody's Good Food Book., 2001
from Cookie Dough?
True or False:
commercially prepared cookie dough puts you at risk of getting
salmonella poisoning from egg.
prepared cookie dough is made from pasteurized eggs. Pasteurization
kills the salmonella bacteria.
other hand, eating cookie dough you've made yourself can give
you salmonella poisoning from the raw egg, unless you've used
pasteurized eggs. Eggnog made with raw eggs also poses a risk.
Food and Drug Administration, 2001
The great thing about a big holiday dinner is that it goes
a long way. To make sure your leftovers don't make you sick:
keep the stuffing inside the turkey after it's cooked. Harmful
bacteria can grow and cause food poisoning.
your leftovers away after two hours.
forget about keeping raw poultry juices away from other foods.
That means the cutting board and any utensils you used on
the turkey should be thoroughly washed right away.
American Dietetic Association, 2001
Eating at Parties
Keep these ideas in mind as you make your rounds at holiday
arrive hungry. You'll be more likely to eat everything in
your favorite healthy dish along as your contribution to
eggnog. An 8-ounce glass, with rum, has 450 calories.
twice before popping an appetizer in your mouth. These little
bites are gone in an instant, but they're often high in
fat and calories.
baking cookies is something you don't want to give up, bake
them and then get them out of the house-take them to a party.
someone else at the party who's also trying to avoid eating
too much. Peer support can be a helpful motivator.