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Dear Hungry Girl,

I don't know how many calories I should be eating a day.  What's a good number?

-Curious 'bout Calorie Counting

Dear Curious,

The number of calories you need varies from person to person depending on their age, sex, height, weight and activity level.  Still, most experts recommend that no one dip below 1,200 calories a day (someone PLEASE relay this info to Nicole Richie).  Taking in too few calories could keep you from getting necessary nutrients, or cause your body to  go into starvation mode and, consequently, do screwy things to your metabolism.  To find out how many calories you should be taking in daily, visit Active.com or Vhi Healthcare.  These sites provide cool little tools that calculate your personalized caloric needs.  Also, check out this health calculator on iVillage for a breakdown of how many grams of fat, carbs, & protein you should take in per day.  Good stuff!


Dear Hungry Girl,

I've been thinking of getting one of those diet patches or taking some diet pills to help me lose weight.  Do you think it's a good idea?

-Tempted Tara
Dear Tempted,

Actually, no, I don't think it's a good idea.   I know it's tempting to try taking something you think will help you lose weight quickly or more easily, but I haven't seen anyone have long term success with pills or patches.  And I'm not convinced that they're completely safe.  Remember Phen Fen?  Everyone thought it was safe, but as time went on people started exhibiting side effects from it.  Some people even died from it.  Your health is way too important to risk.   And, even though it's not always as easy, you can achieve your weight loss goals without pharmaceutical help.  Check out our archive for great diet-friendly food finds, or get yourself a workout and/or weight loss buddy.  You may even want to follow a specific weight loss program.  If you do, I recommend Weight Watchers.   Losing weight isn't about a quick fix, it's about changing your lifestyle, and a sensible eating and exercise plan is definitely a better option than any pill or diet aid.

 
CHEW ON THIS:
May is National Barbeque Month.  BBQ experts say the worldÂ’s largest barbecue event was held in Kansas City in 1975.  A huge pit was built just for this event - upon which 5 bulls were roasted.  Eww!
 
 

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