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Diet Scams... Alive & Well
So, what do you think the biggest scams of 2005 were? Pyramid schemes? Lottery scams? Internet hoaxes? NOPE! According to a recent study by the Federal Trade Commission, in 2005 more people were victims of fraudulent weight-loss products than of any other major type of fraud. Another study just published in the British Medical Journal evaluated the long-term results of three "weight-loss" medications, and it found that those pills did NOT live up to the hype. On average, participants lost less than 5% of their body weight, and a whopping 30 - 40% of them dropped out before completing the trial. One of the meds tested was orlistat, which is sold over the counter as the ever-popular Alli. Bottom line? A balanced diet you can actually stick to + exercise = the best way to get rid of extra pounds and keep them off.
Shop for a Cause!
In its 18 years of service, Project Angel Food has prepared and delivered over 5 million meals to seriously ill, homebound folks in the Los Angeles area (there's even an HG van that delivers these meals!). And since there's no charge for these services, PAF raises money by having lots of cool, LA-based events throughout the year. Their next one is the highly anticipated Divine Design -- a star-studded shopping fundraiser that'll take place in Los Angeles from November 29th - December 3rd. If you live in the LA area (or will be here this weekend), here's your chance to purchase designer clothing, toys, cosmetics, accessories, and spa products (all at 50 - 80% off retail prices) while helping to raise lots of money for a GREAT cause. Wanna win FREE Divine Design shopping passes? Drop us a note. We're giving a bunch (twenty!) away at random. And if you'd like to learn more about Project Angel Food or make a donation, click here.
HG + Project Angel Food = AWESOMENESS!
Guilt-Free Gift Ideas...
Looking for delicious and healthy holiday treats to send to pals this season? Check these out...
Edible Arrangements Baskets - Edible Arrangements are taking over the world (they're EVERYWHERE!). These fresh fruit arrangements are AMAZING and gorgeous. Go for straight-up fruit, or add a few chocolate-dipped ones if you're feeling sassy.
Nancy's Healthy Kitchen Cookies - Hey, cookie monsters! Check out these adorable little red brick cottage boxes filled with the yummiest, crunchiest, low-cal cookies EVER. Each delicious bite-sized cookie has fewer than 30 calories and less than 1g of fat (POINTS® value 1*). Click for the cookie gifting 411.
Vitalicious Baskets - Muffin fans will dig the selection of groovy gift packages these guys have available. There's a completely sugar-free gift pack, an all-chocolate basket, and even a Hungry Girl VitaTop one that comes with free HG tattoos. Weeee!
Buzzworthy HG Stuff...
HG + WW = BESTNEWSEVER! - The most exciting news bit of all is the official announcement of the brand-new (and super-cool!) weekly Hungry Girl column on WeightWatchers.com. It launches on 12/3 (1 week from today!) and will be called "Hungry Girl Goes...". Each week, HG will be somewhere new (from theme parks to holiday parties) offering up tips, tricks & finds in the form of mini survival guides. Where will HG go? Everywhere! And the best part is, WeightWatchers.com subscribers will be able to weigh in on where they want HG to visit next. Yay!
The HG Store! - Well, it's finally (almost!) here. This week, we will unveil the official online holiday shopping spot for HG fans. Wanna pick up an HG hoodie, tee, hat, or limited edition 3-in-1 tote set? They'll all be there. But supplies are limited, so keep an eye out for our special "Side Dish: HG Store" email, coming later this week.
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CHEW ON THIS: Today, November 26th, is National Cake Day. Why not celebrate with a Hostess 100 Calorie Pack? There are THREE mini cupcakes in that thing! Mmmmmm!
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