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Hungry Girl Today: 05.09.07


Dear Hungry Girl,

What is the best thing for me to eat before a cardio workout? Please help
me, HG... Thanks!

Treadmill Freak

Dear Treadmill Freak,

Excellent question! And since I'm not an exercise expert (FAR from it!), I
asked my close, personal pal Dr. Adam Shafran (aka Dr. Fitness), who was
eager to help. According to Adam, the best thing to eat varies from person to
person. He insists, "If you are going to snack, stick to something in the
carbohydrate family like Gatorade, a low-calorie bagel, an english muffin, a
few pretzels, a banana or an apple. Carbs are great before you exercise
because they digest easily and provide readily available energy that will help
you throughout your workout. Don't go overboard -- stick to a snack-sized
portion with around 200 calories or less." Anything in particular you should
stay away from? Adam recommends that you avoid candy bars and
cookies. "They have way too much fat and too many calories in them. A high-
fat snack eaten right before you exercise will cause your body to spend more
time and energy digesting, sending more blood to the stomach instead of
your working muscles, and not letting you get the most out of your workout."
There you have it. To hear more from Adam, check out his "Dr. Fitness and
the Fat Guy" podcasts. They're lots of fun -- and sometimes you can even
hear me as a guest on the show!

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Dear Hungry Girl,

I am a new subscriber and I want to know everything about HG! How long
has Hungry Girl been around for? How many employees do you have? How
do you find the foods you write about? And are your editorial reviews and
product mentions paid for? Thanks!

Lovin' HG

Dear Lovin',

Welcome!!! I'm glad you found Hungry Girl and I am more than happy to
answer your questions. In fact, we get so many new subscribers (about 500 -
800 a day!) that I'm sure there are lots of other people out there who are
also curious about what goes on here. The very first Hungry Girl email was
sent in late April of 2004 to just under 200 people -- mostly friends, family
and colleagues. Now, just three years later, there are over 250,000 people
receiving HG emails daily. There are currently only FIVE Hungry Girl
employees. We find foods several different ways: on supermarket shelves,
from subscriber recommendations, and from food companies and PR firms
directly (dozens of boxes of food show up each week). HG editorial is NOT
paid for. The foods featured on HG are here because they taste good and I
like them. If HG approves a product, it then becomes eligible to run ad
campaigns in our daily emails. So any time you do see an ad (either in the
form of a banner, a dedicated email or a Guilt-Free Groceries special offer),
you can be sure it is for a food or product that I fully believe in. Hope that
answers all your Qs. Thanks for checking in!


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