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Hungry Girl Today: 06.27.07

ASK HUNGRY GIRL


Dear Hungry Girl,

What do you think are some of the biggest dieting mistakes? Are there any
really common silly ones that you see people make over and over? I'm sure
I make dumb food mistakes all the time!

Food Flubber


Dear Flubber,

That's a great question actually. I do see people make what I think are silly
dieting mistakes quite often. There are so many swirling through my brain
that I'm just going to start rattling some off. I think following fad diets is a
big mistake. To me, they seem unrealistic and don't really teach you how to
live a healthy, long-term lifestyle. So typically, people lose a bunch of weight
and gain it all (plus more!) back once they go off the plan. Skipping meals
(especially breakfast) is another huge mistake. When you skip meals or eat
too little throughout the day, you'll only end up being hungrier and eating
more later on and into the evening. And that's a VERY bad idea! I personally
think eating your largest meal midday, and then a small dinner, is the best
way to lose and maintain weight. Drinking calories is another biggie. Drinking
too many calories is a waste! Have a frozen coffee treat at Starbucks, a few
glasses of juice or regular soda -- and you're taking in hundreds and
hundreds (possibly thousands) of extra calories a day. Drink water (or diet
soda or some sort of HG coffee swap) and you'll take in far fewer calories on
a daily basis. Ordering poorly at restaurants is another common mistake. Try
to stick with plain grilled meats, go easy on the starches and order all sauces
on the side. There you go -- hope you find this info helpful!




Hi, HG!

Now that the weather is hot, I am craving ice cream. You write about so
many different types of ice cream -- do you have a favorite? I'm not talking
ice cream BAR, or anything on a stick - just straight ice cream. Do you
typically stick with one kind or change it up?

Curious in Cali


Dear Curious,

As far as good old scoopable ice cream is concerned, I have SEVERAL
favorites. In general, the best-tasting ice cream with the best nutritional info
is Dreyer's Slow Churned Light Ice Cream (Edy's is the same -- just depends
where you live). My favorite flavors are Caramel Delight, the American Idol
Take The Cake flavor (vote for it NOW by clicking here), and the Limited
Edition Girl Scouts Samoas Cookie, which is not available over the summer --
bummer! (Cute rhyme, but still upsetting.) I also LOVE Dreyer's/Edy's
Loaded (particularly the Cookies 'N Cream flavor, 'cuz it's PACKED with
cookies and only has 110 calories per 1/2 cup). These days I've been using a
lot of Breyer's Double Churn FREE ice cream in recipes because it's SUPER-
LOW in calories and it's fat-free. The vanilla and chocolate flavors have just
90 calories per half-cup serving, so they're perfect to use in smoothies,
blended cocktails and coffee drinks. Good luck -- and happy ice creaming!!!

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