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Hungry Girl Today: 09.12.07



I am going to be seeing an ex-boyfriend soon who I haven't seen in YEARS,
and I need to drop about 30 lbs. to get back into the size 6 jeans he used to
love me in. Do you think it's possible for me to lose that much weight in one

Tess in Tight Jeans

Dear Tess,

I get questions like this all the time, and usually I don't answer them, but I
decided that since I am emailed Qs like this so often, I should probably
address the issue. I don't think you should even THINK about trying to lose
30 lbs. in a month. It's unrealistic and not a smart or healthy way to go about
losing weight. I'm obviously not a doctor or dietitian, but I know that crash
dieting is a BAD idea. EXTREME dieting tactics -- skipping meals, taking in
insanely few calories per day, fad diets, taking appetite suppressants -- are
scary to me; I'm against all of those things. If I were in your
shoes, here's what I would do. I'd spend the next month filling up on lean
protein, fruits and veggies, and steering clear of processed foods. I'd also
avoid eating lots of starchy carbs like bread, pasta, rice and potatoes.
Focusing on eating salads, lean meats and fruits, while consuming fewer
calories than you burn (click here for more info on how to know what that
number is), will help you lose weight at a comfortable pace. Drink lots of
water, and try to get some exercise in several times per week, too (every
little bit helps). If, at the end of the month, you're down 5 - 10 lbs., you'll feel
FANTASTIC and a lot more self-confident than you do today. And who cares
if your size 6 jeans don't fit -- reward yourself with a NEW pair (whatever the
size!) that look great on your NEW body. Keep me posted on how things go...
And by the way, you should be losing weight for YOU, not for an EX (just my


Hungry Girl,

How can I stop myself from overeating during meals? I have such a hard
time controlling portions -- especially at buffets. And I go to brunch buffets
several times a month. HELP!

Portion-Challenged in Peoria

Dear Portion-Challenged,

Everyone wants to know how to control portions -- it's the secret to losing
and/or maintaining weight. And there are many theories about why we
overeat and how to control our food intake. But I feel your pain -- how on
EARTH can a person go to a brunch buffet and NOT overeat?! (I dream of
climbing into the chafing dish of pancakes and snuggling up with them!) I
contacted HG pal Dr. David L. Katz, author of Dr. David Katz's Flavor-Full
Diet, for help with this one. He says the more flavors and flavor categories
you combine in a given meal or mouthful, the more food you'll need to eat to
feel full. His "thing" is teaching people how to "harmonize" flavors, and here's
what he told me -- "By knowing how to choose the ingredients used in a meal
or snack so that they don't add in unnecessary flavors, you can always fill up
to complete satisfaction on fewer calories, while eating more delicious, more
wholesome food." So basically, when at the buffet, you should probably
avoid the cheesy, salty, creamy mac 'n cheese casserole with the sweet 'n
savory crumbly topping -- too many flavors in one dish can make portion
control more difficult. Interesting stuff. To learn all about Dr. Katz's flavor
harmonizing and his other theories on food, flavors and filling up, check out
his new book. In the meantime, if you want to start filling up faster during
meals, drink a couple of glasses of water before you eat, and eat small
meals throughout the day so you never sit down to a meal when you're
STARVING. So even if you're hitting the brunch buffet in the early afternoon,
don't hesitate to eat some b-fast in the morning. Thanks for emailing!

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