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Dear Hungry Girl,

I need to lose about 15 lbs before my wedding in December. Do you think cutting carbs and drinking tons of water will work?

-- Bride to Be

Dear Bride to Be,

I asked my friend Colleen to help me with this one. Colleen recently got married, and dropped 20 lbs. before her big day. She was also one of the featured brides on the TV show "Buff Brides."  Here's what she had to say:

Before my wedding I committed to doing the Buff Brides TV Show. I needed to lose 20 lbs in three months.  I didn't actually cut out anything from my diet, but I did limit my alcohol and carb intake. I was never hungry because I was constantly eating small meals or snacks. I advise you to never let yourself get too hungry because you're more likely to binge if you do. Water is key! Drink as much as you can. It fills you up (and clears your skin)!  I recommend following the Weight Watchers points system, eating lots of fruits and vegetables and working out 5 days a week. If you do this I think you can achieve your goal, just as I did.  One more thing--don't weigh yourself everyday.  When you are weight training you lose inches, but not always pounds--so don't be discouraged with what the scale says.  Good Luck and enjoy your wedding day!

Dear Hungry Girl,

I love Boba drinks.  Please tell me, are they bad for you?

-- Boba-Luvin' Babe

Dear Boba-Luvin' Babe,

In case you're not familiar with boba, it's basically tea with gummy balls.  And although the boba craze peaked in 2002, I tried my first boba drink just a few weeks ago.  I can understand why people either love or hate it.  Those weird little round jellies seem a little out of place in tea.  But I loved it (and the cool boba straw) and immediately wanted to know if boba drinks were diet-friendly.  Turns out, they're not.  Sure, you can get sugar-free boba tea and cut out the milk or make a lowfat, sugar free milk tea--but the tapioca balls themselves are the problem.  It's nearly impossible to get clear info on this, but my research shows that each boba ball contains between 7 and 14 calories.  A typical boba drink uses between 30 and 50 of these tapioca pearls, so that means that just the tapioca in your drink adds up to between 210 and 700 calories.  And that's without the tea!  So, your boba drink will probably contain between 400 - 1000 calories, depending on the size and the ingredients.  To me that falls under the heading of "not worth it."

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