Eat– for Good Health

Three weeks ago, having been invited onto a radio interview, a caller (college student) asked about a crash diet.  Desperately, she wanted to look attractive in a bathing suit on spring break, which happened to be two months away at the time.  Determination is a strong motivator, and I told her to figure out her “regular” diet day calories by multiplying her present weight times seven.  In her case, 150 X 7 = 1050.   The GOLD STANDARD OF THIN diet is (three 250 calorie meals and two 150 snacks) totals 1000 calories.  Almost everyone including me (post menopausal) loses 2 to 3 pounds a week.   The caller was a college student, and with her higher metabolism, would drop 24 pounds, 3 pounds per week after 8 weeks.   I gave her a tip from my co-author daughter Janice– make breakfast and lunch a shake with a piece of fruit.   It’s easy and economical to make a shake in your dorm room.   A $6 can of Slim-Fast will get you through breakfast and lunch for a week.  Carnation instant breakfast has a no-sugar-added 12-serving canister for around $7, and Walmart has their Equate brand ready-to-drink shakes at $.77 a piece.  If you have a blender, add ice with the nonfat milk and powder to make a thicker shake.   Caller– if you are visiting here, please let us know how you are doing!

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20 thoughts on “Eat– for Good Health

  1. Mary Alice Tallmadge

    Kathleen, you really stuck to your guns and did not tell her to starve. It never works. I’ve had friends who have done the starve-stuff routine.

  2. Kathleen Rowland

    Ah yes, I would never advise going down that path. One of the secrets in “the little gold suitcase” is to eat a set amount of food at rigid times. That way, our bodies adapt. The stuffing thing gets the body way off track.

  3. Kiwana Jones

    Janessa, I’m proud to say I’m sticking to the plan about 6 out of 7 days a week. Saturday nights are tougher, but a girl needs to party. I have lost eight pounds in three weeks. I’m going to try the shakes. That would make breakfast and lunch easy.

  4. Kathleen Rowland

    Janessa, same with Oprah’s acai berry diet. Shakes are fine for two meals a day. The Journal of the American Dietetic Association found that shake dieters are able to keep weight off, but they should have other food during the day. For instance, a dinner with 3 ounces chicken, fish, lean beef, or tofu, a cup of vegetables, 1/2 cup whole grains, and a salad with olive oil vinaigrette. Snacks should include some nuts.

  5. Kiwana Jones

    Yes! Mary Alice, The pool is shallow at one end, making flip turns difficult for experts who do them, but that’s not a problem for someone like me who doesn’t know how to do them anyway. I live on campus so it’s a nice walk. The pool is never crowded.

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