June 9, 1994 |
When running a mile, a 132-pound woman will burn between 90 to 95 calories but a 175-pound man will drop 125 calories. The reason seems to be evolution. In the dim mists of pre-history, food was hard to come by and every calorie had to be conserved--particularly if a woman was to conceive and bear a child; a successful pregnancy requires about 80,000 calories. So women should keep exercising, but if they want to lose weight, calorie-counting is still the way to go.
May 10, 2004
Your April 26 article "Snack Machines Try to Shake Junk-Food Image" reports on an interesting marketing gimmick (manufacturers' response to the public's perception that unhealthy vending machine snacks are contributing to obesity), but fails to consider how that response might, in fact, affect the problem of rising obesity rates that it purports to address. First, with the exception of yogurt and fresh fruit, nearly all the foods mentioned as examples of healthy substitutes for the traditional candy/salty snack offerings provide as many calories as, if not more calories than, the traditional choices, while contributing relatively little in the way of needed vitamins, minerals or fiber.
August 11, 1995 |
For the second time in less than a year, researchers have pinpointed a genetic flaw that makes people fat. Three international teams of researchers reported Thursday that they have identified a common defect in a gene that regulates how fast the body burns calories. Those with the bad gene tend to grow potbellies and develop diabetes earlier in adulthood.
June 30, 1985
Savvy Americans are eating lighter. They know they can still enjoy their traditional favorites and cut down on calories and fat, and holidays are no exception. Offered here is a slimmed down July 4th picnic. It features a tasty version of coleslaw made with a dressing of grapefruit juice, oil, mustard and caraway seeds. A cup of regular slaw with a mayonnaise dressing has about 175 calories; our version boasts a slim 100. A quarter of a three-pound fried chicken carries a 968-calorie tag.
July 23, 1987 |
During the summer lots of space in newspaper food pages is devoted the food of the season--salads. They are lauded for their ease of preparation. They free the cook for activities out of doors, and a hot stove is not required in most cases. Whether fruit, vegetables, rice, poultry, meat or fish is chosen as the main ingredient, a salad is a healthful foundation upon which to build a menu.
September 28, 2009 |
As a nation, we are obviously getting fatter and fatter. Not only are we ever more confused about how to lose weight, we're particularly fuzzy on the question of how big a role exercise plays and whether we just have to count calories. So, here's the deal. Yes, you can count calories or weigh yourself every day. If your weight is up today compared with yesterday, you ate more calories than you burned. If it's less, you burned more than you ate -- provided you didn't drink gallons of liquid the day before, which could throw the scale off. It comes down to simple arithmetic, and you've heard it before: Calories in, calories out. You will absolutely, inevitably, sadly, this-could-not-be-clearer gain weight if you eat more calories than you expend in basic metabolism -- breathing, digesting, sleeping, etc. -- plus whatever else you do, such as chasing the kids, walking, vacuuming or going to the gym. But most of us can't, or won't, do the math, probably because it's so depressing.
August 23, 2013 |
What do you drink when you're trying to shed pounds? Iced tea? Diet soda? What about alcohol? One cardinal rule of losing weight is limiting alcohol consumption, but can "careful" dieters spike their punch with a little booze and still stand on the bathroom scale with confidence? Can they "outsmart" calories by "trading" them - skipping lunch to enjoy a few beers at the Dodgers game? The short answer is no. All calories are not created equal. And drinkers who skip meals are quicker to become inebriated, with all the assorted consequences.
June 1, 2010 |
Hold on to your stomachs—the Center for Science in the Public Interest has come out with its Xtreme Eating awards, giving dubious honors to restaurant fare that maxes out on fat and calories. Among the winners (or should that be losers?) is the pasta carbonara at Cheesecake Factory; when served with chicken this dish comes in at 2,500 calories and 85 grams of saturated fat. Also on the list is the New Zealand rack of lamb at Outback Steakhouse. The lamb alone (no sides) is 1,300 calories and 60 grams of saturated fat, plus 1,340 milligrams of sodium (recommended daily allowance of sodium is from 2,400 milligrams for a healthy adult, although some health experts think it should be far lower)
April 28, 2002 |
Hardly a day passes now without a new study or warning about the medical consequences of obesity. Unfortunately, such proclamations will likely have a limited impact on changing the behavior that causes us to be fat. Why? Because they do not address a prime reason so many Americans stay fat these days. It is this: Being fat--at least so far--makes economic sense. Think about it in terms of classic supply and demand. For generations, our national girth was held in check by two larger forces, the high cost of processed foods and food eaten away from home--at restaurants and, later, fast-food joints--and the high expenditure of calories on the job. It was easy to spend excess calories and hard to buy them.
July 6, 1989 |
There's the candy machine, just outside the door to my little windowed office. Long ago, I covered those windows with posters and had the maintenance crew turn my desk around. But still the machine beckons. Let's see: Baby Ruth, 289 calories. Snickers, 280. Too much, too much. How about plain M&Ms, 232 calories for the 1.68-ounce bag? That's better. Wait: Twizzlers Strawberry Twists. No fatty chocolate, so they've got to be lower in calories.