Recommended Weight Chart for Women
Written by Thin Thin
As a note, individuals under the age of 18 require the supervision of a doctor while on a weight-reducing plan.
Healthy Tips for Exercise
Frankly, I don't like to exercise. Who likes getting hot and sweaty? BUT - exercise is necessary for a healthy body and the great news is that there are ways to exercise without feeling like one is actually exercising.
One of my favorite things to do is taking photos. So when I go out walking, I'll take along my camera and before I know it, I've walked a good distance and I have a bunch of awesome photos that I've collected amid my walk.
If you like to shop - it's a great way to get in exercise. If you have kids, try shooting a few hoops in the evening with them, or try skipping or jumping rope.
The key in getting the most out of exercise is to get your heart rate up. But ANY activity is better than none.
Healthy Tips for Pies, Cakes & Desserts
Pies: It's the crusty difference that can make the lusty difference on your weight scales. Crust contains about 100 calories per serving. If it's a double crust, make that 200 calories. And no - you can't pass go and collect 200 dollars. BUT you can pass go and collect 2 pounds or more.
Some of the pies to steer clear of OR at least limit severely include: pecan pie (I know, it's my favorite, too!), raisin pie, cheesecake (there is a reason it has cheese in its name...), mince pie and moon pie. A restaurant version of pecan pie can cost 800 calories or more per slice. Sad, isn't it. Here's some tissues as we prod forward to the Land of Cakes.
Cakes - Frosting OR as we-southerners say, Icing, is what breaks the back of Cake Calories. That nice wedge of cake will contain less calories than that tiny amount of frosting. Yes, another thing to be sad about, isn't it?
To save calories, fat and weight gain - try dusting the top of your next homemade cake with powdered sugar. In addition, purchasing pre-made cakes that include the calorie amount is another great tip for assisting you in keeping your calories in check. Yes, you can have your Diet Cake and eat it too!
Desserts - Substituting any of the following for oil, lard, shortening, butter or margarine will help you save fat and calories: dried fruit, mashed-up fresh fruit, light sour cream, applesauce.
For homemade desserts, substitute Splenda for sugar OR use 1/2 sugar and 1/2 Splenda.
Substitute the light versions of foods for the full blown to save fat and calories. Rather than using whole milk, try skim. We cannot recommend fat free versions, however, because there is something lost in transition - something called flavor. There is a reason the no-fat foods contain so few calories IOHO.
Healthy Tips for Vegetables
#1 - If you can't stand the stink - get out of the kitchen!
Recently, Tom and I prepared some Brussel Sprouts with our stir fry and we almost had to take apart the house to get the stink out. It was horrific. Even OUST Air Freshener was useless against removing the stink.
That wasn't the worst of things.... Later that evening, we found need of going outside. The after effects were yes - that potent. Better outside than melting off the paneling and wallpaper, right? Unfortunately, our 'a-holes' turned into 44 magnums.
The next morning, I swore to never cook Brussel Sprouts, cabbage or broccoli again. Yes, they are healthy. And yes, they are stinky. With this said, the next time we have these green giants of gas, we'll have them at a restaurant - and very minimal amounts at that. As for broccoli and cabbage, these are easy to get around. Simply serve them raw in your next salad. No cook. No stink. We like. And as long as they aren't paired with other volatile foods, all should be fairly quiet on the home-front.
#2 - If you or your loved ones aren't Veggie Heads, try preparing veggie patties. Shred some veggies, then add a bit of flour and a spoon of baking powder, a dash of salt and pepper, then 'fry' on the stove top using cooking spray.
#3 - Raw veggies make terrific snacks. Try dipping in a lovely pool of yogurt for a healthy difference.
#4 - Although vegetables are naturally low in calories, what we tend to drown our veggies in is not. Butter, cheese, sauces - limit and save calories and fat.
#5 - Corn and potatoes get an unfair wrap when it comes to 'foods to avoid because they cause weight gain'. It just ain't so. An ear of corn contains about 100 calories. A small potato, only 120. Again, it's what we pile on top which in turn, piles on weight gain.