January 14, 2010

The Cost Behind Diets

1 Diet Plan Review: Best Way to Lose 20 Pounds

Two of the most common New Year's resolutions are saving money and losing weight. But can the two go together? This CBS Money Watch article outlines the costs (and pros and cons) of eight of the most popular dieting programs like Weight Watchers, Nutrisystem and Jenny Craig. Some shocking finds? The In The Zone Delivery plan costs about $224 per pound of weight lost, while eDiets costs about $2.70 per pound of weight lost. The bottom line? Weight Watchers has a proven track record and gives you the most bang for your buck.

More at MoneyWatch.com | Hat tip to HungryGirl | Posted 8 years ago by Callie

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Not So Lean Cuisine

2 Calorie Counts in Frozen, Fast Food May be Wrong

A new study says that the calorie counts at restaurants and on frozen food packaging may be largely inaccurate. The researchers found that fast food and frozen meals contained an average of 18 percent more calories than listed. According to the New York Times article, "Some of the disparities were startling. At Denny’s, a serving of grits, listed at 80 calories, tested at 258. The label on Lean Cuisine’s shrimp and angel-hair pasta says it has 220 calories, but the researchers measured it at 319. They found 344 calories in a Wendy’s grilled chicken wrap listed at 260." The article attributes variations in calories to portion sizes, handmade foods, the inclusion of side dishes and the weight of the food.

More at www.nytimes.com | Hat tip to www.MNN.com | Posted 8 years ago by Callie

Previously: Calorie Counter: Lean Cuisine and other entrees

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Health Risks High in Haiti

3 Infectious Diseases Could Further Decimate Haiti

Health risks from infectious diseases could affect earthquake survivors in Haiti, further decimating the population, doctors warn. As masses of displaced Haitians are forced to live in public places without clean water and sanitation, the incidence of contagious disease becomes high. “An infectious diarrhea can sweep through a population like that very quickly,” said Greg Elder, the country’s deputy operations manager for Doctors Without Borders. Other diseases including respiratory infections are also a threat as are cuts and lacerations that become infected. Impoverished Haiti has historically suffered from inadequate health systems and only half of the population has access to clean water. The country has the highest rate of HIV in the Western Hemisphere and a high prevalence of in

More at The Wall Street Journal | Posted 8 years ago by Melody Lesser

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Winning the Fat War

4 American Obesity Leveling Off

American obesity levels, particularly for women, have remained static over the past decade according to a recent report published by the Journal of the American Medical Association. About 36 percent of women were classified as obese in 2008 which is unchanged from the statistic recorded in 1999. The incidence of obesity in men, however, has risen from 28 percent in 1999 to 32 percent in 2008. Obesity, which has more than doubled in the past 30 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control, is defined as having a body mass index greater than 30. While the numbers are encouraging, “the prevalence still remains very high, and obesity still continues to be a significant health concern in the US,” said Cynthia Ogden, an epidemiologist at the CDC. “We still have work to do,” she adde

More at The New York Post | Posted 8 years ago by Melody Lesser

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