A Book of Lies?

2008/05/01 at 12:40 pm | Posted in Commentary, Food, Health, Life, lifestyle change, SimulPost, Thoughts, Uncategorized, weight loss | Comments Off on A Book of Lies?
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Could this quite possibly be the most useless book ever written? Or is its author the smartest man in the universe?

If you ask me, it’s a little of both.

Author David Zinczenko is ca$hing in on the laziness of Americans by catering to their one vice: fast food. In his book Eat This, Not That! he tackles the issue of choosing between which of the worst foods are actually, well, better than the other.

Take the example on the cover. Although it’s hard to see, the author—he’s the editor-in-chief of Men’s Health magazine—is telling you to choose a Big Mac (540 calories; 29g of fat) over a Whopper (760 calories; 46g of fat).

Well, gollllly, Sgt. Carter! That’s fantastic! By eating the Big Mac, I not only save all those calories but also cut my fat intake to 29g instead of 46g for one meal! I guess I’ll order the fries, too!

But wait! What about the sodium content? The Big Mac has 1,040 mg of sodium; the Whopper has 1,450 mg. When you consider that the RDA is 2,400 mg, either one will get you nearly halfway to your RDA for sodium in no time flat. And remember, too, that the RDA amounts are based on a 2,000 calorie daily intake. So when you factor in the amount of calories, fat, sodium and saturated fat (with an RDA of 20g) of the burgers, neither is “healthier” than the other.

Also consider that as editor-in-chief of a health magazine, the man’s lifestyle is likely to be less sedentary than the average person trying to drop a few pounds. In fact, it’s not uncommon for marathoners and runners to consume high-calorie meals as most will be expended during their run so that they have enough in reserve at the end of their run and don’t, um, die afterwards.

If you’re truly serious about losing weight, here’s a thought: avoid fast foods. That isn’t my advice; that came from my doctors. And rumor has it that they know a little about the human body.

Now I’m not saying I don’t enjoy an occasional fast food meal but I don’t make them a staple of my diet. (If I do eat out, it’s mostly chicken—I’ve given up red meat and fried foods.) I didn’t lose my weight by not brown-bagging it to work, not making healthy meals the night before, not cutting up watermelons and pineapples to make my daily 2 cups of fruit, or not drinking at least 2 pints of water per day. Losing and maintaining your weight is all about choices and if your dilemma is choosing between a Big Mac and a Whopper, you’re doing it wrong.

Sure, David Zinczenko is good-looking, successful and had his book featured all over the place. But in Eat This, Not That! the only thing the dude is doing is saving you from reading the nutritional values and combining the information with pretty pictures in a perfect-bound package. Crap on a cone still isn’t ice cream no matter how you look at it, even if you once dated Rose McGowan.

Look, if all you want is fast food nutritional information that is constantly updated, it’s available for free on Dottie’s Weight Loss Zone, my one source for Weight Watchers Points Values before eating out.


This entry is a SimulPost and can also be read at HolographicMeatloaf.com

Weight Loss: Not a Guy Thing?

2008/04/30 at 12:36 pm | Posted in Commentary, Health, Life, lifestyle change, Thoughts, Uncategorized, weight loss | Comments Off on Weight Loss: Not a Guy Thing?
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When it comes to getting recognition or praise from peers, weight loss is definitely not a guy thing. Here’s why I say that.

We had a meeting at work yesterday and while we were all in line for 500-calorie breakfast bagels, I heard somebody compliment one of the girls on her recent weight loss (Note: I had a bagel and ate my fruit cup for lunch instead of the Lean Cuisine pizza I had packed.) Coincidentally, the meeting was about our benefits package that includes a new wellness and fitness program.

And they’re feeding us bagels and cream cheese?

Ah, but I digress. The girl was beaming with delight and, frankly, a bit snotty about dropping some weight. Maybe it was the way another was ingratiating her about it. Keep in mind that the poor little thing was probably a Size 4 to begin with and now she’s down to, well, Size Subatomic Particle.

Then just before the meeting began, I heard another two women sitting beside me chatting about how a former employee lost about 40 lbs. on—get ready for it—the Weight Watchers Points Program.

“She looks so good!” one of them exclaimed. I leaned over and added my piece since, well, it’s working for me, too.

“Oh, I’m doing the Points Program, too,” I said with a smile. The woman nodded without acknowledging my drop in tonnage and continued the conversation with the other. And it’s not like our company is so big that these two women didn’t know who the hell I was. My God, I used to work in their department.

So..ahem. Yo, almost 62 lbs. lost here! What’s not to notice? My Fat Guy Pants are all gone! I’m into Size XL shirts now! And only one person at work—male, coincidentally, who is also on a weight loss plan—has spoken up about it?

It seems to me that unless a guy drops a ridiculous amount weight and goes from being his incognito fat self to a ripped Calvin Klein model, nobody seems to care about his achievement. But when a woman loses, oh, six ounces of water then it’s time to buy a new wardrobe, put her on a pedestal and throw her a damned party.


It’s not like I go out begging people to give me props but damn, is the world that freaking jealous of what I’ve accomplished? Or am I just looking for recognition in the wrong places (around people I see every day)?

But you know, it’s this kind of thing that motivates me to do more and get it done right. And we’ll see who’s talking when I reach 200 lbs.—or less.

Oh, who am I fooling with that statement? They’ll probably ask if I got a haircut or something.

A Word on Commenting

2008/04/23 at 8:03 am | Posted in Commentary, Thoughts, weight loss | 4 Comments

Although this blog has yet to receive one legitimate comment (and I’m beginning to wonder if it’s having any impact on anybody at all), I’d like to throw out a few words about them. Here’s why.

First, anybody can comment. Feel free to do so, but…

Up to now, I’ve been getting nothing but spam for comments and some of them try the I’ve-been-reading-your-blog approach by adding a few keywords that are germane to this blog’s content or that specific post (“I see you use Traineo, too!”).

All those attempting to have their say should know that I moderate all potential comments and I am alerted via e-mail when one arrives. From there I determine if it’s spam or not.

If you would like to leave a comment, by all means do so. But I’d appreciate it if your comment meets the following criteria:

  • Links must be to a legitimate blog, not one trying to sell stuff
  • If you don’t have a blog or Web site, have a legitimate e-mail (I won’t sell it–promise) or make one up if you don’t feel safe about it
  • Content must be relevant to the post or blog in general, and should not contain advertising on how I can “drop the pounds overnight” by taking some “miracle” drug

That’s pretty much it. If they do not meet either of those specifics then you can bet they will be discarded immediately, especially the diet supplement ads. I refuse to be a shill for somebody trying to push their so-called “miracle pills” as I am not taking any supplements on this journey. (It’s 100% will power and determination for this guy.) I don’t believe in them and unless you’re willing to cut me a nice check and send me a ton of free samples to try them out, you shouldn’t bother trying to disguise your comment as being real and expect it to be posted. I do realize that most of those “comments” are automated but if they aren’t, please don’t waste your time.

As far as advertising goes, the products on the right were purchased with my own money and I get nothing in return from the manufacturers, which means I can criticize them if need be.

Hope this clears things up. And today’s weight was 237.8 🙂

Weekly Weigh-In #5

2008/04/22 at 7:41 am | Posted in Health, Inspiration, Life, lifestyle change, Thoughts, Weekly Weigh-In, weight loss | Comments Off on Weekly Weigh-In #5
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Quick! Here are this week’s results!

Weekly Weigh-In #5: 238.5 lbs.

Gain/loss of: -3.4 lbs.

Current stats with 43 weeks to go. If I lose:

  • 1 pound a week: 45 pounds (194.5 pounds at goal date)
  • 1.5 pounds a week: 67.5 pounds (171.5 pounds at goal date)
  • 2 pounds a week: 90 pounds (148.5 pounds at goal date)

So far, this is the most I’ve lost in a week’s time so I’m happy about that. I was, however, at 238 lbs. sometime last week so there’s a little disappointment as well. But in looking at the stats, I am well on my way to reaching my goal and possibly doing it ahead of schedule. If that’s the case, I may keep going until my goal date to see if I can reach my ideal body weight, which is about 175 lbs. or so.

And for what it’s worth, this week’s meals included a 6″ Subway Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki sandwich and a few slices of Papa John’s Barbecue Chicken pizza–in the same day, I might add. Last night’s dinner consisted of smoked salmon and salad.

Why cheat yourself? It’s all about moderation, people!

Mmm…colossal donut…

2008/04/09 at 12:28 pm | Posted in Food, Inspiration, LG enV, Life, Motivation, Phone-Cam, SimulPost, Thoughts | Comments Off on Mmm…colossal donut…
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(Note: This post is the first of what may be many SimulPosts, or entries that pertain to both of my blogs. This can also be seen at HolographicMeatloaf.com).

From the Phone-Cam…

It’s Bagel and Donut Day @ work today, and evidently they went to the Lard Lad for this sucker. It may not look big here, but this thing really is huge. It obscures the plate below it! And in case you’re wondering, I opted for a bagel 🙂

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