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The Checkup Archive: Me Minus 10

Why do women hate their bodies so much?

I just read an unsettling article in Glamour that said 97 percent of 300 young women surveyed by the magazine reported having multiple negative thoughts about their own bodies in a given day. The average number was 13; many women said they had as many as 35, 50 or 100 such thoughts per day. So I'm sitting here thinking mean thoughts about my thighs and wondering, why do we do this to ourselves?

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | February 24, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Life's Big Questions, Me Minus 10, Nutrition and Fitness, Psychology, Weight loss, Women's Health  
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What's up with Weight Watchers?

At the end of November Weight Watchers switched up its popular weight-loss system, moving from the now-familiar Points program, wherein every food was assigned a value mostly according to the number of calories it contains, to the new PointsPlus program. What's the diff? Under PointsPlus, points are assigned according to a formula that takes into account not just calories but the mix of key nutrients a food contains and other, harder-to-quantify values.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | December 21, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Me Minus 10, Nutrition and Fitness, Obesity, Weight loss  
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Losing weight is (mostly) great

Now that I'm 50 and about 14 pounds lighter, I've found that, yes, losing weight was a good thing to do. But as I write about in this week's "Eat, Drink and Be Happy" column, it hasn't been as purely positive as I anticipated. From flaps of extra skin to being forced to face things I was using food to hide from, there have been plenty of down sides to my downsizing.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | December 7, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Me Minus 10, Nutrition and Fitness, Obesity, Women's Health  
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Babies on diets? Now I've heard it all.

Recent news stories have called attention to a phenomenon -- without saying how widespread it is -- in which parents restrict their babies' diets to ward off chubbiness. Apparently for some it's a matter of aesthetics; one story cites a father who raves about how skinny his infant daughter is. Others, though, restrict their babies' food intake so the children won't go on to be chubby children -- or overweight adults.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | December 2, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Childhood obesity, Eating disorders, Family Health, Infant health, Kids' health, Me Minus 10, Motherhood, Nutrition and Fitness, Obesity, Parenting  
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Protein-rich, low-GI diet protects weight loss, study finds

The latest salvo came late last week when the New England Journal of Medicine published a European study showing that folks who followed a diet in which higher-protein, lower-glycemic-index foods prevailed were better able to maintain their recent weight loss than those who ate less protein and higher-glycemic-value foods. And those who followed a low-protein, high-glycemic-index diet were more likely to regain their lost weight.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | November 30, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Diabetes, Me Minus 10, Nutrition and Fitness, Obesity, glycemic index  
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Thanksgiving's slippery slope

When my day is arranged in such a way that it can't accommodate my daily workout or when I can't stick to my normal food regimen, I feel apprehensive about the prospect of losing momentum and even gaining a pound back. Which, given the way Thanksgiving is shaping up for me this year, is entirely possible.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | November 23, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Me Minus 10, Nutrition and Fitness  
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Older Entries in This Category »

Going back to bread, Jennifer LaRue Huget , October 26, 2010
When a beloved food triggers overeating, Jennifer LaRue Huget , October 5, 2010
Lack of sleep may hinder weight loss, Jennifer LaRue Huget , October 4, 2010
Calories: To count, or not to count?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , September 21, 2010
Is there room for deep-fried Pop-Tarts in your diet?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , August 31, 2010
Me Minus 10: Finally reaching 'there', Jennifer LaRue Huget , July 8, 2010
Me Minus 10: Keeping the change, Jennifer LaRue Huget , July 6, 2010
Avoiding weight gain on vacation, Jennifer LaRue Huget , June 24, 2010
Me Minus 10 and the Mediterranean diet, Jennifer LaRue Huget , June 8, 2010
Really fattening restaurant food, Jennifer LaRue Huget , May 27, 2010
Getting real about food choices, Jennifer LaRue Huget , May 25, 2010
When kids want to eat junk, Jennifer LaRue Huget , May 4, 2010
'Lbs.' looks food addiction in the face, Jennifer LaRue Huget , May 3, 2010
Is that right? An extra 10 pounds won't hurt, might help?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , April 30, 2010
Betting on breakfast, Jennifer LaRue Huget , April 27, 2010
Sifting through diet advice, Jennifer LaRue Huget , April 20, 2010
Is that right? Nutrition Facts are enough?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , April 16, 2010
Me ... as I'm meant to be?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , April 15, 2010
Fido minus 5 , Jennifer LaRue Huget , April 13, 2010
Conquering food cravings: a tips list , Jennifer LaRue Huget , April 12, 2010
Me Minus 10 -- plus friends!, Jennifer LaRue Huget , April 9, 2010
Stress, lack of willpower bust the best intentions, Jennifer LaRue Huget , March 30, 2010
Is that right? HFCS makes people fat?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , March 26, 2010
You get weighed at the doctor's office. Then what?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , March 17, 2010
Investing in weight loss, Jennifer LaRue Huget , March 9, 2010
Me Minus... 12?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , March 2, 2010
Dieting with Apolo Ohno, Jennifer LaRue Huget , March 2, 2010
For weight loss, plunge right in or take time to plan?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , February 23, 2010
 
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