Monday, March 16, 2009

Catching Up, Great BP, Interesting Calorie-Counting News Piece

Yeah. Rainy Mondays. Blah. I'm in no way going to catch up until tonight (sad!) but I do want to share a pic from the weekend AND a little tidbit I came across this morning in my Hungry Girl e-newsletter (which I love).


(from l-r: Lindsey, Megan, Me and Emily)
We had a GREAT time at Megan's mini BP - wow! Despite the weather (cold and rainy) it was great to be back together!! I'll post more pics and more about the weekend tonight!! And I finished Lethally Blond Saturday morning (couldn't sleep) so I'll tell ya about it (hint: loved it!). I'm now reading yet another Kate White book (from earlier in the series) Over Her Dead Body. AND I bought some cutie cute new clothes! GREAT weekend. Oh and the girls got to see the house - loved it - yay! And quick house update: our due diligence period was extended to Tuesday (still trying to negotiate who will fix what) but we ARE submitting our 30-day notice to our awful apartment complex today. I'm not going to lie.... I have MAJOR butterflies about all of this and am probably going to have to be sedated in a couple of weeks... I just can't believe it's happening. It's the 16th and we could be moving in like less than 20 days. OMG so much to do.... okay.... enough about that! Here is the interesting tidbit from Hungry Girl, and i'll write more later and can't wait to catch up on your blogs!!

Calorie-Counters Got It Goin' On!

We've been saying this for a bazillion years (okay, since May of 2004), but there's no magic bullet that can change the simple facts of weight loss. The formula is pretty simple, chewers: It's calories in vs. calories burned. And a recent study (the largest of its kind) has confirmed this. Participants followed various diet plans (low-carb, high-protein, etc.), but each plan cut the same amount of calories from the participant's normal intake. Turns out that it really didn't matter what they ate, just how many calories they consumed -- every diet group lost about the same amount of weight. We say, if you're trying to shed lbs., it's up to YOU to figure out what helps you achieve a lower calorie lifestyle. We're all about eating, so we tend to stick with stuff we can eat large portions of without taking in a huge number of calories. More protein, less starchy carbs, less fat, more fiber -- all great ways to get more bang for your calorie buck. The takeaway here is that cutting calories, along with finding the stuff that keeps you satisfied, is the way to go for weight loss. And, while we're on the subject of calorie-counting, here's a friendly reminder that our new book, Hungry Girl 200 Under 200, (out 4/14/09) features 200 recipes, each under 200 calories per serving. To meet your calorie needs while chewing LOTS of delicious food, mix and match 'em 'til the cows come home!

10 comments:

Mica said...

Cute picture from the BP!

That's really exciting about the house, yay for moving out of an apartment complex!

Marian's eats said...

I just found an article from self.com that I posted on my blog about the same thing! Calories in and calories out when it comes to weight loss:) Thanks for the article girl!
Yay for moving!

SLJ said...

I just happened upon your blog and I want to tell you I LOVE it! I somehow managed to gain what I like to call "relationship weight" of 20 pounds but over the past year lost it with the help of a nutritionist and A LOT of hard work. I'm happy where I am but don't feel I have the "hot" body I yearn for so I'm trying to take things to the next level. Sorry this was so long but question... what do you consider a serving of chicken? I love some of your recipes you have posted and want to try them out!

balancingbrianne said...

hey pretty - it's Brianne (aka HK). i moved my blog to wordpress, so it's been a while : ) glad to see you've made so much progress on the house front and that you're having such a fun time with friends! i get the HG newsletter, too, and was super glad to see the info. about calorie counting.

sweetandfit said...

congrats for putting in ur notice to ur apartment complex - moving is so exciting! I love hungry-girl - thanks for posting about that book, I somehow missed that in her e-mails. I am a calorie counter because i honestly have never gotten results any other way!

fittingbackin said...

Mica: Thanks, girl!! Yay - I can't wait!!!!

Marian's Eats: SO FUNNY!! I agree - it all comes down to the calories! Thanks so much!!

SLJ: Hi!! Thank you so much!! I love that term - I REALLY do. I think Austin would concur that some of our weight was relationship-based! Congrats on your weight loss!! How exciting! Can't wait to check out your blog!! I consider 4 oz. of chicken a serving (I use a food scale and weigh it out). I hope you try the recipes!!

Balancing Brianne: I am so glad you're back girl!! missed you much! Oh yes, HG is amazing... my hero!

sweetandfit: thanks!! I absolutely CAN NOT WAIT! Oh she's awesome - I can't wait for the new book! I hope to go to the book signing in Atlanta!! I agree- carbs/fat grams/etc. are fine to keep an eye on but at the end of the day it's all about calories for me, too!

fittingbackin said...

Mica: Thanks, girl!! Yay - I can't wait!!!!

Marian's Eats: SO FUNNY!! I agree - it all comes down to the calories! Thanks so much!!

SLJ: Hi!! Thank you so much!! I love that term - I REALLY do. I think Austin would concur that some of our weight was relationship-based! Congrats on your weight loss!! How exciting! Can't wait to check out your blog!! I consider 4 oz. of chicken a serving (I use a food scale and weigh it out). I hope you try the recipes!!

Balancing Brianne: I am so glad you're back girl!! missed you much! Oh yes, HG is amazing... my hero!

sweetandfit: thanks!! I absolutely CAN NOT WAIT! Oh she's awesome - I can't wait for the new book! I hope to go to the book signing in Atlanta!! I agree- carbs/fat grams/etc. are fine to keep an eye on but at the end of the day it's all about calories for me, too!

sweetandfit said...

congrats for putting in ur notice to ur apartment complex - moving is so exciting! I love hungry-girl - thanks for posting about that book, I somehow missed that in her e-mails. I am a calorie counter because i honestly have never gotten results any other way!

balancingbrianne said...

hey pretty - it's Brianne (aka HK). i moved my blog to wordpress, so it's been a while : ) glad to see you've made so much progress on the house front and that you're having such a fun time with friends! i get the HG newsletter, too, and was super glad to see the info. about calorie counting.

Marian's eats said...

I just found an article from self.com that I posted on my blog about the same thing! Calories in and calories out when it comes to weight loss:) Thanks for the article girl!
Yay for moving!