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January 25, 2008

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Wow! I'm on the calorie band wagon too, but am limiting to 1,400. Some things i've found that can be fun "treats" if you happen to go out:

* A Chipotle "veggie bowl" w/black beans, fajita veggies, pico, corn salsa, hot salsa and green salsa is only 630 calories.

* A Subway club without cheese (6") on wheat bread is only 320 provided that you don't put anything other than mustard as the condiment.

* 4 cups of popped popcorn (unbuttered) are only 100 calories. Excellent for an evening snack!

Finally, if you can burn 500 calories in the first 30 minutes of exercise, then you continue to burn 500 calories per 30 min afterward, even if you decrease your level of activity to something more muscle than aerobic.

Woo-hoo! We're all going to get skinny! - Shinken! -sj

Jason - Watching calories is good, but you also need to keep the protein levels up. Ideally, especially for breakfast, you want something high in protein and something with a few carbs. The carbs will give you a quick "up", and the protein then kicks in and gives you sustained energy through the morning. (And, the more protein you get first thing -- the less hungry you feel until lunch.) Good to hear how your losing, keep it up!

A weight goal is not necessarily the best indicator of how well you're doing. Consider looking at your bodyfat %, or size measurements to evaluate your progress.

Be cautious of diets that are calorie restrictive. Your body's metabolism will eventually adjust downward to match your calorie intake. Take a look at adjusting the timing of your food intake to 6 small meals a day versus 3 larger ones. An intake of small, nutritious portions every 2-3 hours keeps your metabolism up. Eat to lose! Evaluate everything - a calorie is not just a calorie.

South Beach Diet Bars - good move. I wouldn't use it as a main meal replacement, but it is a good substitute for one of the 6 smaller meals.

South Beach Diet Cookbooks - get them! I have three at home: The original South Beach Diet Book, The SB Diet Cookbook, and the SB Diet Quick and Easy Cookbook. Every recipe I've had is a winner.

Good luck!

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