Fat Knock Out, Low-Carb Conundrum, and a New NY State of Mind
Mr. Foreman is still fighting fat, Atkins wins one and New Yorkers get a dietary shock.
Knock Out the Fat
Mr. Lean-Mean-Fat-Reducing-Grilling-Machine George Forman is still fighting the good fight. His latest project, Knock Out the Fat With George, is a Web show that features four contestants on their six-month weight-loss journeys. The infomerical, uh, I mean “webisode” is hosted by a real-life husband and wife team who are fitness experts and share plenty of workout tips. They also demonstrate how to use George’s latest invention at length. (Preview: Now with hovering grill plate to melt the cheese on your turkey burger!)
Because practically every American household can call a George Foreman their own, I have to give him creativity points for finding ways to improve upon the grill. But if the contestants—a college resident hall director, opera singer, sports promoter and male flight attendant—do “knock out the fat,” then more power to ‘em! By the way, that sports promoter will be a hottie—you heard it here first.
In Atkins Agony
Despite my reluctant attempts to acknowledge this recent research, the Fit Bottomed Girls cover what happens in the fitness world. So, I’m going to say it quickly (kind of like ripping off a Band-Aid), to get it over with: There was this big, long-term study that found that people on a low-carb diet lost more weight then those on a low-fat diet. The Atkins followers also improved their cholesterol more. I think a small part of me just died.
I hate to be a petulant child, but waaa! Yes, yes, people on a Mediterranean diet and low-fat diet did lose weight, and they all improved their cholesterol levels, but Atkins was the—according to this particular study—best. There, I said it. Feel free to vent your rage or support of this study in the comments below while I devour a small loaf of sourdough.
Lamenting low-carb’s win.
New Yorkers are in a new state of mind these days. Mainly, what’s running through their heads is “That smoothie/burger/muffin/baby back ribs/[insert your favorite eating-out food] is how many calories?!“ instead of “Get out of my way you dumb tourist.”(I’m not from New York, but I’ve been there enough to have that thought plenty of times.) What has all of NYC in an uproar? A recent law that requires all chain restaurants to post the calories of their menu offerings—in the same font and size as its price. Boo-yah!
There’s been some fighting back and forth about business’ rights and the New York Health Department being too Big Brother, but as of last Friday, violators of the law could be fined up to $2,000. Take that 390-calorie banana chocolate chip cake. There’s nowhere for you to hide anymore.
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