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cereal benefits for health & weight loss

i'm still working on this post-baby weight loss thing. i got back down to my pre-pregnancy weight briefly (which is to say, still 15 pounds higher than what i'd consider my *normal* weight), but now i've regained two pounds and stuck there. :P it seems that i need to try new things, so i'll be posting about whatever i learn along the way.

one thing that i like about reading Shape magazine is that there are useful articles about nutrition mixed in with the sections on daunting-looking workouts. while finishing the march issue today, i learned that some kinds of cereal are especially good for both health and weight loss, so i thought i'd pass on the news.

- for women, eating 8 grams of cereal fiber a day reduces the risk of heart disease by a third, compared to those who only get 2 grams per day.

- a study found that "...women who increased their intake of cereal as part of a weight-loss program shed nearly two more pounds over six weeks than those who upped their vegetable consumption instead."

- the best cereals have at least 3 grams of fiber, and no more than 10 grams of sugar, per serving. (btw, since i always put sugar on cereal, i checked the label and found out that one teaspoon of granulated sugar has 15 calories and 4 grams of sugars).

- the best kinds of cereal (as listed in the article) are: barbara's shredded spoonfuls; post grape-nuts; cheerios; post spoon size shredded wheat; kashi go lean; quaker oatmeal squares; kellogg's complete oat bran flakes; wheat chex.


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Feb. 25th, 2007 04:15 pm (UTC)
I just read a tip from a woman who says she foils potato chip cravings by eating a handful of cornflakes. They're light and crunchy, but not full of salt & fat. I thought it was an interesting idea if the craving is really for something crunchy.

This wouldn't work for you, but I also heard you can combat chocolate cravings with beef jerky! How weird is that? And why would you want to combat a chocolate craving anyway? ;o Especially since the really dark stuff is so good for you - anti oxidants & magnesium, baby!
Feb. 25th, 2007 05:59 pm (UTC)
i wish i would crave dark chocolate, but i don't like it very dark. my cravings are for things like cadbury creme eggs and hershey bars. i've noticed that my cravings for sweets have diminished since i started drinking more tea, though.
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