Fattie Gossip

Resources and discussions for overweight women

Queen Latifah & Jenny Craig April 2, 2008

Filed under: Celebrities,Health & Fitness,In the News — FattieGossip @ 3:53 am
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Kirstie Alley passed the torch to Valerie Bertinelli, and now the torch has been passed to Queen Latifah. In case you don’t watch too much TV, I’m talking about Queen Latifah signing on as the newest celebrity endorser for the Jenny Craig weightloss program. What I think is unique about Queen Latifah, is that she’s always been a bigger woman her entire career. The other spokeswomen, were long lost once skinny celebrities…

Of course, I don’t know the true motivation of Queen Latifah deciding to be the Jenny Craig spokesperson, but I do beleive what she says. I think she’s just trying to reinforce the acceptance of one’s body image, whilst not disregarding one’s health.

Now of course, I don’t beleive know there isn’t ANY absolute truth that skinny=healthy, and fat=unhealthy, but being proud of yourself regardless of your weight doesn’t mean you should put your health on the backburner. And I think this sums up Queen Latifah’s message.

If you’re fat (and HAPPY!) but eat consciencely, and exercise to keep your heart in good condition, so you can live your life to the fullest, just kindly smile at the Jenny Craig ads, and move on!

And I don’t think we’ll be seeing a skinny Queen Latifah…If I had her tone and beautifully proportioned curvy figure, I doubt I’d ever stop smiling!

How do you feel about the always proud curvy Diva starring in weightloss ads?

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I’m baaaaaack!

Filed under: Celebrities,Health & Fitness — FattieGossip @ 3:39 am

Thank you fellow bloggers for your support and encouragement to keep Fattie Gossip rolling. Life gets busy, and I’ve just been released from the hospital, and starting physical therapy tomorrow. So please pray for a quick recovery!

 

The Inspiration of Nancy Hayssen October 13, 2007

Sexy plus-size model Nancy Hayssen is responding to the recent anti-anorexic billboard and campaign from the No-Lita fashion company:

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Nancy (seen below) is going to be the star of a campaign all about the beauty and acceptance of women of size.

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What makes this campaign so unique, is Nancy is appearing nude and in similar positions of the anorexic model for No-Lita. Unfortunately, I’m unable to locate any of the photos from the shoot for the campaign, but if you DVR’d The Insider tonight, you’ll be lucky enough to sneak a peak!

You can learn more about Nancy, and her inspiring book titled “You Can Be Sexy at Any Size!” at her official site shown here.

 

Alli, the new FDA approved OTC weightloss pill…is it really your ally or foe? June 29, 2007

Filed under: Health & Fitness,In the News — FattieGossip @ 2:31 am


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I’m sure you’ve all seen the commercials and news feed on Alli by now. Yes the “only FDA approved over the counter weight-loss pill.” But does this really mean it’s safe and right for you?

First of all, Alli is NOT a new weight-loss product. In fact, Alli is simply the brand name for Xenical (orlistat). It has been available by prescription since 1999.

So what does it do exactly? Well it blocks your body from storing about 30% of the fat from a meal…so where does the fat go? Yeah you guessed right…straight through you! Which can make using the restroom a rather uncomfortable experience. And Alli certainly warns you of this. The enclosed booklet suggests that you wear dark pants and bring an extra pair of underwear with you (wherever that may be) just in case of an “accident” while your body adjusts to the pill, as sometimes you may have little control over your bowel movements.

As a result, in addition to using Alli, Alli obviously suggests to reduce your fat intake (which is VERY important to follow to avoid uncontrollable bowel movements while taking the product!), and to follow an exercise regime recommended by your doctor.

So what are the actual results? Alli is claimed to be able to help you lose about 50% more weight than dieting and exercise alone (which seems low considering the obnoxious commercials for other weight-loss products claiming to help you lose 400-500% more weight than dieting and exercise alone.)

So why is the once prescription medication made for over the counter? Well as with most prescriptions becoming OTC products, the prescription pill had 120 milligrams of active ingredient, where as the OTC version has half that, at 60 milligrams of active ingredient. And guess what? Some doctors are as a result NOT in support for the OTC Alli product, claiming it’s effectiveness is not worth noting at 60 milligrams, resulting in 5 lbs of weightloss in a years time for some patients….however others are saying that it’s 80% as effective as the original prescription of 120 milligrams. Always the battle of doctors for and doctors against….

How much does it cost? For a 60 capsule bottle, it’s going to run you about $50. You are supposed to take 2 capsules before each meal, which basically translates into spending $2.50 everyday for use of the product.

Only you and your doctor can help decide if it’s right for you. You can also visit Alli’s Official Website Here, which can help answer further questions you may have, and see if it’s potentially safe for you personally.

 

Fit and Fat? May 19, 2007

Filed under: Articles,Health & Fitness — FattieGossip @ 11:06 pm

Fit and Fat?
By Lacey Rose and Leah Hoffmann  

For the past couple years, the headlines have been screaming about an American obesity “epidemic.” According to some studies, fully one-third of the U.S. population is clinically obese. And, at any given time, anywhere from 15 to 35 % of Americans are trying to lose weight.

Do they need to be?

Yes, say the majority of specialists. After all, being overweight has been linked to a host of illnesses from heart disease to hypertension. But a vocal fringe of nutritionists and doctors are beginning to question this conventional wisdom. According to them, it is possible to be both fat and fit.

Take Joanne Ikeda, a nutritionist at the University of California at Berkeley, “It’s not about how we can help people lose weight; it’s about how we can help them be healthier.” Despite popular diets’ one-size-fits-all claims, she says there is not one single way to be healthy.

And Paul Campos, law professor at the University of Colorado and author of The Obesity Myth, agrees. “What a healthy weight is for you as an individual has little or nothing to do with what a healthy weight is for anybody else,” he explains. “Within a very broad range, a healthy weight is the weight that a particular individual maintains while living a healthy life.”

“Fat activist” (yes, there are such folks) Marylin Wann adds, “[Even] if everyone ate nothing but boneless, skinless chicken breasts and brown rice and exercised an hour a day, people would still have different shapes and sizes.”

These chubby cheerleaders say there is solid science backing up their claims. They point to a 1999 study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, which followed almost 22,000 men for an average of eight years to assess risk factors that predispose individuals to an early death.

“Lean unfit people actually had a higher risk of death than the “overfat” physically fit people,” says Dr. Andrew Jackson, professor at the University of Houston and one of the study’s authors.

 

Online Diet Plan and Support

Filed under: Health & Fitness — FattieGossip @ 11:05 pm

Most online diet plans, menus, and support, require paid subscription these days, or for free memberships you are very limited to what features you have acces to. Well here is one of the BEST sites and it’s 100% FREE!

SparkPeople

First of all, they offer 2 different kinds of programs…weightloss, or simply healthy lifestyle. I signed up for weightloss and this is what I went through…

1.) They ask for your height/weight, and let you know how you rank on the BMI scale. You also type in your goal weight, and a date in which you’d like to acheive it by. They recommended I lose 50lbs over the course of one complete year, but you can type in whatever you’d like.

2.) You then choose your meal plan preferences (i.e. vegetarian, no eggs, low cholesrorol) and any health conditions you have (i.e. high blood pressure, depression, insomnia) in which they state they’ll offer you extra resources for improving such conditions.

3.) You then come to a page for your “Fast Break Goals” (stage 1 of the program…see number 7, for more information on stages). You are choosing small steps you’d like to take to begin your program, such as no longer drinking soda, walking 10 minutes a day, writing in a journal, etc.

4.) You can then decide to join specific groups or teams for support. Such as age groups, how much weight to lose, mothers, yoga lovers, etc.

5.) You have the option of creating a personal profile page (age, location, pictures, etc.) It’s not a requirement, and you can limit what is or is not shared to the public, or it can be made private.

6.) Considering your weight loss goal, they offer how many calories are ideal for you to consume each day, and how many calories are ideal for you to burn each week. You can change the recommended amounts if you’d like.

7.) There are 4 diet stages in this plan:

Fast Break: Weeks 1-2…. a springboard that gives more power to the other SparkDiet Stages. Just a little prep and practice give you a head start without the need for manic, life-altering changes. You’ll choose and focus on three small, simple goals that will help you get off to a good start without overwhelming you. Meanwhile, you’ll learn six strategies that will set you up
for success.

Healthy Diet Habits: Weeks 3-8…Healthy Diet Habits help you chisel away at the building blocks of a healthy lifestyle. These are six simple changes you can make in your life that really add up to something special. If you pick up these six habits – and if they stick around – we can almost guarantee that you’ll reach your goals. You’ll also accelerate your weight loss during this stage by regularly using the meal planner and nutrition tracker, tools that help you build a healthy lifestyle the right way.

Lifestyle Change: Weeks 9-18…Stage 3 bridges the gap from dieting to healthy lifestyle and gets you ready to spread the “spark” to other people. The Lifestyle Change gives you a chance to learn to live with your collection of new habits. Even more importantly, it also teaches you how to stay motivated and consistent. Persistent self-motivation is the key to keeping momentum alive and making it different this time

Spread the Spark: Weeks 18+…This is the culmination of weeks of hard work. In this stage, we’ll help you max out your weight loss success and put it to good use as a positive force for your loved ones and community. You can draw on everything you’ve done up till now to reach your goals and dreams, and to help others do the same. You can do whatever you put your mind to!

As you can see, this site isn’t about offering you a bunch of garbage in losing 30lbs in 30 days, or helping you stick to a short-term diet for temporary weightloss, to only gain it back. It’s about LIFESTYLE changes, which is the ONLY way to lose weight and keep it off, and not be miserable!

8.) Nutrition Tracker: They offer specific meal plans (and snacks!), in which you can edit at any time with adding or removing certain foods to your liking, as well as FULL recipes for great foods! The nutrition tracker allows you to check off what you’ve consumed that day, and break it down into calories, carbs, fat, and protein. You can then see how you’re doing for the week, in consuming the right amounts of food and nutrition.

9.) Fitness Tracker: They assign you certain days for strength training and cardiovascular exercises. You enter in how much time you spent doing the exercises and it calculates how many calories you’ve burned. You can always change what days you do what exercises.

They list for you specific exercises and specific instructions how to perform these exercises. They also offer beginner and advanced categories, as well as upper-body and lower-body categories. The strength training exercises are all done on a mat, or with an exercise ball, so no expensive or heavy duty equipment is required. Of course you can do whatever exercises you’d like, and enter in named exercises and calories burned manually if you’d like.

They also offer FREE COMPLETE exercise videos on the site!

10.) Weigh-in and Measurements: You can track weight lost, and inches lost.

11.) Reports: They offer charts for calories consumed, calories burned, and weigh-ins.

12.) Planner: They offer a calendar planner for whatever you’d like…birthday reminders, journal entry, etc.

13.) SparkMail: They have an inclusive e-mail system on the site. This way other memerbs can contact you (if you allow them to) without you having to give out a personal e-mail address.

14.) Community: Many different message boards and groups, to ask questions, vent, offer advice, share stories, and seek support. They also have certified nutritionists and dr.s to ask for expert advice.

15.) Spark Points: They offer ways to earn points and “trophies” for viewing information on the site, and tracking your progress.

PLEASE, let me stress again it’s FREE, and one of the BEST sites I’ve found for support and tracking weightloss progress. The site has it all! I encourage you to join, whether you have weightloss goals, or just want to become healthy!