“I like frozen yogurt because it’s a lot healthier than ice cream,” said Couch while eating Rocky Cupcake-flavored frozen yogurt. “I can even give it to my kids and not worry about them having too much sugar.”
“I think there’s a lot more (frozen yogurt) places in town because people prefer the taste. It’s not heavy and it’s guilt-free,” Couch said.
I read the article with my eyeballs firmly affixed to the top of my head. Do people really believe those things? Are they really so delusional? I suppose this explains the vast number of people who tell me they just “can’t” lose weight, that programs like Weight Watchers or counting calories “don’t work.” These are many of the same people who think carbohydrates make them fat and vast amounts of protein will make them thin.
I hate to bring facts into the picture, but I’m going to have to. I looked up the nutritional information on www.myfitnesspal.com for half a cup of vanilla frozen yogurt and half a cup of vanilla ice cream:
- You would save 28 calories by eating the frozen yogurt (that’s about a three-minute run or a five-minute walk, give or take and depending on weight and fitness level).
- The frozen yogurt has 17 grams of sugar. The ice cream has 15 grams.
- They’re equal in protein and close to equal (by 1% difference) in calcium content.
- Yogurt has half the fat of ice cream (4 grams versus 8 grams). But that only really matter if you honestly believe fat is the evil some tout it to be — a “fact” that’s been disproven time and again by those pesky nutrition scientists. The fat gram content accounts for the disparity in calories.
As a former journalist, I’m just a little disappointed that the article writer included those quotes without actually looking up and providing the facts. It took me about twenty seconds.
Part of the reason is I’ve been getting up and out the door earlier on Sundays. It’s pretty normal for me to weigh less at 9 or 10 a.m. than at 6 or 7 a.m. Since I’ve started my workouts by 7:30 the past couple weeks, I can’t help thinking that the pre-workout weigh-ins aren’t accurate. But the post-sweat workouts probably aren’t, either. They do make me feel better, though.
If I believe the pre-sweat numbers, I gained last week and stayed the same this week. That is unacceptable to my brain because I’ve been working out and sticking to my points. I went into Friday dinner with 7 daily and 27 AP points. I ate a VERY thin crust, 12-inch pizza and a couple pieces of cheesy bread (mozzarella and butter on bread slices about the diameter of a baguette) and then stuck to my dailies on Saturday, so I should have been just fine, point-wise. Still, no loss. However, my post-sweat weight had me down .4. Too small, but better than nothing.
I hate to think that in seven weeks, I’ve only lost 3.6 pounds. I’m thinking it might be time to call my doctor for a recheck of my thyroid. A couple years ago, my TSH levels were a little off, but the additional bloodwork was OK. I kind of felt, after talking to a few people who had hypothyroidism diagnoses, that my primary care physician wasn’t completely thorough with his testing, but I felt fine and was losing and maintaining weight just fine. After gaining so much in the last few months and having so much trouble taking it back off now, I’m starting to wonder if I was right. Maybe there really is an issue.
I don’t know. I hope not. Maybe I just screwed up my metabolism by yo-yoing some and I just need to reset it. There is also one slight difference this time: I haven’t made the effort I used to make about getting the GHGs every day. Specifically, I’ve been lax on the oil and dairy. I’m starting to think those things really do make a difference — at least for some of us.
This week, I’m going to work on better workouts and getting those GHGs each day. I already have 13 AP to work with and it’s only day two of the week. I somehow managed to talk myself this morning out of one last hour of sleep and I got on the elliptical for 45 minutes. If it doesn’t rain (well, thunder and lightning, anyway), I’m going to hit the pool for an hour of laps after work, and it’s a yoga day. That should get me another 5 to add to my total.